Reverb’s Dan Orkin has posted an interesting article on the prices of vintage analog synthesizers.
Analog synths have steadily been getting more expensive for years now, following a period of dormancy during the digital boom between the late ’80s and early 2000s. If you comb through archives of any gear forum, you’ll see pages of threads dating back a decade full of would–be buyers lamenting high vintage synth prices. People were surprised when bluechip Junos crossed $800. Today, the best specimens can clear $1,400.
Prices are at such a crest that many have begun to wonder if we’re approaching the end of peak synth pricing. Such prognostications have been around for as long as the high prices themselves, but today’s market is unprecedented in many ways.
While the demand end of the analog synth equation shows no sign of cooling off, the supply side has started to grow with new, mass–produced analog synths hitting the market for the first time since the 1980s.
Will these forces lead to a downturn for vintage prices? Let’s take a closer look.