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10 pieces of the most expensive music gear ever

August 19, 2015

From a gold-plated Moog to Eric Clapton's Frankenguitar, drool over these exorbitant items.

Computers and their attendant digital audio workstations have democratized the creation of music more than ever before.

No longer do you have to have a Scrooge McDuck-style money vault that you can swim around in to make a record that sounds as good as Sgt. Pepper’s, Pet Sounds, or uh, *tries to think of a third record with classic production* Miss E…So Addictive.

At last, all you really require to produce great songs is 1) talent 2) time and 3) some form of computer and recording software. OK, so making music still isn’t cost-free, exactly, but we’re rapidly getting to the point where every rando who ever whistled a melody can get their hot track down in GarageBand and release their song (and promptly get sued by some rights holder from 1968).

That being said, various pieces of vintage and contemporary gear still command enormous prices, whether for perceived superiority of sound, cultural cachet, or (and this one is the big bucks) the previous owner used it to create classic recordings. Here, we’ve assembled 10 of the most expensive pieces of gear ever sold, whether it be an EQ VST, funny-looking speakers, or famous axes.

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