Miguel wrote:The trick to finding an affordable Cubase dongle is knowing where to look. For example asking in the music section of an Atari forum will put you in contact with lots of people who have Cubase dongles but who also tend to value them more than say some gamer who acquired an unwanted dongle with an Atari ST purchased to play games on.
From time to time I will see an Atari ST being sold with a Cubase dongle for about the same price that some resellers are asking for just the dongle! I am not even talking about nice boxed copies of Cubase here, I am talking about loose thrashed dongles that someone has taken a marker to.
I will give you some information so that you also understand other people who are not vocational "resellers."
Some, like me, are buying specific musical hardware for Atari and that does not usually appear among vendors who are not musicians; therefore on many occasions when I have needed to buy a certain complement, the previous owner has refused to sell it individually and I have had to invest more money for the whole set (paying for things that I already have repeated, as is the example of Cubase) . I have paid the price for it, I have worried about providing functional diskettes (many of the old ones are not well preserved), I have had that investment immobile for an undetermined time, the shipping costs to another country for a Cubase package cost a minimum From € 36 for example from Spain to the UK, everything is delivered clean and with guaranteed operation.
When a fellow musician who is going to buy my Cubase and asks me for a manual for example in French, Spanish, etc .; I clean a PDF file page by page, I take it to a photocopy store to print it (if I do it on my printer I think it is more expensive), I buy a ring binder, I configure some stickers imitating the original logo ... I spend others € 35 or € 40 to create that manual. Here we do not talk about something taken from a dark and humid attic, this is something that does not abound in the market and is also obtained with the comfort of arriving and operating without problems, with all the necessary manuals and information, with a time that I invest ( and I don't charge) for other people to use this tool.
Do you think I earn money with this? No, I simply recover what I have spent.
I will always keep two MIDI dongles and two Audio dongles for my personal use; I will sell everything else and someone else can use it. I do not dedicate myself to resell anything, I recover what I have spent. I say this because I am pleased, it is not necessary to give explanations if I were a seller (that there are many) because it is a logical and respectable activity, but I am not a reseller.
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