The synth fairy brought me a Roland MKS-80

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The synth fairy brought me a Roland MKS-80

Post by Synthaholic » Wed Jun 04, 2008 2:05 pm

I snagged a Rev. 3 MKS-80 on eBay recently. It arrived yesterday. For those who are wondering, "Rev. 3?" It's the same hardware as Rev. 4, just earlier firmware. So that means Curtis VCOs! ;)

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It's in decent shape. It doesn't have any feet, and the rack ears aren't the originals. It needs a new backlight (but then, don't they all?) and the buttons need to be cleaned. They all work, just some don't "click" like they're supposed to. A quick test shows that it works fine and sounds great.

Now I just have to figure out what I'll have to sacrifice to appease the wife. Probably the D-550.
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Post by code green » Wed Jun 04, 2008 5:47 pm

just slip it into the rack, man! new synth? what new synth?

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Post by Hossinfeffa » Wed Jun 04, 2008 11:00 pm

Congrats on your find! But are you sure you want to get rid of the D-550? I thought you loved it. Not that I'm trying to run your life, but it just struck me as odd that you'd get rid of that.

Did you get a good deal on the MKS? They seem to be fairly pricey.
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Post by Alex E » Thu Jun 05, 2008 2:30 am

:?

Is she really that strict about your gear? Keep both!
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Post by Synthaholic » Thu Jun 05, 2008 3:05 am

She seems to think I have enough gear. But since she's not a synthaholic(tm), she doesn't understand...

I don't want to lose the D-550, but if something has to go, a rack for a rack is easier than a keyboard for a rack or vice versa.

I paid $1300 for it. A bit higher than I planned, but it is the more highly sought after older version with the Curtis chips. It was sort of a whim thing, I happened to hop on eBay and there was 15 minutes left on the auction, and no one sniped it out from under me, like what usually happens.
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Re: The synth fairy brought me a Roland MKS-80

Post by Box » Thu Jun 05, 2008 4:07 am

Synthaholic wrote:Now I just have to figure out what I'll have to sacrifice to appease the wife. Probably the D-550.
Sacrifice the wife to appease the D-550. :P

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Post by MrFrodo » Thu Jun 05, 2008 4:38 am

Did you get a look at what the "Synth Fairy" looked like?

Congrats on the new acquisition.
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Post by Stab Frenzy » Thu Jun 05, 2008 4:41 am

I think you should sacrifice a goat. It always appeases my lady.

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Post by eskimo » Thu Jun 05, 2008 5:13 am

MrFrodo wrote:Did you get a look at what the "Synth Fairy" looked like?
The synth fairy looks like Vince Clark w/ a tutu and wings.. not the most flattering look.
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Post by Big Gnome » Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:05 am

eskimo wrote:The synth fairy looks like Vince Clark w/ a tutu and wings.
No fooling? He always struck me more as the Hobgoblin sort.
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Post by MrFrodo » Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:11 am

In all honesty, I would've thought the synth fairy resembled Keith Emerson, Vangelis or one of the Yes keyboad players. Think Rick Wqakeman or 90125-era Tony Kaye. 8)
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Post by drummy » Thu Jun 05, 2008 8:30 am

Personally, at my glance, the synth fairy looked like Steve Buschemi.

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Post by crystalmsc » Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:43 am

what a new synth addition! congrats to have the mighty MKS. But don't let the D-550, both will stay sexy on the rack. Just tell the wife that if you sell the module, you might want another big keyboard..otherwise you're calm for a while with those :wink: it used to work with me.
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Post by Synthaholic » Thu Jun 05, 2008 1:17 pm

Well, I'm hoping that the D-550 can stay. The MKS completes my setup, I pretty much have all the bases covered now. I told my wife that I'll need some time to evaluate the MKS and decide if I want to keep it, so I won't be selling anything for a little while yet. Maybe after she sees it in the "rack" (well, my rack gear is just stacked up on a filing cabinet) she won't think it's so bad after all. Especially if I can convince her that this will be the last piece for a while!

I do have a future strategy if the D-550 does end up going. If the MKS replaces the D-550, then a D-50 can replace the Microkorg. ;)

I opened up the MKS to check out the innards. The battery is good, it's clean inside, I removed the front panel and cleaned it, removed the button caps and cleaned those. I took a bunch of pics but haven't had a chance to upload them yet.

I didn't see the synth fairy, as I was at work at the time. But usually they wear brown outfits that say "UPS" on them. :)
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Post by wildstar » Thu Jun 05, 2008 2:46 pm

I always find that a well-timed and very thoughtful gift for the lady helps smooth over new gear purchases. You just have to think strategically and tactically.

One important thing: the new gear must remain hidden away in its box until the lady's gift arrives. Then make sure she receives her gift 2-4 days before she sees the new gear, no more, no less. It never, ever works to give her the gift after she's seen the gear, so in this case, sadly, you may have to let something go.

Although a particularly nice and expensive gift can help when she already knows about the gear.

Good luck.

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