Swedish boutique synth makers Elektron have announced a new version of Machinedrum called Userwave, with basic sampling capabilities. It costs €1590 and has just 2mb of memory and 12bit samples. They say: "memory is limited for ROM/flash so you need to think about what you put in there. No endless sample library to stop creativity." Elektron have always been controversial. They sell synths whose specs could be duplicated by spending $50 on eBay (simple FM, SID synths etc), but cost £1,000+. Very importantly, everyone who has ever used one seems to say they're fantastic (I once spent some time with a MonoMachine. It was pretty baffling, but sounded like nothing else and definitely an expensive, well-made thing.) This slightly bad-tempered thread over at EM411 catches the debate pretty well. 'Djugel' points out that nobody complains about a £1,000 guitar which really does have the same paper spec as a £69 guitar.
There's an old-style Machinedrum here on eBay, starting at £400. If you're looking for a cheap sampling drum machine, the Korg ES-1 looks pretty good - they go for £100-£150 on eBay. (via GearJunkies)