Category Archives: Prices

Synth Price List – June 2012

No major structural changes. More models and a few new vendors added.

As always, the “Range” column represents the year-to-date average taking into account the availability of that particular hardware along with the difference between the high and low prices. A wide range indicates either low sales volume or large gap between the high and low (or both).

Synth Prices – June 2012

Synth Price List – May 2012

Format is the same, for a change. Added a couple of new manufacturers and a bunch of new models. I have several manufacturers with just one or two models; I may add them primarily to use as filler to make the pages come out even.

As explained in a previous post, the Range column represents a range of prices based on the high and low to date, but also takes into account the volume of sales. If the range is really narrow, either the item is very popular or the prices are always pretty close. Wide ranges indicate either a big disparity between high and low or a small volume.

In either case, it’s reasonable to assume that if you want to purchase something, seeing a price somewhere close to that range is a good thing.

Synth Prices – May 2012

Synth Price List – March 2012

Commentary to come later, but for the moment here’s the list. As usual, it’s grown a little.

Synth Prices – March 2012

Weekend Sale Finds

Not earth-shaking (certainly not in the same league as finding a Korg X5D in the trash) but kinda cool nonetheless. Picked this up last weekend, at one of the first yard sales of the season. My hunting partner of the day spied this as soon as we walked up the driveway.

Perfect condition, works fine, box is in good shape, but it’s missing one of the styrofoam endpieces (edit – both of them are there, they were just crammed into one end of the box).  No manual or adapter, either, but for the whopping $2 it cost I’m not complaining (current average sale price is $46).

I have another one that I’d picked up last year, but it’s not in as good shape. The older one will be sold, and this one is getting  added to the permanent collection.

And this weekend, at a thrift store…


Completely complete right down to the warranty card. Box is a wee bit beat up, but c’mon – it’s 32 years old! Everything else is minty fresh; the manual doesn’t appear to have been opened.  This one’s also going into the permanent collection.

So, a good start to the season. It’s nice to know that even as I’m selling some of the pieces I don’t use or necessarily want, that there are still lovely things out there for really good prices, provided you know which rocks to look under.  Which is made much easier if you normally shop with  someone (as I do) who happens to be a great rock-turner.

Synth Price List – February 2012

As indicated – the full list. Since the list has grown quite a bit, I may just post this from here on out, instead of dedicated posts for each section.

Synth Prices – February 2012

Synth Prices February 2012 – Moog, ARP, & SCI

The price displayed is the average selling price for that particular model for the month of February. The percentage is the difference between the current and year-to-date average, which is an indicator of the direction the price is going. As per the last column, that direction is either “-” for down, “+” for up, and “0” for staying (relatively) the same.

Model Price Chng Dir
Moog
MemoryMoog $3,875.00 0% 0
MG-1 $515.10 5% +
MicroMoog $668.05 -5%
MiniMoog $3,581.67 2% +
MultiMoog $661.00 -21%
Opus 3 $860.00 40% +
Prodigy $835.30 7% +
Rogue $875.00 34% +
Sonic 6 $2,199.00 0% 0
Source  $            – NA
ARP
2600 $5,100.00 0% 0
Avatar $1,528.00 0% 0
AXXE $857.00 0% 0
Odyssey $2,228.80 14% +
Quartet $485.33 0% 0
Solus $1,087.50 0% 0
Sequential Circuits
Drumtraks  $422.50 2% +
MAX  $            – NA
Prophet 5  $3,679.67 2% +
Prophet 600  $841.25 -9%
Prophet VS  $1,560.99 -20%
Six Trak  $496.67 -9%
Split 8  $405.00 0% 0
T8  $3,500.00 0% 0
TOM  $150.00 -37%

All of the “classic” synths have much lower sales volume, so the direction and percentages may not be as accurate. There were no sales of the Moog Source and the SCI MAX during February.

The Prophet 600 and SixTrak are still pretty good deals, if you have to have a piece of genuine vintage kit. The MicroMoog, surprisingly, is also quite reasonable. I’d take it over the MG-1 if only for the pitch ribbon.

Synth Prices February 2012 – Korg & Yamaha

The price displayed is the average selling price for that particular model for the month of February. The percentage is the difference between the current and year-to-date average, which is an indicator of the direction the price is going. As per the last column, that direction is either “-” for down, “+” for up, and “0” for staying (relatively) the same.

Model Price Chng Dir
Korg
DW-6000 $161.83 1% +
DW-8000 $273.24 8% +
Karma $533.36 0% 0
M1 $527.32 9% +
Microkorg $242.88 0% 0
Mono/Poly $1,299.00 -12%
MS-10 $831.33 11% +
MS-20 $1,768.80 0% 0
MS-2000 $512.86 4% +
MS-2000R $358.81 1% +
Poly 61 $200.00 0% 0
Poly 61M $320.58 -5%
Poly 800 $240.82 5% +
Polysix $827.80 15% +
Prophecy $385.00 6% +
Wavestation $237.50 6% +
X5/X5D $374.65 4% +
X50 $407.76 -1%
Yamaha
AN1X $504.33 9% +
CS1X $230.33 8% +
DX-21 $118.79 8% +
DX-27 $174.88 8% +
DX-7 $261.35 -3%
FB-01 $55.71 5% +
MM6 $374.22 5% +
PSS-120 $4.25 -61%
PSS-130 $26.37 3% +
PSS-140 $27.00 21% +
PSS-170 $16.80 -28%
PSS-470 $64.25 11% +
PSS-80 $14.50 -3%
RX-11 $54.14 -4%
SHS-101 $207.00 3% +
TYU-40 $22.99 8% +

No major surprises for Korg. The Micorkorg is still has the highest sales volume of any instrument, and the Poly 800 has gone up quite a bit in the last few months. Like the Roland SH-101, the MS-20 would seem to be more of a collector’s item than a utility instrument, based on the current price.

I’m in the process of changing some of the Yamaha models. At the moment, I have too many mini keyboards and not enough synths.

Synth Prices February 2012 – Roland

The price displayed is the average selling price for that particular model for the month of February. The percentage is the difference between the current and year-to-date average, which is an indicator of the direction the price is going. As per the last column, that direction is either “-” for down, “+” for up, and “0” for staying (relatively) the same.

Alpha Juno 1 $246.43 -3%
Alpha Juno 2 $285.00 0% 0
D-50 $467.50 8% +
JD-800 $738.44 10% +
JP-8000 $570.89 6% +
JP-8080 $587.63 -6%
Juno 106 $601.96 1% +
Juno 6 $558.83 0% 0
Juno 60 $896.59 -4%
 Jupiter 6 $2,199.50 9% +
Jupiter 8 $5,840.00 0% 0
JV-1010 $167.06 0% 0
JV-1080 $198.13 3% +
JV-80 $179.83 -12%
JX-10 $391.44 -4%
JX-3P $295.21 -9%
JX-8P $360.33 -2%
MC-50 $78.99 6% +
PG-200 $262.50 -17%
PG-300 $376.00 23% +
PG-800 $421.20 5% +
R-8 $170.91 6% +
RS-09 $389.24 21% +
RS-5 $228.58 -1%
SC-155 $108.33 0% 0
SC-55 $80.67 2% +
SC-55 Mk II $119.74 9% +
SC-88 $162.49 6% +
SC-88Pro $286.00 1% +
SH-101 $797.18 -1%
TR-707 $262.96 -5%
XP-50 $403.82 0% 0
XP-60 $735.00 0% 0

A couple of comments. I’m amazed – as always – by the high prices commanded by the PG programmer units. In the case of the Alpha series and the JX-8P, the programmers sell for more than the synths. What makes that particularly odd is that those models are relatively easy to program, especially compared to the JX3P.

There are still some really good deals out there on non-vintage gear, particularly the RS-5 and JV-80 synths, the R-8 drum machine, and the JV-1010 module.

Finally, I really don’t understand the continued stratospheric price for the SH-101. The highest recorded price in February was over $1500, for a mono synth that sold for $495 new. I’ve played them…from a musical standpoint there’s really no justification for it. However, at this point it appears to be more of a status/collectibility issue than anything else.

Synth Pricing – New Format

After fiddling around with this for a while, I’ve decided to change the way I post prices. Instead of a handful of units every two weeks, the new list will be much larger but only posted once a month. In addition to average prices for the month, the list will also indicate the percentage difference between the current month and the overall average, which will show the direction of the current pricing.

How valid are these prices?

I use eBay as my main source, along with a smattering of other auction sites. Here’s why. There is at least one other website dedicated to used gear pricing. Based on their methodology, I’m not convinced it’s accurate or even useful. As I understand it, they use bots to scour not just eBay, but newsgroups, craigslist, and message board postings for listings. Then these are compiled and posted.

The major issue that I have with that is apart from eBay, these are all ASKING prices, not what the item actually sold for. In addition, I don’t know how things like multiple re-posts from the same seller or broken equipment is handled. In my case, however, what you are seeing is an accurate average of working items that have actually sold during the time period in question.

What counts?

U.S. only auctions. I do not take into account any additional items that may be included in the sale. For example, one price may be for a pristine unit in a hard shell case with all the original accessories, the other may be a beater in a cardboard box with a couple of missing knobs and not even a power cord.  Hence, average price.

For the most part, I do NOT include broken or as-is units. There are a couple of exceptions. First, if the listing indicates that the unit just has a bad or low battery, I’ll count that. Based on my experience repairing synths, if something appears to have a minor issue from the description it will be included. The other thing I will count is a unit with either broken or missing keys where it is indicated that that is the only flaw, AND if I know the replacement keys are readily available.

Generally speaking, I will also lump in items that have been upgraded, such as the Jupiter Europa mod or the DX-7 E! update. Items that have been substantially modified, like circuit-bent Casios, are not counted.

How are the synths chosen?

My list, my interests. Most of these I either own now, have owned, or would like to own. Any that don’t fall into that group are typically what I’d consider “classic” synths. Additionally, if there are no recorded sales for two consecutive months I’ll remove the model from the list. This doesn’t necessarily mean I won’t continue to track it, but if there’s no volume I have to question how valid the prices would be anyway.

What’s the point of the list?

The question of how much something is worth is asked often, and it’s a valid question. What something is worth is what someone is willing to pay. Here, you can see what people paid. If I want to get rid of a Korg M1, and I price it at $900, the odds are good that it’s not going to sell. By the same token, selling it for $150 is plain stupid (unless you’re selling it to me – then it’s genius on your part). Knowing that the average selling price for the last month is $525 is useful to both buyers and sellers.

Since the list is much longer, I’ll post it in sections and once they’re all up it’ll also be available as a PDF download. The first section – Roland – should be up shortly.