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Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 2:42 am
by Hossinfeffa
Maybe we could get confirmation from a DX7 owner?

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 5:49 am
by Clavier
They are like a dark mud color.

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 7:29 am
by Big Gnome
Synthaholic wrote:Image
This is pretty representative of how they look. The metal bits are very dark brown, and the membrane is slightly lighter brown. I think the plastic endcaps are black, but they may be the same color brown as the chassis, I can't remember.

In any case the picture he was asking about is definitely inverted; it may well be desaturated, or it may have just been the lighting.

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 10:03 am
by Martin P268
The end caps and modulation wheels are the colour of the chassis (dark brown). The membrabe isn't lighter, it just has different texture than the metal parts and reflects light differently. The black keys are actually black ;-)

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 4:13 pm
by case
I have been inspecting my (fairly well-preserved, long-time friend, etc.) DX7 mk I closely, and it seems that the picture from synthesizers.de is very close to photo-realistic wrt. colors. Yes, it is brown all over, also the end cheeks; in my eyes, it is every bit as distinctive as the Clavia red - but then, I may be biased ;-) Big Gnome, what does the DX5 look like - brown too?

Cheers,
Case

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 10:42 pm
by Big Gnome
case wrote:Big Gnome, what does the DX5 look like - brown too?
The chassis is the same color brown. The performance-related buttons are the same color green as most of the DX7's membrane buttons; patch select and cartridge buttons are that bluish color; the +/-, operator select, operator on/off, edit, function, and store buttons are a cream color; and the key assign buttons are dull brown like the DX7's function button.

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 11:15 pm
by Mr. Black
I always thought DX5 was black (I see you own one so no dispute) every photo iv'e seen it looks darker than origanl DX7 brown,is there a color difference maybe between older DX5's and later ones?

Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 12:47 am
by Synthaholic
Another thing is maybe DX7 mkIs are brown because the original paint faded over time?

Does anyone remember then being brown new out of the box in the 80s?

Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:09 am
by Jack Spider
No fading - the DX7 Mk1s are brown and always have been. If they appear black, it's a result of the lighting in the picture or the will to believe they are black.

I have the 'Star Licks' video from the mid-80s featuring Steve Porcaro, and his DX7 is clearly brown in it. The DX7 I owned two years ago was most definitely brown.

Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:34 am
by Mr. Black
I played some used origanal DX7's in store's,that brown color is not very inviting,or appealing,and in certain lighting it's downright,, I'll just leave it at that,in Sonicstate's Top 20 synths,I don't know who the artist was but when going into detail about about dx7 programming difficulties ect.,he exclaims "And it was brown".

Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:40 am
by Stab Frenzy
case wrote:Big Gnome, what does the DX5 look like - brown poo?
Yes, yes it does. :D

Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:48 am
by Bitexion
Yep, that's why I like my DX7S better. All black and white, and it got rid of those awkward membrane buttons too.

Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 3:14 am
by kvnvk
yep, specifically remember back in '84 the father of the lead guitarist of the band I was in at the time bought a brand new DX7. that brown synth certainly left an impression... something along the lines of "just wtf was the Japanese design team thinking when it came to deciding on a color scheme...???"

Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 3:58 am
by Bitexion
Well, the 80's WERE colorful years..guess that explains the bright blue/greenish membrane buttons.

Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 4:55 am
by kvnvk
and with the brown case they were getting a jump on '70s nostalgia.