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Old 3rd March 2015
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prices are usually listed without tax. don't know if that's the case at five g as well but worth mentioning. it might just be the korg stuff is super cheap there. heading over in 3 weeks as well.
Indeed it is. I remember seeing Korg MS20M's there for £280.
I bought a KP3+, Kaossilator & Volca Bass for £300 IIRC.
Old 4th March 2015
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According to image 7, the price of the MS-20M +SQ-1 is ¥108,000, which is about £586.00. Thomann have it listed for £869 Korg pro MS-20M Kit + SQ-1 - Thomann UK

This seems too cheap to be true, or am I missing something really obvious? Would it work in UK (Hong Kong where I am currently located can use UK electronics with no problem).
It IS without TAX
Old 4th March 2015
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I'm gonna try to go this week if anyone else is around you can PM me and maybe we can meet up! I'll be here 3 months and have a feeling I'll be living at this store
Old 4th March 2015
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@Mushy Those prices you wrote seem really low. looking at their website, and also other websites from Japan, it doesn't look like it is that much cheaper to buy Korg stuff. Sure, as a foreigner you can buy stuff without the tax but it's only 5% and it doesn't seem to be a huge deal. some second hand stuff looks quite cheap like 400 euros for a juno6. but the new synths are only slightly under european prices. 120 euros for a volca for exmp
Old 4th March 2015
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Yeah went here this week it is pretty ridiculous. Echoing @Septik post def gonna be living in there for the next few weeks...it really has everything.
Old 4th March 2015
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@Mushy Those prices you wrote seem really low. looking at their website, and also other websites from Japan, it doesn't look like it is that much cheaper to buy Korg stuff. Sure, as a foreigner you can buy stuff without the tax but it's only 5% and it doesn't seem to be a huge deal. some second hand stuff looks quite cheap like 400 euros for a juno6. but the new synths are only slightly under european prices. 120 euros for a volca for exmp
hmmm not sure then. I wonder if a favourable exchange rate had anything to do with it. I went in Oct '14.

I also purchased a TR8 which was £320 IIRC.
Old 4th March 2015
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320 is 440 euros so not very far off from normal euro prices. maybe the exchange rate was ok in october. i was also there in that period but can't remember how the rate was as i barely had time to walk around due to the crazy schedule the japanese label had. but i'm going back there on the 22nd of march so i'll post here in case other slutz are available when i have some time to check it out.
Old 6th March 2015
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I bought a TR-8 from Iishibashi in Machida for £300 on the nose. I highly recommend that place too! They've some second hand stuff too. In general it's a great little walk around. Iishibashi will show up in Google Maps that you will use after purchasing the cheap and highly useful mobile WiFi serviceupon arrival to Japan. The last photo outside Tower Records was taken from Echigoya which Google maps wasn't too helpful in finding - just remember it is the corner opposite from that symbolic Tower Records in my (selfless) selfie.
Anybody want to come round Sagamihara to a great bar called Zizo with amazing food and a great vibe where I sometimes DJ at and frequent too, please let me know! I'm down.
Old 6th March 2015
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FYI tax is 8%, if anyone's around and wants to say hi I'm a bike ride away from 5G, pm me
Old 6th March 2015
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I prefer Echigoya to 5G. Buying is a lot simpler. And although the store is smaller they often have good items.

Plus the staff are a lot more forthcoming.
Old 4th April 2015
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Echigoya is good, I spent a bit of time in there the other day playing with the new Korg Arp Odyssey. Very nice synth, very tempting. Mini keys didn't put me off that much but then I'm not the greatest of keyboard players. I can see why it would bother some. Sounds fantastic though.

I spent longer in FiveG. I absolutely love this shop.

I spent a good 20 minutes just staring at the wall of modular. I don't really know how to get a sound out of it, but just looking and touching was fun enough. I have to say that the Doepfer stuff appeared to be SOLID, maybe it's not as exciting and quirky as the other manufacturers, but that was my impression. I'm seriously interested in modular gear especially now, and I have two days left in Tokyo. I might try to get another afternoon off from the wife and daughter to twiddle some knobs.

On the other hand, I spent more time playing with the Pro 2 that they had set up, and that time has convinced me that I need this synth in my life. It might actually make my planned computer upgrade wait another year. Of course, here in this shop the synth is much more expensive than in UK/US, so I won't be taking one of these back to Hong Kong with me.

Teenage Engineering OP-1 caught my eye for a pretty reasonable price. It's something I've always liked the look of, but ive always managed to convince myself away from it, seems to be something that wouldn't fit in with my sound, and has the limitations it has that put me off. Maybe I'll change my mind.

I love the huge range of vintage stuff they have in the shop, but I'm a bit wary of buying old electronic stuff, even if it has been refurbished. I'm pretty amazed at how massive synths like the Prophet 5 are, physically (and of course, sonically). I like what these synths do, but I think that for me to continue to break out of the ITB habits that I still keep, it modern synths for me.

Tokyo is my favourite city in the world. The record shopping is great, there's a healthy amount of techno on sale at pretty good price. The guitar shop I visited in Shibuya had a floor full of new synths, had all the Elektron stuff, lots of Moog and DSI stuff, everything switched on and ready to go. I'm just not used to seeing so many shops selling stuff I like and having it there, set up waiting to be jammed on. Played with the AIRA stuff while in there, love the TR-8. I've been into a couple of other Electronics shops here too, and even they have musical instruments departments better than most of the musical instrument shops in Hong Kong.
Old 4th April 2015
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Great post. This would be my dream store as I've never seen so many vintage synths in one place.
Old 4th April 2015
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Echigoya is good, I spent a bit of time in there the other day playing with the new Korg Arp Odyssey. Very nice synth, very tempting. Mini keys didn't put me off that much but then I'm not the greatest of keyboard players. I can see why it would bother some. Sounds fantastic though.

I spent longer in FiveG. I absolutely love this shop.

I spent a good 20 minutes just staring at the wall of modular. I don't really know how to get a sound out of it, but just looking and touching was fun enough. I have to say that the Doepfer stuff appeared to be SOLID, maybe it's not as exciting and quirky as the other manufacturers, but that was my impression. I'm seriously interested in modular gear especially now, and I have two days left in Tokyo. I might try to get another afternoon off from the wife and daughter to twiddle some knobs.

On the other hand, I spent more time playing with the Pro 2 that they had set up, and that time has convinced me that I need this synth in my life. It might actually make my planned computer upgrade wait another year. Of course, here in this shop the synth is much more expensive than in UK/US, so I won't be taking one of these back to Hong Kong with me.

Teenage Engineering OP-1 caught my eye for a pretty reasonable price. It's something I've always liked the look of, but ive always managed to convince myself away from it, seems to be something that wouldn't fit in with my sound, and has the limitations it has that put me off. Maybe I'll change my mind.

I love the huge range of vintage stuff they have in the shop, but I'm a bit wary of buying old electronic stuff, even if it has been refurbished. I'm pretty amazed at how massive synths like the Prophet 5 are, physically (and of course, sonically). I like what these synths do, but I think that for me to continue to break out of the ITB habits that I still keep, it modern synths for me.

Tokyo is my favourite city in the world. The record shopping is great, there's a healthy amount of techno on sale at pretty good price. The guitar shop I visited in Shibuya had a floor full of new synths, had all the Elektron stuff, lots of Moog and DSI stuff, everything switched on and ready to go. I'm just not used to seeing so many shops selling stuff I like and having it there, set up waiting to be jammed on. Played with the AIRA stuff while in there, love the TR-8. I've been into a couple of other Electronics shops here too, and even they have musical instruments departments better than most of the musical instrument shops in Hong Kong.

I sometimes go to Tokyo and visited both shops as a "must go" place. And all I can say is these places are totally toxic for the gearslutz like us. My wallet hurts every time after those visit.

I do also buy old vintage gears from both shops and bought back to Hong Kong. All I can say is you need to be a bit tech savvy to be able to fix some minor problem when the old synth went wrong. You don't want to spend that extra shipping fee sending your big synth back to Japan for the fix.
Old 4th April 2015
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Originally Posted by Beni Shoga View Post
Echigoya is good, I spent a bit of time in there the other day playing with the new Korg Arp Odyssey. Very nice synth, very tempting. Mini keys didn't put me off that much but then I'm not the greatest of keyboard players. I can see why it would bother some. Sounds fantastic though.

I spent longer in FiveG. I absolutely love this shop.

I spent a good 20 minutes just staring at the wall of modular. I don't really know how to get a sound out of it, but just looking and touching was fun enough. I have to say that the Doepfer stuff appeared to be SOLID, maybe it's not as exciting and quirky as the other manufacturers, but that was my impression. I'm seriously interested in modular gear especially now, and I have two days left in Tokyo. I might try to get another afternoon off from the wife and daughter to twiddle some knobs.

On the other hand, I spent more time playing with the Pro 2 that they had set up, and that time has convinced me that I need this synth in my life. It might actually make my planned computer upgrade wait another year. Of course, here in this shop the synth is much more expensive than in UK/US, so I won't be taking one of these back to Hong Kong with me.

Teenage Engineering OP-1 caught my eye for a pretty reasonable price. It's something I've always liked the look of, but ive always managed to convince myself away from it, seems to be something that wouldn't fit in with my sound, and has the limitations it has that put me off. Maybe I'll change my mind.

I love the huge range of vintage stuff they have in the shop, but I'm a bit wary of buying old electronic stuff, even if it has been refurbished. I'm pretty amazed at how massive synths like the Prophet 5 are, physically (and of course, sonically). I like what these synths do, but I think that for me to continue to break out of the ITB habits that I still keep, it modern synths for me.

Tokyo is my favourite city in the world. The record shopping is great, there's a healthy amount of techno on sale at pretty good price. The guitar shop I visited in Shibuya had a floor full of new synths, had all the Elektron stuff, lots of Moog and DSI stuff, everything switched on and ready to go. I'm just not used to seeing so many shops selling stuff I like and having it there, set up waiting to be jammed on. Played with the AIRA stuff while in there, love the TR-8. I've been into a couple of other Electronics shops here too, and even they have musical instruments departments better than most of the musical instrument shops in Hong Kong.
I could stop by 5G tomorrow and show you some modular basics. Pm me if you like.
Old 5th April 2015
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I sometimes go to Tokyo and visited both shops as a "must go" place. And all I can say is these places are totally toxic for the gearslutz like us. My wallet hurts every time after those visit.

I do also buy old vintage gears from both shops and bought back to Hong Kong. All I can say is you need to be a bit tech savvy to be able to fix some minor problem when the old synth went wrong. You don't want to spend that extra shipping fee sending your big synth back to Japan for the fix.
Wow, a Hong Kong slut! Nice to meet you!
Old 5th April 2015
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I could stop by 5G tomorrow and show you some modular basics. Pm me if you like.
PM sent!
Old 5th April 2015
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Girls, synths and kanji, what more could a man want from a city?
I was in Shibuya today and saw some fellow gaijins staring gratutiously at synths in the Ishibashi store. Maybe someone here?
Old 5th April 2015
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Girls, synths and kanji, what more could a man want from a city?
I was in Shibuya today and saw some fellow gaijins staring gratutiously at synths in the Ishibashi store. Maybe someone here?
You just missed me - @Beni Shoga and I were busy wiggling @ 5G :p new arp sounds great too! The switchable filter types make a HUGE difference. Far superior to the vintage ones imo, would take one of these new ones in a heartbeat if I was looking for a vintage analog monosynth sound.
Old 5th April 2015
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You just missed me - @Beni Shoga and I were busy wiggling @ 5G :p new arp sounds great too! The switchable filter types make a HUGE difference. Far superior to the vintage ones imo, would take one of these new ones in a heartbeat if I was looking for a vintage analog monosynth sound.
Good one.
I can't think of a better place anywhere for a GS meeting.
Old 5th April 2015
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Thanks for the demonstration Septik, that was quite a patch you put together, I'd have been happy to listen to it for hours. It's got me fiddling with modular stuff on the iPad, and hankering for the real thing! I'm pretty much sold on Eurorack now, and I'm going to start researching a bit more, and get myself a little box. Maybe a big box.
Old 5th April 2015
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Thanks for the demonstration Septik, that was quite a patch you put together, I'd have been happy to listen to it for hours. It's got me fiddling with modular stuff on the iPad, and hankering for the real thing! I'm pretty much sold on Eurorack now, and I'm going to start researching a bit more, and get myself a little box. Maybe a big box.
Hahaha!! Another one to the dark side >;] you'll have a blast man, modular makes daily life a little more exciting, and that can't be said about many things. Worth the money for sure.
Old 5th April 2015
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You just missed me - @Beni Shoga and I were busy wiggling @ 5G :p new arp sounds great too! The switchable filter types make a HUGE difference. Far superior to the vintage ones imo, would take one of these new ones in a heartbeat if I was looking for a vintage analog monosynth sound.
It's a cool store that one. I'll have to go again some time. Love the wall to wall modular! Though I didn't try it.
Old 5th April 2015
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It's a cool store that one. I'll have to go again some time. Love the wall to wall modular! Though I didn't try it.
It is my #2 favorite synth store for sure. Noisebug Pomona is #1 followed closely by Control in Brooklyn. These places have such knowledgable friendly staff who will chat for hours and have jam sessions with you! Noisebug has a better inventory though. 5G has unmatched vintage pieces but are lacking in modular. No Intellijel, Modcan or Verbos?? Come on guys, get your act together :p
Old 5th April 2015
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Pics or didn't happen!!!
Old 5th April 2015
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Pics or didn't happen!!!
I'll up the anti and do video next week..
Old 5th April 2015
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I was going to do a selfie with you! Plus I had my Zoom pocket recorder in my bag and totally forgot to take a recording of that patch.
Old 10th April 2015
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Anyone who is in Tokyo this month should come check out the Clockface Modular 1day showroom on the 19th. They seem to have an excellent inventory, far beyond 5G's euro selection. I'll be there patching my brains out Til they 86 me

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Old 19th April 2015
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Thanks Benni, I popped in yesterday for the Op-1 but it's already got a reserved ticket slapped on it. After conducting some research and making some phone calls I have reserved one for myself and I'm on the way right now to pick one up!

Can't wait to get my hands and my creative side moving and groovin'

I was thinking of going to Forest Limit too.
Hmmmmm we shall see! Hahahahahaha

I wonder if Septik is there already?

GS I love you!!!!
Old 7th June 2015
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Anyone used this?
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Old 8th June 2015
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I haven't but what do you want to know cake100?
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