MFXxx wrote:SunWind wrote:I can tell you this I'm in this business for over 30 years and got quite some insight into production costs etc. too. So I'm not simply talking from a consumers point of view. And I know when reps from companies drop their marketing mumbo jumbo - don't get fooled by this.
This is where I see it's a dangerous game in the retail industry nowadays for consumers. Strong marketing and hype, fewer people seeing their product in real life, reading forums, reviews, threads, watching you tube and pressing click on the mouse with their plastic wallet beside them, waiting for the brown box to arrive and hoping the contents matches up to their now overinflated mental expectation.
Went to my local store recently couldn't see a moog, elektron anywhere as for anything modular or fringe worthy well that's a pipe dream - roland, korg, yamaha no problem. All the big players in the store.
Well, that's a different story because smaller stores often do not longer have the capital to present every item from every company so most of them rely on the big players which do offer certain conditions at times too.
Thus you'll have to take a ride to a bigger store where you can check the items on your wishlist. I still remember my over 330km ride (one way) in a VW Beetle to a big store in early December of 1975 to purchase a Roland System 100 basic unit.
And I still remember back in the early 90ies a higher rep. from Yamaha said the pure value of the material / parts the SY 99 was made from was less than 100DMark (50Euros) without assembly etc., and that one had been the flagship then selling for just below 5000DMark (2500Euro) - yes, those were the golden days for the companies.