Just bought a MPK25. Nice machine. I like the MPC pads. Good value for a little big machine. Like the optimal response from HipHopTools.com
Eldrick De Cuba - Aruba
My son is a beat guy, weíll call him B. He scratches, samples and mixes all kinds of music. Itís actually quite a fascinating art and requires perseverance, talent and a fair bit of expensive equipment. Not the kind that is available at your local Best Buy, but the kind that requires a special sort of retailer, one that is found online.
The object of our desire was an Akai MPC1000 drum machine sampler. Now these retail between $900 and $1100 depending on who your talking to, so this is one of these purchases that you hold your breath a bit when you hit the payment button, itís big ticket stuff when dealing with strangers. B did his DD and narrowed it down to an online retailer we found on ebay. Best price, best information and a whole bunch of extras to go with the unit. So we click on to his online store front and purchase the item. Great site, easy to use and informative.
The next morning I receive a call on my mobile, Hip Hop Tools pops up on my call display and Iím thinking now what? A man on the other end of the line introduces himself and says heís the owner of Hip Hop Tools and he wants to thank me for my purchase! Imagine that. He then tells me that heís shipping it out tonight and if I have any questions or problems to call him personally and he will look after it. Four days later, thereís a box at my door. A perfectly packaged, brand new MPC1000 has arrived. As B unpacks it he realizes that there is a catalogue of samples that was to be included and was missed. I emailed my friend at HipHopTools and he responds within the day with a link to download the great big file of samples with an offer to send the disk.
I wish that I was a beat guy too, because I would love to buy more stuff from these guys, the experience alone in a world so full of attitude and bad service was worth it. Not to mention they deliver the goods at the best price.