Don't Go Down The Rabbit Hole (Too Much)
The case for buying used gear: When I can avoid it, I never buy new gear. I always go used. Sure, it has burned me a few times. However, I don’t think there have been any real defects that didn’t come from the Factory.
When Moog introduced the dfam (Drummer from Another Mother) I immediately bought one. Stupid move. It was $600. Two months later, I bought a used Mother 32 on reverb for $450. Both work flawlessly. Lesson learned, buy used.
Aside from my experience with the DFAM, I have found it extremely beneficial to go used. Another example; I really wanted to get my hands on a Volca Sample but at the time the asking price of $190 just wasn’t feasible. It didn’t need to be, though, because after only a bit of hunting I was able to find a used one for $120. Much more manageable. Since obtaining this bit of gear it has become my go to drum machine (only because the DFAM is something I wouldn’t exactly call a drum machine/drum synth in the traditional sense).
Don’t fall for it!
Now, I know what you’re all saying – *Groan, “Ugh, but I want something shiny and new.” Nothing wrong with that. Treat yourself and splurge on that new Controller you were eyeballing. You do you. I’m merely trying to make the case that you don’t ALWAYS need to get the brand spanking new model each time something drops. Technology is always advancing and there’s no way to prevent dings and scratches. Eventually that shiny new controller will become outdated. The shine will dissipate into a layer of crud and scratches. So, why pay full price for something you know is eventually going to take a tumble, become obsolete, or you own a cat (cat-owning Synthesists know what I’m talking about)?
Used you say? But where?
If I have swayed you towards investigating used equipment at all, please do yourself a favor and shop around. Check Reverb.com first, of course. Ebay.com is always a decent bet but I’ve found Reverb to sell more high quality gear. Your best bet is actually a mom and pop shop. If somehow by chance you stumble across your item from some random store in the middle of god knows where, grab it! It’s most likely in excellent condition and they just weren’t able to sell it themselves in-store.
Either way, I hope this write-up helped you – If I just fueled the fire for you to say, “F**k you. I buy new because I want to,” good. Glad I could reinforce your viewpoint. If this helps you out in any way please let me know in the comments section below, thanks for reading and, as always, keep on rockin’ and rollin’!