If someone was to gift me a bunch of Buchla stuff (I’d possibly prefer Serge) I wouldn’t grumble but for the life of me, I don’t see the insane prices as being terribly reflective of their value, particularly when there are so many technical issues/build quality issues and idiosyncracies. I mean, chips are chips and resistors are resistors within reason, they aren’t squirting a secret sauce made of molten unicorn tears and platinum butterflies into the products or anything. (Generalising here but) I also can’t help feel that the cost of admission engenders a bit of an elitist attitude where the merest hint that the proles might be getting access to something based on west coast and the emperor’s clothes might be getting a little more transparent causes outrage - see things like Arturia easel clone and the korg modular threads on muffs as an example.
Don’t get me wrong though, I’m not a hater, there are loads of Charles Cohen, Mort Subotnick etc. Buchla albums that I listen to lots and thoroughly enjoy, I just know there’s no way I could ever justify spending 6 grand on an easel.
While someone like adam scrabbling around for a few £s a pop with the boards he’s done little more than download from github and sent away to china to have printed is gross, there’s something that also doesn’t quite sit right with me about ‘adaptations’ with such an insanely high markup, particularly when the original intent was for education just seems pretty stinky (have also seen the person behind them getting into a big outrage and accusing someone of ‘stealing’ his digital drawing of a standard davies knob on modulargrid and using it on their own mockup panel over pages and pages which just seems, pfffft to me).
All just my uninformed opinion though and probably not worth the pepper they are sneezed upon.