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Korg MS-20 Kit

Post by ryryoftokyo » Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:19 pm

http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2014/ ... h-classic/

Anybody seen this yet? Thoughts?

To me, the price seems kind of absurd considering you can get a Mini for $600 or less. I'll be passing on this one.
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Re: Korg MS-20 Kit

Post by fh991586 » Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:27 pm

Limited edition, both filters, 1/4" connections, NEW PARTS!
And the pleasure to build it up like a giant meccano set, without soldering...
Expensive toy, but still a nice idea.
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Re: Korg MS-20 Kit

Post by GuyaGuy » Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:34 pm

I'd rather put $1400 into a nice Eurorack set up. But to each his or her own.

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Re: Korg MS-20 Kit

Post by ryryoftokyo » Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:39 pm

All I keep thinking is "if I'm going to drop $1400, I could buy *two* MS-20 minis that are already assembled and use the remaining $200 on a decent MIDI board with full size keys."
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Re: Korg MS-20 Kit

Post by Z » Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:41 pm

$1400 doesn't make a damn bit of sense. You can get a vintage MS20 for around $1200 these days.

If the kit was under $1k, it'd probably be worth it. Early/Old filters selectable via INTERNAL switch is kinda interesting.
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Re: Korg MS-20 Kit

Post by pflosi » Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:15 pm

What the h**l were they thinking??? :|

I hope it's fake...

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Re: Korg MS-20 Kit

Post by syntheticsolutions » Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:25 pm

I would love the opportunity to own a full size MS-20, old or new.

i was absolutely outraged when Korg re produced the MS-20 in that child like mini state, I will definitely be looking at buying one of these however I hope the price is reduced and not set so high
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Re: Korg MS-20 Kit

Post by Sir Ruff » Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:35 pm

Z wrote:$1400 doesn't make a damn bit of sense. You can get a vintage MS20 for around $1200 these days.

If the kit was under $1k, it'd probably be worth it. Early/Old filters selectable via INTERNAL switch is kinda interesting.
Despite clearly being prescient of customer-wants, I'm sure Korg aren't scouring the "for sale" ads for price comparisons. (Although logically yes [to us anyway], why would you buy a new one when you could get an old one for less?) The two-filter option is also quite sage--they understand that the later filter wasn't "worse" than the first one, just different.

Regardless, Korg should be totally commended for going totally balls-out and just making something without worrying about whether the market can handle it or not.... I guarantee these will sell out, which is great--this will only cement Korg's desire to continue in this vein, which I have no doubt they plan to.
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Re: Korg MS-20 Kit

Post by fh991586 » Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:20 pm

A vintage MS-20 is more likely to have trouble issues, and will require more and more maintenance. So the tag price is worth it on this point if you want the next real thing.
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Re: Korg MS-20 Kit

Post by ryryoftokyo » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:30 pm

I like that small = child like. I have big hands and long fingers and have no issue navigating the controls and the keys. :roll:
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Re: Korg MS-20 Kit

Post by Alex E » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:31 pm

syntheticsolutions wrote: i was absolutely outraged when Korg re produced the MS-20 in that child like mini state
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Re: Korg MS-20 Kit

Post by garranimal » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:56 pm

I would rather have a kit that requires soldering, but no SMT. And for $700. I still love my mini, its not going anywhere.

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Re: Korg MS-20 Kit

Post by Steve Jones » Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:01 pm

My first thought was "I hope there is front panel strain relief on those surface mount pots" and my second thought was curiosity as to how a surface-mount MS-20 circuit will sound compared to a healthy, re-capped original through-hole MS-20.

Congratulations to Korg though, they are doing something that many people wished for. I think that it misses the mark to complain about the price - They had to tool up chassis and circuit boards and hardware for just 1000 units. For a company like Korg that is a tiny boutique run without anything like the profit they usually make from volume. To whine that it is too expensive is not really appropriate I think, this is not a mass-market model, it is a laudable thing for a giant Japanese company to even consider moving back to the past to make a small run of an iconic product from 37 years ago. Give them credit for having the flexibility to go well outside the box for a Japanese musical instrument manufacturer.
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Re: Korg MS-20 Kit

Post by Stab Frenzy » Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:54 pm

syntheticsolutions wrote:i was absolutely outraged when Korg re produced the MS-20 in that child like mini state
You should probably get in touch with a psychiatrist if that's causing absolute outrage in you. ;)

When I read about this I was thinking 'cool, an even cheaper version of the MS-20 than the mini, might be fun to buy four and make a poly MS-20' until I read the price. Oh well. I can imagine that after they're all tooled up for this run we might see a 'due to the popularity of the MS-20 kit we've decided to do a run of full-sized MS-20s for people who missed out' or something.

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Re: Korg MS-20 Kit

Post by Aaron2 » Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:24 am

I think this build-your-own-for-$1,400 is an absurd and crass cash-grab by Korg. To which I can only say: "Good for them"! :lol:
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