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Re: First Purchases

Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:54 am
by Phollop Willing PA
Mine was an ARP EXPLORER in 1978.

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Re: First Purchases

Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:10 pm
by Sir Nose
Moog LP stage: 1st synthesizer and 1st musical instrument as an adult

It made learning the basics of subtractive synthesis a pure joy.

Re: First Purchases

Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:34 pm
by Logan 5
My first synth was the Jen SX1000 which I saved up my pennies for aged 15 in 1983.
I loved it so much-had just a small guitar amp or my stereo to play it through,but still thought I created wonders! :lol:

Followed a couple of years later by the Korg Mono/Poly. 8-)


That passion is still there-I'm no Rick Wakeman,but I can get so much enjoyment from my synths and to this day still use only hardware,no computers.

Re: First Purchases

Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 7:21 am
by Black Tomorrow
Pro5 wrote:Not a synth, in any fashion. It's the equiv of a childs home keyboard (something from the PSS range, of which I had 2 before I had my HT-300) with a handle stuck on it! And Yes I know what i'm talking about cos I bought 2 of them (and it's big brother the shs-2000) for £4 each from a car boot sale (flea market) in the last 2 years and sold them for £150 each on ebay, nothing synth like about them, just cos they have sounds based on a really weak version of FM doesn't make it a synthesizer as for one thing it can't synthesize any new sounds. :)
Yes, I'm aware it's pretty much a toy. I mentioned it only jokingly, particularly since it sells for much more than it's worth these days on ebay. I find this funny considering that I couldn't even get $5 for it at a garage sale a few years back. It's also why I amended the statement to include my first real synth - the Rogue. Otherwise I could also mention the various PSR's I owned before that.

Re: First Purchases

Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 7:34 am
by sam
First synth was a Siel mono....then kawai 100p....Sci pro-one...Moog polymoog.

Re: First Purchases

Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:54 am
by computron
My First synth was a Korg poly 61 pulled from a dumpster a long time ago. everything even worked. First synth I bought was a polysix.Then for a time I took a break from getting into synths as my son was born.Soon after that it was a ms2000 followed by a microkorg followed by a kawai sx 240.Many others joined after that

Re: First Purchases

Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:05 am
by Zamise
Not sure if this counts, but here goes:

Circa 93' MusicStar Midi keyboard with a SoundBlaster card upgraded to 8megs of sample font memory on a 486 PC.

Re: First Purchases

Posted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:29 am
by Pro5
Black Tomorrow wrote:
Pro5 wrote:Not a synth, in any fashion. It's the equiv of a childs home keyboard (something from the PSS range, of which I had 2 before I had my HT-300) with a handle stuck on it! And Yes I know what i'm talking about cos I bought 2 of them (and it's big brother the shs-2000) for £4 each from a car boot sale (flea market) in the last 2 years and sold them for £150 each on ebay, nothing synth like about them, just cos they have sounds based on a really weak version of FM doesn't make it a synthesizer as for one thing it can't synthesize any new sounds. :)
Yes, I'm aware it's pretty much a toy. I mentioned it only jokingly, particularly since it sells for much more than it's worth these days on ebay. I find this funny considering that I couldn't even get $5 for it at a garage sale a few years back. It's also why I amended the statement to include my first real synth - the Rogue. Otherwise I could also mention the various PSR's I owned before that.

Hairy muff. Just reminded me how many times I saw them listed on the bay as 'rare synthesizer' which really used to wind me up, until I found those ones for next to nothing, sold them for £400+ in total and bought polysixes (both) for less than that (battery damaged but very minimal and easily fixed cost ~ £2 each to fix :mrgreen: ). I should thank Yamaha really as it gave me free polysix's + £100 spending. :lol:

Re: First Purchases

Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 3:19 am
by fh991586
I've had a D50, and then a JX-3P 2 days later. If I hadn't bought the D50 first, I'm pretty sure the JX-3P would have been sufficient for me at the time, and I would not have gotten the gear lust that plagued me since, a year ago...

Re: First Purchases

Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:02 am
by Ashe37
Yamaha SHS-10 keytar in 1987...

or, if you want proper keys, a broken Ensoniq EPS in 1990... (had access to a full electronics shop at the time, a fix was no big deal)

or... a Ensoniq VFX in 1999.

Re: First Purchases

Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:29 am
by vinyl_junkie
Yamaha DX-100 and Korg ER-1 (mk1) although technically the first synth I brought with my own money was a Novation Bass Station Keyboard as the DX was stolen and ER-1 was a birthday present which I latter swapped for a Drum Station

Re: First Purchases

Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:55 am
by Virgule
Juno-106 (100$) in june of 1999. Synth prices were already inflated then and sold it 300$ 3 years later.

Re: First Purchases

Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:30 pm
by akadavar
I miss you! I want you back!

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Re: First Purchases

Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:29 pm
by Tom Guycot
Couldn't find an "introduce yourself" thread, so this seems like as good a place as any...

The first proper synth I ever bought was the Korg MS-2000. I was so amped to purchase a synth that I bought it almost the same day it came out. Dropped about $900 on it.

Such a huge mistake in retrospect. The gear I could have purchased back in '00 for that amount of money makes my stomach turn.

I still have it, 11 years later...and I still have yet to use it on any legit recordings. I've been thinking about selling it for a few years now, but never quite got around to it.

Sigh...

Re: First Purchases

Posted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:26 am
by KrisH
I got my first hardware synth, a Roland D-50, early last November in a Craigslist trade (with some cash back) for an electric upright bass. That was followed at the end of December by my new Miniak, and then in early February by the Yamaha DX-11, from eBay. From about 2006, I had been using a number of different software synths that were midi-controlled with a Yamaha PSR-170, which I still use.

My history with basses and guitars tracks back to 1972, though, not counting the discount-store Egmond classical 6-string I got around 1968 -- which I still have!