I’m bummed to hear you’ll take such a bath. TBH I didn’t understand that the subsequent 37 was a new synth internally, I just thought it was the end of the tribute edition or a color change. I eventually found a video by Moog explaining the differences and I don’t feel that the subsequent adds enough over the sub for me. I was aware of the roughly $900 price, which is part of what has my interest. The problem is that puts it right into Grandmother territory, and I like that too, especially if I want to go eurorack eventually. Or I could save money and have about as much attitude as anything with a Bass Station II. I like the look of a gen 1 ARP Odyssey re-issue module the most with the colored sliders on a white faceplate (and it sounds cool too, of course).
Or I could dig a Pro 2, which I’ve heard called the “gnarliest synth that isn’t eurorack ever”, the bonus with that one being that I know the DSI interface and terminology already and it can integrate into eurorack like the grandmother, but also being the most expensive, they’re about $1500 used right now. And I already have a Rev 2, so IDK if the sound will be different enough for me to really treat it like a different instrument. For raw sound, I think I like the Sub 37 most. I really can only justify one of these things because of space, but I’ve got some time to figure it out.
One thing that’s surprising, and I guess it’s just the way the market has gone, is that every one of these things is paraphonic (I’m sure there’s a way to do that with the grandmother as well, though it isn’t by default). Bass Station II got a quiet update last year to do that. With the exception of the grandmother, every one of them has multiple filters to choose from, every one of them has at least one stage of drive/distortion, though most have more. This is all cool stuff that I want, so I feel like it’s hard to go wrong with any of them, which is really, really cool, and I think speaks for how far the synth market is being pushed right now.