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What was the cheapest Synth you ever bought?

Posted: Tue May 20, 2008 7:56 pm
by R.L
I live out in a rural area outside of Kansas City, Mo. and interestingly enough sometimes you find a synthesizer (that actually is functional) for next to nothing on the price tag.

Heres what I am talking about

Yamaha CS-5 $10.00
Moog Concertmate MG1 $75.00
Casio SK 200 Free
Korg Mono/Poly $100.00
Roland D5 $100.00
Boss DR660 Drum Machine $40.00

so what was the cheapest synth you ever bought?

Posted: Tue May 20, 2008 8:26 pm
by premieklovn
Not a synth but I got a Farfisa Combo Compact for ca 20$

Wow Yamaha CS5 for 10 bucks. Thats amazing.

Posted: Tue May 20, 2008 8:28 pm
by Mooger5
A TB-303 for €75, in 1994...

Posted: Tue May 20, 2008 8:34 pm
by OriginalJambo
Technically a D-10 that was free. Besides that I've not had any other amazing deals.

Posted: Tue May 20, 2008 8:35 pm
by Phollop Willing PA
Yamaha CS 01 $20 CDN ended up selling it to Buck 65 so now I hear it once in a while on his CDs

Arp Solus $50 CDN

Posted: Tue May 20, 2008 8:53 pm
by gcoudert
Yamaha DX7 last year. £27 (33.9 Euros / US$53.1 at today's rate).


Posted: Tue May 20, 2008 8:56 pm
by Phollop Willing PA
gcoudert wrote:Yamaha DX7 last year. £27 (33.9 Euros / US$53.1 at today's rate).

That's pretty cheap considering what they sold for when they first came out.

Did it come with a hard shell case? :lol:

Posted: Tue May 20, 2008 9:03 pm
by Automatic Gainsay
ARP Solina: $5 on its side outside a thrift shop in the rain.
Fantastic condition (best I've ever seen), and fully functional after it dried out!

Posted: Tue May 20, 2008 9:04 pm
by th0mas
Yamaha CS-20m this year for $80.

Posted: Tue May 20, 2008 9:05 pm
by Syn303
cheapest synths i found and purchased were in scottish ad-papers

Roland JX-3P with PG-200 £70 (1993)
Roland JX-3P £50 (1995)
Korg Poly-61 £40 (1995)
Casio SZ-1 Seq £10 (1996)
Roland CR-68 £40 (1999)
Roland CR-78 £50 (1999)
Roland TR-606 with case £60 (2000)
Roland TR-626 £40 (2000)

Bargain i missed out on because i didnt have the money :(

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.

Another Cheap Synth

Posted: Tue May 20, 2008 9:18 pm
by R.L
My Yamaha SY 85 Synthesizer was found when A neighbor moved out and left all his junk in the house, A new family soon moved in and I found it lying at the curb with alot of other trash waiting for the garbage men to take it away, so I picked it up, and I havent looked back.

Posted: Tue May 20, 2008 9:34 pm
by spookyman
My Fender Rhodes Mk1 (1975) that i bought for 80$ there is 15 years ago. And for synths, errrr....never such a good price. It was correct, but not extraordinary. For example my Yamaha TG-77 (rack version of SY-77) that i bought 150$ last summer.

Posted: Tue May 20, 2008 9:40 pm
by otto
Wow RL, you’ve been very lucky those are some great finds. The best I’ve done are:
Poly-800 for $50
D-50 for $125
A couple SK-1 sampler toys for $4 ea. (which is about all their worth IMO)

Stuff I’ve missed out on lately:
Arp Omni $100 (few months ago on craigslist, went quick, supposedly 100% functional)
JP-8000 $250 (too slow again - last weekend)
Jupiter 6 $700 (person ended up selling it on ebay for much more because no one wanted it locally – I was trying to be good and wasn’t really in the market but kinda wish I woulda)
JX-3P $150 (lady was really flakey the add was up for like an hour than she said it wasn’t working properly, I still expressed an interest and didn’t hear back from her).

If you're into pianos or organs they are plentiful and cheap around here.

I used to go to pawn shops and thrift stores but never really found anything of value.

Posted: Tue May 20, 2008 9:51 pm
by Tyler2000
I would have never had any electribes if it weren't for great deals. My EA-1 and ER-1 for $50 each. My ES-1 was free.

Some great guitars and amps for all kinds of cheap.

I've picked up a lot of stuff at thrift stores that sold for much more that I bought it for.

CS-5 for $10 is amazig.

Posted: Tue May 20, 2008 9:54 pm
by meatballfulton
ARP Odyssey MkI with road case, free
Roland SH-101 $25