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What was your beast gear deal you didn't make?
Old 2nd June 2002
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What was your best gear deal you didn't make?

I passed on a pair of AKG C12 (originals) one of which was used for Christopher Cross' "Sailing". I was offered both for $ 1,700 in 1987, my reply: "Naa, don't really need any mics right now" pissed grudge
Old 2nd June 2002
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Hmmm.... Last year I found a Sony APR-24 2" deck with freshly lapped heads, cabling, locater, splicing block, manuals etc. for about $4500 and dropping by the day. It was also 40 minutes from my studio. I ended up buying a recapped '82 JH-24 for $7000 and having it brought up from Nashville.

Once I had an Ibanez UE400 multieffects box (anyone remember that?) that I bought for $100 and traded at a guitar show for $40. Mostly because I was putting together a guitar rack with midi switching and the UE wouldn't do that. It had the coolest flanger and phaser. Damn I wish I still had that. I haven't refused too many good deals. Mostly because I always have a little cash tucked away for such things and I figure that if I don't need it I can always sell it and make a few bucks.

Oh wait... I did pass on a 414B/ULS for $200. It wasn't working and I didn't want to gamble on an expensive repair. Turned out to be a blown cap or resistor IIRC and was $75. In the meantime I bought one from another friend for $500.
Old 3rd June 2002
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1) Being too timid at an auction for 3 Urei1176's.... I missed each one.. I kept saying to myself "ONLY BARGAINS" "ONLY BARGAINS"

Then I had to go and buy a new UA1176 for much more...

madd

2) My dad phoning me from NYC in the 70's asking if I wanted him to buy me a new Les Paul ($350) or a used gold top with soap bar pick up's (more?)... With all the wizdom of a 17 year old I opted for the "new one".



But I still love it!

smokin
Old 3rd June 2002
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Best deal I never made

I walked into that 2nd hand music shop in London in '96 and saw an Urei 1178 limiter for £80,- (!!) sitting on the shelf.. asked the assistand to give me a screwdriver to open it up, 'cause I thought there must be something wrong with it. By that time the assistant started to show interestet as well, looked at me and said: "I have it anyway"...

Robert
Old 3rd June 2002
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Now what would be the best deal, in ten years from now, today?

That Studer 827, is a C12 going to be $ 40,000 in ten years or are we all going to be using the NEW vintage remakes? Is it still going to matter?
Old 3rd June 2002
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Ah! Multo profundo! (very deep) - as the Italians would say...
Old 5th June 2002
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well a number of years ago this guy dropped by a jam at my place and brought in a '57 strat in a flight case which was worth 400 bucks alone and said he was on his way to Toronto to sell the case and guitar for 1500 bucks. I remember, thinking who would pay 1500 bucks for a guitar.
Another time I went to visit an old girl friend in Toronto and took my Martin with me, we were sitting around playing in this loft in a building full of other artist lofts and this guy come in and brings this Gibson a small black one with the" the gibson" in script on the head stock. Man it was the best sounding accoustic I had ever heard. He had it in a bag and didn't play it, and said he'd got it from a guy in trade for an ounce of hash, so I tried to buy it from him. but no deal. I ended up offerring him my then new Martin and 250 bucks (this was '69, and I'd just bought the Martin from Carusos for $225 with the case), but the guy wouldn't budge. So as I left I remember saying to him "if you ever sell that guitar and it doesn't come to me I'll hunt you down and kill you"
Apparently he got busted a few months later and sold it for $100 to raise bail money, I'm still looking for that guy. take care Logan
Old 6th June 2002
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That reminds me, one time I worked at a mom & pop music store and a guy traded in a Les Paul Standard and a JCM 800 towards a Guild Jumbo 12 string. He said he had been trying to sell the amp for a while with no luck and he wanted $150 on trade for it. Now, what usually happened with used gear at this place was that if we took something in we'd have to make 35-40% on it. I was going to do the "right" thing and buy the amp for $200 at the end of the night. No go, the manager wouldn't let me do it. I should've told the guy I'd hold the 12-sting and bought the amp in the parking lot. Damn. Just call me Dudly Do Right.

I quit that place a few months later and then the manager was fired about 3 months after I left. heh
Old 6th June 2002
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A few years back I got a call from a leasing company. Seems one of their customers had defaulted so they were trying to sell his repo'd gear. JH24, perfect condition, 85% head life left for $3500... I passed.

And then, like the next day, I hooked up a buddy with a Trident 24 I also was passing on. He had to rent a truck and go 500 miles to pick it up, so he beat the guy up for a better deal. I think his final price was $3500. Haven't spoke to him for a few years, but I'd wager he's still cutting records with it.

So, $7000 grand for a 2" 24 and a nice console...

Would've saved myself a lot of trouble had I known then (what I think I know, now).

The les paul I mentioned in the other thread is the one that absolutely kills me, though!
Old 6th June 2002
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Ouch, this is subject that hurts...

I was offered to buy 2 blackface 1176's (consecutive serial numbers) and 2 blackface LA4's (consecutive serial numbers also) at a superlow price. Everything was in mint condition - the 1176's where $350 a piece and the LA4's where $500 for the pair.

Unfortunately, I was really short on cash at the time so could only buy one 1176. I knew I made a really good deal (and the seller thought he did a good deal himself...), but it felt humiliating to leave the other 3 Urei's behind.

/Mats
Old 9th June 2002
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In the early 80's I saw a Strat in a music store in Louisville KY.

They wanted $1800 for it. The finish looked kinda beat but the guitar itself sounded great and was very playable.

Serial # 54.

rollz

RP
Old 9th June 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by Mats Olsson
Ouch, this is subject that hurts...

I was offered to buy 2 blackface 1176's (consecutive serial numbers) and 2 blackface LA4's (consecutive serial numbers also) at a superlow price. Everything was in mint condition - the 1176's where $350 a piece and the LA4's where $500 for the pair.

Unfortunately, I was really short on cash at the time so could only buy one 1176. I knew I made a really good deal (and the seller thought he did a good deal himself...), but it felt humiliating to leave the other 3 Urei's behind.

/Mats

this is going to give ME a nightmare

HOLY F*CKIN ...... Did you need professional help getting over that or where you able to get over that one yourself ..... :eek: :eek: :eek:
Old 9th June 2002
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Ha!

heh heh heh heh heh
Old 9th June 2002
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Thanks a lot Jules!

Feels just like you just poured some salt into an open wound... do you feel better now? grudge

/Mats
Old 9th June 2002
  #15
NO! I feel for you! Don't get me wrong, I am laughing at Chris!

It will take him WEEKS to recover from the trauma your story has given him! He may even need some therapy (retail audio!)

Old 10th June 2002
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yes and Belgium is EXACTLY the right place to do that. Just found out that Groovetubes doesn't have a dealer in Belgium so I can forget about trying out a Vipre. Cranesong same problem ..... and if a goodie has a dealer they usually don't have demo units or they'll let you try it out at the shop only.

There are exceptions though ..... Amptec for example have a great policy ..... why buy if you can try out at amptec .... heh heh think I'm going to pay them a visit today.

Maybe pick up a GML 8900, 8200 and a 2020 for a couple of weeks ..... okk
Old 10th June 2002
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Chris, in my experience, if there is no dealer in a country it opens up the possibility to purchase sometimes at 'dealer price' + shipping. Contacts made at trade shows can develop in this direction...

spin
Old 10th June 2002
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yes I know .... done it that way a few times ... some companies will send one to you from abroad if you pay for it upfront ... let you have it for a couple of days and refund you (excl. transport) if you send it back (in the smae condition as you got it of course). But it's a hassle that way..... insurance issues transport reliability ... makes me nervous sometimes.
Old 10th June 2002
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grew upin South Texas right across the road from the Mexico Border...
Lots of "conjunto" bands etc...
My bandmate at the time said, "look, bass guitar for $50 in the newspaper.."
I let him go cause I was too busy with Carol or was it Rhonda or someone?

He came back with a 1952 Precision Bass - sold it a few yrs later to keith (ferguson) who was playing bass with the Fabulous Thunderbirds for:
$4500 cash.......ouch
Old 10th June 2002
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They didn't need no steenking precision!
Old 20th June 2009
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Hi All.

Just thought I'd go back to the very first page of So Much Gear, So Little Time and bump one of its threads.




I'm obviously a very busy man with a lot of very important business today.



Cheers.

Old 20th June 2009
  #22
Got you all beat - a pile of RCA and Fairchild limiters being sold by an employee of a radio station at the San Jose flea market for $25 each in the mid '70s - I didn't find out what they were until a couple years later when Dan Alexander told me .......ARRGGH!

A year or two later at the same flea market I passed on a full set of Slingerland Radio King drums in mint condition for $75 - but I did buy the Zildjian cymbals for $45!
Old 21st June 2009
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Not my story, but one of my instructors got a super super deal on a Telefunken U47; he saw it in a pawn shop many years ago, and he knew it needed phantom power. So he asked the guy if it was alright if he could test it out before he bought it. The pawn shop owner didn't know crap about mics and whether it needed phantom power or not, and it obviously didn't work.

After that, my instructor said "This microphone doesn't even work. I'll give you $20 for it."

Shop Owner: "Deal!"

Turned out it was perfectly fine.
Old 21st June 2009
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Quote:
Originally Posted by C.Lambrechts View Post
this is going to give ME a nightmare

HOLY F*CKIN ...... Did you need professional help getting over that or where you able to get over that one yourself ..... :eek: :eek: :eek:
you're profile picture is going to give me nightmares....

the red sawx are soooo WACK.

dfegad Boston sports.

and the 1176 miss out? thats legendary.
Old 21st June 2009
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This is the only one I can think of . . .

An original Blue Stripe for cheap ...I went to buy an 1176 ..the guy had two, an old LN, and an original Universal Audio blue stripe. I looked at both ..the LN was modded with XLR ins and outs, so I choose it. The seller, a friend, said I should take 'em both and try them in the studio ..that I might like the blue stripe better. I said "no thanx" and bought the LN.

This was years ago, and I often wonder why I didn't consider the blue stripe.
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