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by AdamAnt316
Thu May 18, 2017 4:17 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: I have a soft spot for...
Replies: 33
Views: 6405

Re: I have a soft spot for...

I also have a soft spot for the Yamaha Portasound keyboards. I currently own a PSS-480 and a VSS-30, but I have also owned a PSS-470 and a PSR-16. There's something about that gritty two-op FM sound that takes me back to the days of playing MSDOS games and Sega Genesis. That's actually no mistake, ...
by AdamAnt316
Sat May 13, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: I have a soft spot for...
Replies: 33
Views: 6405

Re: I have a soft spot for...

All things Casio. I have three CZ-101s, now, so I just need one more. I have a CZ-5000 and an RZ-1. I even have the TB-1 MIDI thru box. There's just something about that drab color scheme and framed rectangular LCD screen that has become a part of me. And then there's the toys...MT-68, CT-410V, SK-...
by AdamAnt316
Fri May 05, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Multivox synths
Replies: 10
Views: 1115

Re: Multivox synths

The only Multivox gear I have is a MX-2 Fullrotor rotating speaker simulator. Although not as nice as some of the more modern Leslie speaker simulators, it seems to do a decent enough job, as heard in my "Tomorrow Never Knows" cover . I've also seen at least one of their electronic pianos for sale, ...
by AdamAnt316
Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:26 am
Forum: The Listening Lounge
Topic: One synth songs
Replies: 34
Views: 3392

Re: One synth songs

Here are my entries: MTPromises - all Casio MT-68 https://soundcloud.com/droptigan/mtpromises Noise Rally - all Optigan (OK, technically not a synth, but still...) https://soundcloud.com/droptigan/noise-rally Waltzing MTilda - all Casio MT-520 http://www.electronixandmore.com/adam/temp/MTwaltz.mp3 T...
by AdamAnt316
Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:19 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: 'Dead' Akai AX60 - where to start?
Replies: 5
Views: 3552

Re: 'Dead' Akai AX60 - where to start?

Again, thanks for the reply! I have an old EPROM programmer ( Heathkit ID-4801 ), but don't know if it works, or how to use it. It has a socket for the EPROM, plus a socket above it for a "Personality Module", which I don't have. I'm not sure if said module would be necessary for just reading the co...
by AdamAnt316
Sat Apr 22, 2017 1:24 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: 'Dead' Akai AX60 - where to start?
Replies: 5
Views: 3552

Re: 'Dead' Akai AX60 - where to start?

Sure, send it to me and I'll likely get it up and running. Of course, you might never get it back so... Just kidding. Kind of. First thing I would do is verify your EPROM. Also, is the service manual a reproduction (Xerox, ya know?) or is it an actual Akai printed one? As far as unobtainium goes, (...
by AdamAnt316
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: 'Dead' Akai AX60 - where to start?
Replies: 5
Views: 3552

'Dead' Akai AX60 - where to start?

Hello everyone. I recently picked up an Akai AX60 at a swapmeet for $40. The seller told be right off the bat that it seemed to be completely dead; he'd hoped that the power supply was the issue, but its voltage outputs checked out fine when he tested them. Once I got it home, I plugged it in and ha...
by AdamAnt316
Fri Dec 30, 2016 1:09 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: What was the most expensive Synth you ever bought?
Replies: 115
Views: 11261

Re: What was the most expensive Synth you ever bought?

For me, it was the first synth I ever bought, an ARP Solus . Nearly ten years ago, I was visiting the house of a guy who sold stuff at some of the local swapmeets when I spotted it sitting around. He said that he'd found it in an abandoned apartment, and was planning to bring it to one of the upcomi...
by AdamAnt316
Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:32 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: 70s Synth Keyboard Restoration-Repair Advice (Elgam Snoopy)
Replies: 2
Views: 719

Re: 70s Synth Keyboard Restoration-Repair Advice (Elgam Snoo

It looks more like an electronic piano than an organ to me. Companies like Crumar and Univox (no relation to Vox) cranked them out by the thousands back in the '70s and early '80s. That Elgam likely sounds little to nothing like a Vox Continental, and probably not a whole lot like a real piano, eith...
by AdamAnt316
Sat Nov 19, 2016 12:49 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Please help identify this mystery '70s modular!
Replies: 17
Views: 1988

Re: Please help identify this mystery '70s modular!

I have also seen electrolytic capacitors short, or at least nearly so. Had a vintage nixie tube clock which I had found at a hamfest. The first time I plugged it in, the clock started counting, the display went dim a few seconds later, and then the fuse blew. Took out several diodes in the power sup...
by AdamAnt316
Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Please help identify this mystery '70s modular!
Replies: 17
Views: 1988

Re: Please help identify this mystery '70s modular!

Again, all true. But for that age and condition, it's not the only issue and as I've described, an effective repair needs method. You could replace every capacitor and still have a dead synth- especially likely with this machine. That is correct. Pre-emptively replacing electrolytic capacitors woul...
by AdamAnt316
Fri Nov 18, 2016 8:01 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Please help identify this mystery '70s modular!
Replies: 17
Views: 1988

Re: Please help identify this mystery '70s modular!

Ya they can look fine but that's not the point I'm trying to make. I'll make it clearer- carefully test the thing before diving in to replace caps that may or may not be bad. That is a brute force approach that should only be a last resort, after methodical testing. It's very tedious and time consu...
by AdamAnt316
Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:06 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: What the Sh!t do I do with this?
Replies: 15
Views: 1704

Re: What the Sh!t do I do with this?

Old function generators can be fun to mess around with. When I was in high school, we would take two function generators, connect the output of one to the input of the other, connect the output of the second generator to an oscilloscope, and watch the funny patterns on the oscilloscope screen as we ...
by AdamAnt316
Wed Nov 16, 2016 11:14 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Please help identify this mystery '70s modular!
Replies: 17
Views: 1988

Re: Please help identify this mystery '70s modular!

The capacitors look fine though? I wouldn't waste time on those just yet. Although we can't see the main smoothing cap in the PSU. The biggest problem will be switches, pots, IC sockets and that joystick. Lot of dirt and corrosion on this instrument. That will tend to create open circuits in every ...
by AdamAnt316
Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:09 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: What the Sh!t do I do with this?
Replies: 15
Views: 1704

Re: What the Sh!t do I do with this?

Soldering I have. I'm a luthier. I can follow a diagram. Understanding complex electronics, a different story ;) Just making sure. :) As for understanding the circuits, as I said, start simple and work from there. The "Atari Punk" circuit I linked to above is a good choice, since there isn't a whol...