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Title: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
Post by: mgriffin on December 21, 2010, 11:01:08 AM
Most years I buy a little bit of gear at the very end of December as I find myself thinking, "oh yeah, need tax deductible expenses."

Nothing big this year for me, just a nifty Akai controller that integrates with Ableton Live, and an extra, super-simple pre-amp and USB audio interface by M-Audio.

Anybody buying anything cool at this time of year? Maybe you don't care about tax expenses, but just got a nice bonus from the old day job? That used to be my main reason for buying gear in December, before tax write-offs were a consideration.
Title: Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
Post by: jkn on December 21, 2010, 12:07:34 PM
No more this year - but I certainly have a 2011 wishlist going!   ;-)
Title: Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
Post by: mgriffin on December 21, 2010, 01:59:52 PM
Here are the two different Akai Ableton controllers I looked at. I ordered the small one but I'm starting to think I should have ordered the big one.


(http://www.gear-vault.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/akai-ableton-live-apc20-controller-review.png)

(http://www.findzen.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/apc40_web_large2.png)
Title: Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
Post by: petekelly on December 21, 2010, 02:28:11 PM

Bought recently a Schatten pickup for my nylon string guitar and the preamp to go with it.
http://schattendesign.com/HFN-Artist.htm
 
(http://schattendesign.com/Product_Images/HFN%20Pics/hfnartist250.jpg)

Installation wasn't too easy (to say the least !) but I'm pleased with the sound - much better than the guitars I tried with under-the-saddle piezos. Will be using the combination to record the nylon string parts on my next album.
Title: Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
Post by: APK on December 21, 2010, 02:44:01 PM
Picked up a Korg Radias rack a short while back.
Mighty fine synth.

(http://www.vintagesynth.com/korg/radias.jpg)
Title: Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
Post by: mgriffin on December 21, 2010, 02:52:52 PM
Broken pic!
Title: Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
Post by: El culto on December 21, 2010, 06:27:24 PM
Picked up a great EQ

(http://hofa-plugins.de/media/iq_eq_gui_aktive.jpg)

http://hofa-plugins.de/pages/start_en.php (http://hofa-plugins.de/pages/start_en.php)
Title: Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
Post by: Campus Stellae on December 22, 2010, 12:22:22 AM
I've just bought a used Nord Modular G2 on Ebay, a great machine with endless possibilities
Title: Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
Post by: Seren on December 22, 2010, 01:09:18 AM
It's been a year for me getting back into walking so my equipment purchases this year have included these:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/5106r%2B%2BHAsL._SL500_.jpg)

(http://odl.hostserver1.co.uk/im/pd/lg/1/CMW562_DKHA.jpg)

and I believe I am getting a realtree jacket for christmas....

Title: Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
Post by: lena on December 22, 2010, 03:10:07 PM
I'm getting a melodica & a bell set, (like a xylophone, not actual bells), does that count?

Title: Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
Post by: mgriffin on December 22, 2010, 03:15:17 PM
That counts.  I'd say "post pictures" but I know we haven't figured out specifically which one(s) to get, yet.
Title: Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
Post by: lena on December 22, 2010, 03:37:40 PM
Oh, I've just been looking at stuff like this:

(http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x107/hypnosgrl/250609.jpg)(http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x107/hypnosgrl/555312.jpg)

Title: Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
Post by: hdibrell on December 22, 2010, 10:00:48 PM
Hint, hint. Mike, make a note.  ;)
Title: Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
Post by: jblock on December 23, 2010, 05:21:05 PM
I just bought a Rob Allen bass. By far the best and easiest playing bass I've ever owned, and completely crafted by Rob. Here's a picture, although it really doesn't do justice to the beauty of the wood.

(http://www.synthblock.com/images/RAB2.JPG)

Title: Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
Post by: Seren on December 27, 2010, 08:44:14 AM
You got a new wife for Christmas??







 :o ;)
Title: Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
Post by: Julio Di Benedetto on December 27, 2010, 05:15:08 PM
I have been looking at this...... What do you think? Be quick now, the years about to end and I want to get some extra tax deductions :D ;) ::) 8)

(http://www.bhphotovideo.com/images/largeimages/524130.jpg)

Cheers....Julio
Title: Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
Post by: LNerell on December 28, 2010, 12:25:41 PM
I didn't purchase this, its a long term loan from a friend. A Hafler TRM12s sub

(http://www.hifiengine.com/files/images/Hafler%20TRM%2010.1.jpg)
Title: Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
Post by: mgriffin on December 28, 2010, 12:42:46 PM
I have been looking at this...... What do you think? Be quick now, the years about to end and I want to get some extra tax deductions :D ;) ::) 8)

(http://www.bhphotovideo.com/images/largeimages/524130.jpg)

Cheers...Julio



I bought something similar to this recently -- Tascam, not Sony, but the same idea.  Seems quite handy but I haven't made much use of it yet.
Title: Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
Post by: Julio Di Benedetto on December 28, 2010, 08:43:57 PM
I have been looking at this...... What do you think? Be quick now, the years about to end and I want to get some extra tax deductions :D ;) ::) 8)

(http://www.bhphotovideo.com/images/largeimages/524130.jpg)

Cheers....Julio


Just picked one up off ebay in mint condition for $359.  Excited to introduce field recordings into my compositions.

Julio
Title: Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
Post by: APK on December 29, 2010, 07:52:25 AM
That Sony does look good.

I have an Edirol R-09. My only concern with it is its not tightly
constructed and can creak a bit in your hand if not careful, or not on a tripod.
Hopefully the Sony is sturdy and solid.
Title: Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
Post by: modulator_esp on December 29, 2010, 09:58:43 AM
I got my Matrix 12 out of storage and am having fun with that if it counts ;)
Title: Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
Post by: hdibrell on December 29, 2010, 02:31:33 PM
I got new strings for my mandolin. ;)
Title: Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
Post by: mgriffin on December 29, 2010, 02:35:38 PM
Just ordered Lena the little xylophone and the melodica she wanted.  Plus I bought another mic.

The Akai midi controller for Ableton Live is much bigger than I expected!
Title: Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
Post by: caul on December 31, 2010, 06:55:16 AM
Bought a new NI set of sounds to go with the Alesis electronic drum kit I bought earlier this year-



http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/producer/powered-by-kontakt/abbey-road-60s-drums/