I’m sure there are a few. I said “in general” that’s not why people buy Apple stuff and that’s true. Most are not buying based on a completionist “collect them all” motivation.
It’s not that I “choose” not to see it. It’s that it doesn’t exist. Elektron boxes talk to each other over MIDI using standard MIDI messages, so they talk to each other no more or less easily than they talk to devices from other manufacturers. Your example of the Octratrack is one device in isolation. Ecosystem lock-in would occur if the Octatrack lost functionality when used with non-Elektron devices. That’s not the case as far as I know.
Hey, you brought up Apple. But sure we can put that aside since it’s not a useful comparison. I won’t argue for a second that people don’t do totally irrational things. That’s actually my point: to the extent people are collecting Elektron boxes like Pokemon, that’s on them. You can’t blame Elektron for people’s weird obsessions when the products themselves aren’t designed in a way that creates vendor lock-in. It’s fine to voice that kind of obsession on a forum but it’s also OK to say “that’s your problem, maybe you should deal with it.”
I probably didn’t make that point clearly. I totally agree – of course it’s not ridiculous to change your mind and switch things up. And no one is obligated to explain or defend it. I was referring specifically to the idea of collecting Elektron boxes as a set, in the way you claim people are collecting them, and then abandoning the set for reasons unrelated to actual purpose of the devices.
Even then, “ridiculous” is too strong and judgmental. I apologize if that felt aimed at anyone here. I’ll try to clarify by saying that, to me, it is strange to make decisions about musical gear based solely or primarily on perceived collectibility or a completionist motivation unless you’re actually a collector, in which case you aren’t buying things for their functionality in the first place. There’s nothing wrong with being a collector, but it’s useful to point that out so those of us interested in using these devices as instruments understand when someone’s decision to buy or abandon is based on a collector’s criteria.
It’s pretty clear we’re not going to agree, but that’s OK. It’s interesting to get insight into why people do what they do. I would have never even thought about people “collecting” Elektron boxes before this conversation. It seems ironic since Elektron devices actually stand out for being so self-contained (i.e. most have a fully functional sequencer) but maybe this collecting/completionist thing explains some of the strong feelings people have about these devices.