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So, yesterday I picked up a fully stocked modular. For $50.

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 5:22 am
by mistercooper
It contains the following.

1x +- 15V power supply
1x dual 10 step cv sequencer
4x ADSR envelopes
3x VCA
1x SV 24db filter
1x Bode Frequency Shifter (!!!)
1x Dual Trigger Delay
1x Noise generator
1x Frequency Standard
2x VCO
1x Keyboard interface
1x FM
1x Phase Locked Loop
1x Pedal interface
1x Flanger
1x Reverb w/ tank
1x something of which i have no idea what it is
1x multiple

and a quadruple pedal


I answered an ad- "Hand Built Music Synthesizer from the 1970's - $50". Of course, I immediately got my hopes up thinking I might have stumbled upon an old paia or maybe even an I4600, but quickly dismissed such thoughts, and assumed it was some shoddy kit or broken junk someone was trying to get rid of.

I was obviously wrong. :shock:

I drove about 20 minutes to the person's house. I was then greeted by a late middle aged woman with a lot of dogs. She yelled to her husband upstairs that the synthesizer person was here. After some strange noises, he came downstairs. The guy could have been R.A. Moog himself. Balding graying hair, huge glasses that were probably as old as the synth. He led me into the family room and... wow. My jaw dropped. The guy is a retired electronics engineer. His wife and him are moving and she would rather he didn't bring this monster with them. It was his labor of love throughout the 70's, and I can see why he got into engineering. He designed the entire thing himself, basing most of the designs on old Moog stuff. It even has a state variable 24db filter (the only module thats currently on the fritz), and a bode shifter! :D

The guy got into the zone, clearly having no one else to share his old passion with, and demonstrated the unit for over 2 hours while I just sat there, amazed. As I was leaving, I found out that he was going to take it to the landfill before his wife decided to post the ad. :shock: :shock: :shock: She was even coming in periodically to remind him "Remember, we are willing to negotiate, wayyy down."

I laughed inside. A lot.

Felt kind of guilty as I left. He threw in a bunch of replacement switches and blank panels for the empty spots (cant wait to stick some of my DIY circuits in there). I got about 30 1/4in patch cables, too.

Ah h**l, who am I kidding :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 5:27 am
by Taxidermy
Well, you can feel guilty not telling the guy that its probably worth much more than he was asking, or you can feel good knowing that he finally had one last chance to share his passion with someone who understands it before it was to leave the house.

That said, I would have given them some extra money. It would have been different if he was a dickhead, but he seems like a nice guy.

Good find.

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 5:27 am
by Analog Freak
I hate you. :)

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 5:38 am
by phloem
Did I just read that right? $50???

Wow, that's the deal of the century. It has a 15V PSU too, you can always add more more modern modles to it. That thing looks like it was built with love. f**k BODE FS!! I can't believe it. That guy was some old synth genius that just went nuts. You've been blessed.

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 5:44 am
by code green
that's not supposed to actually happen.

since you took it at this price i'd say your duty is to give it the most loving home imaginable and do everything in your power to keep it in fine fettle and master its components. the voltage has been passed to a new generation....

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 5:46 am
by cbjlietuva
wow.... so the guy just made it himself? and dang, 50 bucks.... dang...

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 5:54 am
by Zamise
Was the guy suffering from Dimensia?

Great deal bro! You basically got a kick wad modular for free.

I bet it souds really nice too, make some demos, post them in the LL.

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 5:58 am
by hautacam
Was this off the Seattle Tacoma craigslist? If so I can believe I missed it, I check the music listings many many times a day in hope of such a find. Anyways, have fun with the modular!


Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 6:01 am
Amazing...and with a Bode FS no less. That is one of those once in a lifetime finds. I am happy that a synthesist got it before it went to the dump. That would have been a damn shame for such a wonderful synth and obvious labor of love.

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 6:14 am
by cl516
omg i feel so sad reading this, give him some more money for crying out loud.

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 6:35 am
by jayman
.. he shoulda gotten a divorce years ago!!!!, good for you he didn't though.. DAAAANG!!!!!!

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:03 am
by REwire
I'll give you $100 for it, that's double what you paid. How can you pass up such an offer? :wink:

Seriously, I am dying to know what it sounds like. Make some sound clips quick! That's unbelievably cool and beyond a lucky find.

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:03 am
by crystalmsc
this story is going to be a legend..legendary stuff, maker and luck :shock:

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:41 am
by ColorForm2113
that is a great story. and what an amazing deal!!! :shock: and i secretly hate you :)

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 3:00 pm
by Bitexion
Wonder what system that is...doesn't look like any of the usual 70's modular systems.

Funny, here I am investing $2000 in a modular system of similar size. Probably a couple more modules on the one I'm getting soon.
And the Bode Frequency shifter of Analogue Systems cost $1000. It's a clone of Moog's design. And the Moog unit was extremely rare, only a few were ever made.
AS are the only ones who makes that module now. I'm not getting it for mine though. Too much money.

I can kind of understand why they sold it like that. If it's been cluttering up the livingroom or basement space for 25 years, and the wife's been bitching about that "old heap of junk" for the past 20 years, I'm sure they were anxious to get rid of it ASAP.