*Not that I'm bitter or anything as a New Zealander, where rare digital items are on local marketplaces approx once per Blue Moon*, but everyone in or adjacent to Western Europe/USA is very fortunate in general, when it comes to local advert opportunities. Probably a few other niches too e.g. Japan. If I, here, wait for a local advert selling an MPU cheaply, it is probable that you & I would be dead before one ever showed up. So few ever came into the country in the first place, and the additional scarcity means any blue moon event is priced hard and leapt upon even harder. <sob sob>, not.. I can obtain all I need, even if it is harder or more expensive than I'd ideally like, that's just life. Options exist.
dionb wrote on 2021-07-23, 22:56:
Shreddoc wrote on 2021-07-22, 22:20:
What's the cheapest MPU-401 card today? Seems they are regularly more expensive than MIDI modules themselves. Hard to justify for a purchaser today.
I've been very lucky/alert to local adverts. Didn't pay over EUR 25 for any one of them. If you need one *now* and/or don't have opportunity to keep an eagle eye over local ads, Keropi's HardMPU is the cheapest. Not dirt cheap, but a lot cheaper than the going rate for SCC-1 or indeed any of the MPU-401AT or MusicQuest cards on popular auction sites.
Thanks that's good to know. I'd probably go for a HardMPU bare board and build myself, if/when the time comes. However I'm pretty happy with the software-based options for now, so it may not come to that.