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Incoming synth: Roland HS60 (Juno 106)
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Location: Manchester U.K.

PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is indeed a disappointment, sorry man. You can certainly get the deepmind 6s pretty cheap, probably worth a try.

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Joined: 20 Apr 2006
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Location: Albany, NY

PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I returned it....the guy in the keyboard department was a little more helpful and understanding of the situation. I offered to keep it for $600 (the GC employee brought it up as a possible option), but it seemed to be more headache than it was worth having come from another store pretty far away. I was told it would be sent for repair, and I would be called once it comes back to get first dibs. I'm under no obligation to buy it, however, the money has been returned and I'm probably going to keep my eye out for a good deal in the meantime. If nothing turns up I may end up with this keyboard after all.

I'm somewhat lost in the world of synths...I really liked how easy and intuitive the HS60/Juno106 was. Easy to access memory banks, transpose, monophonic mode, etc....all really come in handy. The problem I have with the Deepmind is the menu navigation. It's fine for programming patches and such but actually finding them in a live setting, not so much.
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Location: Houston, Texas

PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd be very wary of a Juno-106 these days. Those voice chips can be really iffy. I bought one for around $600 that was supposedly 100% functional about 7 years ago. Unfortunately, one of the voice chips went out and there was something weird with the filter and the sound would distort randomly at times. I was gutted as the 106 had always been one of my goals to acquire since I was first interested in synths as a kid. You just can't find them anymore for less than $1K and I'm not spending that on such as basic synth.

I recently had a lousy experience buying a used synth from GC. Picked up a Korg DW-8000 for $300, which is a reasonable price and I've always loved its analog filter. The photo didn't reflect how it really was and the salesperson I bought it from over the phone (bought it from a location in Michigan) said it was in good shape but just needed a little cleaning. When it showed up, all black keys in the lowest two octaves were broken and bent downwards and one white key was. And the arpeggiator didn't work. I took it to my nearest GC to see if they would offer to make a better deal or offer to fix it or pay to have it fixed. Nope. Just a full refund. Such a shame as it sounded really nice, but I sure wasn't paying to have it repaired on top of what I paid for it. The salesperson in the Flint, MI location flat-out lied about its condition (the shipping container showed no signs of damage and it was thoroughly bubble wrapped.
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