What Synth Parts Would You Like to See Back in Production?

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What Synth Parts Would You Like to See Back in Production?

Post by HideawayStudio » Sat Aug 15, 2009 8:45 pm

As a matter of curiosity - what spare parts would you like to see back in production? You never know - if someone see's enough of these maybe they might take the hint..... :)

My wish list is:

Custom Novachord capacitor kits!!! (please, please please - I will pay real money for these!!)
Original Juno-106 VCA modules
CEM VCF chips for Prophet 5, 2002, microWave etc....
Slider tops for ARP Omni's

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Re: What Synth Parts Would You Like to See Back in Production?

Post by nathanscribe » Sat Aug 15, 2009 10:44 pm

uA726?

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Re: What Synth Parts Would You Like to See Back in Production?

Post by rhino » Sat Aug 15, 2009 10:56 pm

parts?
rubber key-switches
big old metal slide-pots in high values (500k, 1M, 2M)
stick-on overlays to spiff up worn front panels
CEM IC repros
SIEL-style push-in wire connectors
Repros of some of the werid multi-pin plugs used on Italian 'boards
wire music racks for synths that used them
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Re: What Synth Parts Would You Like to See Back in Production?

Post by Syn303 » Sat Aug 15, 2009 11:10 pm

rhino wrote: stick-on overlays to spiff up worn front panels
Custom-Synth UK already supplies stick-on overlays for synths, customised if you so wish to your own design.
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Re: What Synth Parts Would You Like to See Back in Production?

Post by otto » Sun Aug 16, 2009 1:43 am

A full synths worth of reproduction CEM chips... and not the synth on a chip sort ala DSI.
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Re: What Synth Parts Would You Like to See Back in Production?

Post by tekkentool » Sun Aug 16, 2009 7:36 am

all the curtis, and SSM chips.

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Re: What Synth Parts Would You Like to See Back in Production?

Post by EmptySet » Sun Aug 16, 2009 8:02 am

rhino wrote:parts?
wire music racks for synths that used them
Amen to that! It's damn near impossible to find these things for old synths.

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Re: What Synth Parts Would You Like to See Back in Production?

Post by XpanderXt » Sun Aug 16, 2009 8:43 am

tekkentool wrote:all the curtis, and SSM chips.
I agree.
Also some of the older BBD chips that were in the MXR delays.

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Re: What Synth Parts Would You Like to See Back in Production?

Post by HideawayStudio » Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:36 pm

nathanscribe wrote:uA726?
Interesting one... ua726 is a heated matched transistor pair. I have read stories about people being ripped off - there must be a lot of dodgy or fake stock around. Ordinarily the planet would be awash with NOS on the grey market but this baby seems to be trouble with a capital T thanks to several untrustworthy folk making money out of synth owners. Even a genuine NOS part shouldn't cost the $75 price tag I've seen some go for!

If anyone has a datasheet for this IC can you send me a copy. I do know a company that could make modern alternatives but, like any lump of new silicon, it would involve an MOQ so high it would probably replace every ua726 equipped synth in the world! :)

There is no doubt we are entering a more worrying era with our vintage synths. Although the Prophet 5's and PPG Waves of this world are built with Voyager space probe technology (ie. bomb proof!) there will come a time when even the silicon components can start to play up - depressing but true. It will be interesting to see how the more technically minded deal with the increasing issue of component obsolescence in cherished vintage studio gear.

Before this, and statistically far more likely, will be a very painful wave of capacitor failures in gear that up till now seemed to be bullet proof. Good quality electrolytics last a lot longer than the scare mongers will lead you to believe but they don't last forever and much of our more complex gear is now 25+ years old. Owners of the Moogs and ARPs of this world are already there to some extent but it's owners of the more recent Jupiter, JX, MKS, Juno, DW etc series synths that will start to see more of this in the next 10 years too.

Mind you - replacing a couple of hundred caps in your Jupiter 8 is tedious but at least possible - it's a totally different kettle of fish if the failed custom chip you're staring has become extinct! :?

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Re: What Synth Parts Would You Like to See Back in Production?

Post by schmidtc » Sun Aug 16, 2009 11:51 pm

-Slider caps for arp omni's, maxi-korgs
-SSM 2040
-CEM 3372, 3374
-Long shaft, knurled 50k switching audio pots for the Sonic 6
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Re: What Synth Parts Would You Like to See Back in Production?

Post by steveman » Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:24 am

HideawayStudio wrote: Original Juno-106 VCA modules
The Juno 106 has an all in one VCF- VCA package. It's the same VCF + VCA combo used in the Juno 60, but packaged all in one - that being much of the reason for the failure of the chip.

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Re: What Synth Parts Would You Like to See Back in Production?

Post by clusterchord » Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:14 am

most preferably:

Curtis 3310, 3320, 3340 and 3360
SSM 2030, 2020, 2040 and 2050
Yamaha IG Series
Roland BA662 all variants
Roland IR3R01 IR3109
uA726
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Re: What Synth Parts Would You Like to See Back in Production?

Post by Sexor » Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:26 pm

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Re: What Synth Parts Would You Like to See Back in Production?

Post by Yoozer » Mon Aug 17, 2009 5:01 pm

Membrane buttons. Or at least a dependable way to replace 'm with regular pushbuttons.
Juno-60/Jupiter-8 sliders in all variations.

Most importantly: asshole-proof controls.
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Re: What Synth Parts Would You Like to See Back in Production?

Post by Mooger5 » Mon Aug 17, 2009 7:34 pm

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This is a good thread. The uA726 datasheet can be downloaded for free at alldatasheet dot com. Someone on Ebay is asking an outrageous price for one. The chip, that is. Must be a mistake, even if it´s genuine NOS. From my experience, it´s best to search the local markets for old parts prior to order from the net. There´s always an obscure store where you can find NOS parts at very low prices. Some reputed local retailer stocks STK amp chips, metal-can CA3080 and 741s and the like for ages. I bought 3 ICL8038 VCO ICs for something like 6€ a piece. I´ve seen these going for 10 and 25 euros on the net. I´ll check tomorrow if they´ve got the 726 there, and for how much.
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