Is there a word for the intense feelings of longing, sadness and discombobulation that I get when I look at this collection of old second-hand ads from Future Music, c. 1988? (via Dr Ben and Matrix)
Posted by Tom Whitwell.
I'm not sure what the word is, but I'm gathering it's the same feeling as when I see Mint-In-Box variants of my (used/abused)childhood toys going for hundreds of dollars online.
those days will never return, mainly because of US. we caused the problem in the first place by making all of that gear so expensive.
there are many tales of people giving away tb-303s - at least none of you did that (did you?).
nowadays, you can download plenty of free software that does things that none of those boards/boxes could do anyway.... and the cost of a decent mixing desk and multitrack back then would make your eyes water!
if you want future bargains, i reckon professional studio grade reel-to-reels are the only potential bargain around now. but hey, i'm not buying one of those.
cheer up! music technology is much better now, especially for the musician on a budget.
also, the £50 ms-20 is the bargain there! i might call him later.
It pains me in a way to quote a certain D. Henley, but he was right: "Don't look back, you can never look back." I love MusicThing and AH et al, but sometimes there's way too much lookin' in the rear-view mirror.
Sure, it's slightly sickening to think of how much money was spent on my M1 & (former) D-50, but that's peanuts compared to the pioneering souls who took out second mortgages for Fairlights & Synclaviers. Besides, if old, unwanted Moogs were still being kicked to the curb as they (kinda) were in '88 (let's not get TOO apocryphal), the current crop of new analog gear would most likely not be taking place.
Has anyone tried calling any of these numbers? According to my calculations, there's a 1 in 6756320004122345 chance they'll answer and still have their synth for sale, not know the value, and would possibly reduce the price after not selling for nearly 20 years. What do you have to lose??
this is horrendously painful to look at, but as someone else pointed out, you just have to look elsewhere in the synth world (i.e. non-analogue) to find real bargains. For example I picked up a K4r recently on ebay for $22... um... what real synth aside from maybe yamaha FB-01 costs $22:) On the other hand I totally blame ebay for driving up analogue prices-bigger market means stupider prices. ARgh.
...but the post by Chris is somewhat of a relief. Clearly there have been better and worse times for prices. However, only in 1991 could you see the post: Jupiter 4-will swap for roland D-10 plus 100 from me.... ha!