March 20, 2007

Dumpster Diving...

by Chris Randall
 




You know the stories you always hear about the guy that found the perfect condition Aries modular in his friend's closet? This is one of them. pronobozo sent me a picture of this honker which came to his possession in just such a manner. What that white thing on top is anyone's guess. Perhaps pronobozo will enlighten us. Clickies for much, much bigger.


So, what's your best garage sale find? I haven't had a spectacular one, truthfully. I did buy a 303 off of a fucktard in one of our opening bands for $150, then the very next day took it to Rogue Music and sold it to them for $1000 cash. (They no doubt sold it to some Japanese uber-analog otaku for twice that the following day.) But I don't think that really counts because I didn't actually keep the gear. If I had bought the 303 for $150 and kept it, it would probably qualify.

 
 
 

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Mar.20.2007 @ 10:43 PM
penzoil washington
i''m currently chiecking out an Aries which I helped my friend buy about 12 years ago and which he now plans to sell. Hardly the most reliable systems, and more Arpy than beefy, but good raw fun.

Don't start me on gear finds. I've flipped things, like a 909 I took off a guy for $100 who was literally going to use it for target practice after a pawn shop refused to buy it. Once I bought an Oscar and a 909 for $1400 and sold the 909 for $1000 the same day.
I think I also got $1400 for the OSCar after I got fed up repairing it for the 4th time. Picked up a silver 1176 a few months back for $900, sold it for $1400 and picked up a 2-1176 for $1950 in its place. Also made out very well on every piece analog gear I bought in the mid-nineties and sold later. The good ol' pre-eBay days.

 
 

 
Mar.20.2007 @ 11:57 PM
Dave McAnally
Not that this guitar would possibly interest anybody here, but I got a 78 BC Rich Bich out of a pawn shop for $95 about 10 years ago. Had a really shitty paint job I'm guessing some King Diamond wannabe with little painting skillz donned it with (think 60's era Batmobile). Had a broken jack so I'm assuming the pawn shop assumed it was broken and called it shit (and probably didn't know anything about guitars to begin with). I held onto it for about 7 years so I think that counts as keeping it (although I never really did much with it...even though it sounded pretty fat, it didn't fit what I was doing).
 
 

 
Mar.21.2007 @ 1:17 AM
Andreas
I bought my Korg MS10 for about ?150 off a guy who found it in his uncle's wardrobe/cellar/whatever. Apparently it had been there since 1982.

Him: "I don't know though, it might be broken. It can only play one note at a time."
Me: "Yeah, well... I'll try to fix it."

 
 

 
Mar.21.2007 @ 2:35 AM
razielpanic
very, very dusty Akai AX60 for $15 from a tenant of mine who didn't feel like taking it with him when he moved out. cleaned up quite nicely... almost like new.
 
 

 
Mar.21.2007 @ 7:46 AM
Angstrom
We got two ms20s , one for ?30, one for free off a bandmate's friend.
This was early 90's when they were still considered old junk," I mean it doesn't even do chords, was on the ark, looks like science equipment" .. etc.
We also got two ms10s also, one required a lot of fixing, that was Echo and the Bunymens one (!). Never really rated the ms10, good in combination with the ms20s though.

 
 

 
Mar.21.2007 @ 8:05 AM
psylux
No big 808 or 303 stories,but before ebay, an astute pawn shop buyer could regularly find such deals in Austin. 606 and 707 for $5 each with no wall wart - one trip to Radio shack fixed them up nicely. I got a DX100 or $10 - same way. I guess they had so much 'working' gear the stuff that wouldnt power up right away was just junk to them.
 
 

 
Mar.21.2007 @ 8:22 AM
dm
I fished a Peavey Mace out of the trash, 150 watts with a tremelo channel and springverb. Cranked through my Ampeg 4x12 its quite nice figuring it was well... fished out of the trash.
 
 

 
Mar.21.2007 @ 9:53 AM
longneck
Traded a crappy fender practice amp for a working set of moog taurus pedals about 16 years ago. Needless to say, the padals are gone now but thats another story.shit...
 
 

 
Mar.21.2007 @ 10:32 AM
RexRhino
I don't know, maybe it is just me, but I couldn't buy something for insanely cheap prices if it was a person I met through normal personal or professional contacts. I could rip off a pawn shop, no problem (they rip other people off all the time)... or some guy on ebay, because there is a fair bidding process and the guy COULD have sold it for a fair price if he made the effort. But someone I know or work with, or even a friend of a friend, I would have to be honest with them.

Unless the guy from an opening band did something to especially piss me off (to take Chris's example), I would have told the guy how much his 303 was worth. $900 profit isn't enough money for me to make a real-life enemy, or to get the reputation for being less than honest. It isn't that I wouldn't do bad things, but I would have to be a soldier of fortune, or a hitman, or a bank robber, or something glamorously evil (and I don't really have the ninja skills nessicary to take up those occupations). :)

 
 

 
Mar.21.2007 @ 10:42 AM
penzoil washington
so, rexrhino, if someone you didn't know offered you his dad's 57 Les Paul for $500 you'd tell him it's worth tens of thousands, right? At least if he were a friend of a friend?
 
 

 
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