Re: [AH] Best Modular Company?

From Legion
Sent Mon, Mar 27th 2000, 17:53

> > turn one down I'd argue  Serge is hardly a starter system for anyone. They are
> > expensive, hard as fuck to order or get used, and outrageously expensive to repair
> > or change if you need to send them back.
> what do you mean that sege gear is "hard as fuck to order"?

I mean there's no such thing as a module. You have to buy an entire panel in order to get
one item or you have to fill up a pannel with blank spaces and get a 19" wall. There is no
changing the design of the panel once it's made either. I'm always moving my modules
around (That's why it's a MODULAR IMO) putting various pieces in different places to
experiment with how I like to work. Serge is hardwired and finished, no room for second
thoughts or changing your mind once you've worked with it for a while once it's made and

There also is an extensive wait (of course he's only one guy) for any order. used prices
(when they come up) are close to new which is outrageous in my book (especially when you
consider some were kits or made with very different manufacturing than the new ones).  Rex
is helpful surely but these are a high luxury item, not a beginner's synth and thus I do
not recommend them for someone just starting out.

> you mention that serge is expensive to repair or "change". what do you mean? you don't
> really "change" serge panels once they're manufactured.....

I have spoken to tow good friends who needed some minor adjustments and part swaps for
their systems. the price quoted for these repairs was so high both of them decided to sell
their systems and buy a different modular rather than continue to support their panels. If
you do buy one module on a blank panel you might want ot get something else added down the
road. This isn't so easy and it's extremely expensive as well.

I've thought about the Wilson analog delay for over five years. I got a Fenix with the
idea to then get some esoteric Serge modules and avoid buying $$$ 3X1 mixers and the like.
I personally haven't found the justification to get a panel (or module and blank panel)
when there are so many other items new and useful out there. That's my opinion of course,
I understand some people think differently and that's fine. Some day I might take the
plunge but either way I'm really glad I didn't start with a Serge and I continue to use my
Blacet, Doepfer, Wiard and old arp crap with gusto.