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by Europanaut
Wed Nov 25, 2015 3:21 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: D-50 keybed repairs - suitable for a total newbie?
Replies: 10
Views: 856

Re: D-50 keybed repairs - suitable for a total newbie?

I just did my D50 keybed last week. Easy stuff, if you take your time. I'm happy to help, if you would like to contact me via email. (I'm not here at the forum often.)

I have some photos that may also help.

ceratos (at) shaw dot ca
by Europanaut
Sun Nov 01, 2015 4:41 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Jarre on Electronic Music and America misunderstanding: go!
Replies: 33
Views: 4793

Re: Jarre on Electronic Music and America misunderstanding:

Hugh Le Caine comes to mind too. Canadian. He wasn't particularly prolific, but Dripsody is a pretty innovative piece from the 1950's.
by Europanaut
Mon Aug 17, 2015 6:57 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Arp 2600 osc scaling.
Replies: 9
Views: 4067

Re: Arp 2600 osc scaling.

I haven't revisited it yet. I've been distracted by a major Solina restoration, installation of the Vecoven JX10 upgrade, and recapping/battery replacement on our Source. It just never ends!
by Europanaut
Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:31 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Hammond S6 mods?
Replies: 4
Views: 1099

Re: Hammond S6 mods?

Our S6 gets a lot of use. Not the chord buttons, but the keyboard sounds. It's warm, charming, and interesting. It has a limited range of tone and envelope variations, but what is available is very nice, and quite useful. Quite unlike any other instruments that we have here at the studio.
by Europanaut
Mon Aug 10, 2015 4:41 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Hammond S6 mods?
Replies: 4
Views: 1099

Re: Hammond S6 mods?

Wow.

So anyway, I'll post any info I find on interesting S6 mods.
by Europanaut
Sun Aug 09, 2015 4:14 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Hammond S6 mods?
Replies: 4
Views: 1099

Hammond S6 mods?

With how abundant and cheap these little tube synths are, I'm surprised that nobody has experimented with modifications. ADSR, filter, etc.

Has anyone here messed around with one?
by Europanaut
Mon Aug 03, 2015 6:38 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Arp 2600 osc scaling.
Replies: 9
Views: 4067

Re: Arp 2600 osc scaling.

Thanks Reginator. I may try that swap. That would certainly narrow it down. I sure wish they had plugs though, rather than the soldered posts. As for the sliders, osc 2 had this issue before the slider replacement. Board is very clean. Like, spotless. Pretty amazing, compared with some of the synths...
by Europanaut
Sun Aug 02, 2015 8:03 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Arp 2600 osc scaling.
Replies: 9
Views: 4067

Re: Arp 2600 osc scaling.

Update: Swapped out the tempco, but no change in scaling behavior.
by Europanaut
Wed Jul 22, 2015 6:38 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Arp 2600 osc scaling.
Replies: 9
Views: 4067

Re: Arp 2600 osc scaling.

Hey thanks Andy! What a thorough reply! I have to place a parts order for some PSU caps next week, so I'll add some 2600 bits to the package.

This is the LAST thing to fix on this synth, and I'm pretty stoked.
by Europanaut
Sun Jul 12, 2015 4:15 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Arp 2600 osc scaling.
Replies: 9
Views: 4067

Arp 2600 osc scaling.

Hello! I've been working on my 2600 (recapped and calibrated PSU, replacing sliders, key bushings, etc), and am closing in on the biggest issue. Osc 2's scaling is impossible to calibrate. So I assume that something on the osc board needs to be replaced. Any suggestions on where I should focus first...
by Europanaut
Sun Jun 21, 2015 5:22 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Prophet 5 wood bits, and more.
Replies: 0
Views: 387

Prophet 5 wood bits, and more.

I have a P5 Rev3 "brain". It's midi, works great, and is a pretty well-done chop. However, I'd like to build it back into a proper full instrument, and will need a keyboard, mod section, and measurements of the wood pieces for the cabinet. (Nobody panic, this is definitely not my first restoration.)...
by Europanaut
Fri Jun 05, 2015 5:24 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Cheap As Chips
Replies: 28
Views: 3448

Re: Cheap As Chips

Free Jupiter 4 here. Last year. I've received other nice synths as gifts, but I don't count those. They are from owners who know that their old instruments will be played and maintained at my studio. But the J4 was just sort of out of the blue. The right place at the right time. Oh, the $60 JX10 is ...
by Europanaut
Tue Feb 24, 2015 8:58 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synth Defects - Ticking Time Bombs
Replies: 71
Views: 104382

Re: Synth Defects - Ticking Time Bombs

ARP Omni / Omni-2. Power supply throws voltage spikes when powered up, causing damage over time to the many tantalum (decoupling) capacitors connected across the power supply rails throughout the synth, eventually causing one or more to dead-short. Since the power supply rails are not fused, when t...
by Europanaut
Sun Feb 08, 2015 4:36 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synth Spa- Haven't seen my 106 in almost a year...
Replies: 58
Views: 12146

Re: Synth Spa- Haven't seen my 106 in almost a year...

bluedad wrote:So what's someone with a sick 106 to do! glad I saw this thread, I had been planning on sending mine to him. :(

Syntegrator. Victoria BC, Canada. He's your guy.

I sent my JX3P to him. It was fixed and had the Kiwi upgrade installed in two days.

TWO days.
by Europanaut
Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:39 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Roland JX3P crackling and smells...Help!
Replies: 8
Views: 2725

Re: Roland JX3P crackling and smells...Help!

When you smell burning, power down, and do not turn the synth back on. Open it up, disconnect the power supply from the rest of the synth, and get a meter on it. Or have a tech do it. Before you investigate anything downstream, you need to check what that PSU is sending to the synth.