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Roland GR-300 and GR-505 few questions

Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2007 3:37 pm
by py3m4n
Hello all new to the forums and just looking for some advice. (and gather some interest :D)

I have a GR-300 and GR505 that belongs to my dad and he might be interested in selling them on ebay.

What I am looking to find out is how much interest there would be in them and if he does and should he mabye sell them separate. i.e gr-300/gr-505 and the 24 pin cable for connecting them in different auctions?

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As you can see from the pics the 300 itself is in excellent condition but the 505s paint has split on the back of the body (I have been told this was common fault with the type of finish used at the time) there is also some scratches and chips here and there in the paintwork (all on the back of the body other than 2 small chips on the front).

from checking through the forums I can see a lot of people are wary of buying on ebay, so feel free to ask as many Qs as you like and for pics from any angle of your choice or any other info you deem relative.

The item location is in the UK in a little town called Gourock on the outskirts of Glasgow in Scotland. So I suppose not many of our US cousins will be interested, but for those in the UK that might be let me know.

No offers please as he has already been given a rough evaluation of them and he has decided to go with auctioning them to the highest bidder on ebay if he does decide to sell.

For more info on the gr-300 - http://www.joness.com/gr300/GR-300.htm

Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2007 4:14 pm
by micahjonhughes
This is not an appraising service.

If you want to sell them, put your post in the gear for sale section.

Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2007 7:32 pm
by SubliminalEffect
first, the guitar is a G-505 not a GR-505. people will wonder if you get that wrong though you do say you're selling it for your father.

these still sell for good money - separate or together. the cables are the rarest item so you can from $150 to $350 for it alone!

yup, no joke on the upper end - watched some Steinberger collector set his mind on getting a cable on the next available auction for his latest collection acquisition... i've been watching fewer and fewer cables come up for auction so they definitely are a finite quantity.

i wouldn't worry too much about the cosmetics on the controller. that doesn't affect the functionality.

also, you may want to move fast on selling because Roland just put out the VG-99 capable of modeling the GR-300 so if enough owners decide to cash out...

good luck.

Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2007 8:34 pm
by 3vcos
Actually, this board is a friendly place where people can go to get advice. Comments like this should be kept to yourself. Or better yet, stay off the boards...

By the way, to find the used price of something like that, check closed auctions on ebay. Around $450 for the gr300 and $300-350 for the guitar. The ccable will sell for $125 by itself! Sell it all as a package and make someone happy!


micahjonhughes wrote:This is not an appraising service.

If you want to sell them, put your post in the gear for sale section.

Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2007 11:51 pm
by CloudOnAFly
3vcos wrote:Actually, this board is a friendly place where people can go to get advice. Comments like this should be kept to yourself. Or better yet, stay off the boards...

By the way, to find the used price of something like that, check closed auctions on ebay. Around $450 for the gr300 and $300-350 for the guitar. The ccable will sell for $125 by itself! Sell it all as a package and make someone happy!


micahjonhughes wrote:This is not an appraising service.

If you want to sell them, put your post in the gear for sale section.
i was about to say the same. sell it as a package... I really wanted a g-707. but whenever i go to buy one it's missing the cable...

Posted: Sun Nov 25, 2007 2:00 am
by micahjonhughes
3vcos wrote:Actually, this board is a friendly place where people can go to get advice. Comments like this should be kept to yourself. Or better yet, stay off the boards...

By the way, to find the used price of something like that, check closed auctions on ebay. Around $450 for the gr300 and $300-350 for the guitar. The ccable will sell for $125 by itself! Sell it all as a package and make someone happy!


micahjonhughes wrote:This is not an appraising service.

If you want to sell them, put your post in the gear for sale section.
What I said wasn't particularly rude. Just honest. This is the buyers guide, he want for sale.

Secondly, he is asking how to milk the buyer for more money. I don't want to encourage that type of post here.

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 5:30 pm
by py3m4n
Thanks for your replies guys, appreciated.

The main reason I came on here was that he is not too sure of it value/ scarcity or how collectible it exactly is - together/ not together (he only knows what I have told him from my internet investigations).

If he does put it on ebay, he is not interested in putting reserves on stuff (He hasn't on other stuff I am selling for him). So, unlike his other gear I am selling, I can't really advise him on a good starting price as info is scarce.

Say, he does keep it together, anyone got any ideas as to what they think would be a good start price? So he could be content with the fact that he's not undervalued it and let it go for pittance, compared to what he could have got for it.

I suppose you could construe that I am looking to milk the buyer for money or you could construe other possibilities. like, my Dad has been shrewd enough to hang onto something that is of value to fellow synthheads. Why shouldn't he want a satisfactory return on his investment/enjoyment? Especially on an online auction site where it goes to the person/s who is willing to pay the most for them? then they can have some enjoyment from them or sell them on for profit in a few years.

I just thought the best place to get better informed would be within a community who understands the technology and could help me discover its individual or accumulative value to get my old man the most he can for them.

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 6:18 pm
by micahjonhughes
Sell it as a whole. You don't need to worry about a starting price. The combination of the synth, guitar and cord is so rare that you'll be happy with the outcome. If you sell it apart it is worthless. The guitar and synth are no good without the cable. You'll get a good price for the cable but little for the rest.

Remeber that the dollar is very week so don't expect the US consumer to be willing to shell out a lot for an auction denominated in Pounds.