Ok, restructuring this post before I finish it. Here is my current (and pre-ordered) synth-related gear. No need to add all my random guitar pedals and such.
Roland Juno 106
Moog Freqbox (probably use w/guitar too, but extra OSC and more CV sounded fun)
I've been considering buying a Novation Nova to go with the list of gear above and I'm kind of torn. I like a lot of things about the Nova, including the size, sounds, color and huge bandwidth for vocoding and someone finally put another one up on eBay while I may have money I could spend. The problem is, what kind of price ceiling should I be looking at here? Where do I go beyond the bounds of reasonable and start paying too much? Past $400? $500? I could use some opinions from people who have owned one in the past or own one currently.
The other consideration for the money (currently about $400, but depending on some things, possibly an extra $250-450 available), is to pick up a CP-251 and go farther into CV. Currently my CV gear is limited to the soon to be released Minibrute and Minitaur plus the Moog Freqbox I already snagged. Minibrute Freq Out -> 251 Multi -> Minitaur & Freqbox -> Minibrute Audio in sounds like a nice way to have a dual oscillator synth and duplicated basslines. Plus all the other fun tricks of a Freqbox and 251 paired together. Then again, working w/the aforementioned stuff, my Monotribe and throwing in my JX8P and Juno 106 along with the Nova sounds pretty cool too.
I should probably add that saving a bit more up and buying the Ultranova doesn't interest me. The vocoder loses a ton of bands and considering I will have the Minibrute, as well as the 8P and 106, as controllers if needed, I don't think I need another keyboard on my table right now. Not to mention it isn't nearly as knobby as the Nova Altho oddly enough, I would rather have the Mopho keyboard model over just the sound module version, even w/the other stuff I own already.
So I guess the options are:
1) Go for the Nova, but stay under $X.
2) Screw the Nova, grab the 251
3) Screw the Nova, grab the 251 and if that extra $450 comes about, buy X and Y as well
4) Stash the money and save toward something else, like a Phatty w/the CV Mods or sell the Monotribe and buy a Dark Time. Random I know.
I keep plotting and scheming in different directions. I love just playing with sound in general, so getting deeper into CV sounds fun, but I could also use the vocoder for lots of fun and I'm always open to new possibilities. PS, I know I don't have the money to get into full on modular, so screwing around w/CV on Moogerfoogers is about as close as I plan to get at this time.