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#1 Smashcraaft

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 12:57 AM

After some price-drops in the last few weeks Thomann offers only the Line6 POD HD Pro X.
The POD HD500x is no longer online and there is no upcoming stock information.
 
Seems that the HD-Line is going to leave the market forever now.
A pity especially after this surprising comparison…
 
I will keep mine until it's death (and already bought a backup for 170 USD)   :wub:  

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 04:17 AM

The only people who actually know if it's finished won't tell us anyway...but regardless, it's a bit premature to proclaim that it will disappear forever merely because one retailer has decided not to stock it anymore.
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#3 BillBee

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 04:34 AM

Yeah, I wouldn't start hoarding them either. Its been a decade + since the XTs/X3s dropped off the shelf and those are still plenty in circulation.


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Smell the glove.


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 04:54 AM

eBay will have them for years.  I even have a B Stock unused, unregistered PODHD Desktop as a spare.


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#5 Smashcraaft

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 06:06 AM

I am pretty sure that the POD HD500 will disappear at all big sellers very soon.
Pricing for the 500x was stable for years and now prices drop enormously and the POD disappears at the biggest seller in the EU.
 
After the release of the Helix LT there might no need, to sell a unit only cannibalizing sells of other units. However... only time will show!

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 06:23 AM

I don't expect the HD500X to go away anytime too soon... There have been price drops in EU on all sorts of Line 6 gear from what I understand, and that's because of Yamaha Europe's decision to do so. The HD500X is still available pretty much everywhere in the US for the same price its been.


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 06:28 AM

Andertons (UK) still have +10 in stock...

 

Maybe Thomann just fell out with L6? Possibly over diminishing margins in the face of EU-area price cuts...


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 06:30 AM

I don't expect the HD500X to go away anytime too soon... There have been price drops in EU on all sorts of Line 6 gear from what I understand, and that's because of Yamaha Europe's decision to do so. The HD500X is still available pretty much everywhere in the US for the same price its been.

Can't say I would be sorry. It's such a bargain unit <3


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Posted 17 August 2017 - 05:06 AM

Thomann: "Due back in stock on 23.08.2017"
Unusual, but at least a good thing :)
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Posted 17 August 2017 - 05:29 AM

Thomann: "Due back in stock on 23.08.2017"
Unusual, but at least a good thing :)


I rest my case....
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#11 Smashcraaft

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 05:33 AM

I rest my case...


As I am not a native speaker I am willing to learn what your comment means, even if It was just for ironic reasons.
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Posted 17 August 2017 - 05:37 AM

As I am not a native speaker I am willing to learn what your comment means, even if It was just for ironic reasons.


As I said the other day, proclaiming the demise of an entire product line merely because it's out of stock at one retailer is more than a little premature.

There's nothing unusual about a retailer running out of stuff. Even Amazon, the Disney of online retail, runs out of $hit once in a while...
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Posted 20 August 2017 - 05:13 AM

"I rest my case" is what lawyers say when they have closed their side of the case. 

Regular Joes use it during conversation when the other person proves their point for them. 

 

 

Case in point - 

you said - no more units

we said - wrong

you said - more units

we said - "told ya so"


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And it sure would be nice if I could use 500edit on my Android Phone or Android Tablet to manage my Pod when not at home.

Even if it needs to be a '500 Lite' version that only allows for the import and export of patches, and not a full-fledged working program.

Something needs done. 

 

 






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