What was the cheapest Synth you ever bought?

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Re: What was the cheapest Synth you ever bought?

Post by Old Iron Giant » Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:21 am

Actually.. to set the facts straight, I use a ASR-88 for MIDI keys.
or- I use the semi-weight Axiom 25.

I do own a AN1x "not in photo"
the CS1x was a bargain-buy synth I found to have some useful sounds.

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Re: What was the cheapest Synth you ever bought?

Post by Cumulus » Wed Jan 13, 2010 3:26 am

Old Iron Giant wrote:Cumulus- I'm glad to see another fan of the QS/ series.
I only own the one Modified PCMCIA card, that accepts compact flash cards. its great for editing and uploading your own sounds to the synth. however I'd love to own a couple of the original Q cards :D
Is it possible to clone the Q cards onto a modified PCMCIA card?

If so, you could get all of the Q card sounds.

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Re: What was the cheapest Synth you ever bought?

Post by hihihat » Sun Jan 17, 2010 6:52 pm

5 SPACE ECHOS FOR $30 (2001)

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Re: What was the cheapest Synth you ever bought?

Post by hihihat » Sun Jan 17, 2010 6:53 pm

5 SPACE ECHOS FOR $30 (2001)

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Re: What was the cheapest Synth you ever bought?

Post by Cumulus » Sun Jan 17, 2010 7:22 pm

hihihat wrote:5 SPACE ECHOS FOR $30 (2001)
Thats a great deal.

I passed up one at a flea market in the late 80's. Not a good move.

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Re: What was the cheapest Synth you ever bought?

Post by Mr Knesh » Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:42 am

Old Iron Giant wrote:Actually.. to set the facts straight, I use a ASR-88 for MIDI keys.
or- I use the semi-weight Axiom 25.

I do own a AN1x "not in photo"
the CS1x was a bargain-buy synth I found to have some useful sounds.
I had bought the cs1x for that reason as well. The pads on that thing were amazing. But the tinkering process you have to go through to get anything out of it was brutal. I downloaded an editor that I never tried out. Maybe someone on the board has?

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Re: What was the cheapest Synth you ever bought?

Post by balma » Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:23 pm

just picked up a Yamaha RM1x on $100 on mint condition.

I never had in mind to get one, just passing by on Ebay, found it, click it.
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Re: What was the cheapest Synth you ever bought?

Post by Yatmandu » Sat Jan 23, 2010 3:59 am

hihihat wrote:5 SPACE ECHOS FOR $30 (2001)
Wow! You really got fleeced. :lol:

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Re: What was the cheapest Synth you ever bought?

Post by nos » Sat Jan 23, 2010 12:40 pm

Not a synth, but I picked up a Wurlitzer 206 for $100. Actually there were 3 for $300, but my friend had $200 and I had $100. He got 2. I chopped them all to 200 form-factor (well, as close as I could get).

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Re: What was the cheapest Synth you ever bought?

Post by polar69 » Sat Jan 23, 2010 12:51 pm

My CS1x would have to be my cheapest, I was bidding on it on ebay and my budget was £80, the bidding went way over this but never went past the reserve.

For some reason the seller offered it to me for £80


Nice lady, its not the best synth in the world but it does what I wanted it for, and it must have hardly been used, not a scratch or grease mark on it.

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Re: What was the cheapest Synth you ever bought?

Post by Dogboy73 » Sat Jan 23, 2010 11:36 pm

Korg DS-10 on the Nintendo DS. Does this count?!

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Re: What was the cheapest Synth you ever bought?

Post by Alex E » Sat Jan 23, 2010 11:57 pm

Mr Knesh wrote: Good controllers? It makes me cringe just thinking about it. The QS7.1 has a way better keyboard. No-where near as bouncy as the cs1x.
I can attest to that. While the AN1x has a semi-weighted keybed, the CS1x has a keybed that's about the same as the home keyboards yamaha were producing in the mid-90's. Not great. :?
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Re: What was the cheapest Synth you ever bought?

Post by R.L » Wed Mar 10, 2010 8:53 pm

Scooped up a junky Poly 61 for 20.00 a couple weeks ago. Time to fix it up
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Re: What was the cheapest Synth you ever bought?

Post by AnalogKid » Thu Mar 11, 2010 5:16 am

Some years ago I saw a Korg T3 advertised in the classified section of my local paper. I called the guy and went over to his house to take a look at it. He said that he bought it brand new many years earlier. The guy said that he took it out of the box once, turned it on, and played around with it for about half an hour. He decided that it was too complicated, and he put it back carefully in the original box using the original packaging. He then put it in the back of a closet, and he didn't touch it again until I showed up at his door. He unpacked it while I was there. I couldn't believe my eyes. It was essentially a brand new T3 complete with an unopened manual and disks. It was perfect. He turned it on, and it fired up. However, it would only play a piano sound no matter what was selected, that was it. I quickly realized that the problem was likely a dead back up battery. They guy said that he was hoping to get $300 for it. He was trying to clean up his house, and he thought that this thing might be worth a few bucks. I gave him the $300 and walked out of his house with the nicest T3 on the planet. I took it to my local music store, and they installed a new back up battery. I loaded the factory sounds using the disk that came with the T3, and just as expected, it was ready to go.

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Re: What was the cheapest Synth you ever bought?

Post by calyx93 » Fri Mar 12, 2010 12:34 am

A minty, grey SH-101 with mod grip, PSU and manual for $100 - remember, this was in 1993 in little Winston-Salem, NC at a place called Camel Pawn Shop. It was either that or a Crumar Performer (also in amazing condition) at the same place for the same price.

Not the cheapest, since I didn't really pay anything for it - but I was given a broken TR-909 by a downstairs neighbor when I was attending Full Sail in Orlando, FL in '91. He was an R&B musician and had a "better" SCI DrumTracks to accompany his ESQ-1 chops. The 909's snare was missing the white noise burst and the tempo knob needed replacing - these I had a school lab-mate repair for the price of a couple six packs.

Ahh - back when used analog stockpiles in small-town pawn shops were basically untouched and unwanted. I should have bought more back then.
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