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Old 27th April 2003
  #1
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What sites do you scan when looking for equipment?

I'm trying to put a definitive global list together for comparing prices on new and used gear.

I've got the usual suspects like Mercenary Audio, Ebay, Digibid blah blah blah

If you've got any more localised ones that would be cool, I don't have many links for mainland Europe, have none for the far east or Australia. And I am sure that there are gazillions in the US.

Which are the first 5 places you'd click to go if someone asked you about a piece of gear today?

Post your links up! Would be appreciated.

Why? I hear you ask.

Because I'm writing a bit of code that searches everything simultaneously, that's why! Which of course will be shared as gearslutware.

It's already working, I just need sites to fill it with.
Old 27th April 2003
  #2
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great idea !

Wow

http://www.proaudioeurope.com/paris/paris_homepage.html
http://www.proaudioeurope.com/

that are links to funkyjunk Stokholm, Milan and UK

http://www.vintageking.com/

very 'hi end'

http://www.audiotoyshop.co.uk/

http://www.bavodekker.com/equip.html

http://www.soundsinc.co.uk/

http://www.danalexanderaudio.com/

some links to inexpensive gear and utilities :

http://www.musicstorekoeln.de/

http://www.netzmarkt.de/thomann/thoiw2_index.html

thoses are mainly in europe, I'm sure some posters will feed you with US links

cheers

malice











Old 27th April 2003
  #3
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www.synthplanet.com (excellent synth prices)
www.eastcoastmusic.com
www.netzmarkt.de/thomann/ (already listed but great)
www.zzounds.com
www.midi-classics.com (usually beat everyone elses prices for me)
Old 27th April 2003
  #4
Jax
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Nothing unusual about these, but -

harmonycentral

DUC - Buy and Sell

here

and a local community message board whose name shall remain classified
Old 27th April 2003
  #5
Mindreader
 
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well we all gotta keep some of our secrets back
Old 27th April 2003
  #7
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A sleeper forum is the "For Sale" one at www.homerecording.com/bbs

Since that site has a HUGE member base, you never know what you'll see there.

Another old trick is to use a search engine like www.msn.com and
enter the name and model number of the gear you're interested in (Uh-oh giving away all my secrets! ), so you can locate more obscure sources.

Chris
Old 28th April 2003
  #8
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Crispy -

Thanks for the links. I have been shopping for an item that one of these sites has for some time and have been unable to find one. I have sent an email inquiry. If it works out (probably take a while) I will owe you a big one.

Thanks again!
Old 28th April 2003
  #9
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In Australia, it's mostly mail order catalogues, one of the best is ProAudio, and much of their stuff is on the website, www.proaudio.com.au . I don't know of anyother web-based ones, but there's a good start. Great idea BTW.
Old 28th April 2003
  #10
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A personal favorite for a long time is the World Wide Pro Audio Directory:

http://www.audiodirectory.nl/
Old 28th April 2003
  #11
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For secondhand in OZ and New.
Mixmasters
for new
Musiclab

Then I look at most of the usual places and add frieght, 10% GST and 6% import duty...
Old 28th April 2003
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Old 28th April 2003
  #13
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Here in Boston we are pretty fortunate in having Parsons Audio, Pro Audio Design, and of course, Mercenary all right in our back yard. All three will usually do their best (assuming they carry the line) to get you a loaner to try out in real world situations before you decide to buy - often even lending out a couple of comparable alternatives so you can A-B(and C) them directly and make an informed decision based on hands-on experience.
Old 28th April 2003
  #14
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groups.google.com
search: rec.audio.pro
for FS and sort by date
Old 28th April 2003
  #15
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These people are brokers, so prices range from absurdly high to amazing bargains.


http://www.hticsproaudio.com/
Old 28th April 2003
  #16
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THis is great folks.

And, actually rather interesting!

Keep it coming..

http://www.music-city.de/
Old 28th April 2003
  #17
Great idea.
And becoming a great resource.
Sticky anyone?

Strike Audio Toyshop from the list. They are no more. They sell stuff regularly on Ebay under a different name.
Similarly Bavo Dekker. I've sent them countless emails and a few faxes with no response. They might exist and only answer phone calls, I dunno, but they seem to have had the same stock list for a long time.
Old 28th April 2003
  #18
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www.jigsaw24.com

software, for starters, is competitively priced.
Old 28th April 2003
  #19
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www.atlasproaudio.com

ran by our own resident gearslut

Nathan
Old 28th April 2003
  #20
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www.musicians-gear.com

Based in Germany. Can be an especially good deal for non-European customers (no VAT).
Old 28th April 2003
  #22
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Well, a lot of the ones I go to have already been listed, so here's a couple that ain't;

The HHB site is good for getting your RRP info at hand before sniffing out deals.
HHB

Rayper and Wayman for similar reasons to above. i.e. never really buy from them, but reference there a lot.
R&W

This one is for Studiocare here in Liverpool. They don't have great web content or info but they will price match/beat most other places once I have a "low low" price!! They're also good for hire, not as good a selection as FX, but they ALWAYS beat them considerably on the stuff they do have.
Studiocare

Thomann in Germany too. Never bought anything from them but I've got numerous prices off them for others to match!! Worth having.
Thomann.de (Make sure to select English (unless not Eng speaking))

I also use Musicians Gear.com a lot for "pricing". They have a lot more gear than most, and the all important useful homepage link to the manufacturers.

Can't think of any more at the mo'...

(Great idea by the way Julian!!)
Old 28th April 2003
  #23
Mindreader
 
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Julian reserved for mother only

Call me Bev
Old 28th April 2003
  #24
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These guys have always been helpful to me:

http://www.aidinc.com/

and I've been getting great deals on firewire drives here: (the name similarity is just a freaky coincidence)

www.aicmicro.com

and don't forget:

www.pricewatch.com
Old 28th April 2003
  #25
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A great one is the "Sound On Sound" magazine's classified section.

www.sospubs.co.uk
Old 28th April 2003
  #26
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Quote:
Originally posted by BevvyB
Julian reserved for mother only

Now now, Julian is a lovely name. heh

I'd also wager that you only get the full title when she's telling you off too?!!

Oh alright then, Bev it is......
Old 28th April 2003
  #27
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Yeah, so stop telling me off already!
Old 28th April 2003
  #28
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I feel really guilty about now being able to give away my secrets. I know a few places that are still untouched as far as the AE world is concerned...
Old 29th April 2003
  #29
Mindreader
 
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UPDATE:

I have now managed to script a search of gearslutz remotely. This means that no other forum is safe either. This means that I could run searches on every other music forum with the same search word(s) with one keystroke.

So I guess now the question is:

What are the other forums?

There's um, DUC
Pro Rec
erm
I dunno. I'm always here!

I'm going to try and set this thing up so that you have a choice to search for 'interest' or 'sales'.

On I go, not too hard so far, the tricky bit will be building the interface,
Old 29th April 2003
  #30
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Some good bargains at the tapeop forum ...

malice
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