Want to get some great deals on used synthesizers?
Unfortunately, you have to go back to 1989.
Zagoba points out that ’89 was the best year ever to buy synths:
Look at these graphs from my favorite book ‘the a-z of analog synths’ by Peter Forrest [I have more than one favorite book, ok?]. They show values as defined by him of each synth ever made, ever. It struck me that I definitely started buying keyboards at the right time – every graph in the book has a very pronounced nadir around 1989. THOSE WERE THE DAYS!
[Trust me – every graph in the book looks like this….]
The graph, right, shows the pricing of the classic Moog Modular 3C, plotted over time.
Zagoba has a several more of these graphs on his site. And, yes, they all bottom out around 1989.