Re: Stuck with ancient gear

From ldavid
Sent Tue, Oct 10th 1995, 16:25

> > > Why doesnt a decent manufacturer like Serge/Doepfer or even Oberhiem 
> > > up with a new adjustable analog drum box at a decent price?
> > 
> > politics.
> More like: money.  While the market for techno-making equipment is 
> certainly growing, it's still not big enough for big companies like 
> Roland or Korg or Ensoniq (whatever) to make a run of devices like an 
> analogue drum machine, say, worth their while.  They'd have to invest 
> lots of engineering money, marketing money, retooling money, etc etc etc 
> to dream of making a modern analog.
> I think Oberheim figured this out when they came out with the OB-Mx.  Who 
> owns one of these?  It's incredibly expensive, though new, and almost 
> everyone I've talked to has said the same thing: "eh.  whatever."  It 
> doesn't sound like a $4000 synthesizer, I'll tell you that much.  It'd be 
> great to just say "hey, we need an affordable analog new-out-of-the-box," 
> but when you compare the profit margin of recycling the technology being 
> used now with some new samples... to the profit margin of a completely 
> new analog box, the manufacturers would be very stupid to say 'ok, let's 
> try it', at least in a business sense.
> I wonder how many workstation-pcm-type synthesizers are sold in a year.  
> That would put things into perspective.
> Tom Butcher                                         []

Good point.  I'm sure the engineers at the major manufacturers have lots of 
cool ideas for stuff they'd like to build, including "mother-of-all-analogs" 
type machines.  I think used prices for old analog gear are high in general, 
but they're still cheap compared to what it cost to buy them new when they 
were current--especially if inflation is considered.  Here are some 
(randomly chosen) "last list prices" according to Keyboard:

Memorymoog  $4795
Matrix 12   $4995
Xpander     $2995
Prophet 5   $3995
Poly 6      $1095
Jupiter 8   $4995

Larry David                    "I no longer live,        but Christ lives in me."