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Help me avoid a scam (axe-fx 2 content)

dwolfggc

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So there's an Axe-fx 2 on craigslist near me for $1600. Just posted today with the usual claims of needing cash today. Now, I can comprehend someone being in that kind of situation, but i can also comprehend someone trying to pull a fast one. What should I look for to avoid being taken advantage of?
 
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dspellman

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What kind of fast one would one be pulling?
If the gizmo works and doesn't have obvious signs of abuse and if you have the cash, play, pay and go. If you just think it sounds too good to be true, maybe it is, but I'm not sure I see the potential problem.
 

dwolfggc

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What kind of fast one would one be pulling?
If the gizmo works and doesn't have obvious signs of abuse and if you have the cash, play, pay and go. If you just think it sounds too good to be true, maybe it is, but I'm not sure I see the potential problem.
I guess thats what I'm worried about, I want to make sure there's not something I don't know that would come back to bite me. :)
 

Candyfan

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It's from a guy who was in the Phillippines flood, I believe.
He cleaned it out and it still worked!!
Probably eBayed it ASAP :p His brown sound ruled though!
 

aleclee

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If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. My biggest concern would be that it's stolen.
If you just think it sounds too good to be true, maybe it is, but I'm not sure I see the potential problem.
The potential problem is that if you buy a stolen item and the owner finds it, it's his and it's up to you to seek restitution from the person who sold it to you. You end up with no AxeFx and no $1,600.
 

Candyfan

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If you go test it, I would play it long enough to see if it doesn't freeze. At least an hour. But that's just me... I used to have a GSP-2101 in the days that crashed all the time after I got the expansion board w extra CPU. Probably a bad contact or unoptimized firmware not bound to happen in the Axe-FX, but I'm still dreading it.

Maybe try a firmware upgrade / downgrade as well.

Check if all connections are working (once a P.A. guy fried my GSP-2101 XLR output w phantom power; the Axe can have that probably, but you never know). Etc.

Some known issues: loud fluctuating fan, datawheel skipping presets/values.
 

dwolfggc

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If you go test it, I would play it long enough to see if it doesn't freeze. At least an hour. But that's just me... I used to have a GSP-2101 in the days that crashed all the time after I got the expansion board w extra CPU. Probably a bad contact or unoptimized firmware not bound to happen in the Axe-FX, but I'm still dreading it.

Maybe try a firmware upgrade / downgrade as well.

Check if all connections are working (once a P.A. guy fried my GSP-2101 XLR output w phantom power; the Axe can have that probably, but you never know). Etc.

Some known issues: loud fluctuating fan, datawheel skipping presets/values.
Thanks, that is exactly the kind of info I was looking for!
 

DigitalTube

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So there's an Axe-fx 2 on craigslist near me for $1600. Just posted today with the usual claims of needing cash today. Now, I can comprehend someone being in that kind of situation, but i can also comprehend someone trying to pull a fast one. What should I look for to avoid being taken advantage of?

Could you get the guy so sit down with you for like 1 hour and play thru the patches, to make sure everything works? turn it on/off a few times and check if it boots ok every time, maybe even make a quick patch, it's possible the guy just really needs money, but it seems like too much of a good deal..but then again you could score a great unit for an amazing price, worth checking it out in my opinion.
 

Candyfan

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maybe even make a quick patch
Good idea. If he can't, maybe it's stolen and he has no clue.

Also, if it freezes while the Axe-Edit editor is connected, that is "normal" sometimes, although we wish it didn't.
While it's connected thru USB you could also make a short recording and playback through the Axe.

Anyway, i'm guessing it's sold by now... ;)
 

Gigbag

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Also, worry about your personal safety. Whether the AxeFx works/exists should not be your only concern.
 

Scott Peterson

TGP Co-Founder and Administrator
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If it sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true.

IMHO, there's no good reason anyone would take that sort of hit on a piece of gear unless they had to.

If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck... it's probably a duck.
 




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