The big news is that, just like in 2019, Reverb’s biggest selling synth of the year - taking into account both new and used sales - is Teenage Engineering’s OP-1, which can now be considered a modern classic. It’s also worth noting that the average used price for the OP-1 is over $1,000, a testament to its enduring popularity and mystique.
Elektron’s Digitone came in in second place - the Swedes know a thing or two about making synths, clearly - followed by a run of Korg favourites (Minilogue, Volca FM, MicroKorg and Monologue) and Moog’s Mother-32.
Over on planet drum machine, Korg’s Volca Beats - another ageing product, it should be said - took the crown, with Elektron taking another second place with the Digitakt. Then it was Korg again with the Volca Sample, followed by - you guessed it - Elektron again with the Model:Samples.
Reverb has also revealed its best-selling Eurorack modules, with Make Noise’s Maths taking the top spot, and confirmed its top-selling vintage synths and drum machines. Here it’s Roland’s classic Juno-106 that came out on top, with units changing hands for an average of $1,677 (which makes us wish we’d bought one cheaply years ago when we had the chance).
Predictably, Yamaha’s DX7 is also much in demand on the second-hand market (average price $587) while Casio’s SK-1 remains popular, too (a snip at an average of $156).
In terms of overall trends, Reverb says that the top synth brands on the second-hand market are Korg, Roland and Yamaha (the traditional big three), while for new synths, it’s Korg, Behringer - a company that has undoubtedly had a massive impact over the past few years - and Moog.
You can check out all of the results on the Reverb website.