Roland JS 30

Year released: 1995

Just Blaze: "It was a musical instrument and it was a scam. What it was marketed as was what we eventually got with machines like the MPC 3000 and MPC 4000. It was a table-top unit that had a one set of drum pads and stereo sampling time. The sampler sounded OK, it had no sequencer on it, meaning if you wanted four minutes of a drum pattern, you had to sit there and tap it out for four minutes. If you made a mistake you had to start over. I begged and begged my mother for it not thinking she was going to get it. It was $1,500. And she got it. What should have been a huge deal turned out to be a huge disappointment. The next year the thing was worth $200 at Sam Ash.