The history, aesthetic, craftsmanship, and sound all contribute to this instrument's pedigree. It's staying power in the music world has been tested, and from the vinyl records on your shelf, it's still relevant. Their price of $2,499 has crept up since your salad days and it'll keep rising. Might as well get it while you're still young. It'll also sound good in your great-grandkids' hands, and it'll be a hell of a lot more expensive at that point.