Synths that take the most abuse?

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Post by Phollop Willing PA » Sat May 17, 2008 6:07 pm

Synthaholic wrote:
Borgol wrote:i lost a microkorg under a van - they left the handbrake off on a hill. not pleased.

it's broken by the way :roll:
If it was a DX7, it would probably still work. ;)

How about this for "abuse"?

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That'll teach you to write those smoking hot leads (sorry for my bad joke).

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Post by Synthaholic » Sat May 17, 2008 6:12 pm

Phollop Willing PA wrote:I can't even tell what synths they are...
Korg Polysix, Roland D-50 and Korg O1/Wfd.

If I was a "synthaholic" back then, I would have attempted a restoration, on the Polysix at least. That room had no water damage, only smoke damage, so a lot of elbow grease could possibly have saved them.
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Post by Alex E » Sat May 17, 2008 6:44 pm

Did you keep any of them, or were they thrown away?
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Post by gcoudert » Sat May 17, 2008 7:24 pm

OriginalJambo wrote:I think it's safe to say DX7 could survive pretty much anything thrown at it on a normal gig. The same can't be said about everything that it could be thrown at though. ;)
Yep, I agree...

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Post by Synthaholic » Sat May 17, 2008 7:42 pm

Alex E wrote:Did you keep any of them, or were they thrown away?
Thrown away. If I'd kept them, I would have posted restoration threads here. ;)

I was on "synth hiatus" for a few years (one of the joys of getting married is the bachelor hobbies end up on the back burner) and those synths basically were dust collectors for the last few years I had them.
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Post by Analogue Crazy » Sat May 17, 2008 8:18 pm

Its a good job the DX-7 was so well made because its probebly the most gigged synth of the 80's (if not, its one of them). I think the Korg M1 has also been one of the most gigged synths ever. All the bands i know used one on stage at some point. I gig mine these days and its built like a tank, like the DX-7.
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Post by synth3tik » Sat May 17, 2008 9:36 pm

The nice thing with older synths is that they could take abuse, try dropping a microkorg. For me the top 2 heavily beaten synths were the Korg M1 (looks like it was drug behind a truck, and my Arp Axxe which looks as if King Kong had a grudge against Arp.

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Post by Phollop Willing PA » Sat May 17, 2008 9:39 pm

synth3tik wrote:....For me the top 2 heavily beaten synths were the Korg M1 (looks like it was drug behind a truck, and my Arp Axxe which looks as if King Kong had a grudge against Arp.
What kind of drug? Sorry bad joke on account of a spelling error.

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Post by monolith » Sun May 18, 2008 2:00 am

synth3tik wrote:try dropping a microkorg.
Funny you say that, last week i was watching my friends band play a warehouse party, when in the midst of their on-stage chaos, the bass player swung around and sent the microkorg flying really hard on to the cement floor.
- It was fine, not a scratch. then 10 minutes later someone else knocked it over again, the result being a chipped key.
I was surprised. But it's still kicking!

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Post by tyrannosaurus mark » Sun May 18, 2008 2:24 am

I could imagine microkorgs are so light they could survive some dropping


I've heard bad things about the Moog LPs for reliability. The knobs and the mod wheels come loose apparently.
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Post by crystalmsc » Mon May 19, 2008 11:24 am

one of my D-50 has survived from a countless abuse in a practice studio by many different fingers. Some of it buttons and keys are dead. But suddenly after send it to Roland, it feels like new again :) not the looks, but the overall feel of the board. yet, it lost the aftertouch which I didn't miss at all.
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