Cheapest build quality?

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Cheapest build quality?

Post by Alex E » Sat Apr 05, 2008 6:02 pm

What synths/drum machines have you played/handled have the cheapest build quality?

My rule of thumb is: If you torque it in your hands and it creaks, that says something about build quality. :)

I'll make my short list. Now, I don't have anything against these machines, but they were built cheaply to be affordable. So it's not like somebody didn't care about quality when they were designed.

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Post by Johnny Lenin » Sat Apr 05, 2008 6:45 pm

Roland SH-201. The case would flex when I'd turn a knob. Did not inspire confidence. Never had much trouble with the Poly-800 or Electribe ES-1 that I had... except the AC adapter jack was slightly off-center on the latter.

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Post by V301H » Sat Apr 05, 2008 6:48 pm

My nomination is for the Pro-One. Good sounding and a great feature set, but Sequential really should have made a "Pro" version of this.
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Post by Analogue Crazy » Sat Apr 05, 2008 7:17 pm

Definatly the SH-201. We got loads of em at my college and i bloody hate them. Im sticking with my JP-8000 coz i know it like the back of my hand.
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Post by heath » Sat Apr 05, 2008 7:18 pm

The Buchla 200e has awful knobs. You can feel them move and wiggle.

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Post by zmd » Sat Apr 05, 2008 8:05 pm

korg m3. what are those faders attached with? rubber bands?
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Post by wiss » Sat Apr 05, 2008 8:34 pm

the pro-one.....might as well been made out of cardboard.
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Post by sentientprogram » Sat Apr 05, 2008 8:41 pm

Out of what I own/have owned, the microKORG and Novation SL Compact have c**p build quality. My SL37 and the Nords were/are built like tanks.

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Post by Yoozer » Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:09 pm

A Poly800 is a tank compared to the Korg Micro-X.

Seriously ;). That's why I use it as a module, the keys aren't worth much, neither are the rotaries.
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Post by gordwiebe » Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:23 pm

All of korgs new gear is an absolute joke.
Really, if you are spending $2,000+ on a synth (M3) should you not at least expect it to feel like an "instrument" rather than a mass, poorly, produced "product"?
The drum pads on the M3 are liable to break the players fingers they are so hard and unresponsive.
The majority of $200 midi controllers on the market feel better than that thing (with the exception of korgs even more laughable K series controllers).
Maybe they blew their budget on the wood shavings that they call end cheeks.

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Post by JSRockit » Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:23 pm

MFB Synth II... but it is still one h**l of a synth.
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Post by kaz uno » Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:48 pm

the MFB Synth 2 I had was built terribly, broken/stripped screws, flimsy knobs, knobs that were either too loose or too tight, and the power adapter would fall out if I moved it half an inch. Not to mention the godawful tuning. But, like JS said, it is a h**l of a synth.
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Re: Cheapest build quality?

Post by supermel74 » Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:42 pm

Alex E wrote:What synths/drum machines have you played/handled have the cheapest build quality?

My rule of thumb is: If you torque it in your hands and it creaks, that says something about build quality. :)


First generation Electribes
The first generation electribes were built very solidly imo. My nominee is the Korg 707, very creaky.

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Post by premieklovn » Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:54 pm

Moog Rogue.


Poly800 feels cheap but I have a feeling that you can throw it across a stage and it would still work.

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Re: Cheapest build quality?

Post by TrondC » Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:54 pm

supermel74 wrote:
Alex E wrote:What synths/drum machines have you played/handled have the cheapest build quality?

My rule of thumb is: If you torque it in your hands and it creaks, that says something about build quality. :)


First generation Electribes
The first generation electribes were built very solidly imo. My nominee is the Korg 707, very creaky.
my EA, ER and Microkorg are solid as h**l to me. just don't treat them like s**t. My kaossilator on the other hand, is very likely to break if exposed to only a little pressure. this is why I'd like to see a dedicated case for it...

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