Originally Posted by 3phase
a friend of me wants to sell his Emulator 2 he once got from me..
I wonder whether its a bit unwise moment to sell it because of the ongoing 80´s hype and the fact that there are only few machines that influenced the 80´s soud as much as the emulator 2..
Are the prices going up for these sweet monsters? Anybody has seen some going lately and can tell me me for what price?
As they are vintage, if your EII is in great physical shape, both floppy drives work, power supply in good condition, and you have the original factory sample disks, you're likely to get a really nice price ($1500 or more) for it.
Once you start taking away from that, things start to devolve a bit, especially when things are in need of repair (drives, power supply, etc).
Do everyone a favor and consider this: If you like the sampler more than what you might get for it (using the above number as a mean average), keep it. Overvaluation of a machine and then putting it up for sale will only suffer you negative response at best, and cause you a bit of distress. Search ebay completed auctions, google, etc., and make reasonable and honest evaluation of the machine.
Regarding shipping, a crate isn't exactly necessary and isn't going to buy you much protection that a solid box and excellent packing skills will provide. In fact, the most sensitive parts of this synth are the drives themselves. They're the most susceptible to sudden g-force damage.
If it's the Emulator II+HD, then that ups the ante a lot, because of the fact that the old miniscribe MFM drives (20MB size) are incredibly fragile. In that case you'd want to remove the drives and ship them in their own box with adequate protection.
I own an Emulator II+HD, and thoroughly enjoy the machine. It doesn't take a collector to appreciate the sampling engine; while it's many orders of magnitude less than current technology, it still has it's own sound, and is very limited in comparison to things like Kontakt, or an Octatrack -- but the fun is using that limitation in creative ways.