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Things you do before buying a synth...

Post by griffin avid » Wed Mar 16, 2016 2:48 pm

Wondering if beyond the normal stuff like ....
1) Checking/comparing prices
2) reading reviews
3) downloading the PDF manual....

Are there any other (not to be sensible, but to be neurotic....) things that you do before buying a new synth....

a) One thing I've done, is looked up the dimensions and mock-placed the synth around the studio- trying to figure out where I'll put it when it arrives.

b) watch youtube/product demos...obsessively...why, I don't know...

c) download pictures of the synth/item...

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Re: Things you do before buying a synth...

Post by Bitexion » Wed Mar 16, 2016 3:23 pm

I usually obsessively watch videos and reviews, check the manual if it's online, listen to MP3 clips, look at lots of pictures..I was doing that for 2 months before getting the Alesis Andromeda A6. And when I had it in my livingroom it was like a revelation. I could hardly sleep the first couple of nights cos I kept waking up to see if Andy was still there :D

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Re: Things you do before buying a synth...

Post by garranimal » Wed Mar 16, 2016 4:26 pm

On the practical side I google used gear for common issues, availability of schematics, sourcing and costs of spare parts. Yes, before I purchase.

Neurotic stuff I do, for new gear, is obsessively check the local and regional store inventory on the website so I can go check things out. Even if its stuff I'm not that interested, just because it's new stuff. If its a craigslist, or ebay listing, I constantly stalk the listing/photos over and over. And yes the youtube demo thing as well.

I have done what Bitexion has done after purchase. Standing across the room, seeing how the new piece ties the room together with googly-eyes. It's a honeymoon phase, another topic could be made for when the honeymoon is over.

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Re: Things you do before buying a synth...

Post by meatballfulton » Wed Mar 16, 2016 4:28 pm

This is rarer and rarer these days, but I like to go to a store and try it in person. The problem with this is that where I live only GC carries synths these days and they are slow to get them on the floor.

It was two years before they had a Kronos to try. Forget about all the monos that have come out the last few years, other than a miniBrute in one store and a microBrute in another :pissed:

The sales guys tell you to just special order but then you have to buy it when it arrives :banghead:

I can drive into the city because the main Boston store sometimes has stock, but it's a hassle to do so unless I'm already pretty convinced I want it. It's just easier to buy online and return it if I don't like it.
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Re: Things you do before buying a synth...

Post by moremagic » Wed Mar 16, 2016 5:31 pm

idk about yall but i spend too much damn time on modular grid before throwing away my :75:

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Post by Bitexion » Wed Mar 16, 2016 5:33 pm

Yeah trying synths in those big guitar outlets is just a hassle, and you feel like the staff don't want you to do it either.

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Re: Things you do before buying a synth...

Post by sam » Wed Mar 16, 2016 6:53 pm

my tip for buying new synths is to not rush out and get one new but wait a few months because some people are very impulsive and sell them 'not my thing' as the ads tend to read.
if you buy at a price so you can pass it on without loosing money..if its not your thing as well.

anyway its what i do....
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Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Thu Mar 17, 2016 8:28 am

I normally try to save up some money... or sell some other stuff to raise funds.

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Re: Things you do before buying a synth...

Post by Percivale » Thu Mar 17, 2016 11:44 am

I will check if it has DIN MIDI In/Out.

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Re: Things you do before buying a synth...

Post by Hybrid88 » Thu Mar 17, 2016 12:31 pm

Is "check bank balance" the wrong answer? :lol:

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Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Thu Mar 17, 2016 12:36 pm

Hybrid88 wrote:Is "check bank balance" the wrong answer? :lol:
This would depend greatly on your bank balance, I'd say.

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Re: Things you do before buying a synth...

Post by recordbot » Thu Mar 17, 2016 1:06 pm

Bitexion wrote:Yeah trying synths in those big guitar outlets is just a hassle, and you feel like the staff don't want you to do it either.
agree with you and meatball on this, I'm in New England and I think only smaller shops carry new synths, Guitar Centers don't have them although I did get to play with a Yamaha reface in CT but it was broken to bits so hard to connect with.

I recently went on vacation in Miami and the guitar center there had an Odyssey, some type of Moog Phatty, both Arturia brutes, the entire Aira line, all the roland boutique line, a Dave Smith tempest and a ton of other stuff I never expected to see in a guitar center.

I was playing that stuff for an hour while my friend rented some lights, drawing attention from the families in there trying to get their kids to take an interest in piano playing, good times, don't know why guitar centers in the northeast don't carry stuff, even NYC has barely anything, tiny guitar stores around here have more moog synth than guitar centers.

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Re: Things you do before buying a synth...

Post by cornutt » Thu Mar 17, 2016 7:57 pm

Bitexion wrote:I usually obsessively watch videos and reviews, check the manual if it's online, listen to MP3 clips, look at lots of pictures..I was doing that for 2 months before getting the Alesis Andromeda A6. And when I had it in my livingroom it was like a revelation. I could hardly sleep the first couple of nights cos I kept waking up to see if Andy was still there :D
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* I want to see a few photographs so I can see what kind of general shape it is in.
* How much has it been gigged?
* Has it been modified? If so, what mods and who did them?
* If it takes a wall wart power supply, is that included?
* Does it come with any accessories like memory cards or expansion boards? Or spare parts?
* If it is a model that is known to have a specific issue (e.g., the Fizmo voltage regulator deal), has that been fixed, and who did it?
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Re: Things you do before buying a synth...

Post by JimReyes » Fri Mar 18, 2016 11:30 am

Thanks for the information , i was about to buy new synth for my niece.

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