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Old January 16th, 2008, 12:29 PM   #1
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Schoeps CMC641 - Price changes?

A widely respected audio dealer (not sure if I can name them here, since they are not a forum sponsor) announced on their website that the price for this microphone will go up at the end of the month - an increase of more than 20%. I have been considering buying one of these great mics for a while, and this could make me accelerate my plans; however, I wonder if anyone can confirm the upcoming price increase.

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Old January 16th, 2008, 12:45 PM   #2
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Yes, I believe it was mentioned sometime last year that this was going to happen.

If it wasn't true, then the 'respected' dealer wouldn't be that respected right? ;)
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Old January 16th, 2008, 12:55 PM   #3
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Is the price change supposed to be universal or just for that dealer? I want to get one of these sooner or later as well, but I would be buying from B&H.
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Old January 16th, 2008, 01:05 PM   #4
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All Schoeps are going up. That unfortunately is the price or lack thereof of the Dollar vs. Euro. Most European gear has seen this increase in the US.

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Old January 16th, 2008, 01:09 PM   #5
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Oh my. Well, I can't afford to get it before the end of the month, so I suppose I'll just have to live with the increased price.
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Old January 16th, 2008, 01:59 PM   #6
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It actually surprises me that more European crafted gear has not had a price increase recently. The dollar is in the toilet, the Euro has been holding and even the Pound has been going down.

A 20% price increase is pretty severe on a mic that is that expensive and is rarely discounted.

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Old January 16th, 2008, 02:44 PM   #7
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Oh yes, the US Dollar, what a sad story... I was going to get one later this year, so I'll take it for the old price while I can.

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Old January 16th, 2008, 04:56 PM   #8
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Thanks for the warning, I've been eyeing a Schoeps to replace my ME66 for the last year. Hopefully this isn't a clever sales tactic because I think I'm going to get one.
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Old January 16th, 2008, 05:48 PM   #9
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Thanks for the warning, I've been eyeing a Schoeps to replace my ME66 for the last year. Hopefully this isn't a clever sales tactic because I think I'm going to get one.
I doubt it's just a sales tactic. If we were talking consumer products then maybe but how many consumers have even heard of Schoeps, much less buy 'em. The US dollar has tanked in recent months and what you're seeing here with these price adjustments is just the tip of the iceberg. Five years ago our Canadian dollar was worth 65 cents US and now it's at par. Some of that is due to the strong Canadian economy and our energy exports (did you know Canada was the largest provider in the world of oil to the USA?) but most of it is due to the US dollar falling into the dumpster against the Euro. If you do the math, the dollar is worth almost down to half of what it was 5 years ago. No offense intended but most of you guys south of '44 don't have a clue just how much trouble you're really in, I'm sorry to say (as someone born in the USA). Not your fault - it's largly due to the very controlled press in the USA these days. Essentially you hear only what Rupert Murdock, Blackwater, and Halliburton wants you to hear. The news is full of Brittany's latest drunken escapades and who killed Anna Nichole Smith, the really important news, so you never have to worry about the crashing ecomony and wars overseas. I'll have another glass of Soma please - thanks barkeep.


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Old January 16th, 2008, 05:54 PM   #10
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Thanks for the warning, I've been eyeing a Schoeps to replace my ME66 for the last year. Hopefully this isn't a clever sales tactic because I think I'm going to get one.
I have a message in to someone at Schoeps' USA distributor to see if this is true or not. Will report back as soon as I hear something.

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Old January 17th, 2008, 10:40 AM   #11
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I have a message in to someone at Schoeps' USA distributor to see if this is true or not. Will report back as soon as I hear something.
The word I got from one of Schoeps' dealers was that the price increase would happen in Feb, but he had no exact details on percentage.

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Old January 17th, 2008, 11:44 AM   #12
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The word I got from one of Schoeps' dealers was that the price increase would happen in Feb, but he had no exact details on percentage.

Wayne
Okay guys, here it is straight from the horse's mouth...

This is straight from the U.S. distributor of Schoeps Microphones.

"there is a price increase that takes effect on 2/1/2008. The increase is anywhere from 5-25% depending on the item. It is not a blanket increase.
The CMIT 5U goes from $1895.00 to $1999.00 which is less than 6%. The Colette series items are roughly 20% up."

If you are going to buy an AKG, Schoeps, Neumann, Sennheiser or Beyerdynamic microphone, (basically anything German or European made) right NOW is the time to do it. Bascially, existing stock will be sold for existing prices. Once retailers have to order from their distributors or manufacturers, the price increases will result in all of the retailers having to significantly raise their prices.

Not sure about the Japanese products, how has the Yen been doing against the dollar?

Don't say I didn't warn ya!

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Old January 17th, 2008, 05:25 PM   #13
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Isn't eur-usd already compensated by custom taxes?

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All Schoeps are going up. That unfortunately is the price or lack thereof of the Dollar vs. Euro. Most European gear has seen this increase in the US.

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If it's for compensating the EUR-USD gap I hope dealers apply these measures carefully because local EU taxes applied by customs _already_ make the total price compensate by and large for the EUR-USD difference. Example taxes include but are not limited to: VAT, "custom rights 1", "custom rights 2", "filing expenses".

For a 108usd battery pack I've paid 40eur to customs. For a 129usd bunch of cables I've paid 31eur to customs. For a 199usd phantom power I've paid 40eur to customs.

I imagine for a 1000usd schoeps capsule I'm paying now like 300eur taxes making approx same price to a capsule shipped from Germany. And if the US dealers add new price increases to that it's going to be less advatageous to buy in US and deliver to EU.

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Old January 17th, 2008, 05:36 PM   #14
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Thanks for the warning, I've been eyeing a Schoeps to replace my ME66 for the last year. Hopefully this isn't a clever sales tactic because I think I'm going to get one.
i was supposed to be getting a mic...NEXT MONTH! Matt, are you getting rid of your ME66? I can't really afford a Schoeps as I allready used my budget for this month : ).

...seriously though, let me know.
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Old January 17th, 2008, 10:00 PM   #15
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John, I just sent you an email. I think I'll hold on to the ME66 because the way the dollar is going next year I'll be able to sell it for two grand. No, seriously, I do alot of questionable outdoor stuff that places gear in jeopardy and I will need to have a B mic. But I bet there's someone out there looking to sell.
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