What was the cheapest Synth you ever bought?

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Post by adsr » Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:16 am

i try to keep my eyes open for good deals. it actually has led me to buy things that i never used and later sold...usually for a profit.

i bought my AX60 and my SQ80 from a vintage music shop for $100 each. there were a few issues cosmetically and the floppy on the Ensoniq is shot, but both synths work great. i also do a lot of traveling for my job and usually try and find whats on the local craigslist. a guy was selling his micron for $75 because it no longer made any sound. i got it home and hooked it up to my controller and it worked fine. the keys were bunk, so the menus got a little hard to dive into, but editing new sounds was a snap. i sold it for $150 (yes...i told the new owner of the issues).

my DX21 was free from a friend. he knows he can have it back anytime he wants, but i still have it 17 years later...

i almost forgot...my Zoom RT-123 was $25. some may say thats all they are worth, but its still the best sounding drum machine i have ever used or owned...EVER!
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Post by nuketifromorbit » Tue Jul 22, 2008 2:18 am

Yamaha DX11 with a missing key, a scratchy volume knob, and a melted place on one of the minor keys. It cost me nothing, but sadly I have yet to really use it. I really like the key action on it and I'm impressed by its build quality. I one day hope to get it repaired.
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Post by mpa1104 » Tue Jul 22, 2008 3:41 am

Late to the party here, having been away from VSE for a bit, but this one stuck out like the proverbial gangrenous thumb:
Syn303 wrote:Fairlight IIx £700 was being sold by a music teacher at a high school not far away from me this was back in 2002, never knew what happened to it unfortunately.
What shocks me the most is how the f**k a music teacher or a high school could afford a Fairlight IIx in the first place!! :shock: :shock:

Anyway, my best deal was still my best synth.
Excellent condition EMS VCS3 for $320 Australian (included two racks: Pitch to Voltage Converter and Random Voltage Generator).
I also thought I did reasonably well at the time finding an ESQ1 for $400.
And I have a Rhodes Mark II = $0,
a Roland MKB1000 = $0
and a Moog Micromoog = $0

There was also a purchase that went down in this little city some years ago to an individual whom, for a number of reasons (not all good reasons either) must remain both nameless and anonymous. A non-musician who came into possession of a Yamaha GX1 for what I gather was only four figures. :evil:
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Post by tim gueguen » Tue Jul 22, 2008 4:41 pm

But how much was a used CMI in say the mid '90s? Probably came from some studio that needed room for another rack of Akai S1000s or what have you. Its not hard to imagine someone dropping a couple of grand on a CMI because it was their heart's desire from the first time they saw one on TV or first listened to their favourite Kate Bush album.
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Post by crystalmsc » Wed Jul 23, 2008 8:32 am

I just remember, scored a moss board for $65. Hey, that's half a Z1 for so little :) and it's able for being layered with the Karma engine too. I even like that better than the full board.
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Post by grondo2001 » Wed Jul 23, 2008 11:35 pm

XV2020 for 26 GBP :P
was advertised as broken but was basically only set to the wrong midi channel....

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Post by Cam VanDerHorst » Fri Aug 01, 2008 2:26 am

I just bought a Roland JV-80 for $75. When the $15 power supply gets here next week, we'll see how good of a buy it was. :D

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Post by crystalmsc » Fri Aug 01, 2008 4:19 am

Cam VanDerHorst wrote:I just bought a Roland JV-80 for $75. When the $15 power supply gets here next week, we'll see how good of a buy it was. :D
If everything works well, it should be a good buy. I always view the synth as the fatter/warmer JV. Just spend a bit more for an expansion board, such as the Vintage Board and play with those sliders.
grondo2001 wrote:was advertised as broken but was basically only set to the wrong midi channel....
that was sweet :D
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Post by nvining » Fri Aug 01, 2008 4:31 am

Hohner Clavinet/Pianet Duo - $300. By far, the best deal I've ever gotten, considering that it has all the accessories and one just went on eBay for $2.7k USD.

Other memorable deals:

Pro Soloist - free.
Roland SH-2000 - $60.
Wurlitzer 120 - $300.
Leslie 125 - $60.
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Post by Cam VanDerHorst » Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:28 am

crystalmsc wrote:
Cam VanDerHorst wrote:I just bought a Roland JV-80 for $75. When the $15 power supply gets here next week, we'll see how good of a buy it was. :D
If everything works well, it should be a good buy. I always view the synth as the fatter/warmer JV. Just spend a bit more for an expansion board, such as the Vintage Board and play with those sliders.
Yeah, I really want that vintage expansion board. I'll probably end up replacing the backlight first, though. :D

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Post by Jabberwalky » Fri Aug 01, 2008 7:47 am

Juno6- $75 usd
Crumar Orchestrator - Free
Pro-One - $250 in 2005, on ebay too! f**k times change.

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Post by tim gueguen » Fri Aug 01, 2008 3:56 pm

nvining wrote:Hohner Clavinet/Pianet Duo - $300. By far, the best deal I've ever gotten, considering that it has all the accessories and one just went on eBay for $2.7k USD.
Any clue as to why the high price? Its not exactly the best known member of the breed.
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Post by JSRockit » Fri Aug 01, 2008 4:48 pm

Korg DS-10
Korg Volcas / 6 x TE POs / MicroBrute / EH Space Drum & Crash Pad

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Post by R.L » Fri Aug 01, 2008 6:30 pm

A professor of mine back in 2004 bought back his old synthesizers for less then $800.00, at first I thought he would have said a Prophet 600 and DX7 or something but here is where your jaw will drop to the floor

His synthesizers are....

ARP2600C "Grey Meanie"

Moog Mini Moog Model D "1973"

Yamaha CP70M

and two DX7's

Congratulations professor on the deal of a lifetime lol
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Post by peyote » Fri Aug 01, 2008 6:50 pm

cheapest: pro1 for free, it actually just arrived at my house. friend called said he had an old synth i could have. brought it over, turned out to be a pro one. needed cleaning and still needs a cable to connect the keyboard, but i use it via cv/gate...

best deal: minimoog and SEM for $1200

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