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The One(s) That Got Away

Posted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:27 pm
by Cumulus
I was talking to my boss today about stuff we remember form the 80's and she casually mentioned that she had a pink Casio SK-1 when she was a kid. I, being the nice guy that I am, let her know that they are pretty sought-after these days and fetch some decent money on Ebay. She says it’s long-gone but if it ever shows up she'll bring it in for me.

Back in the late 80's I used to play a Yamaha VSS-30 on a long-term loan from a friend of mine. I finally felt bad about keeping it for several months and gave it back to him only to have him lend it to someone else. I don’t think he ever saw it again.

I also passed up a Korg Mono/Poly for $100 at my favorite pawn shop back in the early 90’s.

So, which synth purchases have you passed on that keep you awake at night these days?

Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Posted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:47 pm
by balma
none really. I got rid from a Yamaha W7 workstation to a nephew and he's now a h**l of a player with it. 1000 times better than me on the W7. I also gave him the last one of my Roland Groovebox series, a D1. And he could play it blind.

But I'm a quite miserable producer to give away anything!

Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Posted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 10:07 pm
by Scories
About 10 years ago:

A mint Univox Minikorg 700s for 80$ because I already had one (that looks like trash).

3 mint MS-20's being sold 500$ each; because the guy wanted to sell them altogether, with a Mellotron and a Jupiter6. At that time, they were generally being sold around 900$. That was the synth I wanted to have but I did not had the 1500$ then ...and I never had one.

Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Posted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:47 am
by cornutt
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.

Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Posted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:23 am
by Cumulus
This may turn out to be a depressing thread.

Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Posted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:32 am
by adhmzaiusz
Back around 2000 was the time when I regret not buying every synth I saw. There was this shop in Toronto that regularly had all sorts of vintage synths for 1/3 to 1/4 of what they are worth now. I remember thinking the TB303 in the display was too much at $500. I remember seeing a CS50 for about $800 and used digital synths still fetched alot of money second hand. And lastly I remember wanting the Rhodes chroma that was at my brother's work but thinking it was just a little too much at $600.

I really wish I could communicate with the old me and tell him how much grief he'd give the future me.

Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Posted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 4:11 am
by Scories
How could have we known that electronic music would be the next big thing and that these already old fragile machine would be sold 2 to 6 times the price!!!

Yeah, a sad thread...

Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Posted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 4:33 am
by Alex E
I saw a perfectly good MonoPoly sell for $100 on eBay back in 2007.

Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Posted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 4:39 am
by rharris07
hammond b3 WITH leslie speaker. makes me sick to this day. our salvation army had one from a church (i think thats where it came from if i remember right), and it had been sitting for a few days - a friend of mine ended up getting it. he had a friend that worked there as a volunteer and called him saying do you want this organ? they'll give it to you for 50 bucks and deliver it for free if you'll just get it out of there...of course he said yes.

how i come in is that i stopped by there the day before he got it - so i was there and it was there but i never saw it (not sure why)...but if i had asked, or looked deeper i might have found the damn thing. it works perfectly too...it sickens me. i got to play it at his place recently, in perfect condition...its just crazy.

Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Posted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 4:43 am
by Automatic Gainsay
In about 1986, TB 303s were considered a worthless toy. Shitty at synthesis, laughable sounds, etc. They couldn't give them away. I can't remember what they were at my local music store, but I very vividly remember seeing them there and laughing at them (like I still do... except in regard to price). I can only imagine what sort of glorious benefit could have been mine had I bought their entire stock... I probably could have gotten it for the price ONE of them would go for today.

Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Posted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:46 am
by iProg
Missed out a Jupiter-6 w/ flightcase for approx. 900 dollars. In sweden, that is beyond cheap.

Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Posted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:57 am
by n1nj4
Automatic Gainsay wrote:In about 1986, TB 303s were considered a worthless toy.
Too true. My dad literally threw one away in the '80s. :lol:

Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Posted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:59 am
by Alex E
Automatic Gainsay wrote:...I probably could have gotten it for the price ONE of them would go for today.
Or less. :/

Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Posted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:48 am
by StepLogik
Automatic Gainsay wrote:In about 1986, TB 303s were considered a worthless toy. Shitty at synthesis, laughable sounds, etc. They couldn't give them away. I can't remember what they were at my local music store, but I very vividly remember seeing them there and laughing at them (like I still do... except in regard to price). I can only imagine what sort of glorious benefit could have been mine had I bought their entire stock... I probably could have gotten it for the price ONE of them would go for today.
Yep. The first time I saw a 303 was in a guitar shop in Knoxville, TN. They said I could have it for $90 and I still turned them down :lol: Still kicking myself for that one...

Also passed up a Moog Prodigy in a guitar shop in Harriman, TN for $100.

Re: The One(s) That Got Away

Posted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 6:49 pm
by vespiz
A CS-50 for about €100-120 over 10 years back (when we still had a different currency..).
We had closed the deal, but on the next day, the seller called that he'd turned it on to check everything is ok and it had promptly blown up. And that he'd also get better money from the insurance company for the damages and it would be the dumpster for this bugger ("beyond repair").

Personally, I think he got a better offer from someone else, but who knows?

Ah, well..