I mainly play guitar, and have never owned a synth. I had been using a MIDI controller and soft synths for a while, but it's now time to upgrade. I play primarily shoegaze, dream pop, and space rock. So, mostly shimmery, ethereal, and sometimes pretty heavy stuff.
I had been looking at the Alesis Micron, which a lot of shoegazers seem to like, but it's hard to find a bargain on one of those, I'd like something a little bigger if I can afford it. I've gotten a few recommendations like the Ensoniq ESQ-1, Kurzweil K2000, Yamaha AN1X, etc., but I'm on a really tight budget at the moment. I originally thought I could spend about $300, but $250 is probably more realistic.
On my local craigslist, someone listed a Korg DW8000 for $175. Obviously, this is a great deal, and I'll probably jump on it if he gets back to me. The question is, will this synth suit my needs? I've got plenty of effects pedals to work with, so I'm not too concerned with onboard effects.