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Should I sell my Poly 61 now, or keep it for 20 more years(13 posts)

Should I sell my Poly 61 now, or keep it for 20 more yearsKristin
Sep 6, 2002 7:02 AM
I bought a Poly 61 used in '84 and never really got into it. Its been stored in its bag and living under my bed since '89. Today, its worth almost what I paid for 20 years ago. The analog sound is becoming popular again and theres a small market for original equipment. But its also taking up space. Do you think it will be worth as much as a classic Moog in another 20 years?
Sell itmr_spin
Sep 6, 2002 7:31 AM
Sell it if you can. Put it on Ebay and market it as "retro." Maybe one of those guys desperately searching for old TR-808 drum machines will buy it.

Technology has basically made all analog synths obsolete, so it's not all that useful right now. If you hear analog today, it's probably sampled. If it had a better MIDI interface, you could at least stick it in a closet (or keep it under your bed) and use another keyboard to control it when you wanted to use it.
Well, there are some people looking for true blue analogKristin
Sep 6, 2002 8:22 AM
A real audiophile can tell the difference between a Poly61 (or other better analogs) and sampled sounds. However, I think the market for it is small. I'll watch E-Bay and see what they're fetching. You don't think it will become a collectors peice by 2020?
I hope you find onemr_spin
Sep 6, 2002 8:30 AM
I'm not sure it will ever become a collector's piece. It wasn't that great a keyboard in the first place. Besides, aren't you running short of room in your new place? You can't afford to be a collector!

I would keep a DX7 if I had one. That might become a collector's piece, not to mention it's still useful today. I'd keep a Moog, a Fairlight, and a Synclavier. I'd even keep a Roland JX3P because it has a great pipe organ sound that no one else has duplicated. But I wouldn't keep a Poly-61.

If you plan on becoming a studio player, you should keep it. You never know when a session might need that true 80's analog sound.
Studio Musician? Way too much pressure!Kristin
Sep 6, 2002 11:21 AM
Those guys are the best of the best. Everyone expects the regular band members to screw up, but studio musicians are worshipped as gods. They're nearly flawless. I spent 2 years in vocal training and realized that I didn't possess a fifth of the skill/natural talent of my competition. I slowly realized that throwing $1200/year into training wouldn't make me as good as them. And all that hard work with only minute gains was draining. I finally decided that, in the end, that it wasn't worth it.

I like it better this way...I sing at an occasional event and everyone gathers around to tell me how great I was and how I ought to be on the stage. I know the truth--there's not much room on a stage and it takes more than a pretty voice and pretty lyrics to get there--but I can get by on the compliments for a while.

Perhaps I'll sell the Korg. It is probably the single worst impulse buy I've ever made. I've always fantasized about getting $800 for it. Not gonna happen?
Sep 6, 2002 12:00 PM
After I wrote my post, I looked up Yamaha DX7s on Ebay because I suddenly got a yen for the keyboard that confined the Rhodes electric piano to the scrap heap. Anyway, there were two going for around $280. If that's what a DX7 goes for, I doubt you'll get $800 for your unit.

There's a couple on Ebay already, but if yours actually works, you should be the cream of the crop based on these examples:

One is going for roughly $20, although admittedly "The item turns on but that is it. I cannot get any sound of the keyboard. I have not used the item in a long time and when I went to test it it did not work"

Another one is up to $46, but the seller says "The unit takes about 30 mins to power-up at which point it turns on and off intermitantly... You can often get it to sound for a few seconds before it resets."

The final one is at $10, but "This one is good for parts or repair...plays ok in lower octaves, after a few minutes the higher octaves are lost, memory begins to reset itself and it will not allow the user to load voices. Arpeggiator is also out of commission."

Good luck! Make sure to market it as retro, but still current. No Doubt's current album is filled with 80's analog synth sounds and samples from 80's video games. It's entirely possible that they used a Poly 61. After all, who's gonna know?
What about Kurzweil?TJeanloz
Sep 7, 2002 1:06 PM
I'm not really a music nut, but where does the Kurzweil 2600 fit in this whole mix? I picked one up on the cheap (as I understand it) and have no idea what I have.
What about Kurzweil?mr_spin
Sep 9, 2002 7:51 AM
I'm not that familiar with the 2600, but it looks to be a very nice top of the line unit. If you got it cheap, all the better. It reminds me of the Korg M1, which was a fantastic "workstation" that has since been superseded by supposedly better models. I lost track of what the current one is, but I'd love to have an M1.

By the way, Kurzweil originally was in the business of "reading" machines for the blind. Stevie Wonder used one, and suggested that they use the technology to make him a keyboard. Seems like a strange path to me, but apparently, it's true.
I sold my Roland RE301 Space Echo back in '86...OutWest
Sep 8, 2002 7:56 PM
along with some other equipment and am told it would now be worth a lot of money, but I kept my Tascam 244 Portastudio, still in the original box, but its only worth $250 paid $1500 in '84. Hard to say, don't suppose you would ever use it would you?
I will probably never plug it in again.Kristin
Sep 9, 2002 5:16 AM
But if I can only get $50 for it, then I might as well keep it until it becomes a real antique. (If I can find the room.) I've never cleaned house so much before. I just sent 3 boxes full of old clothes to donation (including my old prom dress and some nestolgic stuff) and have thrown out a ton of crappy furniture. I'll tell you what. From now on I'm only buying expensive furniture and limiting the pieces I own. I waisted a chunk of change on cheap crap in the 90's.
Worth $50? If theres room and you are hesitating...keep itOutWest
Sep 9, 2002 8:56 PM
You will know when its time to let it go, I've still got my Alto sax waiting for me to pick it up again, we both know its going to happen one day :-)~--0
big moneymr_spin
Sep 9, 2002 6:44 AM
Space Echoes are cool. There's still a lot of pros and wannabes who love that old analog sound and will pay top dollar for it. Sort of like the original Ibanez Tube Screamer. You can probably get more now than you paid for it then.
I know and its funny but I really miss that unit...OutWest
Sep 9, 2002 9:00 PM
...and I don't do any recording or performing anymore. It was so easy to use and yet very versatile, the Chorus effect was especially cool. Oh well, as I said above, I still have my Alto sax although I wish I had a tenor too!
C'est la vie.