The One(s) That Got Away

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Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Post by Vertical » Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:35 pm

I bought a Memorymoog in 1995 using my friend's credit card for $1100. After a few months, I was unable to come up with money to pay him back so I sold it for $1400.

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Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Post by adhmzaiusz » Sat Mar 27, 2010 5:30 am

Well on the lighter side, I got a good deal a few months ago that "got away" from at least someone else, while on tour with the band we stopped into a pawn shop for the h**l of it in St' John New Brunswick. I was the last one into the shop and I'll never forget the look on my friends face, "Greg they got a JUPITER 8!" I ran through the store and yelled "i'm buying it!" and found out it was only $1500 and physically in pretty good shape. Every day I wake up to it right there, ohh its a good feeling. And come to think of it, I paid the same price for my JP8000 in '98
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Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Post by rhino » Sat Mar 27, 2010 2:34 pm

mint Clavinet with flight case... $50 at a flea-market (in the early '90s)
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Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Post by Murderhausen » Sat Mar 27, 2010 9:05 pm

In 2002 I played with my first synthesizer in a pawn shop. It was a Jupiter 4, but I didn't have the $400 they were asking, nor did I know its true value.
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Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Post by watari banzai » Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:00 am

found a tb-303 in a guitar shop fully working, just gathering dust in the store window. talked them down to $50. sold. didnt do much with it as all i had to hook it up to was a tr-606 (also bought for $50). 303 just stopped working one day although it would still turn on and the keys worked...just not the sequencer. sold it online for parts for $150 cause i needed to get my mixer fixed asap and i was broke. buyer got it fixed within an hour for like $15 worth of parts + labor :pissed:

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Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Post by aphlux » Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:40 am

cornutt wrote:When I was in college (early '80s), a gal that my brother knew in Nashville offered to sell me her Minimoog for $300. But, well, I was a college student and I couldn't scrape that much cash together, and she wouldn't budge on the price.
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Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Post by tyrannosaurus mark » Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:24 pm

I sold a mint Micromoog for about 400 USD because I was desperate for some cash and I hate myself for it to this day. Same story with an RE-201 space echo. f**k you world. I'm going to get drunk on red wine and make blurpy noises on my sk-1.
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Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Post by jeeroj » Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:45 pm

mc-202 about 3/4 years ago for £250, I decided it would cost a bit too much. This year I paid over £400 for one. Rubbish :(
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Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Post by RichShan » Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:47 pm

I sold my TR808 (it still had the plastic cover) just before the dance thing kicked off. Some guy came up from London at about midnight and paid the 200 quid I was asking without quibbling about the price.

I was completely ignorant of its value and of the buyer. I knew he was Tim but I didn't know he was Tim Simenon until a couple of years later when he was interviewed in E&MM. And there was the 808 behind him in the picture.

I was happy though- I'd just bought a great TR626!

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Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Post by anoteoftruth » Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:51 pm

Could've bought a Prophet 08 keyboard version for 1000$ from a professional in my area selling off all his studio equipment.. At the time I did'nt know much about them, and I just maxxed my credit card on a Moog.

I kid you not, not even 30 minutes later, I shifted stuff around in my bank, went back (thinking if anything i could sell it again and make profit if i desperately had to) and within 30 minutes it was gone.

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Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Post by guitarsandsynths » Tue Mar 30, 2010 4:39 am

Onkloud9 always beat me to some great deal. The last one I remember was a kitten and a sq10, super cheap. I had it lined up but he sweet talked the guy into selling to him. :cry: I did beat him on the 2600 tho! :lol: :lol:
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Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Post by clusterchord » Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:53 am

3yrs ago, a friend's Trident mk1 for 300 eur. it was already in my studio for 2 months. and then i decided i have too many synths. and needed the money elsewhere.

yes. i was a complete idiot.


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Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Post by cornutt » Tue Apr 06, 2010 1:53 am

guitarsandsynths wrote:Onkloud9 always beat me to some great deal. The last one I remember was a kitten and a sq10, super cheap. I had it lined up but he sweet talked the guy into selling to him. :cry: I did beat him on the 2600 tho! :lol: :lol:
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Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Post by diezdiazgiant » Tue Apr 06, 2010 2:23 am

i had gotten a sequential circuits six trak like 2 years ago, really cheap, and NO wear this thing was f**k new - i think i got it for 150 or 200. im no analog fetishist but i loved it, and i really wasnt expecting much from it. i wasnt very responsible back then, had a s**t job and ended up selling the thing for some quick cash thinking "oh ill just buy it again later"...
last time i looked at ebay those vulture dealers were selling it between 4 and 5 hundo depending on the condition.
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Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Post by nvbrkr » Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:16 am

A CS-80. I can't remember what the exact price was when I was asked whether I would like to buy it 11 years ago, but it was about the price of a ROMpler on discount then. ca. 1000 euro?

My uncle used to store it in his house for his brother. I've also slept next to the same damn unit for about a year in total. Used to fold my clothes on it when going to sleep. I had very little idea what it was then - for years I thought it was an Electone or something.

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