How much of your collection works 100%?

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How much of your collection works 100%?

Post by theotherleadingbrand » Sat Dec 15, 2007 10:42 pm

It's just something I've been wondering about. I've only got 5 synths at the moment and it seems that there is always something going on one of them. It's not easy to find a good tech locally, and even if you do there is often a long waiting list to join before you can get the work done. This is the reason I don't want to let g.a.s. get the better of me. It isn't the purchase price of vintage gear that scares me, but the upkeep and hard to find parts. My questions then, for those of you who have a significant pile of vintage gear, are: How much of it actually works 100%? What are your strategies for keeping everything alive, (besides the obvious pouring of money into the problem)?
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Post by wiss » Sat Dec 15, 2007 10:51 pm

I have a TR 909 getting repaired....other than that I am usally running at 100% working
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Post by AstroDan » Sat Dec 15, 2007 10:58 pm

What's odd and runs completely contrary to my luck is my Cat works 100%.
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Post by theotherleadingbrand » Sat Dec 15, 2007 11:28 pm

Right now my only problem is a loose connection somewhere between the LFO and the filters on my MS-20. I'm sure as soon as I get that sorted the next problem will spring into action.
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Post by hageir » Sun Dec 16, 2007 12:23 am

my SCI multitrak needs a chip replaced..
I haven't gotten myself to do it for now, what? 3 months or something.. :oops:
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Post by modulator_esp » Sun Dec 16, 2007 12:34 am

I've got a dead Six-track

My Prophet VS stopped working a few weeks ago, but luckily it was nothing major and was easily rectified

My Prophet 5 has needed a few minor repairs in the year and a half I've owned it.

However it's not just old equipment that wears out, I've had to replace lots of switches, encoders and backlights on newer equioment.

I guess you have to be prepared to pay for maintenance of equipment.
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Post by Automatic Gainsay » Sun Dec 16, 2007 12:54 am

Some of my collection are fully functional!
Only my Novachord doesn't work.
Others of my collection need minor work.
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Post by theotherleadingbrand » Sun Dec 16, 2007 1:47 am

Anyone do any simple regular maintenance stuff? How long is too long to leave a synth unused?
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Post by rjd2 » Sun Dec 16, 2007 2:11 am

fully functional is a relative term, in my world. of the 30-ish keyboard instruments in the house, id say about 85% are 100%, and the other 15% have non-debilitating issues. i could play a song on everything in the house with a gun to my head.

repairs? i honestly could not stomach owning a vintage anything that i wasnt willing to get my hands dirty on. the $$$ equation just doesnt make sense to me on vintage synths if youre not going to learn at least light maintenance/tuning/repairs.

but that's just me.

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Post by theotherleadingbrand » Sun Dec 16, 2007 2:28 am

repairs? i honestly could not stomach owning a vintage anything that i wasnt willing to get my hands dirty on. the $$$ equation just doesnt make sense to me on vintage synths if youre not going to learn at least light maintenance/tuning/repairs.
I hear what you're saying. I'm still learning that stuff. My brother in law is an electronics engineer and he helps me out when he has time, (he mostly helps me to not ruin anything) but it can be daunting to look inside a synth and figure out what needs to be done. It's certainly worth learning though.
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Post by Stab Frenzy » Sun Dec 16, 2007 2:34 am

All of my stuff is 100% and I've never had to spend a cent on repairs. My bandmate's Juno 6 has a broken arp selector switch though, and the band's Micron has a broken knob.

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Post by OriginalJambo » Sun Dec 16, 2007 2:41 am

Let's see...

- The Polivoks is very sick right now and is in the repair shop.
- My PolySix's patch memory isn't functional.
- The Teisco S-100P has some tuning issues.

Beyond that it's just a few noisy pots and the usual dodgy Roland aftertouch. The old stuff just keeps on giving it seem.
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Post by Mixolydian » Sun Dec 16, 2007 2:58 am

Hmmm, let's see...

My Yamaha YS-200 has a scratchy output socket - need to solder in a new pair.

My Technics SY-1010 has drifting oscillator.

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Post by Sexor » Sun Dec 16, 2007 3:11 am

My computer crashed destroying all of my digital data, but my old analog stuff stands the test of time :D
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Post by StepLogik » Sun Dec 16, 2007 3:27 am

Juno-60 mod switch doesn't work and some of the sliders are in bad shape

The bender board on JP-6 is being repaired

My JP-8 is in the shop getting a tune-up and midi kit installed

Maintenance never ends on old gear its seems like :)

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