How much gear did you have in high school?

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Post by eminor9 » Fri Jul 06, 2007 2:43 pm

Jeez, this thread makes me feel old :shock:
All I had when I was in high school was a Sony cassette deck player/recorder and one of those old radio/turntable combo from the seventies with wooden cabinet (today we'd call it vintage classic). I used to make mixes simply by using the pause switch and was quite creative with it. When I graduated from highschool and got my first job I bought two Technics SL1200
turntables and a shitty mixer on a 20 months credit scheme.

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Post by StepLogik » Fri Jul 06, 2007 3:07 pm

Z wrote:I also used the Radio Shack disco mixer (2 line/phono with XFade & 3 mic inputs) ...
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I also used that same radio shack mixer. It wasn't the cleanest signal path, but it got the job done.

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Post by Salad Warehouse » Fri Jul 06, 2007 3:14 pm

I'm still "chillin" in high school and I've aquired an M1, and Microkorg and an Electribe R. Dosen't seem like much, but unlike many of my comrades who ask mommy/daddy for a check, I paid for it all myself, which makes it more valuable, I think.
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Post by Shleed » Fri Jul 06, 2007 3:32 pm

I've only finished school but I've managed to buy a fair amount of kit:

MC202
Yamaha YS200
Microkorg
Doepfer A100
MFB Synth II
Yamaha HS50m monitors
Mbox 2
Alesis ION (ordered it during my birthday, but it's supposed to be coming around August after 2 delays so far)
Acer Laptop

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Post by WhinyLittleRunt » Fri Jul 06, 2007 3:58 pm

I used to have some Casio ToneBank board and a lousy Yamaha PSR-something, but I didn't really play keys much during those years. I had my Fender Strat, some Boss effects and Univox / Fender Princeton Chorus amps. I also had a Yamaha acoustic guitar.

But yeah, paying for it all yourself is the most rewarding. I still own the Strat and I'll probably never get rid of it.

I used to have this toy reed organ when I was a kid - this ugly plastic brown thing on legs. It barely worked but it was so breathy when you hit notes. I wish I knew what it was! That thing was cool 8)
I like vintage synths....

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Post by Synthazaiser » Fri Jul 06, 2007 4:00 pm

I'm 16 and you can see my gear in my signature. Bought most of my stuff for cheap or got it for free (except for the Mono/Poly). I also paid for it myself.
Currently have: Baby Grand Piano, B3, CP-30, DX7, Casiotone MT-210, Axxe 1, EPS-1, Promars, MC-202, TR-606
Used to have: POLY-800, TR-505, Techstar TS-306, DX7, ESI-32, Juno-106, DX27, Synthcart, JX-3P, ESQ-M, Mono/Poly, MS2000BR, VX90

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Post by OggeOJ » Fri Jul 06, 2007 4:17 pm

Im 14, and well:
Korg M1
MicroKORG
Yamaha DX7 and PSR-2
Native Instruments FM8, Pro-53, B4 II
Customized CME UF5 (replaced the top part with red dark plexi and wood panels)

Next thing is probably a Doepfer system.
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yeah, im also obsessed with it.

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Post by Soundwave » Fri Jul 06, 2007 4:58 pm

Didn't have any gear in high school but I did a fair amount at collage! :hippy2:

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Post by crow » Fri Jul 06, 2007 7:53 pm

When i was in scholl we never had f**k synths. I fact we never had electricity; running water; heating; books or pencils and paper.
We had to do a two day shift cleaning chimneys and arrived for school late and get belted the seven colours of shite out off, coz we were late. Every day. Or two.
Anyway we used slates and charcoal. But I was that f**k poor I never had slate, or charcoal. I had to cut my arm open, dip and old stick in it and write on the wall with me own blood.
That got me f**k battered again for grafitti. Cunts.

We did have triangles; tambourines; big f**k off sticks and we could sing.

Spoilt tae f**k ye all are. After school ye were straight down the f**k mine this time. Another two day shift.

We worked a twelve day week.
had an ootside shitehoose with no paper for yer arse. We used the cat. Or a dead rat.

f**k synths. Jeezo.
Spoilt.
...and ah just thought, cuntin well hit it!
GOAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!

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Post by OggeOJ » Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:25 pm

crow wrote:When i was in scholl we never had f**k synths. I fact we never had electricity; running water; heating; books or pencils and paper.
We had to do a two day shift cleaning chimneys and arrived for school late and get belted the seven colours of shite out off, coz we were late. Every day. Or two.
Anyway we used slates and charcoal. But I was that f**k poor I never had slate, or charcoal. I had to cut my arm open, dip and old stick in it and write on the wall with me own blood.
That got me f**k battered again for grafitti. Cunts.

We did have triangles; tambourines; big f**k off sticks and we could sing.

Spoilt tae f**k ye all are. After school ye were straight down the f**k mine this time. Another two day shift.

We worked a twelve day week.
had an ootside shitehoose with no paper for yer arse. We used the cat. Or a dead rat.

f**k synths. Jeezo.
Spoilt.
Did you also go up 20 minutes before you went to bed?
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Post by JUGEL » Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:33 pm

crow ... are you socially succesful in real life?? I have to assume so.. and that this is person we get is all contrast.

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Post by shaft9000 » Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:13 pm

OggeOJ wrote:
I'm 14, and well:

Korg M1
MicroKORG
Yamaha DX7 and PSR-2
Native Instruments FM8, Pro-53, B4 II
Customized CME UF5 (replaced the top part with red dark plexi and wood panels)

Next thing is probably a Doepfer system.
that's pretty disgusting.


babies in africa are born with AIDS and this sperm-with-arms gets all this great free s**t. I had to work 2 summers in a dusty fruit orchard to buy my 1st (Korg Prophecy in ~ 1997). And I still consider myself lucky for being born and raised with the ability to do so - many, many people don't have the luxury of imagination to even conceive of what a synthesizer IS, let alone getting one. Or the means to do so, however long it may take.

it's no wonder humanity is doomed to endless wars and stupidity: no one gives a flying f**k about anyone else except their own sperm-product, and their making as sure as s**t nobody else can have any of it.

Obviously none of this is your fault, Oggie, but one day you will have to account for it like everyone else does.
Good Luck kid.

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Post by modulator_esp » Fri Jul 06, 2007 10:00 pm

none whatsoever - didn't even play my first synth until I was 20.

I didn't really start buying stuff 'til I was 21 and couldn't really afford anything half decent until the last 10 years or so, but I've made up for lost time :)
mostly enjoying adventures in sound :)

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Post by AudiosEnvy » Fri Jul 06, 2007 11:16 pm

I had lots and lots of gear throughout highschool. I bought my first synth and hardware sequencer at the age of 13 so you could imagine how insane my lust was for gear all throughout high school. Needless to say all of my free cash went to more gear, buying and selling... etc etc.

Just a few off the top of my head:

Rm1x
Cs6x
An1x
Cs2x
A bunch of electribes
Rs7000
Jp8000
Jd800

Much more but I am too lazy to think right now.
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Post by totallyfrozen » Fri Jul 06, 2007 11:36 pm

IN highschool? Just a friggin' alto saxophone, dude (and that was borrowed!). No, wait, I had a 4-string electric bass too (but it was s**t) and a really crappy amp (which I still have! :shock: ).

Within the summer after I graduated I had a full drumset.

By the next summer I had an electric guitar and a KORG synth. Got rid of those and got an Ensoniq ESQ-1 (I also still have that! 8) ).
It was the late '80s and it was MUCH harder to find & afford stuff back then. No Internet! If you met someone who knew *anything* about MIDI, that person was assumed to be a pop music god! Teenager jobs paid s**t in the late '80s. I'm talking $5.00/hour! Try buying ANYTHING more than a pair of drumsticks on those wages. It was just a lot harder to get into music back then. And dudes who played the piano/keyboard were considered sissy. Just a different time. :wink:

I'm with you! I'm totally amazed at how much gear some school kids have! There is no way I could have even DREAMED of affording that stuff (legally) when I was in highschool. Parents buy it?! FORGET ABOUT IT! I was on my own. h**l, I didn't even get any encouragement to pursue my musical talent when I was a kid. I was told I needed to get a "good, respectable profession". Bullshit. The only thing "good" and "repectable" about not following your dreams is what OTHER PEOPLE think of you. Who cares. Do what makes you happy...or you'll be sorry for years to come.

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The Old Man
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