What made us decide to do this project?
This is a personal aside, but I would like to share an episode that actually happened to me. It was about a year ago, when a friend of mine visited a local music store to sell his 1987 E-serial ST62-140 (EXTRAD).
My friend brought it in with great enthusiasm, thinking that he would get a good appraisal value because it was a rare and wonderful guitar. However, it soon turned out to be an unfulfilled dream, and he was thrown into the depths of sorrow... The clerk mistook it for a VINTAGE SERIES, a so-called "regular line" model, and gave him an appraisal value that was far from what he had imagined. The fact that it was an early model without a decal on the back of the head (see below) and without a specific model name stamp on the neck pocket seems to have caused such a tragedy.
A friend of mine brought that ST62-140 EXTRAD model to TC instruments with a sad expression on his face. At first glance, I could clearly see the outstanding quality of this extraordinary top-of-the-line model. However, since there are not many detailed information on this model other than its catalog, we had to be more careful in our assessment work. We fully utilized the sales data of TC instruments accumulated over the years to evaluate the original value of the instruments to the fullest extent! The appraisal value we came up with swept away my friend's dark expression of sadness and turned it into a smile of great satisfaction.
This joyful smile of my friend was so impressive that I decided to collect rare models such as EXTRAD, JV Serial, LIMITED EDITION, etc. with all my might. Over the next year or so, I made full use of the TC instruments network and succeeded in collecting valuable models not only from Japan but from all over the world. The result was more than 20 pieces, which surprised even me, the person in charge of the project.
Since we went to the trouble of collecting these precious instruments, I have planned this column out of respect for all those who were involved in their development and manufacture, and to prevent anyone else from feeling as sad as my friend (laugh), and to be of some help. I regret that I could not look up the information in catalogs or on the Internet alone, which was frustrating for me as well. I, 28 years old, born in 1988, am a young and inexperienced person, but I did my best to compile the information while studying in front of the actual equipment. If there are any errors, points of concern, or questions, please feel free to let me know.