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risks when buying a space echo on ebay ?

 
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Elliott



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 11:23 am    Post subject: risks when buying a space echo on ebay ? Reply with quote

Hi there!
I've enjoyed the dub discussion board, though i'm after a bit of advise. I'm selling my Lexicon MPX-1 to fund a RE 201 Space Echo for my studio and was wondering if there are any specific problems i should look out for when buying one of these? Do you recommend getting one from eBay? Or will it fall apart after a bit of use as i suspect? Is it worth paying more for one from a shop - or should i take the risk?
I appreciate any advise you can offer,
Many thanks,
Elliott
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interruptor



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 12:38 pm    Post subject: risks when buying a space echo on ebay ? Reply with quote

i bought old gear on ebay on some occasions and never had a bad experience so far. make sure the seller has no negative reviews and a lot of good ones. ask the seller whether he tried the machine himself. Be aware that a tape must be included or you'll have to get it elsewhere. (some tips can be found in this forum)
you can view also the finished auctions on ebay and thus get an idea of how much people end up paying usually for a space echo.

i think it's a good idea to follow the auctions for a certain time and then bid on a specifically well treated unit: no visible wear, documentation/manual included, original accessories included (backup tape, cleaning fluid)

old stuff can always fail. there is no guarantee - although these machines for musicians are built sturdier than nowadays consumer electronics.

in other words: be prepared to accept that it will not work. if you are still ready to shell out the money then you are a real vintage lunie..
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Looter



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2004 11:50 pm    Post subject: risks when buying a space echo on ebay ? Reply with quote

I would say don't buy vintage gear on ebay if you cyan't solder. I've received a couple things that were damaged during shipping. Sometimes it's just as simple as a connector that worked itself loose inside the unit when it was jostled around by the people who load the big brown trucks. maybe you'll need to fix a broken solder joint.

Ask lots of questions before you buy. Do the pots make noise when adjusted? Ask about the condition of the tape transport, tape heads, etc.

It's also important to make sure the seller packs the item according to the standards set by carrier.
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