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Post by sequence » Mon Dec 17, 2007 3:41 pm

sounds to me like the whole "Phys-MO"concept was victimized by a company undergoing severe upheaval, more of an afterthought by "creative" minds more focused on the future rather than the past. I mean, when U market it for only what six months, I dont see a lot of dedication to product. :(

So I speculate, based on the serial number range Ive seen, that if Fizzie kbs were only manufactured over a 4 month period in late 1998, I bet less than a thousand were cranked out. And only 50 racks sounds awfully low to me.
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Post by minime123 » Tue Dec 18, 2007 4:47 pm

"kind of" forward thinking minds...
that technology had been there for a long time in the waldorf microwaves and ppg waves, and other ensoniq products, i think. are there any features implemented at the time that were actually "new" to the fizmo? other than the graphics? ;)
i think ensoniq might have known they were on their way out at the time.

i remember trying the fiz out in the store and laughing at it. in comparison with the other synths on the floor, there wasnt much for the average synth customer to like. the techno kit - which would have been the main draw for MOST synth buyers at the time - was incredibly lame in comparison to everything else. regardless, i realized its potential and when they blew them out i bought one of the keyboards. when i got an opportunity to buy a rack, i ditched the keyboard with the quickness.
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Post by sequence » Tue Dec 18, 2007 5:37 pm

i'm currently surveying the posts to the Yahoo Fiz group (a good source of primary materials for all U historians out there) and will post the highlights soon. I like timelines :D

One thing i did notice tho: estimates for rack production range from 6 :shock: to 100 to 500. All over the map here.
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Post by minime123 » Tue Dec 18, 2007 5:39 pm

theres definitely more than 6 cause ive got 2. but i think the 100 figure is accurate. or at least thats what i heard.
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Post by sequence » Wed Jan 16, 2008 10:59 pm

someone, I dunno who, wrote an entry for Fizzy in Wiki, where they claim that an "estimated" 500 kbs and 100 racks were produced:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ensoniq_Fizmo

of course we know just how accurate :P Wiki can be, but hey it's a start. I also love how they justify "cult" status haha.
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Post by Sealed » Thu Jan 17, 2008 1:48 am

minime123 wrote:"kind of" forward thinking minds...
that technology had been there for a long time in the waldorf microwaves and ppg waves, and other ensoniq products, i think. are there any features implemented at the time that were actually "new" to the fizmo? other than the graphics? ;)
i think ensoniq might have known they were on their way out at the time.
Ensoniq was planning a new physical modelling synth and they wanted to call it FIZMO, but as they had to sell a new synth earlier, they made it with what was available then - Transwaves.
I think the newness of FIZMO lies in its host of Transwaves.

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Post by sequence » Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:09 am

Sealed wrote:I think the newness of FIZMO lies in its host of Transwaves.
That, and how F's marvelous effects processor integrates with the transwaves so seamlessly and so nicely. when U get a delay going with certain transwaves--and work in possible modulations--it's simply magic :D
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Post by drsynth » Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:23 am

10111
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Post by Ashe37 » Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:49 am

Sealed wrote:
minime123 wrote:"kind of" forward thinking minds...
that technology had been there for a long time in the waldorf microwaves and ppg waves, and other ensoniq products, i think. are there any features implemented at the time that were actually "new" to the fizmo? other than the graphics? ;)
i think ensoniq might have known they were on their way out at the time.
Ensoniq was planning a new physical modelling synth and they wanted to call it FIZMO, but as they had to sell a new synth earlier, they made it with what was available then - Transwaves.
I think the newness of FIZMO lies in its host of Transwaves.

Adding a resonant filter to a Transwave synth was new for Ensoniq...

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Post by Pighood » Sat Jan 16, 2010 2:58 am

#10015
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Post by Gregor Samsa » Sat Jan 16, 2010 5:31 am

Fiz Keyboard 11503, 01/04/99

Has the mod and works great!
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Post by makeb4break » Sat Jan 16, 2010 12:29 pm

fizmo kb, sn 10431 (00241 on the mainboard), date 11/15/98
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Post by suitandtieguy » Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:53 am

mine is 11669, 01.27.99
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Post by balma » Tue Feb 02, 2010 7:51 pm

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Post by stikygum » Wed Feb 03, 2010 8:29 am

My serial # is 9 digits long and I don't see a date on my Fiz rack. (This is printed on the bottom)
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