Tch! You must have been loaded - bet you had a Roland MT-32 just for playing video games, too.
Upgrades are a lot easier to justify nowadays, aren't they?
Oh heck no !! I made due with an Ensoniq Soundscape Pro. That ran me about $275 when I bought it (Ohh sweet, you can hear the sound of the ball hitting the court in Lakers Vs. Celtics now !!) The Roland looked promising, but at some point disposable income dried up and as long as it worked, I was fine with that.
I just built a new rig a month ago, beast of a PC, ran me about $1400 total, and it is still sitting on the bench, patiently waiting for me to retire my current PC. I'm sentimental like that
Intel i5 2500K@4.3, Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3-iSSD, Powercolor PCS+ 290x 4GB, 2TB Hitachi HDD, Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Ed, Corsair H80, Win 7 Pro