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selling a synth you planned to re-purchase

Post by 8bit9bot » Wed Apr 28, 2010 2:22 am

I don't know about the rest of you... but I have had times where I needed quick cash and resorted to selling a synth that I didn't want to let go. Specifically the synth I'm talking about is the Waldorf Microwave II. About 3 years ago I had to sell mine... and I thought within a year I'd be able to buy it back. A lot of time has passed and I still haven't managed to be able to save up enough to re-buy it. If I had known it would take this long... I would have tried to acquire the money some other way. Even working @ Walmart during the overnight shift in addition to my regular job ;) Anyone have similar stories? I'm guessing yes... since we're living thru the second great depression.

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Re: selling a synth you planned to re-purchase

Post by Cerebral Infect » Wed Apr 28, 2010 3:30 am

Depression or not, making electronic music with hardware is a tad more expensive than say playing guitar. You can have a cheap guitar and a cheap amp and still rock on. With synth, you needs cable, mixer, speakers... oh some effect boxes and blabla.

I am happy to have done the opposite, i.e. investing my time & money in school to have a better qualification instead of buying gear. Therefore I can now earn more money and even though I have a good living, I would not be able to accumulate the gear we see on some studio setup we see here.
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Re: selling a synth you planned to re-purchase

Post by memory cords » Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:05 am

8bit9bot wrote:I don't know about the rest of you... but I have had times where I needed quick cash and resorted to selling a synth that I didn't want to let go. Specifically the synth I'm talking about is the Waldorf Microwave II. About 3 years ago I had to sell mine... and I thought within a year I'd be able to buy it back. A lot of time has passed and I still haven't managed to be able to save up enough to re-buy it. If I had known it would take this long... I would have tried to acquire the money some other way. Even working @ Walmart during the overnight shift in addition to my regular job ;) Anyone have similar stories? I'm guessing yes... since we're living thru the second great depression.
Well some synths are easy to find again because there are a lot on the used market, Roland Juno's or Korg MS2000's for example. So repurchasing it later would not be a problem. And synths that are still in production are also easily repurchased. But if a synth is rare and/or out of production then your chances of being able to repurchase it are pretty slim. I never sell anything unless I'm 100% sure I'm not going to use it anymore.

If you specifically want to get Waldorf Microwave II sounds then the Blofeld can do them, plus a new Blofeld is probably cheaper than buying a used Microwave II.

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Re: selling a synth you planned to re-purchase

Post by Solderman » Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:15 pm

I'm about to have a story like that if I don't find work next month. I'll have to sell my Jupiter 8. I went ahead and got JP8V and have re-created some of my patches on it, with suprising success. VA is never a complete replacement, but if you know how it will sit in the mix, the Arturia one can still satisfy.

I'll probably never get another Jupiter 8 though. Too many disappointments. I actually had alot more fun with the Jupiter 6, the last few times I played one.
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Re: selling a synth you planned to re-purchase

Post by cgren72 » Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:35 pm

this is so sad:(

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Re: selling a synth you planned to re-purchase

Post by Automatic Gainsay » Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:36 pm

I am on my third JX3P. I like having one around, but if I ever need quick money, it goes.

I keep on feeling drawn to Korg MS synths, but I always sell them, too. I think someday I might have an MS-10 that I keep, primarily because it's a fun live synth.
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Post by nathanscribe » Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:51 pm

There's a local ARP Axxe that I could easily trade for, but I can't bring myself to part with what I already have for the sake of another 1-osc mono.... even if it does sound good. Sigh. I've learned from selling stuff before that I will probably end up missing what I sell unless it's just cheap old c**p in the first place. Even then, I like some of the cheap old c**p, so I keep it. Now, it's a balance between functionality, tonal qualities, and desirability as an object. Being able to manage GAS is another matter.

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Re: selling a synth you planned to re-purchase

Post by nvbrkr » Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:52 pm

I've had this issue with guitars. I sold my strat three years ago, because I hardly ever played it and I had sort of messed up my wrist over the years. Now I've started missing having one in the house - strumming it while watching television etc. I used the money on synths though...

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Post by diezdiazgiant » Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:49 pm

a roland jx3p and a sequential circuits six trak. both i got for next to nothing (like 50 and 250 respectively), and both the last time i looked at ebay had gone up a fair amount. im especially kicking myself because that six trak was old new stock. no scratches, no grubby grease stains on the keys from fingers, just f**k pristine condition. at least with the jx3p it was beat up and had a f**k battery so that one i didnt regret so much
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Re: selling a synth you planned to re-purchase

Post by blavatsky » Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:03 pm

traded a korg EMX for a yamaha RS7000 -a good trade imo, but I still miss things about the korg like the ease of making a track, good effects, nice size, arpeggiator, etc. It was sitting around too much in my setup though, but I wouldn't mind having another.

Ditto with Novation Nova - Traded for a Weird Sound Generator + cash; deal went fine, but that nova had a sweet sound, lots of knobs, and of course now they are going up in value. WSG is cool, but I haven't found much use quite yet in my tracks (intro? background insanity?). I soothed the pain by getting an x-station, which is cool but somehow not as sweet sounding as the old nova.

Sold a JX8P for what I bought it for; that thing had a great thick vintage sound but I was too lazy to program it much, plus the MIDI on it was kinda primitive (received on all channels, at least for me) and was noisy as h**l in the mixer compared to newer stuff. Still, the pads (soundtrack patch!) and a few other sounds are missed.

Had a chance to buy an HS-60 (Juno 106 w/ speakers basically) for 135 and was too broke, but I kinda want the old roland analog sound again...but it's mainly just GAS.

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Re: selling a synth you planned to re-purchase

Post by Offworld » Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:26 pm

8bit9bot wrote:I don't know about the rest of you... but I have had times where I needed quick cash and resorted to selling a synth that I didn't want to let go. Specifically the synth I'm talking about is the Waldorf Microwave II. About 3 years ago I had to sell mine... and I thought within a year I'd be able to buy it back. A lot of time has passed and I still haven't managed to be able to save up enough to re-buy it. If I had known it would take this long... I would have tried to acquire the money some other way. Even working @ Walmart during the overnight shift in addition to my regular job ;) Anyone have similar stories? I'm guessing yes... since we're living thru the second great depression.
I sold an OBX-a about 14 years ago for the same reason and have yet to replace it. With the skyrocketing prices of vintage synths these days, it would be cheaper to get a cash advance on your credit card than replace a piece of vintage gear!

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Re: selling a synth you planned to re-purchase

Post by Cumulus » Thu Apr 29, 2010 2:07 am

I've been pretty good about managing my money so I don't run out very often. Buying synth used used for low prices helps.

I did sell a couple of basses many years ago but they were nothing special and I had no intention of ever getting them again.

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Post by 8bit9bot » Thu Apr 29, 2010 2:35 am

It's nice to know there are other people who run into the same issues. It makes the "why me" factor go away a little. Anyhow, I see a lot of people saying they are good w/ money or doing something smart w/ money to prevent this. My main issue that came up w/ money was... I had moved out of my parents house and the bills caught up to me about half a year into it. Now, I'm married and I paid for the wedding myself... so all extra money I made during this time was used on the ceremony and honeymoon. Hopefully, this is the year when I get my Microwave II back.

Also, someone mentioned replacing the MW2 w/ the Blofeld. There's one feature that is really preventing me from wanting to do it that way. The MW2 has a few parameters that are catagorized as "quality". One of them is "Time Quantize" which makes the wavetable sweeps have a stair-casing sort of effect... basically decreasing the smoothing. The other one I like is "Aliasing": A parameter which allows you to remove interpolation and hear the raw aliasing artifacts. From what I understand... the Blofeld has 1 parameter which does one of these things but not both... I read the Blofeld manual and found no evidence to indicate otherwise. So... to me that makes the MW2 or XT much more appealing.

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Post by Black Tomorrow » Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:57 am

Bought an Octave Cat a few years ago. Then my car died before the synth even arrived in the mail. So I had to flip it as soon as I got it. I did get a chance to mess around with it, though. I'd like to get another one, but they seem to be selling for about 3 times the price I paid for the first one.
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Re: selling a synth you planned to re-purchase

Post by Cumulus » Thu Apr 29, 2010 7:53 pm

Being good with money is really just about setting priorities and making the right decisions at th eright time..

I didn't mean to imply that anybody who had to sell a synth was not good with moeny. I was just saying that I don;t make many frivolous purchases and I only buy music gear when the price is right. That means there are a few things I want that I don't have (not too many at this point but a few) but I also have gotten a lot of gear for my money and i have more money left over for bills and life expenses..

My wedding was very inexpensive, though, with only a few close freinds and family. We spent less than $2,000.00 on the whole thing.

I have a friend who spent almost $30K on her weeding and they were divorced within three years. Again, it's really about priorities. I like to travel and there are peopel who would say that is a waste of money because you have nothing to show for it (at least with a wedding you have your wife, LOL!).

I have bought the occasionaly piece of gear with the intent to resell it at a profit but fell in love with it instead but that's a topic for another thread altogether..

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