Isn't this best time to buy a really really good synth?

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Isn't this best time to buy a really really good synth?

Post by Mpresev » Tue Oct 23, 2007 12:28 am

Hi all,

If someone was trying to get a synth for the first time or second time then tHere is the KORG R3, SH201, Radias, etc. at 500 - 1000.00 price range brand neww.

Why buy that when someone can buy the best synths that came out in 1998 - 2002 like the Microwave XT, Virus C, ROland JD800, NORD, JP8000, Z1 for 500.00 - 700.00 good condition. THink about it.. Oh and check this out, you can get a Groove BOX RS7000 from Yamaha at 400 - 450.00.. IT's basically thEEE Groovebox(all you need).. You gotta love depreciation.

and my friend just bought a Yamaha AN1X for 275.00 and this was the synth I was drooling in 1997.

I mean a Virus C for 550.00 - 700.00 ? that is insane.

WHo else is taking advantage of this? who else knows what I'm talking about? l.o.l.

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Post by Mpresev » Tue Oct 23, 2007 12:30 am

and someone can get a really really really good EMU and Akai sampler now for 100.00 fully loaded.

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Re: Isn't this best time to buy a really really good synth?

Post by shaft9000 » Tue Oct 23, 2007 12:40 am

Mpresev wrote: <something about an an1-x> ... this was the synth I was drooling in 1997.
i wish i could drool synths. i'd eat better.

but yeah, you're right it's as good a time as any to get very powerful polyphonic synthesizers for cheap. there's no time like now.

on the other hand, all the old modulars are still fetching big bucks, or just not being sold at all. it's bleak on that end.
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Re: Isn't this best time to buy a really really good synth?

Post by Mpresev » Tue Oct 23, 2007 12:50 am

I wish I was 20 . Because I bought an S10 Sampler from Roland for 500.00 in 1993.. The worst part was it was using those Quick Disks.. When I brought it home the disk drive didn't even work.. So I had to take it back to the pawn shop l.o.l.. So I bought myself the EsQ1 synth for 300.00.. If that was today, I would buy the Triton rack for the same price and it's multi timbral too. These kids are lucky today because one get a sampler for 100.00 bucks.. 500.00 bucks for a ROland S10 that has 12 seconds of sampling time? ughhhhhh.

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Mpresev wrote: <something about an an1-x> ... this was the synth I was drooling in 1997.
i wish i could drool synths. i'd eat better.

but yeah, you're right it's as good a time as any to get very powerful polyphonic synthesizers for cheap. there's no time like now.

on the other hand, all the old modulars are still fetching big bucks, or just not being sold at all. it's bleak on that end.
luckily we have a slew of new modular synthesizer manufacturers

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Post by crystalmsc » Tue Oct 23, 2007 8:59 am

exactly, a great time to get some great synth..but more of a perfect time to get some great samplers.
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Post by Track2 » Tue Oct 23, 2007 11:16 am

Most Definitley

I'm hoovering up all the decent va's second hand I can afford whilst they are cheap.

Soft synths just dont do it for me, except for granular/sample based weirdness type stuff, for which they are the best.

To my ears va's sound better than soft synths (even though va arguably ARE soft synths), but its also all about the interface- a great physical UI (like the ms2000, Ion, Q or XT for example- well laid out knobs basically :D ) can foster creativity in a way that mouse clicking just doesnt for me when it comes to creating sound.

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Post by JSRockit » Tue Oct 23, 2007 2:02 pm

Unfortunately, I'm not excited over anything old really... especially anything cheap. Kind of sucks...it's a great time to be a piano style keyboard player ...since there are some great polys for relatively cheap.
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Post by Psy_Free » Tue Oct 23, 2007 2:26 pm

I think it depends on the what the synth is. The prices of most vintage analogs are still going up and are getting seriously expensive.

On the other hand, VA's and more digital natured synths such as Wavestations, various Ensoniqs, Kawai K's can be found at great prices.
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Post by portland » Tue Oct 23, 2007 2:30 pm

Nothing right now is as good a deal as Late 90s Samplers. It's because most people think that they sound the same as softsamplers...

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Post by maindeglorie » Tue Oct 23, 2007 3:12 pm

portland wrote:Nothing right now is as good a deal as Late 90s Samplers. It's because most people think that they sound the same as softsamplers...
h**l yeah! I just picked up an E-mu E4K loaded with a huge internal drive for what I consider a steal!

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Post by gs » Tue Oct 23, 2007 6:23 pm

JSRockit wrote:it's a great time to be a piano style keyboard player ...since there are some great polys for relatively cheap.
+1

Until about 4 few years ago, I was only EVER able to afford no more than say 3 boards in my setup due to the expense. Since about 2003, I've been getting great synths off eBay for little money, and now I have what would be considered in the late 90s to be a dream rig.

Of course vintage analogs remain out of this ballpark area pricewise. But there was once a time when scooping up vintage analogs would have been very economical (late 80s). Too bad I missed the boat on that.
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Post by Mpresev » Tue Oct 23, 2007 6:52 pm

It's just the best time to buy or assemble rigs right now especially if you want to be an electronic musician and do it with minimal finance. Compared to what a lot of guys and gals had to go thru to assemble a studio 10 years ago it would cost you an arm and a leg which I think pisses a lot of ppl l.o.l.

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Post by carbon111 » Tue Oct 23, 2007 7:06 pm

The Ensoniq boards like the VFX and SD1 are dirt cheap right now, have deep synth engines and polyphonic aftertouch...for around $200, that's a whole lot of synth!

It would be a great time to be just starting out :D

When I was just starting out, an entry level monosynth and a four-track cassette recorder would easily set you back a couple of grand...
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Post by Mpresev » Tue Oct 23, 2007 7:14 pm

wowwww.. Cheaper than a softsynth. :wink:

carbon111 wrote:The Ensoniq boards like the VFX and SD1 are dirt cheap right now, have deep synth engines and polyphonic aftertouch...for around $200, that's a whole lot of synth!

It would be a great time to be just starting out :D

When I was just starting out, an entry level monosynth and a four-track cassette recorder would easily set you back a couple of grand...

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Post by desdinova » Tue Oct 23, 2007 8:32 pm

portland wrote:Nothing right now is as good a deal as Late 90s Samplers. It's because most people think that they sound the same as softsamplers...
Indeed. It is INSANE to me that you can get loaded S5000s all day for under $500. Even the S6000 with hot removable-face-action isn't much more.
These things were thousands just a few years ago.
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