03-11-2013 03:19 PM
Dude is selling one locally for $300, it's in decent shape and fully funcitonal but missing the metal "Maestro" logo cover for the machine itself as well as the lid for the case. Worth it? I've heard a lot of stories of these things dying and/or having constant issues. . .which makes me wonder if they're more hassle then they're worth. Any insights?
03-11-2013 04:07 PM
I'm not sure what the prices are like on them these days, but that doesn't seem too outlandish for a "real" tape delay if it's in decent working and cosmetic condition.
Should you buy it? I dunno... how do you feel about regular maintenance? A real tape delay needs to be worked on and serviced fairly regularly - degaussing and cleaning the heads and tape path, replacing the tape, etc. A lot of people who are used to non-electro-mechanical, solid state pedals are not used to that, and if you're the type of player who just wants to step on the thing and have it work without ever having to think about maintenance, then a real tape delay probably isn't for you. There certainly are a ton of good tape delay emulators out there that don't require that same commitment to upkeep that a real tape delay does. Whether or not you'd think they sound as good as the "real thing" is also subjective, but some of them are probably indistinguishable for the average listener - especially live, or in the context of a busy mix.
Don't get me wrong - I really like tape delays, and I think that might be a decent deal, but you should definitely think about what you're in for before making the purchase.
03-11-2013 08:36 PM
I'm still torn.
As far as the price goes, he's actually got two of them. As mentioned above, one is missing the case lid and cover, while the other seems to have everything intact and is in good condition. His initial asking price was $750 for both. . .
03-11-2013 08:52 PM
Like I said, I'm no authority on what they're going for these days, but the prices seem quite reasonable to me. The larger question is - is a tape delay what you really want, and are you willing to accept that there is some maintenance involved with owning one? If so - go for it.
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