In the UK we have a TV show called Antiques Roadshow. The premise of the show is members of the public rock up to a stately home with something that has been in the family for years. A team of experts then take a look at them and value them.
The valuation can be anything from bugger all to a small fortune, on one occasion a sculpture came in at £1 million.
On some shows people have arrived with old toys in boxes, never opened and worth a lot of money. You know, toys like Star Wars figures from the original movie released back in 1977. One can't help but wonder who buys a toy and then never opens it, in the vain hope that decades later the toy that cost £20 can be worth enough to get you a car.
Whoever those people are, I wish I had some of their foresight, let me tell you why.
In 1985 I snagged myself a Roland TR909 from a store that had a sale, I can't recall what I paid for it, I think several hundred pounds - it was a bargain, and I was delighted. The TR909 served me well for several years until I decided I wanted more realistic sounds.
I've always been one of those slightly OCD types who when something new arrives I keep the box, the user manual, the plastic cable ties, in fact, everything that should I come to sell it means it is in mint condition.
The Roland TR909 was no exception, and so when I decided to sell it, I cleaned it up and packed it as if it was just out of the store.
Then I sold my Roland TR-909 drum machine in mint condition for £50. I know I can hear you screaming as you read this "you f**cking moron!" You don't need to tell me.
Check eBay, and you will see them listed going for anything between £2500 - £3500, depending on which way the wind is blowing when the auction ends.
Now some of you will be thinking, no real loss you can download a zillion sample libraries based on the TR-909 sample set. I could even buy a Roland TR8 redux of the 909 for a fraction of the price of a second-hand unit.
All that is true, but I can't purchase a car or a hundred other things I could spend a couple of grand buying.
I could also talk about other vintage gear I've sold for next to nothing over the years, that was I still to own today would probably buy me a house, but you'll already think I'm stupid so we'll leave it to just one painful example.
The point of this article is a bit of fun really, and it's to ask if you've done something similar? If so then share your tales of woe, so we can all laugh and cry together.
Over to you.