its not just that, some people dream of owning a real 303 for the iconic look of it, these days they go for over $2400 in good condition, at the end of the day it isn't about how your instrument looks, but still some people just adore the look of that thing, and they would like one to be made by the original company, the Bass Bot TT is a parody of the 303 imho, it doesn't include a DINSYNC like the original. If Roland were to put out a 303 reissue it would offset the price of current vintage ones. too many people want em not enough of em around. Also if a 303 reissue was being sold today for cheap a lot of people would get a few units, some for mods and spares etc, but then would the same mods be harder to do if it were SMT?Stab Frenzy wrote:It's nothing to do with quality at all (has anyone actually experienced how cheaply built the 303 is?) it's to do with rarity and exclusivity/status. Case in point is the 303, there are exact clones on the market now (with improvements to the sequencer which make them better for making music on without effecting the sound) and it hasn't brought the price down at all. People who want a 303 for making music can get a x0xb0x or bass bot tt for cheap, people who want to brag about the gear they own pay $2000+ for a 303. Watch the same thing happen with the MS-20.
A real 303 reissue is badly needed right now, just how much it would extend the life of it all, there were like 10,000 made and now a lot less left around, a lot of them were probably destroyed in fire, beyond repair due to failed mod attempts, and other issues and some people hoard them by getting like 4 units.