New (Old) Toys

I’ve been buying a few more new (old) toys from ebay over the past few weeks and I’m amazed at how cheap the items are, compared with even a few months ago. I guess it could be the result of the current recession, but if you have spare cash, there are some bargains to be had out there.

Here are some examples of my more recent buys…

  • M-Audio UC033e MIDI contoller, £60. No drivers included, but you can download them from the M-Audio site. The amazing thing is it’s still a current production model with an RRP of £189!
  • Zoom PS02 recorder, £30. Very small with a handy built in microphone, but uses Smart Media cards which are getting harder to find.
  • Roland D10 Synth, £65 in excellent condition. No manual, but I found another seller offering one for £1! I also managed to find all three of the rom cards for £40. I’ve already programmed some very nice, synth string pad sounds and the keyboard itself has a lovely feel. In fact, the whole keyboard feels very solid and well made.

The trick is how you search. For me, this means searching for used pro-audio items, which have Buy it Now available, in the price range £10 to £100. I also sort the search results to show the recently added items first which is how I found all of the above items.

So, if you fancy investing in some of yesterday’s technology, give it a try!