When did you get your first synth?

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When did you get your first synth?

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Post by lanlan » Mon Apr 02, 2007 4:03 am

Roland Alpha Juno-2 and a TR-505 november 1986

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Post by Cruel Hoax » Mon Apr 02, 2007 7:53 am

First electronic keyboard: Yamaha PSS-680 in 1988.

Stole a CS-15 and rescued it from a life of neglect in 1991. Man, that thing has been on so many records, and I doubt that the university knows it's missing even now!

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Post by badmrfrosty » Mon Apr 02, 2007 8:45 am


Guess I'm the old man around here, that sucks...

...I bought my first synth (on monthly payments with the help of my folks) in grade 9, in 1979...
It was a new Yamaha CS-5 and it was $700 CAN in Halifax, NS...not exactly the synth capital of the world.

Took me a year working part-time as a cleaner in the local fish-plant to pay it off...
The next year, I bought a YC-20 organ, which I stuck throught the EXT in with an Ibanex OD pedal.

I loved that little CS-5 more than any synth I've had synth....it's like a first love in a way...

Both were stolen from my apartment's storage area when I went on the road full time in 1986 :-(
By then I had a new DX-7 and a Juno-106. And in fact, that's how I got the gig...I wasn't a great player, but I had
the keys that made the "sounds" of the day...whatever chops I now have, came from years of painfully having to pick out
cover songs!! (so don't knock it)

Nearly 20 years later I found another CS-5 for sale locally, and I had to get it, for old times sake.

This pic is my dorm-room at DAL in 1983... gotta love curly cords! ;-)
I remember the DEC 1983 Keyboard Mag, reading about this new synth, the DX-7...that was going to replace every synth!
I bought one in 1984 for $2750!!!!(CAN)


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Post by bgi » Mon Apr 02, 2007 12:52 pm

1977 or 1978. Ripped the guts out of my old suitcase organ and installed home-made mini-moog circuits. Thanks, Dad, for the schematic, Radio Snack for basic stuff, electronics store in Rome GA for the hard-to-find parts (RCA 3080 op-amp, etc.), and Delta Electronics for the scrap precision resistors.
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Post by Tofuik » Mon Apr 02, 2007 2:44 pm

got my SH-101 during the summer of 06, that was the best day of my life. Prolly scared the UPS guy, because I was giddy as a school girl.
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Post by redchapterjubilee » Mon Apr 02, 2007 2:45 pm

Casio SK-1. 1986. My first "real" synth was 2004. Alpha Juno 1.

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Post by Spike Vincent » Mon Apr 02, 2007 10:18 pm

Summer 1981.I was 19.It was an EDP Wasp and cost me £40 second hand.Still got it somewhere.
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Post by The Cancer Years » Mon Apr 02, 2007 10:40 pm

My stepfather had a DX7 while I was growing up, never really played it.

Bought a Wurlitzer organ in like October of 04 and used that until I bought the JX3p, which was the beginning of my downfall.
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Post by JUGEL » Mon Apr 02, 2007 10:52 pm

My first "real" synth was a MC-202 together with a TR-606 in 1997.

changed my life.

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Post by astraeus000 » Mon Apr 02, 2007 10:53 pm

a used Roland D-50 back in 1990, along with an Alesis MMT-8 sequencer and a couple of Simmons SDS-1 pads. I played out less than 6 months later opening up for one of the local metal bands. Wish I still had those SDS-1's.....very cool swapping e-proms and cranking on the knobs for those crazy whoooooshing sounds...

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Post by synapsecollapse » Mon Apr 02, 2007 10:56 pm

5 years. thanks for the button for my number of years.

i bought an ms2000. it was blue. i was happy.

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Post by JUGEL » Mon Apr 02, 2007 11:07 pm

astraeus000 wrote:a used Roland D-50 back in 1990, along with an Alesis MMT-8 sequencer and a couple of Simmons SDS-1 pads. I played out less than 6 months later opening up for one of the local metal bands. Wish I still had those SDS-1's.....very cool swapping e-proms and cranking on the knobs for those crazy whoooooshing sounds...
I'd love to hear any old recordings of this.. curious. Seems self-indulgent in a beautiful way.

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Post by jonkull » Mon Apr 02, 2007 11:08 pm

Well I got a VL-1 when I was 11 back in '83. My first real synth would be a Roland D10 in I think '88 with a couple more Casios in between the two.

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Post by Angstwulf » Tue Apr 03, 2007 12:52 am

1996. Wandering Ventura Boulevard in Los Angeles and went into a guitar store that was closing (can't remember the name off hand). Was looking around to see if there were any deals on guitar pedals. Saw a keyboard crammed in sideways between a couple of boxes. Akai AX-60 for $300.00. Didn't really know anything about it. Never played a synth before. Took it home. It was all downhill from there.

It's funny, whenever I think about a new electric guitar, I get all nervous about throwing away money. I'll buy a new module or keyboard for two or three times what I would consider decent money for a guitar without raising a sweat.

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Post by shaft9000 » Tue Apr 03, 2007 1:51 am

1996/7 Korg Prophecy $850

I had also played on a number of school instruments before - Juno106, Korg m1, band director's arp2600 & minimoog,
....a friend's MaxiKorg
...as well as old Texas Instruments computers , Apple IIe, Tandy

when I got the Prophecy it was like....Oh-Kayy....I don't understand any of this but it sure is fun!
2600.solus.modcan a.eurorack.cs60.JP8.Juno6.A6.sunsyn.volcakeys.jd990.tb303.x0xb0x.revolution.

shaft9000.muffwiggler.com <- singles & mixtape
shaft9000.bandcamp.com <- spacemusic album
youtube.com/shaft9000 <- various synth demos and studies

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