I've never had the chance to play with midi during the "Dos Days", I was lucky enough to get a Sound Blaster. Never saw these midi modules where I live - and during those days there was no Internet or webpages to browse, so I didn't even know they existed.
I've put together some retro PCs in the last 2 years and got the point where I would like to move from emulation (Dosbox or a mini-pc as versatile midi machine, as one of Phil's projects). You can find a lot of Sound Canvas available on Ebay, but that's overseas to me and it costs a kidney to import it (custom duties 60% on top of the Sound Canvas price including shipping).
Locally you can browse for months without seeing an unit for sale (on the "local" Ebay). Recently I saw a SC-55 for sale, I saw it was one of the early versions but had no idea if that was a good thing or not. I came up with this thread explaining the differences between the versions, and realized the version being sold was the 1.21 ROM version (GS symbol only and serial number starting with #DD). The price was what I would have paid at Ebay, without shipping and custom duties.
Well, gladly it is indeed the 1.21 ROM version and it works perfectly. No battery leaks also (just replaced it, but might just take it out). Just the power supply is not original, but it seems to be a good one (no noise/interfence so far).
I'm glad I came across this thread, I would probably passed on this one, thinking a SC-55 MKII or a SC-88 were better alternatives.