How to Get a Free Synthesizer
OK you knew there was a catch you aren't getting an Oberheim, Arp or Moog for cheap here.
But you do get a lot, especially if you need parts, like to experiment or want to relive a bygone era of cheesy middle class entertainment and analog sounds.
The secret is: look for synthesizers called "home organs."
Home purchase pandora charms online organs were popular in the West during the post WWII era up to the early 1980s. You know, back before the internet and cell phones, when people did social things together for entertainment like playing music, or at least that was the idea sold at the time.
Anyhow, with the advent of modern forms of electronic entertainment and the collapse of the western middle class, home organs have plummeted in value. What was once (vastly overpriced) thousands of dollars is now essentially worthless. No "normal" person wants these things. However, they are excellent as a source of parts, for hacking and many of them are still pretty good at making music.
Pictured below are two good examples of what you can easily find for next to nothing or free. On the left we have a Lowrey Holiday H 100 from 1977 and on the right a Viscount F20 from about 1979. These are both squarewave, top divider synths built with TTL waveform generating logic and analog filtering. More on that in the next parts.
Step 2: How to Find Them and What to Look For
How do you go about finding these charms for bracelets australia things? Since they're big and heavy, eBay isn't the best choice, unless you get a local seller willing to let you pick it up. You're better off with something like Craigslist, classifieds, estate sales and yard sales.
As mentioned earlier, transistor (and hybrid digital/analog) home organs are almost all essentially worthless. They are big, heavy, have dated sounds, have a limited sound palette (though not in all cases) and in almost all cases can't be repaired unless you are willing to do it yourself. With few exceptions you should treat any home organ produced during 1970 1990 as being almost worthless even if in perfect condition (they usually aren't) and new charms pandora completely worthless if anything at all is wrong with it.
Certain models like the Eminent 310 and the Lowrey MX 1 may still command prices in the multiple hundreds range. You may also come across recent vintage Lowreys which supposedly sold for $10 $60K (most people traded up, though still got ripped off). You're welcome to consider those if the price is right and you are a serious organ player, but they're just ROMplers and aren't hackable.
You may also come across Hammond Tonewheel organs. Usually the seller is savvy enough to look it up and find there is still a market for these. So, prices for Hammond Tonewheel organs may still be high. But, not always.
Step 3: The Psychology of the Home Organ Market
So here you are looking for free stuff to hack or play on and on the other side is the seller trying to get the maximum money for his junk.
The Home Organ market can be divided into two parts:
The person selling the organ because a deceased relative left it to them, they have no use for it but have some vague idea or memory that "it cost a lot of money when it was new."
The person who used to play it but now for whatever reason wants it gone and may or may not have any idea what it is worth.
In the first case, the seller is clueless or is in denial about what the organ is really worth. They will initially put it up for sale at some hugely unrealistic price that, to them, seems like a discount off what it was originally purchased for.
In the second case, the seller has some clue and will have a slightly more logic behind their pricing.
Though the approach to each is slightly different the fact remains the same: there is almost no market whatsoever for home organs and they have almost no value.
Step 4: Even a Hammond Is Usually Worthless!
Let's take a short diversion here and talk about "Hammonds". Some Hammond organs are in fact quite rare and valuable. There are exclusively from the all tube and the tube and tonewheel era. Transistor Hammond organs are, like all other transistor organs, worthless.
Take a look on eBay and see what Tonewheel Hammond organs go for quite a lot, sometimes. Just for fun, look up what a Hammond Novachord goes for a lot, even if it's junk those are truly rare.
But as for tonewheels, they're collectible and in demand BUT only if they're working, and even then only worth top dollar when FULLY RESTORED. That means replacing every monet jewelry single old carbon resistor, replacing every paper and electrolytic capacitor (of which there are many), cleaning all the contacts, overhauling the lubrication system etc. lots of time and effort.
So, don't let anyone try to fool you into thinking it's a Hammond so it must be worth a lot.
Step 5: Finding What You Want and Buying It
So you've spotted a few organs on Craigslist or whatever, now what? Remember the psychology of the seller. They are probably in denial about their organ (or husband, mother, grandad's etc.) being worthless junk. So you must wait them out. Even if it's something cool maybe a Lowrey D325 which was a late 70's spinet with really good Arp Solina style strings. Let them post it for their unrealistic price and let the price come down at least once.
Once the price has dropped, visit the seller if you like, be friendly, tell them what a nice organ it is but it's a lot more than you can pay. You can't tell them the truth (it's worthless), they will just get mad. Let them know they can contact you later if they change their mind on the price.
The idea here is to keep yourself in the sellers mind for when the finally give up and just want it gone. This way it's a win win.
You get the organ BEFORE it goes out in the carport or out on the driveway to get all dirty and they don't have to pay to have it taken to the dump.
You may also come across the pragmatic seller who knows right off that it's worthless and posts an ad "come get it before I throw it out". Those are fine too, but please, don't pay anything if there is something wrong with it.
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