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Re: Ebay (Was Re: Selecting vendors)

Jeff Shirkey wrote:

>> The motif doesn't look like it has much of an interface for editing 
>> or manipulating sequences.
> I think (I welcome your or anyone else's input, of course) it has a 
> very deep editor for manipulating sequences. It's just that it's 
> supposed to be a bit difficult to use at first. People say it's quite 
> simple once you get the hang of it--like anything else, of course! 

I've tried lots of hw sequencers (not the motif however). When it comes 
to creative expression, I'll take "easy to use" over "deep" every time. 
If you want deep, again that's what software is best at.

>>  Plus you can sell your old gear for close to what you paid.
> I'd disagree with you here. I've never seen gear hold its value once 
> it's been replaced by the latest and greatest upgraded product. 

Exactly. The best time to buy the old stuff is when the new model is 

> Can you give some examples? The old DX synth you mentioned is going 
> for $200, for instance. I've got a handful of old fx boxes and even a 
> couple guitars that I'd love to sell. And I know I won't get what I 
> paid for them. In some cases, prob. a tiny fraction of what I paid. 

Probably the reason you will only get a small fraction, is because you 
bought them when they were the latest and greatest!

>> Re-read this quote from your last post:
>>>>  it's often a good idea to buy more than you need at the time of 
>>>> purchase, since a year or two down the road it'll be obsolete anyway
>> I urge you to reconsider this logic!
> Well, I think it's certainly true for computers, unless you're quite 
> sure that what you're getting will absolutely do everything you want. 
> I speak from experience here. I'm typing on an ibook graphite limited 
> edition that I bought maybe 3 years ago or so. It has a 6 GB HD, 128 
> MB ram, and comes with one usb port. The very next generation of 
> ibooks included firewire--so I'm left out in the cold. 6 GB is piddly 
> compared to the 40, 50, 60, or 80 Gig HDs that are now commonplace. 
> And most apps keep getting bigger and bigger (and most web designers 
> keep adding more and more graphics, flash stuff, etc.), so that 256 MB 
> RAM is now desirable. And I bought top of the line at the time. 
> Everyone who buys a computer faces this dilemma. 

Your example seems to argue my point. Despite paying a premium price, 
you didn't really buy yourself any protection from obsolescence.