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5G Tokyo. Synth Porn Super-Store!! Check it out.. Keyboard Synthesizers
Old 20th December 2008
  #31
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I don't succeed in finding the link of this heaven, can you help me??
Old 20th December 2008
  #32
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five g music technology

great place to spend an afternoon (or two)

all those into analogue's owe it to themselves to make the pilgrimage to both 5G and Schneiders Beuro... Best there is
Old 20th December 2008
  #33
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thanks !!!
Old 20th December 2008
  #34
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Any directions for how to find Five G from Harajuki train station?
It's really close. I came from the other side though, walking down Take****a St.
From Harajuku station go towards Take****a, but make a right before starting down that street, 5G is a block down on the left side, but up on the 4th floor of the building.

I took a bunch of pics when I was there last month, I'll have to get em up here soon. That place is crazy, the shop is very unassuming and boring looking, then you see what is on the shelves...
Old 21st December 2008
  #35
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I made the pilgrimage during the year omfg wish I was rich. I'd pay more for something getting it from somewhere like 5G as it's looked over by the technicians there before selling
Old 21st December 2008
  #36
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My Jupiter 6 with Europa is a 5G job. I bought it from a guy who imported it
to Australia. It works great, even if it looks a bit beat up from gigging.


rachel
Old 22nd December 2008
  #37
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protip: As i discovered last year, they close for a week or so around new years, so you might not want to plan to check them out in the next couple weeks. At least call first. It doesn't look like there's anything about it on their website.
Old 30th December 2008
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Well, I found 5G, will put up some photos and detailed directions of how to get there at a later point in time for anyone elses future reference.

I must say, I wasn't that overly blown away by the place, sure, they had some cool synths, also had some cool prices to along with them. Might not help that the current exchange rate I'm working off is laughably bad. ¥60 to the Australian dollar.

The price of new gear here is absurd, especially for non-Japanese synths. 5G had a bunch of Studio Electronics gear, eg: ¥165,900 (A$2,650, US$1,830) for a second hand, not quite mint SE1-X? You can buy them new for less elsewhere.

Even the other main thing I'm interested in, a Boss RE-20 Space Echo is about ¥21,000 (A$335, US$230) here. Again, can get that cheaper elsewhere.

So far, I've been to FiveG, Echibuya and Creators Land in Akihabara, also trooped around the guitar centre of Ochanomizu, great for guitars, but at best found a Roland JX8P, so not exactly good for synths.

Of the stuff that 5G had, I personally felt that the prices were too much, again maybe to do with the exchange rate, but I didn't feel the urge to buy anything,

Arp Odyssey Rev2: ¥270,900 (A$4,330; US$3,000)
Moog MemoryMoog: ¥386,400 (A$6,200; US$4,270)
Oberheim Xpander: ¥218,400 (A$3,490; US$2,410)
Roland Jupiter 6: ¥165,900 (A$2,650; US$1,830) - They had 3 of these...
SCI Prophet 5: ¥375,900 (A$6,000; US$4,150) - They had 4 of these...
SCI Prophet T8: ¥333.900 (A$5,330; US$3,690)
Yamaha CS-50: ¥155,400 (A$2,480; US$1,720)

I'd also say none of the above were mint.
Old 30th December 2008
  #39
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if its revelant to any one... I got a rare 100volt japanese maxon pue5 tube.
I got a $20 play station step down transformer to convert from 100v UP to 110v.
I guess lots of cats get the japanese play stations and use in the usa so the converter was easy to get.
Old 16th April 2009
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Bump.

Every slut should have the pleasure
Old 16th April 2009
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Wow...what an amazing store.
Old 20th April 2009
  #42
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this is hilarious!

" Trust me man they all speak a bit of english they just like to **** with tourists and listen to the wanky **** they say about synthesizers when they think no one else can understand what they are saying. "
Old 15th May 2009
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Rusty_OHara View Post

Of the stuff that 5G had, I personally felt that the prices were too much, again maybe to do with the exchange rate, but I didn't feel the urge to buy anything,

Arp Odyssey Rev2: ¥270,900 (A$4,330; US$3,000)
Moog MemoryMoog: ¥386,400 (A$6,200; US$4,270)
Oberheim Xpander: ¥218,400 (A$3,490; US$2,410)
Roland Jupiter 6: ¥165,900 (A$2,650; US$1,830) - They had 3 of these...
SCI Prophet 5: ¥375,900 (A$6,000; US$4,150) - They had 4 of these...
SCI Prophet T8: ¥333.900 (A$5,330; US$3,690)
Yamaha CS-50: ¥155,400 (A$2,480; US$1,720)

I'd also say none of the above were mint.
Gday Rusty! Im heading over to Japan and thought i would go and have a look. Can anyone here understand Japanese? there is a link on the 5G website that says Vintage 10% UP. On that page there are price lists that are significantly cheaper the the prices quoted above and cheaper than on the main page.

For example ROLAND TR-909(後期)\90,000
ROLAND TB-303\80,000
MOOG PRODIGY\55,000

If they are prices for working units, then im gonna send a whole bunch back to OZ by the slowest/cheapest mailing system possible so that when i get back from the rest of my holiday in europe i have a nice little present waiting for me at home heh Anyone shipped stuff back from Japan?
Old 15th May 2009
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That price list is what they'll pay to buy used ones.
Old 15th May 2009
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Wow...so that's where all the vintage synths are...why doesn't London have anything like this?!! Awesome find! I think we all need a tax free 'business trip' to do some research.
Old 15th May 2009
  #46
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i just shipped an sh101 back to aus.. It was difficult because firstly some size restrictions, secondly expensive 12,000円 (roughly, i shipped some other things so i'm not really sure) thirdly the VCO broke :(

I can't believe that i didn't know this place existed

Thanks for the post, i will check it out next time i'm over and Echigoya as well
Old 15th May 2009
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Originally Posted by jonnypowell View Post
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I took the liberty of taking photos for you all even though I got a lot of weird looks from the Japanese dudes that worked there..
My favorite part about this was your inserting the word Japanese, as if it was needed.

Wait a minute... there were Japanese guys... in Tokyo!?! Are you sure about this?



In all seriousness, thanks for sharing the photos.

cheers,
c
Old 16th May 2009
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My favorite part about this was your inserting the word Japanese, as if it was needed.
I think it's justified as there's white people everywhere these days.
Old 16th May 2009
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Originally Posted by robd View Post
That price list is what they'll pay to buy used ones.
damn...
Old 1st June 2009
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Originally Posted by Rusty_OHara View Post
Well, I found 5G, will put up some photos and detailed directions of how to get there at a later point in time for anyone elses future reference.
How to find 5G Synth Shop in Tokyo and other stuff...

01 : Catch the train to Harajuku (Between Shibuya and Shinjuku on the Yamanote line) and head up the platform towards the Shibuya / the Take****a exit.



02 : Exit via the Take****a exit.



03 : Cross the road and turn right, you should see the entrance to the le Ponte building on your left, it looks like this:



04 : When you walk in, on the left hand side should be all the place holders for the businesses in the building, and you should see 5G, looks like this:



05 : Head down the entrance corrdidor and there will be a lift on your right hand side. Head up to the 4th floor and do a u-turn to your right as soon as you get out of the lift.

Word to the wise, they are closed for a week over the christmas break.

Heres some more photo's from when I was there... There was nothing worth buying there imho, and it wasn't the synth mecca that the internet makes it out to be.









There is also Echigoya Music in Shibuya.

01 : Head to Tower Records. (Just ask for directions to the main store); looks like this:



02 : The building diagonally opposite looks like this:



Head in there, there is a lift on your left, Echigoya Music is directly opposite the lift when you come out, on the 9th floor.

There is also Music Creators in Akhihabara. It's on the top (5th) floor of the Mac SofMap store. There's a whole bunch of SofMap stores in Akhihabara, go to any of them and ask for the Mac one, or look for the Mac Apples on the side of the store. It's on the main drag, easy enough to find. Also check out th eones in Osaka if you are there.

If you are into guitars, then head to Ochanomizu, there is about a dozen shops on one street. Catch the underground to Ochanomizu station, and head a block north. Ask for directions, or just make an air guitar motion. :rockstar:
Old 1st June 2009
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Heres some more photo's from when I was there... There was nothing worth buying there imho, and it wasn't the synth mecca that the internet makes it out to be.
wait... really? so the walls of epic vintage synths are gone? cuz when I was there, they had at least three prophet 5's in the back just hanging out...

echigoya was very cool too.
Old 2nd June 2009
  #52
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just a great post ....thank you.....

I'm going to tokyo in ten days ....

any other audio gear stores I should check out?

Echigoya music in Shibuya, the building right opposite Tower Records, on the 9th floor. Cramped as hell, but they've got some amazing stuff in there...
Old 2nd June 2009
  #53
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Tokyo guitar shops are soooooooo expensive
(check out my sad face on yet another trip to tokyo without bringing back a guitar)
however the smiles are all back once I get to Shibuya/Shinjuku and head to the 5G cave
thumbsup
Old 29th September 2009
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Originally Posted by jonnypowell View Post

This is a Korg MS-50. I wanted to buy it but they said it was junk.
Thats not a Korg MS-50 at all! Its a Korg PS 3100. Its super rare, highly sought after, AND MOST DEFINITELY NOT JUNK!!!
Old 29th September 2009
  #55
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Stop taking our synth and send them to your countries !! heh
Old 29th September 2009
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Originally Posted by lowkey View Post
Gday Rusty! Im heading over to Japan and thought i would go and have a look. Can anyone here understand Japanese? there is a link on the 5G website that says Vintage 10% UP. On that page there are price lists that are significantly cheaper the the prices quoted above and cheaper than on the main page.

For example ROLAND TR-909(後期)\90,000
ROLAND TB-303\80,000
MOOG PRODIGY\55,000

If they are prices for working units, then im gonna send a whole bunch back to OZ by the slowest/cheapest mailing system possible so that when i get back from the rest of my holiday in europe i have a nice little present waiting for me at home heh Anyone shipped stuff back from Japan?
What is the 5G website address, btw?

Thanks

-Andrews
Old 29th September 2009
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Hi,

Thanks so much for the photos and links, folk. Tokyo has been on my hit list for ages. I want to get to club Womb, too.

There are at least a couple of used gear shops there, with international web stores. One I looked at last time was mainly guitar gear. The freight was really high though. Again, prices of Japanese gear was good, such as Korg KPs, Akai samplers, and the Akai analogue filter option.
Old 29th September 2009
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Stop taking our synths and sending them to your countries !! heh
i know you're joking, but there are a lot of arp and moog synths in these photos that contradict that statement.
Old 29th September 2009
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Quote:
Originally Posted by toasteh View Post
Thats not a Korg MS-50 at all! Its a Korg PS 3100. Its super rare, highly sought after, AND MOST DEFINITELY NOT JUNK!!!
I suspect he mean't 'junk' as in it didn't work at all, or lots of parts nicked to mend other ones heh

Interesting that they will only sell you gear that is 100%.

Agreed on PS3100 being highly sought after. I would very much like to get my mits on one of those s*ckers
Old 30th September 2009
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Originally Posted by Martin Dubka View Post
all those into analogue's owe it to themselves to make the pilgrimage to both 5G and Schneiders Beuro... Best there is
Yep, i just did both on my recent holiday. Bought the Roland SE201 in Japan, but nothing at Shneider Beuro, though they had some cool little drum machines. I would have bought the little 909 clone except it didnt have a clap
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