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Hey everyone. Casually wandered back, noticed a huge influx in prices for MD blanks and equipment. What on earth happened, and am I sitting on a gold mine? Even the units I dislike the most are going for over a hundred USD, used. And with all the increasing prices, where can I find reasonably priced MD blanks, and what is reasonable now?

Of course I'm really too nostalgic to get rid of my gear, I try and try to find something to replace my MD gear, but for the life of me have been unable to do so. Sorry in advance if this has been asked multiple times, I just remember buying an RH910 for less than a hundred dollars, almost a year ago, and seeing one on ebay for nearly four hundred USD.

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Hey everyone. Casually wandered back, noticed a huge influx in prices for MD blanks and equipment. What on earth happened, and am I sitting on a gold mine? Even the units I dislike the most are going for over a hundred USD, used. And with all the increasing prices, where can I find reasonably priced MD blanks, and what is reasonable now?

Of course I'm really too nostalgic to get rid of my gear, I try and try to find something to replace my MD gear, but for the life of me have been unable to do so. Sorry in advance if this has been asked multiple times, I just remember buying an RH910 for less than a hundred dollars, almost a year ago, and seeing one on ebay for nearly four hundred USD.

HiMD units seem to command a premium because of their scarcity, though I recently almost bought a MZ-NH900 for around $150 which is pretty reasonable. Standard and Net MD units are very cheap. As far as blanks - certain Japanese blanks are expensive. Sony, etc. aren't that bad. I've noticed that pre-recorded MDs are also very expensive, though not sure if anyone is actually buying them. Does anyone on here collect pre-recorded MDs? Because if we don't who does? Who really pays $60 for a copy of Boston "Don't Look Back?"

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I have 37 pre-recorded MD's but the most that I've paid for one was $30. All have the cases but 7. Some of the other ones I got in group lots on Ebay. I've bought them over the course of 3-4 years so it hasn't been too bad collecting them. Some of it is just for the nostalgia factor but I do listen to them every now and then.

Even though I have some of them on CD, it's still nice to listen to them on MD.

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I have 37 pre-recorded MD's but the most that I've paid for one was $30. All have the cases but 7. Some of the other ones I got in group lots on Ebay. I've bought them over the course of 3-4 years so it hasn't been too bad collecting them. Some of it is just for the nostalgia factor but I do listen to them every now and then.

Even though I have some of them on CD, it's still nice to listen to them on MD.

I would be curious to know how many people collect them. Of course, there are cross-collectors - people who, for example, want everything ever recorded by Bruce Springsteen, on every format.

BTW - I actually have Boston Don't Look Back. And a Romantics Greatest Hits MD.

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Hi,

not a single pre recorded one. I have never seen a need.

Turns out you need at least ONE if you are going to do alignment of your own units.

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When Sony abandoned the MD user world, the price of the pre-recorded went sky high. Ebay sellers are buying them up like crazy at the lowest price they can find and are selling them for as much as they can get ( without holding a gun to your head ).

The MD recorders are going to raise in price due to supply and demand, and maybe some clever bidding, it is hard to know if the seller is bidding against you, but I would not be surprised.

Disc supplies will dwindle if Sony has stopped production. I can't say if they did or did not cease production, I just have not heard any news since the Tsunami/Quake. There are still ware house supplies and store stock out there.

Let me tell you the future, the cost of the MD recorders, MiniDisc and Pre recorded MiniDisc will go up. Supply will go down as former MD users abandon the MD format for the cheapo IPUDs.

Maybe I just don't get it, the MD recorders seem better built, easier to use, Sound fabulous and you can edit on the run?? My understanding of the sound quality compared to the Ipud was not as good, is this old news? I read a forum message saying they got tired of the IPUD because they kept falling apart and they went back to MiniDisc..... Makes it confusing why one would change at all, seems to me...... to each their own

Keep those MiniDiscs Spinning

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well things are getting a bid weird. I just looked at Ebay and some one trying to sell just the labels that come with minidiscs lol

I dont agree about prices going up - I think the time has passed for that. Soon they will become junk shop items like old PCs that no one wants

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well things are getting a bid weird. I just looked at Ebay and some one trying to sell just the labels that come with minidiscs lol

I dont agree about prices going up - I think the time has passed for that. Soon they will become junk shop items like old PCs that no one wants

NEVER HAPPEN... the Minidisc has a lot of technology in them and there are a lot of collectors that still use the MINIDISC technology. As long as there are discs out there, the Minidiscs will be there because of the features, portability and editing functions. There has been nothing like it.

Ebay is an auction, might as well be a casino, so the items get bid on. Minidiscs still have a high desire by those who know, and so the bids go up. THE BEST PRICE will be found by private parties. Some just want to get their money back or come close and may throw in a mic and some discs. Ebay will be high because its like gambling, " If I bid one more time, I may win it ".... but they just keep bidding util the end of the auction.

Prerecorded discs are now too expensive. The sellers are buying up everything they can get there hands on, tripple the price and put on ebay to make a fast buck. Unless you really really want that prerecorded MD, I would let it go. Again, I would look for a private party if the sellers havent already bought them up.

AS far as the MiniDisc equipment taking up space on a Junk Shop shelf, don't think you will see it in your lifetime. A lot of former MD users keep coming back, digging their MD equipment out of the closet and using again. It is really quite interesting how this is turning out.

I thought that the hard core MD users would hang on and the rest would fade away but it seems they come back and are happier with the MD than the other equipment. Just my viewpoint but still a curious turn around.

I have read at least a few articles where the messages said the Ipud was not holding up or broken or malfunctioning, coming apart, etc and said they were again using the minidisc equipment. So the JUNK SHOP SHELF just does not seem to be the direction the minidisc is going. At the very least, it will fade away with this generation, remembered as a great recording medium and very flexible and portable recording hardware. Those that are really into the MD will remain there and those that moved on, which everyone will eventually do, due to becoming obselete, will remember them as well.

But the MiniDisc will remain a viable piece of equipment for a long time.

Keep Those MiniDiscs Spinning! WHY ELSE ARE YOU HERE?

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