I bought one years ago for $100, the entire bottom panel was held on by one screw. I can't bring myself to get rid of it, because it's got a sound and a few features that my other samplers don't have. It's not 12 bit like an S950 or SP1200, there's some sort-of 12bit sampling 16bit playback malarky going on that smooths it out in a hazy way.
I often use it to sample vinyl or synths - non-rhythmic chord/melody bits - using the old play at 45 and pitch way down trick. The filter is *great*, I like to set it to respond to the (very stiff) aftertouch. The multistage envelopes for the filter and amp are cool. I'll also set samples to fwd/reverse looping, and do a bit of unison detune. It just sounds good.
DON"T EVEN BOTHER WITH THE SEQUENCER
If you hadn't already owned it, I woudn't have recommended parting with any cash, but it's worth using as a sound processer!
The sound at the beginning and end of this track is all a single W-30 patch. Sampled from the good/bad/ugly soundtrack. Not my favourite W30 example, but just something I have online right now.
Well, I paid $250 AUD for it, with all the discs plus spare blank ones, SCSI Zip drive (apparently need different system disc version for it) spare zip discs, etc.
Thanks for the tip about the sound processing of it, I might play with it a bit when I have the time.....but I really do hate the fact that it's mono!! Now I ave to learn to use that effects rack I bought ten years ago!