I've played a LOT of these TS9/808's and every derivative out there. Honestly, there really is something special about these early ones. No joke! They aren't overly mid-hump sounding and they're smooth. They're all just a little different too. I had one I wish I would have kept. I've had nothing that ever sounded quite as good. $1k, though.....uuuummmm, NO.