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Re: Yamaha CS 80

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Thu Nov 19, 2015 8:32 am

nvining wrote: [...] Alternately, keep it and enjoy it!
The only reasonable option.

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Re: CS 80

Post by 88keez » Fri Nov 20, 2015 2:23 pm

Thanks again for these comments and advice. I'm finding that there is no easy solution. I have a buyer who will pay me $5000 CDN for this "as is". The synth is in decent shape with a few issues, but those issues I don't know if they are minor or major until I look into it. FInding a tech who will take this on and who I trust to work on this synth is proving to be a challenge.

I've been finding out a repair or restoration can range from $1000 - $3000. I have had this one for 30 years and have not used it much. It has generally been stored and never been serviced. So I would think that any work done on this synth to get it in proper working order would be on the higher end, but I don't know.

Any advice on letting it go "as is" for $5000. I'm finding it is going to be a pain to go thru all this for more money, and just how much more is unclear. (plus I'm not in the business of vintage synths so I'm running a little blind). I don't mind going thru this work as this area of the music industry is turning out to be interesting. But a bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush as they say.

Thanks again.

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Re: CS 80

Post by meatballfulton » Fri Nov 20, 2015 3:41 pm

It's usually better to sell gear "as is" because you seldom recoup the cost of any repairs you make just before selling. Now if you could do the work yourself, that would be different.

So you have an offer for $5000, now imagine you put $2000 into repairs first will you be able to get $7000? The real unknown is how much the repairs will actually cost....what if it turns out to be $5000 to get it restored? How badly do you need to get top dollar vs. just taking the money now and letting the buyer worry about the repairs?
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Re: CS 80

Post by Hybrid88 » Fri Nov 20, 2015 4:18 pm

Yes I'd agree, having had a fair few vintage synths myself take it from me there is always more needing to be done to them than meets the eye. If you're not willing to take the gamble of spending hundreds getting it in perfect shape then don't bother, it really is a labour of love, the people that do it do so for the satisfaction not the dollars.

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Re: CS 80

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Fri Nov 20, 2015 6:38 pm

88keez wrote: [...] Any advice on letting it go "as is" for $5000. [...]
If there is no pressing need to sell it, keep it. Have someone overhaul it -- for you in the first place.

After all, there must have been a reason that prompted you to buy *this* instrument -- and not a DX-7 -- back in the day.

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Re: CS 80

Post by Stab Frenzy » Sat Nov 21, 2015 2:31 am

meatballfulton wrote:It's usually better to sell gear "as is" because you seldom recoup the cost of any repairs you make just before selling. Now if you could do the work yourself, that would be different.

So you have an offer for $5000, now imagine you put $2000 into repairs first will you be able to get $7000? The real unknown is how much the repairs will actually cost....what if it turns out to be $5000 to get it restored? How badly do you need to get top dollar vs. just taking the money now and letting the buyer worry about the repairs?
Agreed. Unless you can do the repairs yourself (no easy task on a CS80) just take the money and let someone else fix it up. A couple of years ago a CS80 in mint condition with legs etc would go for $4000-5000, so you're really you're making off like a bandit selling a road-worn semi functional one for $5000 now. And the buyer is a bit of a sucker too IMO.

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