Post by rickinvirginia on Dec 8, 2011 11:58:05 GMT -5
I'm looking to buy an "old" Boss Dr. Beat DB-33 metronome. Must be in good working order, preferably with AC adaptor. WHY and old nome? It is SOOOO easy to use and quick to change beats, time etc. Check you box of oldies and see if you have one. Picture below:
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They show up on eBay from time to time...but they're in the $200.00 to $250.00 range. Why? Beats me...
The new digital DB-30 goes for around $40.00 new all day every day.
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I had/have one...it is in perfect orddr...but, I suspect my daughter stole it...hmmm
They are good, but can you really justify 'vintage' prices for such things. I am sure that there are plenty of decent metronomes about. I got one with a tuner and piezo pickup for acoustic instruments and half the size and battery consumption.
Sure, the DB-33 was very cool and simple...but it is a metronome...if you play guitar, how hard is it really to work anything similar? This now one, $10 on ebay.....hmm..lets have a closer look at it...
Ah...yes, all the 'beats' that the boss offers and more subdivisions, just push the 'beat button' and you get all that beeps and pings.
I must say though, I did love my old DB-33 and credited the 'triplet' function on getting the hang and feel of swing...but these new ones do that too and I am sure there are plenty of really good alternatives about these days.
The DB-33 from memory though was not cheap back in the day, so you expect some quality there.
For an 'ultimate' metronome though, a drum machine, even one in a computer can create a heap of more 'natural' metronome beats and more complex too. Use shakers and wood blocks or other percussion sounds and program in more complex rhythmic motives, adjust the 'swing' and 'feel' of such things.
A decent drum machine has so many benefits and generally include a decent metronome too...I am sure there are plenty of programs out there if you practice with a computer about...a drum machine though is often got many uses for practice or jamming with others...so might be worth looking into alternatives...what is boss offering these days as a replacement...hmmm
They are good, but can you really justify 'vintage' prices for such things.
I totally get why people like vintage guitars and vintage amps and vintage cars. And vintage analogue synthesizers. But this is a metronome. And an electronic one at that. Maybe there is some "vintage" value in an old Seth Thomas pendulum type with a well cared for wood cabinet. But this makes no sense to me at all. If I had one, I'd gladly sell it for the $200+ they seem to command on ebay. And I don't like to sell anything. Ever.
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I had the digital one, and took it back. My Digitech RP-255 drum/metronome settings do a much better job for how I use it. I can use headphones, or amp it. It's nice to have a drummer that will go as loud or quiet as your want without talking back.
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I got mine in about 1983 or so, gret little machine, but there are so many options these days, a nice drum machine does wonders or an app in a phone or even something from eBay for a couple of bucks. I ahve several that have all the functions these old dogs had, much as I ahve fond memories.
In fact, I really should practice with a metronome now, but seldom do...it's on my 'to do list' along with everything else
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