• Elan Eichler

    Looking to donate old gear? The Portland-based non-profit the Morpheus Youth Project needs DJ equipment for after-school programs! Learn more at: http://www.morpheusyouth.org/

  • Melvin Cabelin

    I would be very grateful if someone could send or give me their stuff. 🙂 I would love to learn more about djing, too bad i cant afford to buy some equipment.

  • Richard

    I could use some old stuff,,,,anyone?

  • Da real deal

    bought a pair of Technics 1210 15 years ago, still running::: NO need to buy new equipment. Think about it, don’t be silly !!

  • djblackjack

    im looking for a pioneer ddj sx, anyone feeing generous??

  • Weaver2

    IMO it’s better it going to SOME use than just sitting in my closet.

    However, as huge as they are, and even if they don’t get much use anymore: I’m never letting go of my tech 12s, especially now since they’re out of production.

  • MidVinter

    There are so much history and art out there, and there is so much new dj shit produced on a daily basis that i dont even know were to begin.

    If i bought cd players or technics 1200 i would look at them as tools for an artist and they tell a story and show a history of marvels and happy times, i am contemplating buying Technics SLDZ 1200 just because they are the most beautilful cdplayers ever built.

    I have tonnes of stuff laying around at home, but im keeping them all, as ill never will be able to buy them again, that goes for the records as well, i recently begun converting my records to Wav and put them all on harddrives, just incase.

    Im a “pull the lever, touch the dial” kind a guy, so computer for deejaying is only an option when playing in really cramped places that dont have space for a real dj setup. and its not as fun with a controller then say 1200s or CDJ 2000s, thats just a fact.

    Its possible to do more with a controller, there of im certain, and a computer gives you a bigger footprint regarding the screen, but no, i try to use it as little as possible.

  • William

    or you coiuld just keep all that shit! Look at that All-in-one beauty! why would you get rid of that! if you do, send it to me. Hell, i will come pick it up!

    Don’t give to goodwill, they are a shit company. They pay crappy wages, overprice their stuff and they get all the stuff for free. Mark Cuban owns goodwill, he makes 2.3 million as ceo of this company. Give to Salvation Army, their ceo make 13,000 a year. I do go to goodwill for 33 cent records but i would never donate to them.

  • sabdbasdb

    is the how to cook eggs article next? puke

  • Walter Hoch

    If you do not have a use for it anymore, or, don’t wanna be in charge of taking a good care of it. donate! BUT, be 100% shure that the person will take a good care…

  • Thomas Smit

    I will never sell my old gear, to much hystorie!!!!!!

    • MidVinter

      Same here

    • Dwayne Taylor

      Me either!!!

  • Robert Wulfman

    what if several controls have broken off?

    • Sara Simms

      I would contact the schools/organizations first and let them know about the state of your equipment.

  • Oddie O’Phyle

    good acticle, but i play it forward a bit closer to home. i have a 12yr old and a 15tr old, if my old gear doesn’t go to them, circuit bending or midi mods (synths and drum machines) or donated to young aspiring producers and dj’s with a quick tutorial to get them started (controllers and software). organisations and workshops don’t start a new generation of dj’s (they may hone some skills), the first cool dj that stops to talk to you does… the music you enjoy does… getting sick of listening to people train wreck you favourite tracks also gets you started.

    just remember, there are always places closer to home that you can donate your equipment to keep your local scene a bit stronger, like donating to your local community or campus radio station or getting a new generation started in your own backyard.

  • DJ Gerard

    You say Scratch Academy only takes 1200’s? I just recently saw a video of them saying they use Stanton STR8-150…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eddsdrGBzL0

    • Sara Simms

      According to Scratch Academy, Technics are the only turntables they accept for donations

      • Weaver2

        This seems kind of unreasonably picky. I understand not wanting to turn into a dumping ground for shitty $60 belt drives, but there are plenty of really well built turntables out there that aren’t Technics (and this is coming from a Technics owner).

        Well, it’s their business and their rules.

  • Dr Beatz

    I find its fun to re purpose them. Tear off the covers and play with the circuits to make something new. If you have never taken a jump into the DIY controller department, this is great way to start. If your kit is already broken, why not have some fun with it?
    Use the knobs and buttons to make your own controller.
    moldover is the champ at this, and he links to lots of open source projects
    Or donate to your local schools electronics lab (if there is one anymore)

    does anyone really just “throw away” an expensive DJ controller? Seems crazy to me

  • eduardo

    i always use my old gear i like my set up to be with old equipment and new

  • As an instructor at Scratch Academy Chicago, I can say we LOVE when people donate gear to our students. These guys are usually some of the hardest working prospective/beginner DJs in their city and even old needle cartridges are GREATLY appreciated.

    PLEASE DONATE… thanks.

    • Sara Simms

      Thanks for posting up…hopefully you will have some donations coming your way soon!

    • MidVinter

      Nice to hear that there are still people that want to learn “the craft” from the roots and ground up, and dont pretend beeing a dj after viewing or even worse recording a couple of youtube videos, get a few likes on facebook and then book and go out ruining parties or weddings.

      To be a DJ, takes soul, commitment and heart, and i dont mean heartsigns in the air!

      Keep it up PC3 @ SA hope you get more students that can pass our history and knowlage on, what djn is all about

      If i was living in the U.S i would donate for sure!

      We dont have that kind of institution here in sweden, some kids likes the old ways, but most of them, just buy a computer, read a little about what a dj do, underbid real djs and start a semicareer hooking weddings and parties.

      And believe you me, when i say, if i only got a dollar for every comment about hooking djs, i would be a wealthy man today ;D

  • Matt

    Thank you so much for posting this! *%$& Yeah to donating your gear to orgs who can pass the knowledge on to the next generation. = )

    • Sara Simms


  • Frankie Claessens

    I alway sell my old gear, but sometimes it doesn’t work out. I still have a Livid Code and an EFX500 laying in my closet, the first one won’t sell because it’s too exotic and expensive, the second one because there are cheaper alternatives these days. Maybe I’ll get rid of them one day lol

    • you have an EFX500 that you arent using??!! My god man whats wrong with it!!!??
      i still have mine from 1998 i think is when i got it and its still running STRONG. no issues. When the new model came out, i stayed away from it. Didnt like it at all

      • Frankie Claessens

        The EFX is fine, still looks brand new and works flawlessly, just don’t like putting it on the master output since I’m doing everything else internally.

        • i have mine on the master out but i then go OUT from the 500 and down through the other equipment on my rack
          Limiter | 3 band EQ Filter | Dual 15 band EQ | Compressor / Gate
          and THEN final output

          why dont you like having it on the master out?
          and yes, it is too bad that the S2 / S4 components dont have a SEND RETURN area in the back panel

          • Frankie Claessens

            I’m using a Pioneer DDJ SX in Traktor, that also doesn’t have a Send/Return, bummer yes! I like being able to control the effects on each channel seperately, that’s why I’m not using the EFX. I might put it back on the master though, just as an add-on FX unit maybe. Problem would then be that the recording is analogue again and broadcasting out of Traktor wouldn’t send my track info with it, etc.

            But there might be one reason why I will put it back on the master output, the delay! The delay effect in traktor really sounds like shit when I compare it to an EFX500 or DJM, just being able to quickly switch from beat to beat with a 1/2 delay is nice with the kind of techno music I play. So yeah I might just use it for that :p

    • MidVinter

      The 2nd hand is not worth anything, you buy say a CDJ 2000 for $2000, the six month later it sells under a $1000, and now with the Nexus, you should be glad of getting $500.

      A DJM 800 that went for $2500, is going for $500 if not less.

      If you wait, much of the gear wil lend up as electronical garbage, and if you have a cool nerve, you can sell it later on as “vintage” and maybe get what you payed for it in the first place.

      An example is a Roland synthesizer i had in my teens, Roland Juno 106, i bought it for $1000 and sold it 8 years later for $2000, that is good business, and people know quality so they dont mind paying.

      DJ gears has nooo value what so ever, today you can buy a used NI S4 in good condition for $200, even less.

      Controllers are worth SQUAT!

      The value in Vinylplayers like T1200 / 1210 is rising

      • Weaver2

        This is kind of the thing, isn’t it? Despite a few sought after vintage and/or analog pieces of gear, your stuff will generally depreciate in value.

        Especially in the controller market.

        Anyways, what I want to say to anyone selling: PLEASE be reasonable in pricing if you ever hope to get rid of stuff. I’ve done some hunting for a new used mixer and the prices people think they can get for a 3 year old digital mixer are bloody absurd. Shaving 10% off the cost of the mixer new is not a deal and no one is going to pay that. Maybe a 50 – 70% discount would be more like it.

        People are not buying used because they have thousands of spare dollars, they’re buying used because they’re likely strapped or cash.

        Anyways, just kind of wanted to rant a bit there 😛

  • Mutis Mayfield

    You can also upgrade the “old” into something new with some knowledge (or friends with it and internet as hub/library)
    Repair before recycle, improve before drop…

    • sarasimms

      Good idea! Do you have any pics of older equipment you’ve turned into a new piece you could post up?

      • Mutis Mayfield

        It is done and right here at djtt

        Turning any jog into midi controller and even a regular turntable with a tascam ttm attached to …………. (Put your controller with jogs or arduino board) and control your softwar without mess with audio cables and calibrations. Upgrading your retro gear into future (or not) gear.

        Norbert and I (hacknmat) made it possible.

        Another one was the korg nanopad turned into:
        A) kaoss pad midi lite (with walkthrought)

        B) Cheap midi fighter (oops! XD) with xy controller and 0 coding.
        In proces but you could see pictures of the process at my fb/g+

        • Sara Simms

          Cool, thanks for sharing!

          • Mutis Mayfield

            You are welcome!

  • radley

    If you’ve had an interesting piece of gear for a long time, consider holding on to it. Like guitarists mount their fav old guitar, some of us have displayed our old fav DJ mixer. DJ Tech Tools has a few on their shelves too…

    • MidVinter

      I have both a Denon DN 9000 and a Pioneer DJM 909, i wil lnever sell them, as they were the first pieces in my collection that helped me make real money as a dj
      Ive had DN 2000s, DN 2600s, DJM 500II Ltd as well, but i got rid of them as they did not make quite of impression on me as the later gear did.