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Postby ChrisPtacek » Thu Aug 26, 2004 4:32 pm

I found a Roland SDE 1000 for $79 and an Ibanez rack delay for even less. I know this is really old gear, but is it worth these prices? Because that's totally affordable.

What are some of the old goodies that you guys keep your eyes out for when you hit a shop that has some used junk?
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Postby Jake5 » Thu Aug 26, 2004 4:35 pm

My philosophy:

You wont mis 79 bucks in a year but you'll still have that piece of gear that may do something nothing else will do quite the same.

If you got 80 bucks in your pocket. Go for it.
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Postby TheGrooveking » Thu Aug 26, 2004 4:40 pm

I have a Roalnd SDE-1000 and it does a great job! I paid alot more for mine, so at $79 if it works you're getting quite a deal! Go For It!

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Postby berndhep » Thu Aug 26, 2004 4:55 pm

I LOVE old gear... can`t say why. Normally I`m not really vintage... but the way old rack gear sound is so noisy it`s cool. :twisted:

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Postby sam adams » Thu Aug 26, 2004 7:55 pm

never really owned or played on either of those...
but for old rack gear...
i have an ibanez msp 1000... that thing is ancient, extremely hard to find, and dirt cheap... i paid $50 for it a year back from music go round....
it's a one space unit with a compressor,15 band graphic eq and a notch filter...... it isnt very noisy... it's not cold and digital.... i love it to death.... if i saw another for under $100 and i had the cash, i'd probably buy it in a heart beat so if/when i start up a second rig i can have one in each....
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Postby Jake5 » Thu Aug 26, 2004 8:30 pm

Overeasy compressors seem to be around and are usually around 100 bucks canadian. They're cool sounding on guitars too. I love mine, wanna get another.
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Postby mibu » Thu Aug 26, 2004 11:05 pm

hia guys
I use some old stuff I got on e-bay for a ridiculous price...;-)
still, they sound very good!!!
- rocktron 300A compressor (for the clean tone and acoustic guitar)
- rocktron guitar silencer (the best for noise reduction)
- ART multiverb alpha SE studio edition (lots of good sounds - they only need some tweaking)
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Postby pbhtrip » Thu Aug 26, 2004 11:17 pm

Man those ART Multiverbs are pretty cool! I have one around that is not in my rig right now but I keep thinking I'll put it back in the rig someday cause it just does some cool things. My favorite flanger and phaser sounds come from the ART.

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Postby mibu » Thu Aug 26, 2004 11:51 pm

right, they sound great! especially those second or third editions, where the algorithms are more elaborated and of much higher quality...
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Postby andergtr » Thu Aug 26, 2004 11:59 pm

some of the old rack units are killer. my favorite one that i still love is the old roland RSP550, which is just amazing for modulation effects. you can find these used for about $150 to $300 when they come up.


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Postby pbhtrip » Fri Aug 27, 2004 12:26 am

The first multi fx unit I ever had was the original ART Multiverb, then I got the Multiverb 3 which was an improvement. I think it's a pretty cool unit, the EQ is really cool sounding and I love the flanger and phaser sounds. Even the delays aren't that bad. I don't recall liking the chorus sounds much though.

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Postby michael smurphy » Fri Aug 27, 2004 3:44 am

I agree older rack units are great value..

Units like the Yamaha SPX 90, or the Roland SDE2500 or the Yamaha D1500 or the Digitech ISP33b are all great units...

But...

You need to be aware they are nearly 20 years old now, so they will need new filtercaps in the power supply, perhaps a new transformer, and more like the internal battery is dead or crapped all over the board...

Becareful when you buy them cause they might cost a lot to get them working right..

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Postby Juice-squeezer » Fri Sep 03, 2004 10:43 pm

I bought a Korg SDD3000 once for $120 having never heard one in person. I was glad I did. but...wasn't midi, no tap tempo. etc...
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Postby JesperB » Fri Sep 03, 2004 10:46 pm

I just bought a Digitech DHP-33, which is pretty old :)
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