Back in the 80s maybe the CPU/memory were the expensive parts, but there was an awful lot more analogue circuitry in those machines. The situation now it almost the exact reverse, it's the analogue parts that really cost. Analogue parts need to be measured exactly/calibrated before being put together on a board - part tolerances are critical. Virtually all the old analogue polys used (what where then) off the shelf ICs for oscillators, envs, filters VCAs, none of those parts exist now. They''d have to be fabbed somewhere - this would be expensive for the small numbers that's be needed. There also seems to be the bizarre idea that designing an analogue poly is somehow a lot easier now??
Analogue Polysynths in the 70s/80s were sold as keyboards not synths, now the only people after these are synth heads, the market is much smaller.
So, tiny niche market (mostly populated by vintage snobs - witness the initial reaction from many to the Andromeda), huge startup costs, and little chance of making much (any) money. M
Also most of those (demanding) potential customers don't seem to be interested in buying new - if this place is anything to go by (" too expensive - I'll wait till they're being flipped on Ebay / C/L..."). Given all this I can't understand why the big boys aren't all over this market
Polysynths expensive now? Prophet 5 in 1983 was £3500 my wage was £7k, Prophet 12, lets say £2200?, wage around £40k, not cheap but certainly affordable.volumetrik wrote:The reason why the DSI stuff is so expensive is cos its all done in the US. Materials for such things is equivalent to like 2 computer cases, imho.
Finally, delusional POTM goes too...
bochelli wrote:Lets be honest China could have kicked out new polysynths cheap as chips anytime, they cant be that dumb, because they know it would not make $$$, thats why apple and others rule the world , dont think apple have not thought about it the smell of cash is always a winner.