OK I've found someone who wants to sell a copy of Ruby - he's forwarded me an email from Kirk saying that it's OK, except that Kirk won't offer support to any purchaser.
The problem is he's selling the original DVD version of Ruby, not the hard drive edition. I can't find any reviews of Ruby in its original form, so I can't tell exactly how much isn't on it. Would I be missing a lot?
Worse, the reviews I've found of the original DVD releases, other than Ruby, suggest that it was very much a work in progress. They stop short of saying 'it shouldn't have been released in this state,' but make it clear that users would need to download a lot of corrected patches, missing wavs, etc. Without support I clearly couldn't do this. So how true was this?
Let's be clear, this wouldn't be my principle orchestra. I just thought it would be nice to have a supplementary set of sounds, and talk of the playability of this library turned my head. It doesn't bother me that I would have no upgrade path, since I only intend keeping one orchestra completely up to date. On the other hand I don't want to buy anything that's not working.