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Golden rule of selling a keyboard.

Postby Random Guitarist » Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:10 pm

Don't play the blessed thing before you advertise it.

I was 100% divorced from an old Alesis fusion, ready to let it go. It's big and heavy, and I have more modern keyboards. Time to sell.

So I turned it on to check it was sellable. Then, like a fool, I browsed through some of the presets on it.

I now have; three new riffs to build out from, a strong sense that I can't get rid of it, a serious shortage of space, and a disapproving partner.

Am I just indecisive and easily swayed from common sense? How do you get a keyboard out the door without sobbing and regret?
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Re: Golden rule of selling a keyboard.

Postby Watchmaker » Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:18 am

Random Guitarist wrote:How do you get a keyboard out the door without sobbing and regret?

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Re: Golden rule of selling a keyboard.

Postby Arpangel » Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:35 am

If you’re in any doubt, or slightly unsure about selling something, don’t, but in my experience, even if you do end up selling, you’re sure to be in a situation where you need that thing again, at some point, so unless you really need the money, hold onto stuff, it makes sense in the end.
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Re: Golden rule of selling a keyboard.

Postby Eddy Deegan » Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:42 am

I agree. I've only sold 2 keyboards in my life, and none in the last 25 years. I've given away the same number but only for space reasons. Finding a good home for them with someone I know is preferable to selling them.

I've also traded a couple... that works too.
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Re: Golden rule of selling a keyboard.

Postby ConcertinaChap » Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:00 am

I've got a JV1010 module. Got a JV1080 loaded with cards as well so I don't need both and only yesterday I'd decided to put it up on ebay. Then I had an experience which I guess is not typical here. I mentioned it to my wife and she immediately forbade me from selling. Her reasoning is that her band might be able to use it sometime in the future. So it's gone back in the cupboard.

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Re: Golden rule of selling a keyboard.

Postby Arpangel » Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:12 am

ConcertinaChap wrote:I've got a JV1010 module. Got a JV1080 loaded with cards as well so I don't need both and only yesterday I'd decided to put it up on ebay. Then I had an experience which I guess is not typical here. I mentioned it to my wife and she immediately forbade me from selling. Her reasoning is that her band might be able to use it sometime in the future. So it's gone back in the cupboard.

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My partner is like that too, it’s opposite of normal, I have to sneak stuff out, not in!
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Re: Golden rule of selling a keyboard.

Postby The Elf » Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:55 am

I really know what you mean - happens to me every time!

I hated the Kronos in so many ways, but it was the best feeling non-weighted keyboard in my studio; the aftertouch was THE best I've ever had. I had a tough time letting go because of that.

Synths I regret selling? It's a blessedly short list, TBH. I really liked the simple immediacy of my Kurzweil K2000, and there are some here that know I always regretted selling my Kawai K1r - some of my very favourite layered sounds only appear when fairy dusted with K1r!

But yes, every time I line up to sell something, I give it a try and find that one reason to keep it. Sigh... :headbang:
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Re: Golden rule of selling a keyboard.

Postby IAA » Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:59 am

My Jupiter 6 years ago. It was heavy and hard to gig with. I can’t believe now i let it go. I’ve sold other keyboards but generally always if I have a target purchase in mind and it’s not adding anything. I sold my voyager because I knew I was getting a model d. Don’t regret that at all!
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Re: Golden rule of selling a keyboard.

Postby Logarhythm » Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:48 am

Eddy Deegan wrote: Finding a good home for them with someone I know is preferable to selling them.
+1 for this - good to see one go to a home where you know it'll be appreciated :thumbup:
Failing that, selling collection only or delivering in person can help - the genuine childlike excitement on the face of the buyer as their new toy is handed over definitely helps ;)
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Re: Golden rule of selling a keyboard.

Postby CS70 » Sun Feb 16, 2020 1:16 pm

Random Guitarist wrote:Am I just indecisive and easily swayed from common sense?

Not at all! Not having used an instrument for a long time is exactly why you get creative with it when you finally play it again!
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Re: Golden rule of selling a keyboard.

Postby ManFromGlass » Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:05 pm

Definitely!
But then I eventually put it away after I remember why I didn’t use it much.
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Re: Golden rule of selling a keyboard.

Postby Random Guitarist » Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:28 pm

Thank you gents, it is reassuring to know it's not just me.

I also have a triton le to sell, I think I'm more determined about that one, but I haven't switched it on yet.
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Re: Golden rule of selling a keyboard.

Postby zenguitar » Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:54 pm

Something I’ve discovered about guitars over the years is that people bring them in for a setup ready to sell and instead decide to keep them. And they always seem surprised by that.

The setup doesn’t just get them an instrument back to playing and sounding it’s best, but it also gets a thorough cleaning, including the case. And that is enough to remind them that there was a reason why they bought it in the first place.

There are fewer options to setup a synth/keyboard, but there’s definitely an opportunity for a good clean and service. I recently inherited a Roland RD300S that benefitted from opening up, carefully vacuuming inside and out with the help of a soft 1” paint brush, then patiently cleaning the keys, case, knobs, buttons, and fader caps. A careful application of cleaner/lube to the pots, switches and cleaning sockets finished the job.

It’s like getting a new instrument. Keys great to the touch, printed legends brighter and easier to read, smooth pots & faders, and no ingrained grime on the caps and buttons. And very therapeutic work too.

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Re: Golden rule of selling a keyboard.

Postby The Elf » Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:57 pm

zenguitar wrote:The setup doesn’t just get them an instrument back to playing and sounding it’s best, but it also gets a thorough cleaning, including the case. And that is enough to remind them that there was a reason why they bought it in the first place.
Absolutely true. I recently had my ARP Pro Soloist repaired and fettled ready to sell... and now I can't part with it!
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Re: Golden rule of selling a keyboard.

Postby Folderol » Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:31 pm

I give my own kit a bit of a clean up from time to time. For some reason it always surprises me how much better it feels :roll:
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