I ordered a PO-33 direct from TE and it came to me in California a few weeks back.
Currently I’m loving mine. It hits my sweet spots in a lot of ways. I carry it in my coat pocket and record little pieces of my day. If I overhear an interesting conversation on the street as I’m walking, I take it out and press two buttons, and it’s recording. The other day I was walking on the street and heard a kid ask his mom, “What about the ogre that lives upstairs?” and she said “The ogre that lives upstairs? Oh, he doesn’t have diabetes.” There’s no way I would have captured that gem with a bulkier field recorder, or my smartphone once I open its recording app. The pocketability and immediacy of the PO-33 meant I could.
And then once I record, I can get lost for 30 minutes exploring the rhythmic and tonal possibilities of shaping my samples. I think 99% of the music produced with a PO-33 will be “beats”, but I’m interested in unconventional applications like drone, ambient, experimental, noise, etc. and I think this little thing holds up for playing “outside of the lines”, so to speak. For me the key is accepting that the PO-33 is only the beginning of the process - it’s further sample fodder for my DAW, and then the possibilities are endless.