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Elektron Machinedrum UW no longer includes TM-1 USB adapter

With the recent price drops on the the Elektron Machinedrum and Monomachine, I picked up an Elektron Machinedrum SPS-1UW. I did not see the TM-1 USB adapter included in the box although the online product description at Guitar Center said it would be included. I eventually contacted Elektron via email about it and this is their response.

The TM1 is not included for free with the Machinedrum UW any more. It is a separate purchase and you can get it either from GC or directly from us, whichever you prefer.

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The Elektron TM-1 sells for $115 online at BH Photo.

Elektron TM-1 – USB MIDI Interface

Hopefully, online descriptions of the Elektron Machinedrum will be updated soon as not to confuse consumers and salespersons.

My Elektron Machinedrum UW is missing the TM-1 USB adapter!

Guitar Center President Day Sale 15% Off Coupon Disappoints Synth Heads

The 2016 Guitar Center Presidents Day Sale 15% off coupon excludes major brands in the synthesizer and electronic drums category. Novation, Korg, Arturia, Akai Pro, Elektron and Roland are brands not applicable in this year’s Presidents Day coupon.

Guitar Center Coupon Does Not Apply

Guitar Center – This promotion does not apply to products in your cart.

Let’s not forget that Presidents Day is not about getting deals and buying music gear. For more info about Presidents Day head to the all knowing Wikipedia.

Presidents Day in Wikipedia

Elektron Price Drop Alert!!

On February 10, 2016, Elektron announced permanent price drops on the Machinedrum UW, Machinedrum, and Monomachine. Prices are as follows:

  • Machinedrum UW: 1099 EUR / 999 USD
  • Machinedrum: 699 EUR / 599 USD
  • Monomachine: 899 EUR / 799 USD

As of this writing, many are waiting to see when the retail stores will lower their prices accordingly. If you recently purchased these products, consider exercising your vendor’s low price guarantee. Even if they don’t have this guarantee, you could probably return it within the return period and buy it again at the lower price. The store should avoid the hassle of the return and just give you the price adjustment.

Elektron Price Drop Alert!!

I love using Guitar Center coupons. Most coupons don’t apply to temporary price drops but Elektron says this is permanent so it might apply. The other problem is that Guitar Center coupons exclude products from companies like Elektron. I’ll be calling my Guitar Center sales-rep soon enough.

Many see this extreme $400 to $500 price drop as sign of a product being discontinued. If true, I would jump on these units right now. If these products will be discontinued, their replacements will costs more as all Elektron producs average above $1,000. On the otherhand, companies manipulate their prices all the time to move inventory.  This is what Elektron posted on Facebook,

Our shelves contain too many Machinedrums and Monomachines. Simply put, we are a tad over-stocked. To remedy this we permanently lower the prices for these venerable machines.

I’m not surprised by this statement. Elektron products are priced very close to each other around $1000 to $1500. The products compete with themselves, black boxes (Octatrak, Rytm) versus white boxes (Monomachine, Machinedrum). By placing these three products in the sub $1000 category, they enter a new segment that is affordable to those dreaming about owning an Elektron product.

Perhaps I can stop dreaming.

Update: The lower prices are now reflected on Sweetwater.com.

Arturia Keystep has a street price of $119

The Arturia Keystep (MSRP $149) has a street price of $119 according to music gear retailers Guitar Center and Sweetwater. Guitar Center states the Arturia Keystep will be available on March 4, 2016.

Read more about the Keystep on the Arturia website.

The Arturia Keystep has a street price of $119.