AnalogKid wrote:If I had tens of thousands to spend on music gear, I still wouldn't pay more than a few hundred bucks for any of these "classic" synths. Is it just me? Am I speaking vintage synth blasphemy? Are there others out there who think like I do when it comes to prices for these old "classic" synths?
I'm totally with you on this from a logical point of view. But Pandora's big bushy box has been opened, and all the capitalist toxic waste flew out and covered everything years ago, and that's that. They will never be cheap again, and as more of them go beyond repair, the prices will all end up being CS-80 and EMS ridiculous.
We've had plenty of conversations here about all the things mentioned in this thread. Analog vs. digital emulation. Why modern analogs don't sound like vintage. Why they're so goddamned expensive to build in the first place. Why the forumites love them and cry themselves to sleep when they have sold something and regret it later. Like alot.
My only real fear is that of these vintage machines that continue working for the next 50 years, they will all soon end up in the hands of people who never put them in music anymore. It's one thing to play them and experience the joys of a vintage synthesizer. But everyone, certainly everyone on this forum, were inspired first by music made with them.
I had a JP-8 for about 3 years, and it definitely had its share of problems. I sold it partly because of that, but also because I actually started to neglect using it and something in me said that was terribly wrong. I do miss it from time to time, but I still have all my recordings, and they're for me and no one else, and that's good enough. A great sounding synth such as that needs to be heard, and I'm not the one to do it.
What are vintage synths for? There's alot of dialogue about what a synth can do, but what can it do for you? You'll get alot of different answers from different musicians, obviously, with a rapidly growing number of them who have never even seen one in person. I think everyone should ask themselves this question, and weigh it with other opinions before delving too deep into their popularity and prices on the used market. If you can get one, great. If not, don't sweat it. Life is too short to let gearlust cause you misery.
I am no longer in pursuit of vintage synths. The generally absurd inflation from demand versus practical use and maintenance costs is no longer viable. The internet has suffocated and vanquished yet another wonderful hobby. Too bad.
--Solderman no more.