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Best deal you ever got on gear???

Posted By: J.J. Blair

Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/07/05 05:24 PM

I have a guy recording here who told me about going to a garage sale, where he bought a Fairchild 660, a Neumann U47, an RCA BK11 and several other choice pieces of gear for $25 each! (The funny thing was that the seller had a Rhodes that he wanted $300 for.)

I thought that would be a cool thread. I'll tell you some of my favorite deals: I got 14 vintage Langevin AM16s for $400. I got a 1963 Gibson Reverse Firebird VII (only 301 made) for $1,280. I got a 1958 Hofner Beatle bass for $400. I got my Micro Moog for $150. The list goes on...

I'm sure BK has some good ones. He has the stupidest keyboard collection ever.
Posted By: Philip O'Keefe

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/07/05 06:44 PM

Two vintage ELA M251E's in exchange for about $3,500 of work. \:\)
Posted By: zeronyne

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/07/05 07:50 PM

Yamaha KX-1 for $100.00

6 Alesis ModFX for $10.00 each brand new

6 Universal Sound Bank Plug in synths for 9.00 each

Triton Pro X with every option imaginable for $2500.00 new (well it was used at a clinic).

But my best deal? All of my studio furniture (1 desk and 4 racks - PIC -) for free. The guy's buddy brought them to my house, and he was supposed to pick up the payment the next day. Never showed, phone number was disconnected. My guess is that it was some sort of scam in the making to get my gear or case the joint, but somehow it went wrong. I contacted to police to see if the racks had been reported stolen, but there were no replies. Ah, well.
Posted By: Bill@Welcome Home Studios

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/07/05 08:08 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Philip O'Keefe:
Two vintage ELA M251E's in exchange for about $3,500 of work. \:\)
Now THAT'S a hot deal.

I got a couple.... a Telefunken LD condenser and power supply (I'm betting of Schoeps manufacture...), given to me by a guy who doesn't use it... he'll give me the matching brother when he finds it.

An RCA 77D, 'loaned' to me by a guy who doesn't use it. Cost me under $300 to have restored.

An RCA PB90, again, given to me by a guy who doesn't use it. He rescued it from a theater booth, where it was scheduled to be thrown away. Also cost under $300 to get restored.

Three different (but very nice...) guys.

Bill
Posted By: Jason Poff

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/08/05 12:17 AM

SM7 at a yardsale for $5.

Jason
Posted By: J.J. Blair

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/08/05 03:43 AM

Phillip, I hate you. So those didn't belong to Scott Vance I take it?

Oh, I forgot ... if we are talking permanent loaning, my Camco kit and Mellotron 400.
Posted By: Red Winger

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/08/05 05:03 AM

Fender Rhodes Mark I for $250. Later sold it...like the dunbass that I am, for $550 when I needed cash. :rolleyes:
Posted By: miroslav

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/08/05 01:06 PM

Wish I had one of those "got it at a yard sale for $10" stories!

I've managed to find a few nice pieces for low prices.
Just a couple of months ago I bought a Hammond L103 for $200. Yeah, you can find them on eBay for a few hundred, but then it always ends up being in Wisconsin or the other side of the country...and the shipping costs kill the sweetness of the deal. I found mine on a local BB...had it loaded and on the way to my studio the following day.
It's already found it's way on a few tunes I'm working on.

Also, about 3 years ago...I picked up a bunch of the Alesis-GT mics, when the two companies parted ways. I got all of the mics at less than 1/3 street price.
I have (4) AM52, (2) AM62 and (2) AM40..and I use them quit a lot...very happy with them.

And over the last few years...I've managed to score a bunch of other stuff on eBay...but you have to constantly keep scanning the listings...waiting for that "jewel" to pop up, and then grabbin' it before too many other people find out.
Over the last few weeks, I've bought 12 Zildjian cymbals for about 1/3 their normal price…and they are all mint!
Posted By: eightyeightkeys

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/08/05 03:16 PM

Wow ! I don't have anything close to those amazing deals. A Fairchild, Neumann's, SM7's at yard sales ? Phew ! That is some kind 'a luck.

Closest thing was a Lexicon MPX1 for $300 bucks from a studio bankruptcy ad in Pro Audio Marketplace. There were at least a couple for sale. I only got 1 though (which I'm now selling.....not in a yardsale though.....Doh!).
Posted By: Philip O'Keefe

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/08/05 05:08 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by J.J. Blair:
Phillip, I hate you.

Awww JJ, but I love you! \:D

So those didn't belong to Scott Vance I take it?

No sir... I responded to that message in another thread... I should have just used the PM respond or email respond. Sorry about that. \:o

Posted By: FoxTick

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/08/05 08:11 PM

12 pack of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, $8.99 on sale at Food King.

Oh GEAR, I thought you said BEER...oh, in that case..

A pair of Urei LA-4s ......free!
Posted By: Cojonesonasteek

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/09/05 02:46 PM

Sennheiser e602 (kick/bass mic) $10

1975 LoPrinzi LM-15 dreadnaught acoustic, $300 from pawn shop in Hope, Arkansas

1958 Fender Duo-Sonic (maple neck) $300 from pawn shop in Austin

Pair of Tele V76's for $900
Posted By: tripit

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/09/05 05:19 PM

I traded a crappy 1983 Vic Comodore 64 computer for a mint 1970 Martin D55 guitar.
I bought my Wurly for $60.00.
Posted By: J.J. Blair

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/09/05 06:11 PM

tripit forgot to mention that he got his UA 2610 for free.
Posted By: rankus

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/09/05 09:53 PM

Hammond L103 for free.... A listing on a BB at a fruit stand said "free organ,come and get it" ... so we did ;-o ... works great!
Posted By: FoxTick

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/10/05 12:56 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by Cojonesonasteek:


Pair of Tele V76's for $900
I hate you
















\:D

btw, Welcome to the forums Cojonesonasteek
Posted By: Kris

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/10/05 12:22 PM

Ex roommate owed me $150 for rent... He gave me his Dad's old Hagstrom guitar in place of the cash. In less than 5 minutes I walked across the street and traded it to my neighbor (a Hagstrom collector) for this 1971 Tobacco sunburst Les Paul by far my best deal ever...

Posted By: Cojonesonasteek

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/10/05 02:36 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Greg Slusser a.k.a FoxTick:
Quote:
Originally posted by Cojonesonasteek:


Pair of Tele V76's for $900
I hate you

I did pay Oliver Archut $450 to refurbish one of them but it was still a great deal.














\:D

btw, Welcome to the forums Cojonesonasteek
Posted By: doug osborne

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/10/05 10:08 PM

From my post on the SSS archives:

Quote:
Early Sunday morning, my girlfriend and I were out walking her dog. She lives on Sunset Boulevard in the Pacific Palisades, a wealthy neighborhood of Los Angeles between Santa Monica and Malibu (she lives in the cheapest apartment in the Palisades, so don't get the wrong idea...).

I saw some stuff on someone's lawn and said "Hey look, a garage sale." Sales are pretty rare in this upscale neighborhood. We went over, there were a few people looking at stuff. I saw a little guitar in a case, and then I looked on a table and saw an MXL Recording Pak (with the West LA Musin $199 sticker still on the box) - a set of one MXL 2001 LD condenser mic and one MXL 603S SD condenser. It looked like neither mic had been used, or even out of the box. I thought for 1/10th of a second, picked it up, pulled out a $20, and said to the woman sitting there "twenty bucks?" She said "sure, twenty bucks".

I asked if she had any more stuff like this, she said she had a MOTU but could never get it to work on her computer. I asked her if it was a PC, she said yes, and I said I'd be glad to help her get it to work but MOTU at least in the past worked a lot better on Macs. My girlfriend whispered that the clothes for sale weren't very good but she was tempted to buy a vase. I asked the woman how much for the bike, because mine had been stolen, and she said it wasn't for sale.

We thanked her, went on with our walk, and my girlfriend said "I wonder why Rikki Lee Jones is having a garage sale. I didn't know she lived in my neighborhood." It hadn't struck me, but of course it was Rikki Lee Jones, living a half block from my girlfriend.

Now I wonder what was in the guitar case.
Yeah, they weren't ELAM251s...
Posted By: PookyNMR

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/13/05 06:10 AM

I bought some top notch Zildjan and UFIP cymbals off a lawyer for dirt cheap. The guy bought this amazing drum kit, then later learned that he couldn't play to save his life.

I bought a pair of AKG C535s of a church for $20. I know a lot of people don't care for them, but I found them very useful for many years. I also a few 58s and a 57 for like $10 ea.

I got a brand new (full warranty) Ensoniq DP/2 fx unit for less than half price. Nobody knew what the thing was so it never sold. Has some great sounds in there. Apparently designed by the Lexicon guys...

I bought a Hughes and Kettner TriAmp (original version) - first in Western Canada for $2400. Shortly after I bought it the price jumped up to ~$4000.
Posted By: BrianK

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/13/05 11:00 AM

I suppose the 1952 Tele I bought on Sunset Blvd in a guitar shop for $1100 is my favorite. I have to say that I am half-lucky and half-"doggedly energetic" in finding good deals.

1870's Martin acoustic $5
Mellotron 400 $1100
Con Brio ADS 200 (look it up...) $Free
3M M79 24 track $1000
1954 Les Paul Standard $2500

Always looking. I just bought a 60's Gretsch 20" kick for $125 yesterday. Rarely buy anything now. Never found a good mic for cheap, need one. ALMOST traded a cheap MIDI module for a HUGE Buchla modular synth once... close!
Posted By: J.J. Blair

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/13/05 01:53 PM

The one in Redlands?
Posted By: BrianK

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/13/05 05:32 PM

Nope! That's a Serge...
Posted By: C J Hoffman

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/14/05 05:28 AM

Ok, I've got a couple.
About a year ago an Apogee ad8000 with 8 channel DA, Protools and TDIF ambus cards for $1200.00. two channels were broke (as disclosed by the seller) but apogee went through the whole thing and whipped it into shape for a $200.00

The other and best one, a matched pair of KM184's from an albuquerque pawn shop for $700.00.
Posted By: Middle Man

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/14/05 07:53 PM

A 64 strat - $150
2 Neumann TLM103s - $430
A 66 Gibson SG Delux - $50 plus a fuzz face and a 1965 Fender Mustang
Event ASP8s new, $800

That's over a lot of years but these were my best deals.
Posted By: FIBES

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/16/05 02:45 AM

I've bought 100s of vintage guitar effects for 5 and ten bucks. I just sold a Foxx foot phaser in the high three figures that i bought for 5 dollars with about 15 other "junk" pedals in the "rack era" 80s. Now if i could just afford to keep them running.

My 33115 pair cost me a few hours work. MMMMM. Am i crazy for liking them more than 1073s?
Posted By: 3D Audio

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/16/05 03:02 AM

I found an ad in a radio trade paper from someone selling Pultec EQP-1A3s. They wanted $75 each for the three of them. How could I pass them up? This was 1993.
Posted By: ptuzer

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/18/05 02:37 AM

Nine UERI 1176's for 1200.00 and then I sold 2 of them on ebay back in 2000 for $3200.00. So with that math I paid -($2000.00) for 7 - 1176's
Posted By: mixfix

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/20/05 03:46 AM

In 1965 I bought a goldtop les paul (soapbars) from Bobby Cochran (Eddie's nephew, and great player btw) for $75.00.

Unfortunately I was stupid enough to trade it to Jerry Garcia for a Dual Showman in 1966.

I will NEVER forget how really stupid I can be...!
Posted By: J.J. Blair

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/20/05 05:43 AM

Is that the goldtop that Jerry played at the Filmore shows in 1971, after he stopped playing the black custom with Alnicos?

The guy who bought the Fairchild for $25 was telling me how he passed on a Doug Irwin for $800 that was supposed to have some type Garcia ownership at one time, sometime before Jerry died. I know this chick in Houston whose dad is a gazillionaire. He bought one of Jerry's guitars (I think it was the Tiger) for $1.5 million. My friend was so depressed when I told him that.
Posted By: mixfix

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/21/05 05:04 AM

I don't know what Jerry played at the Filmore, but mine had p-90's and the finish was somewhat worn. I saw a early picture of him with that guitar and it looked like he had replaced one knob.

To make matters worse, the Dual Showman was stolen.
Posted By: nacho nieto

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 02/01/10 05:54 PM

my best deal : neumann u47fet like new in $850
Posted By: GigginPig

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 09/08/10 10:17 AM

Our drummer was hanging drapes at a home (day gig...) when he saw an old Fender Princeton in the corner. He asked the homeowner if he ever used it and the guy said "No". So he offered him $30.00 for it and brought it to our next gig. He handed it to me and said, "I figured you might like something like this." So I gave him $35.00 for it... It's a really nice '71 Silver face Princeton.
Posted By: RLM67

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 01/12/11 01:29 PM

Purchased a Valley Arts Standard Pro (ser.#0290) for $525.00 in 1992--7/8 scale, Floyd Rose, EMGs--from a guy who just needed the cash. When I took the pickguard off to replace the 9V battery, Mike Maquire's signature was on the shielding in black Sharpie.
Posted By: soundbeing

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 02/18/11 07:04 AM

1959 wurlitzer EP model 700. $125 in excellent condition but "doesn't seem to play". a few tweaks with the capstan wrench and every note is pitch perfect, all original, tubes, amp and speaker. i'm in love!
Posted By: opdigits

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/02/12 04:04 PM

I bought a package deal from a local music store that was going out of business a few years back. I paid $500 for about $5,500 or more worth of gear (if I'd pieced it out and sold it), that the store owner had in his garage (he was retiring and just wanted everything gone ASAP - right place right time for me). It was all the equipment from a complete small scale sound reinforcement business (minus the truck) including a full PA w/monitoring system, 2 rackmounted outboard setups, rackmounted power amps, rackmounted wireless setups, all with their wheeled racks, 30 or so mics (some high end good for recording, and some good quality stage mics like 58's and 57's, and some specialty mics like those you hang for mic'ing a choir/orchestra and two boundary mic systems), field replacement parts, electronics/wiring and tools, cases for everything, stands (including 3 hvy dty atlas recording mic boom stands on wheels) and 4 tubs of misc cables. Some of the stuff was what you might call dated, but it was all in excellent condition and serves me well to this day.

I still have my B2 and 122 leslie my old singer from the 70's gave me back then. FREE!

The drummer from my old Reggae band gave me a Juno-60 that he said was non-working. I replaced the battery and reloaded the original soundset and it was good to go. Also FREE!
Posted By: bookman37

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 03/30/13 05:48 AM

a 1961 Airline Stratotone for $40, a 1967 Yamaha FG-110 for $40, a 1981 Ibanez Blazer for $75, a Stagg L320 for $100. Not super great deals, but those are the best I've found.
Posted By: Aussie_Chicago

Re: Best deal you ever got on gear??? - 08/26/13 09:38 PM

A 1961 Hammond A100 tonewheel organ, complete with pedals/ bench, and a Leslie 147 for $300. Not a B3 /122, but it sounds exactly the same, actually ,it screams ! It would have been free if I got onto it quicker, I had to beat the first guy to pick it up and offered her $300 for the privalige....
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