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  1. For the money involved - this guitar is hard to beat. It is the first acoustic-electric guitar I have owned, and it satisfies my particular needs and preferences. It is not the best guitar in the world by any means, but it's no slacker either. The fact it sounds nice plugged in (which is what I bought it for in the first place) and decent intonation alone makes this guitar well worth the street price. I've played a $2000 Taylor before, and even though the AEG10 is not anywhere near as nice as that Taylor, it certainly seems to hold its own, all things considered. Knowing how well it suits me, I would buy it again if mine were lost or stolen.
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    yamaha FS1R

    The FS1R is a very deep synth, and a programmer's dream once you get past the unwieldly front panel access (software editor/librarian is a must). This thing is irreplaceable. I would definitly get another one if I lost it. I won't get into comparisons with other Yammie synths as plenty have been made already, but I will say that the FS1R by itself holds its own and then some. My FS1R coupled with my Wavestation SR is absolutely deadly for making stellar pads and other breathtaking background/effect type of sounds - needless to say I'm glad I have both of these synths at my disposal. I really wish this thing had a play single mode, as it would make it a little easier to audition/edit individual sounds on the fly, plus a bigger display for the endless parameters this machine has for editing. It's too bad Yamaha gave up so quickly on it - they really had a winner if they had just further improved the user interface and the polyphony in a next generation model, and come up with a better way to access the FSEQ's. It's also ironic that the Wavestation suffered the same fate as the FS1R in earlier days. Who knows, maybe the next time someone comes out with a killer synth they'll market it a little more wisely.
  3. If you are looking for a solid reverb processor for your system, but can't afford higher end units like the Lexicon PCM-80, TC Electronic M-2000, or Roland RSS-10, then look no further. I got a lucky deal and paid $350 for my SRV-330; I would have paid double for this processor, no questions asked. I don't know if retailers are still selling the SRV-330 new, but if you find a used one it's well worth the average $500 asking price. I've used virtually all of the Alesis processors, the Lexicon PCM-41, LXP-1, LXP-5, LXP-15, PCM-60, Korg processors, lower end Roland and Boss processors, and by comparison, none of these have reverb that can stand up to the SRV-330's. The only multi-FX box truly comparable is a Lexicon MPX-1, and it costs more. The Yamaha REV500's reverb compares fairly well, but the SRV-330 is way more flexible, and sounds better. The SRV-330 isn't quite as good as the higher end Lexicons, etc, but it's not that far off either. I would definitly buy the SRV-330 again, without any reservations. It's a truly professional processor. The reverb effects are some of the very best I have ever heard for any processor that originally retailed around $1000. The SRV-330 is useable for anything, ranging from drums, to vocals, to pads, you name it, it does it. A perfect solution for someone who needs great sounding reverb at a middle-of-the-road price.
  4. The JV-880 is probably one of the best all-around synth modules ever made, despite the limited polyphony. Even though it's now considered an older model, it still stands very well against newer synths, Roland's own Super JV line included. I got the first JV-880 ever shipped to the town I was living it at the time and I loved it so much that I now own two of them. I would highly recommend this module to anyone looking to augment the synth energy in thier studio - the JV-880 can be had for under $400 these days and there is absolutely nothing that sonically compares in the same price range. The fact that the JV-880 will accept the newer Roland expansion cards just simply allows it to stay up-to-date - this thing won't go stale. It would have been nice had Roland included the voice expansion option in this unit like the JV-90, but then again, that's why I got a second JV-880. 'Nuff said.
  5. As with most of the Alesis line of effect processors, the Quadraverb Plus was a reasonably-priced and nice-sounding unit. The fact that it can do up to five simultaneous FX at once and not lose much programmability would make me buy this again (I recently got a Midiverb 4 and am considering getting a Quadraverb 2.0) without any qualms. I personally wish Alesis would have used better DAC's on the I/O's, and this is one reason why the EQ section is so cheesy. I also felt Alesis could have omitted the sampler and expanded on the pitch detuner (make it a pitch shifter perhaps?) instead. All in all, I was and still am very happy with this unit despite the shortcomings I've outlined here.
  6. For the money involved - there isn't a better way to go if you're on a budget. It would also be a good choice for a second or third choice processor for a bigger studio. I like the effects, the price and the display. The data entry wheel sucks - it's flimsy and awkward, but it's a minor thing compared to the nice display and the sound. The distortion with the sensitive clip is a bit of a pain, but as long as it's hooked into a mixing console there are ways around that problem and it's obvious that it's not really designed for live applications becuase of this.
  7. I guess if it were 1987 again I'd still but this processor. At the time it was a very pioneering unit, despite the fact that the modulation is so crappy sounding. The delays on the other hand are stellar, the reverbs are quite useable (and flexible to program). I still use the DRV-2000 for delay and some reverbs, but little else. Considering this is a 10-year old processor, it's still a useful member of my studio.
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    roland JX-8P

    As with all Roland analog synths I've heard the JX-8P sounds fantastic. This synth is well worth what I paid for it (I bought it used in 1993), and I'd never sell it, despite the offers I get from various colleagues for my JX-8P. My only wish is that this synth had 12-note polyphony and was bi-timbral, but those of you that absolutely have to have those specs can find the same synth engine inside the JX-10; the JX-8P's bigger sibling. This synth is very useful in any situation. I'd recommend it to someone that needed an expressive synth that could do a little bit of everything - the JX-8P fits this description like a glove.
  9. The alphaJuno 1/2 synths are well worth what one pays for them. I would never sell mine. The ease of programmability and the versatility of its synth engine makes this synth a real good companion to any user, especially a beginner. I wish it was bi-timbral and had 12-note polyphony; that's really the only complaint I have about it. I've had this synth for 10 years and still use it regularly in my studio.
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    yamaha TX81Z

    I really like this unit becuase it can do things that the 6-op units cannot. The reason is the TX81Z (and its DX-11 keyboard counterpart) offers 7 different types of waveforms besides just plain old sinewaves (the other 7 have certain harmonics enhanced and/or cut). It is very useful for percussion sounds, and sound effects. One can also create some very spacy sounding pads, etc. with this machine. My only wish: 16-note polyphony would have been nice. One can get around this problem by getting two TX81Z's and setting one for odd notes and the other for even, more or less giving you 16-note polyphony (and two TX81Z synth engines).
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