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My $500 Prophet 5

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:12 am
by otto
Not trying to gloat or anything, I'm just rather excited about this score.

So I was browsing the guitar center used website, not something I do very often at all. I punched in a few of the vintage synth manufactures to see if anything interesting popped up. Moog, no. Oberheim, no. Sequential... A prophet 5 supposedly in excellent shape for $2000 in Raleigh NC. I thought, wow that's a great price if this thing is really in great shape.

I give them a call and go through the usual guitar center BS of getting passed around due to no one really knowing what was going on. I finally talk to a kid that knows of the synth and he says "oh that thing doesn't work, it doesn't turn on". So I said "well what do you want for it" he said he would talk to the manager and call me back. He calls me back and says tells me to give them an offer. I said "not knowing what's wrong with it or if it is all there the best I can do is $500". He says he'll talk to the manager and get back to me. He doesn't call for a couple days and I figure the deal is off but I might as well call and see. So I call the kid back and he says "oh yeah, the manager said $500 is fine".

Fast forward, it arrives today. It looks really nice, the wood is in absolutely great shape, some of the writting is worn down but really a nice looking synth overall. I assume it doesn't work but plug it in anyway and sure enough it doesn't. So I check the fuse to see if it looks bad and the fuse and fuse cap are missing. I check the packaging and they are inside mixed in with the bubble wrap. I put the fuse in and plug it back in, flip the switch and we have lights! Excitedly, I plug some headphones in the output and sure enough, it makes sound!

As for the bad: The contacts need cleaning, a couple of the keys are a little crackly sounding. One of the voices is a bit intermitten but works most of the time. Sounds great!

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Re: My $500 Prophet 5

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:18 am
by monolith
Nice one man! I dont know much about them except that people always say it's better than a mono/poly. :D
Was this the deal you mentioned being in the works but didnt wanna speak too soon?


Enjoy!

Re: My $500 Prophet 5

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:20 am
by Rangoon
You did much better than you think. That's happens to be a Rev. 2....

Re: My $500 Prophet 5

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:38 am
by guitarsandsynths
Congrats you lucky you!!!!!
That's what I paid for my prophet, but it's not a rev. 2. When you first posted about it I had a feeling that it was going to be working. I was right! Congrats again! :D

Re: My $500 Prophet 5

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 4:04 am
by killertofu
Congrats!! The deals are out there, we just need to catch them.

I have a lead myself on a non-working prophet, with an unidentified problem.. im going to check into it. Maybe ill be making one of these posts soon too :mrgreen:

Re: My $500 Prophet 5

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 4:21 am
by baschyn
I was on the phone with Zach @ GC in NC and he said it was on hold. I'm happy someone got it that really wanted one, glad it works! I got my Rev.2 in Chicago for $1500, You got the better deal!

Re: My $500 Prophet 5

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 4:46 am
by killertofu
Im just curious how that thing survived at a guitar center...? The wood is in excellent shape!

Re: My $500 Prophet 5

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 4:48 am
by Cam VanDerHorst
Whoa, well done! :o I'd like to find a deal like that.

Re: My $500 Prophet 5

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 5:08 am
by Stalfosia
super good deal... JEALOUS!

Re: My $500 Prophet 5

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 5:27 am
by Clavier
Again, I am very happy for you. That thing looks better than I could have imagined! GC surprises me sometimes. A keen person with good haggling skill can get some great deals thanks to a combination of:

-uneducated staff
-weird company policies
-crappy pay = unmotivated workers who don't care about loss

Re: My $500 Prophet 5

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:56 pm
by aXL
That's awesome, Otto! And a Rev.2, no less... The amounts of envy I have for you right now... :mrgreen:

Re: My $500 Prophet 5

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 2:10 pm
by steveman
Youi lucky lucky b***tard, well done. I'm jealous of you guys in the US, all those potential deals. The UK retail scene is too small, so everyone tends to know what stuff is worth.

VERY jealous of you as the Prophet 5 rev2 is my dream synth, but I'm not prepared to spend £1500+ on a nearly 30 year old instrument. I'll have to console myself with a P'08.

Re: My $500 Prophet 5

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 2:17 pm
by JJQ
Oooh Im so jealous.

Congrats on one of the best. REV f**k 2. =D>

Re: My $500 Prophet 5

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 2:59 pm
by OriginalJambo
Damn, that's one sweet deal!

Re: My $500 Prophet 5

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 4:22 pm
by seamonkey
otto the synth gods have surely found favor in you for finding such a sweet deal, at guitar center of all places.
Congrats on a great find, you are one lucky dude! :D