Last year I picked up a used Roland SP-555 from Guitar Center. I returned it under the 30 return policy and regretted it ever since. Although I don’t believe the Roland SP-555 or the SP-404SX to be very intuitive, the SP-555 seemed easier to use of the two. During the absence of the SP-555, I would watch my only Instagram video post of the SP-555 over and over again. Till this day, I have yet to make a video using the SP-404SX. I’m having the hardest time with that little box.
For months I would look through Ebay hoping to find the right deal. The SP-555 is not very popular but it has strong resale value. Aside from the many Japanese based Ebay sellers, the SP-555 is rarely posted and will be sold guaranteed from any U.S. Ebay seller. The Japanese Ebay merchants sell the SP-555 at a premium and shipping costs are high. They seem to have a lot of these remaining in Japan complete with original box.
I got lucky with my second purchase of the Roland SP-555. I got for less than the used one I bought from Guitar Center. It is also in much better condition aside from the tape residue I can easily remove. If the seller made the time to remove the gunk, it would’ve sold for much more. This unit also included a 2GB memory card, CD and instructions. All these extra will help with resale value.
So the Roland SP-555 is back with me. Let’s make some beats!