Roland S-750 - Worth it?

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Roland S-750 - Worth it?

Postby DX21 » Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:17 am

Ok, so I found a Roland S-750 at the local music shop for $450 and I put a deposit on it.

Its just the unit, comes with the OS discs, but this morning I get a call from the music shop, and the shop owner had a "surprise" for me.

A box, packed to the brim with floppies full of samples, utilities and tools for the S-750.

There are a good hundered floppies in that box.
He also showed me all the synths in the basement that need to be repaired that he doesn't know very much about and be willing to sell as is.

Its missing the CGA Video Cable and mouse, Appears to may have a memory upgrade.

Question one: is this a standard Serial mouse?
Edit: It turns out that the Roland S-750 uses the MSX computer mouse interface standard, which means no, but this opens up my curiosity, is it really a MSX computer with a really kickass sound card? Could I play Metal Gear on it?


Question two: Is it worth the $450?
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Re: Roland S-750 - Worth it?

Postby DX21 » Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:26 am

It appears to have 4MB installed, Should I go dig up some SIMM Memory and max it to 18MB?

Is there a way to install a mod so I can load the OS off a memory card such as an SD, or Compactflash?

Should I buy a CGA to VGA adapter?
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Re: Roland S-750 - Worth it?

Postby Alex E » Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:45 am

Woah, there's no way that is worth more than about $150. Looking at completed ebay auctions, these are rather cheap and sell for as little as $100. Another sold for $117, and one even sold for $150 with a kickass Atari monitor PLUS the mouse and cable.

It's nice of the seller to include so many extras, but for $450 you can get much more. Don't do it.
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Re: Roland S-750 - Worth it?

Postby ninja6485 » Sun Jan 05, 2014 3:55 pm

Yea, I think there was even one for sale on the forum for like $70 within the last month or so. The extras, especially floppies seem to often accompany samplers for free or very little money. For a little more.than $450 you could buy a nice asr 10, a capable mpc, or a few akai s racks! Do not buy this.750!
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Re: Roland S-750 - Worth it?

Postby Jay200MPH » Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:25 pm

Yeah, I paid NZ$300 for an S760 and I thought that was pretty pricey... but mine came with a lot of accessories & was fully expanded (32MB RAM, digital I/O board & S-Video fitted.)

That said, it's a great sampler, just not $450 great.

DX21 wrote:Question one: is this a standard Serial mouse?
Edit: It turns out that the Roland S-750 uses the MSX computer mouse interface standard, which means no, but this opens up my curiosity, is it really a MSX computer with a really kickass sound card? Could I play Metal Gear on it?


Nope, not even close unfortunately. I was kind of hoping it would have a fairly typical computer-ish architecture so I could try writing custom software for it but that's not the case. The CPU is a standard Intel 80C196 microcontroller but the rest of the chipset is all custom Roland stuff. Beyond my coding skills to figure out.
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Re: Roland S-750 - Worth it?

Postby DX21 » Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:31 am

Well, In light of knowing the price is steep, I think what I'm going to do is honestly leave my $100 deposit on it till next payday, then buy something else.

It is a pretty cool looking box, but its not complete enough to warrant the $450 for it, Also, I really don't have any more room for it :D

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Re: Roland S-750 - Worth it?

Postby synthroom » Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:27 pm

It could be a lot of fun at $150 though... Make them an offer. It may have a hard drive in it as well, so there could be a lot more sounds in it.

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Re: Roland S-750 - Worth it?

Postby Jay200MPH » Tue Jan 07, 2014 1:18 am

Yeah, just talk to the guy at the shop and say "hey, I've been looking at those on Ebay and they don't go for nearly that much, can we negotiate?" It could well be that he had no idea what to price it at and just made up a number. If it's an honest shop he'll likely appreciate getting the tip more than having it sit on the shelf for years with an unrealistic price tag.
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Re: Roland S-750 - Worth it?

Postby synthroom » Tue Jan 07, 2014 2:01 am

The S-750 is pretty near the pinnacle of hardware samplers. The S-760 which succeeded the 750 is similar, but it has no option for the hard drive (you have to use an external SCSI drive with it).

The display is big so you can do a lot with just the display on the 750.
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Re: Roland S-750 - Worth it?

Postby clockdivider2 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:21 am

I got one for $25 last spring with 2 boxes of sample floppies. I've never seen anyone ask for anything close to $450 for one.
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Re: Roland S-750 - Worth it?

Postby DX21 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 6:27 pm

clockdivider2 wrote:I got one for $25 last spring with 2 boxes of sample floppies. I've never seen anyone ask for anything close to $450 for one.


I'm going to attempt talking it down, I wouldn't mind $450 if it was in absolute mint-in-box shape with the original monitor. but its literally just the unit and a bunch of floppies, not even the power cable.

If he won't budge, I'll just spend my $100 layaway cash on something there.
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