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Post by trianglelines » Thu Nov 10, 2005 11:08 am

It pays to be the guy everyone knows will "store" their musical gear.

Among the things that came in for "storage" that became mine:

Micro Moog
Casio CZ-5000
Marshall 1x12
Sequential Circuits Six-Trac
A few weird battery powered amps
A Peavey T-60 guitar

Everyone wins when I store their "worthless to me" musical stuff!! Send it over, I'll take care of it, and I'll let you know if I use it on a recording, too!


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Post by linus » Thu Nov 10, 2005 11:36 am

Once a guy asked me if he could borrow an ibanez chorus stomp box I had (paid $20 for it) for some recording sessions. He offered "an old distortion pedal" for me to use while he had my chorus pedal. The "old distortion pedal" was an original Ibanez TS808. After the recording sessions were done he said he loved the chorus pedal and asked if we could make the trade permanent.

I just blinked a few times and said, "sure..."

Did I tell this one here already? My bass player had a guy from work bring in "some old electronics box". Said he didn't know what it did but he thought it was some kind of instrument or effect, didn't want any money for it, just found it in the basement when he bought the house and wanted it out of there. Turned out to be a really early Moog Theremin. We tracked down Bob Moog and he tuned it up. It is cool as shit.

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Post by phantom power » Thu Nov 10, 2005 11:43 am

ms-16 - $400 (thanks Dwelles)
Wurli 200a - $159 at a pawn shop
2xSP c1s - free
'69 deluxe reverb - free
G4 dual 500 -free
'58 slingerland snare -$100
( then traded it and $100 more for an A&H system8 )

My favorite is my pm1000 in perfect shape for $400 from, of all places, guitar center. I even got them to throw in a free e609 silver. Also, thanks to a heads up on this board, an mxl2001 and an audio buddy for $29 from the same GC.

I thought I was pretty lucky until I read Shawn's post. Daaamn! -AE

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Post by Bigsby » Thu Nov 10, 2005 1:09 pm

Original Ibanez AD-9 $15
Late 60's Guild Starfire Bass - $40

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Post by Leopold » Fri Nov 11, 2005 3:18 pm

So just this morning I scored a Lexicon PCM60 for $125 and a Yamaha SPX-90 for $30. Thanks Craigslist!

"I raged against the machine and all this money came out!" Bart Simpson

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Post by JGriffin » Fri Nov 11, 2005 3:21 pm

Ampeg 1963 15" Reverbrocket combo - Free
EV 667 - Free

there's more, I'm sure, but I'm tired.
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"Lots of people are nostalgic for analog. I suspect they're people who never had to work with it." ? Brian Eno

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Post by Shawn Simmons » Fri Nov 11, 2005 5:56 pm

If it makes you guys feel better (and hate me less), it looks like most of the gear that I scored will need some repairs. I want to get both the Fender amps back to stock (or close to stock). They both have had some funky work done to them, nothing that can't be fixed. Both of the Moog synths aren't working right. And one of the Echoplexs isn't working right either. I haven't even plugged in the 8-track yet.

And No, I didn't buy this stuff from my mom. And No, I didn't save a kitten from drowning.


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Post by Dan Kennedy » Fri Nov 11, 2005 6:21 pm

I'm old, so some of these may or may not seem like deals, they were at the time.

A Sculley 280B two track for an LA-2 plus he gave me $100

An Ampex ATR-104 four track, that I bought for $600 for a U-87

$150 for a crate of shit at a 3M auction that contained:

1 Crown DC 300
2 Tektronix Video waveform displays
4 MCI two track headstacks (new)
2 8 track MCI headstacks (new)
1 16 track MCI headstack (new)

RCA BK-11's for $100 each, new in box RCA surplus from Herbach and Rademan in 1981

11 Green Bullets, $2 each, new in box from an Air Force auction in Duluth

an Eastman 25 16mm projector, I paid $35 at 3m auction, sold for $1200 with one phone call and help from Scott Dorsey. Well, two phone calls.

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Post by covert » Sat Nov 12, 2005 11:23 am

I just got a pair of AKG D190 for $60.
"when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."

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Post by Jupiter 4 Studio » Sat Nov 12, 2005 6:08 pm

I was quite lucky to find a pair of Dynaudio M1.5's at Guitar Center about a year ago. They were used but cosmetically perfect. Not a scrach. Picked them up for $1500 for the pair. Had a blown tweeter which Dynaudio replace in 2 days for $250. So all said and done I got me a sweet pair of mains for my 12' x 14' room for $1750...

Yay me!!!!
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Over my head I hear music.

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Post by JohnDavisNYC » Sat Nov 12, 2005 7:19 pm

Studer A80 24tk... 2000. great condition with JRF relapped heads.
Studer A810 2rk... 300.

that's about it for my good deals. but tehy are pretty substantial ones.

i like to make music with music and stuff and things.

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Post by beauarts » Sun Nov 13, 2005 11:23 am

I got a Sunn Bass head and 4x10 cabinet and a Roland 301 space echo for $50. Earlier I got those old heavy duty mic stands for $5@.

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Post by BobbyRay » Mon Nov 14, 2005 11:18 am

70's Ludwig 5pc. at a garage sale $45.00
16-8-2 Studiomaster board $225.00


Post by MichaelJoly » Mon Nov 14, 2005 12:05 pm

San Francisco, Mission district pawnshop, 1978:

2 1965 Vox AC-30 top boost heads
1 Vox AC-50
1 Vox AC-100


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Post by Coco » Mon Nov 14, 2005 2:02 pm

Most of you guys make me want to puke with those super scores, but here is my ptifull list:

1981 Hiwatt DR 103 head for $390 Canadian.
1978 Hiwatt 4 x 12" with original Fane speakers for $275 Canadian
Gefell UM92.1s new but a very small dent in screen for $2499 Canadian. They retail for $3000 US.

Super minty mint nos Roland RE201 Space Echo. Paid $325 Canadian and sold it for $750 US. I wish I kept it :evil: .
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