What is the Oldest Piece of Gear in Your Studio?

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What is the Oldest Piece of Gear in Your Studio?

Post by HideawayStudio » Mon May 25, 2009 11:01 am

OK what is the oldest valve infested, wooden side cheeked museum piece that resides in your studio?

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Re: What is the Oldest Piece of Gear in Your Studio?

Post by factual35 » Mon May 25, 2009 11:22 am

Not exactly a museum peice but my oldest peice of gear is a Casio HT-3000.

It was manufactured in 1986, and sounds like it. It's a digital-analog hybrid like the ESQ-1, digital oscilators and analog filters. It's decent, well suited for vintage style EBM when sequenced. It can be very rhythmic this way, though it definatly does not sound thick or fat despite the analog filters.

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Re: What is the Oldest Piece of Gear in Your Studio?

Post by Pro5 » Mon May 25, 2009 11:29 am

I sold my casio HT-3000 back in 1990 or something (and picked up a Juno 6 not long after - now sold too).

Anyway my current oldest piece of gear is also one of my favourites - the Roland JX-3P. Going to get the mod chip so I can use my BCR-2000 programmer with it (as I do with my JX-8P). the BCR only cost me £50 2nd hand which is 1/4 of what a PG-200 or PG-800 go for (ok it's not the 'genuine looking' unit but it's very funky and flexible and saves space).

short life story there sorry.

JX-3P (1983+) Mine is probably a later one as it has midi through.

EDIT(some months after this original post): Korg Polysix. Picked it up for just over £100 (usual battery fault) but a quick battery mod and one trace repair later it's as good as new(ish).. 'kin love it. :)
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Re: What is the Oldest Piece of Gear in Your Studio?

Post by mono/noise » Mon May 25, 2009 11:40 am

I think it's a tie between my Jen SX-1000 and the Yamaha Electone organ, both went in to production in 1978.
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Re: What is the Oldest Piece of Gear in Your Studio?

Post by iProg » Mon May 25, 2009 12:03 pm

Of the ones I own, the Yamaha CS-15 from 1979...in the studio there is an old Farfisa Cromwell organ that probably is a lot older...Micke do you know more about it?

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Re: What is the Oldest Piece of Gear in Your Studio?

Post by madtheory » Mon May 25, 2009 12:15 pm

I think the CS series synths will be the only analogues left alive in 200 years :)

My Quad 405 and Lentek/ Spendor speakers, from 1976, are the oldest. Actually, there's very little equipment I own that isn't at least over 10 years old.

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Post by iProg » Mon May 25, 2009 12:19 pm

madtheory wrote:I think the CS series synths will be the only analogues left alive in 200 years :)
Honestly I bought it just so that I can be assured that my grandchildren has something to play with when they come and see me in my house around the year 2055....

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Re: What is the Oldest Piece of Gear in Your Studio?

Post by novielo » Mon May 25, 2009 12:22 pm

roland SH-2000 1973, i happen to have one of the first where you can find a filter very similar to the moog one. they change it at some point because of patent issue of some sort. its been my only synth with after touch for more then 14 years, up to last week.
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Re: What is the Oldest Piece of Gear in Your Studio?

Post by gcoudert » Mon May 25, 2009 12:36 pm

No valves or wood but it must be my DX7 mark 1 and TX7 (1983), followed by my MIDI cables. I have used the same cables since I got into MIDI seriously back in 1987 and haven't bought one since!
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Re: What is the Oldest Piece of Gear in Your Studio?

Post by Gianni » Mon May 25, 2009 12:48 pm

I think it would be a 1972 Wurlitzer Upright Piano.

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Re: What is the Oldest Piece of Gear in Your Studio?

Post by keb » Mon May 25, 2009 1:12 pm

My Taurus pedals... the little QA sheet that's still attached inside after all these decades gives a manufacturing date of June 1976.

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Re: What is the Oldest Piece of Gear in Your Studio?

Post by Sexor » Mon May 25, 2009 1:18 pm

My Dynacord Echocord Super 76 was made before we "landed on the moon" :D
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Re: What is the Oldest Piece of Gear in Your Studio?

Post by paugui » Mon May 25, 2009 1:19 pm

My oldest piece of equipment is my Korg Poly 800 MkII.
After that I think my Korg DSS-1 is the second oldest followed by my Roland D-550 and my two Cheetahs MS6.

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Re: What is the Oldest Piece of Gear in Your Studio?

Post by HideawayStudio » Mon May 25, 2009 1:22 pm

Any 1928 RCA Theremins, 1946 Univox or 1947 Clavioline tube synths out there??

Surely the CS-15 isn't old?? - I can still remember 1978!! Night Fever Night Fever..... :D

On second thoughts.... oh no... I'm the oldest thing in my studio! D'oh!! #-o
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Re: What is the Oldest Piece of Gear in Your Studio?

Post by tweakeasy » Mon May 25, 2009 1:23 pm

Roland RE-201 Space Echo. (1978).

A weird little red portable organ branded "Lovely Organ" that I can't find any information on anywhere. Two crossed-out digits in the patent number don't help much. It's definitely from the 60's or earlier. By some of its painted wood and printed-paper construction (in battery housing) I'm thinking a lot earlier. Anyway...

There must be someone on here who has some beautiful old mics, pres or amps to put us to shame. Show thyselves, tube and valve us!

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