We stopped at Analogue Haven (the store, not the website) Pomona on Friday, and that was actually quite a blast. If you're in the L.A. area for any reason, and you haven't been out to the store, it's really worth a trip. As far as I know, there is no other store, at least in this country, that has so much synthy goodness on display to fool with as much as you want.
I spent some quality time with the MachineDrum, a device about which I'd only read to this point. I can say without qualification that the MachineDrum is the Shit. It does have a particular sound to it that may remind one of the SP1200. But as long as you don't mind that particular sound, I couldn't find anything bad to say about it, other than its price, which is lofty.
The other piece I got an extended demo on is the Manikin Electronics sequencer, the Schrittmaker. I think this is one of those things where, if you don't ever see it or play with it, it's hard to justify buying. And I still don't know if I could be coaxed in to paying $1.7K for one. But that said, as sequencers of this type go, they've nailed it on the head, and then some. I couldn't actually provide you with a review or anything, as what I was shown would be difficult to write about, at least for me. But let me just state that for certain types of music, and for someone that liked to take the time to program things, it could be an incredible tool. I can't say for certain that I make that kind of music, and I'm not particularly fond of programming, so it'd be a difficult purchase to justify.
But I sure as fuck do want one now.
Anyways, I snapped a bunch of pictures, which I will put up when I get home. It's a nice store, and well worth the visit. Anyways, I probably won't have interwebs again until I get home (my wife's parents still use a modem, and I don't even go there), so if you have any questions about AH or whatever, don't expect me to answer them in the next 3-odd days.