Sent Fri, Jan 2nd 2009, 03:55
Hi, I saw some ads in the Trading Post when I lived in the outback for different bits of gear, so I rang all the sellers and arranged to collect. I got my brother to pick up the System 100 for me, which was the 101 + 102 + 104 Sequencer, for $200. The guy that was selling it told my brother his wife had demanded he get rid of it, because the noises were driving her nuts. So that day, I drove 780km back to Sydney and collected the System. Then I drove to Artarmon on the other side of the city and bought a Kawai K1M for $80 from a guy who had a huge, complete System 700 on his mantelpiece, all patched up. This guy's house was full of bits of gear in various states of order/disorder but he only sold me the K1M. My brother, when he saw the System 100 did not understand why I was so excited, as he thought it was a bit of old junk. He was much more interested in the Yamaha Quik-disk sequencer/MIDI storage box I also bought at that point. That was all in about 1987. I bought my PolySix from a disposal store in Dubbo for $400 after I had seen it there for 2 years unsold, so I got it for half their asking price. I also bought a pedal harmonium there for $100 with all the stops working fine and everything. That one got left behind when I came back to Sydney to live and it went to the local church organist as a gift. The MC-202 I got for $80 in a hock shop specialising in music gear. A guy up in the outback who, all said was a bit of a nutjob gave me a 303 and 606 to play with for a few weeks while I decided whether I wanted to buy them for $200 each, but I declined at the time. So those 2 got away. My mum gave me the Stylophone as a birthday present when she came back from a holiday on Norfolk Island. All of those happened in the 80's or early 90's. Most of my other gear came off ebay (the VP-330 did not sell first time around and I was lucky to "buy now" when it was relisted). And the rest of it is just opportunity. I do seem to be very lucky when it comes to getting exactly what I want at the right price. I bought my Doepfer A100 and OSCar synth from Intermusic in Bondi Junction so that was lucky. I paid pretty much the right price for those. I got the MiniMoog on ebay and it was a buy now for $3k - still a bargain as it is in excellent form. I got my JP6 Europa from a guy who I think is on here, he said it had come from 5G (I think). I paid a good price for it too even though the console is a bit rough looking the internals are perfect. I got an SBF-325 on ebay rather cheaply, since been recapped and sounds like new. Got the SDD-330 from someone here on this list, who was selling a bunch of gear. I got the Pulse from someone on here, 2 days before I bought the MiniMoog. I wanted the Pulse for the Moogish sound but snapped up the Mini just because I could. I bought the Octopus (Legacy) new from Awave - it's Serial Number is #001! It's not a story, but I went for that instead of a computer. One would turn into a boat anchor, the other is going to be with me for a lifetime. Having bought a bunch of analogues cheaply in the 80's has turned me into a bit of a collector now. I rarely sell anything I get so it all stays with me. rachel -- Rachel Polanskis Kingswood, Greater Western Sydney, Australia firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.zeta.org.au/~grove/grove.html The price of greatness is responsibility.