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How did bands in 70s afford their synth kit?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:11 am
by Purity_Control
Someone asked this question on twitter and it's got me thinking.

I only really know that much about some of the less popular acts, pretty sure there was an interview with Chris Carter where he talks about hanging around music shops trying to lay down little bits of recordings, some did synth DIY or blagged studio time.

Not so sure about what would become the big name bands like Ultravox - they must have startd somewhere? :idk:

Re: How did bands in 70s afford their synth kit?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:44 am
by ClavAnother
Their cool uncle bought it for them

Re: How did bands in 70s afford their synth kit?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:16 pm
by soundwave106
I think in some cases that was indeed the case. :lol:

However, if you are actually making some money in the industry (and it was more possible until say about the 1990s or so), some of the financial equations change. You can for instance borrow to buy equipment and write the cost off over your taxes over a period of time.

Some bands did start out with much more modest synthesizer gear even so (I think the earliest Human League albums were made with only a couple of synthesizers for instance).