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HELP! What vintage KORG synth is this?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 3:56 pm
by vetlevg
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Anyone? I have absolutely no idea!

Re: HELP! What vintage KORG synth is this?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 4:07 pm
by Z

Re: HELP! What vintage KORG synth is this?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 4:37 pm
by paugui
It is not that one, or if it is, it is a different version from the photo, cause that one does not have any knobs on it.

Re: HELP! What vintage KORG synth is this?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 4:39 pm
by paugui
This is my guess: Yamaha SY1

I think the Korg label is only a sticker.

Re: HELP! What vintage KORG synth is this?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 4:49 pm
by vetlevg
Thanks! Yeah, it looks like an SY-1 or 2.

So, how is this synth? Any good? How much could it be worth?

Re: HELP! What vintage KORG synth is this?

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 6:10 pm
by Sir Ruff
vetlevg wrote:Thanks! Yeah, it looks like an SY-1 or 2.

So, how is this synth? Any good? How much could it be worth?
it's a terrible synth, but very very rare (I think maybe only 30 made?), so it's probably worth about $5000 on a bad day. $7k on a good one.

Re: HELP! What vintage KORG synth is this?

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:49 pm
by michael stein
You mean 500 - 700?

Re: HELP! What vintage KORG synth is this?

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 6:32 pm
by hfinn
its not that rare. I would say maybe $500

Re: HELP! What vintage KORG synth is this?

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 6:35 pm
by paugui
According to VSE it is between 50$ and 100$

Re: HELP! What vintage KORG synth is this?

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 6:40 pm
by hfinn
The VSE prices are not accurate at this point. They are very outdated.

Re: HELP! What vintage KORG synth is this?

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 8:17 pm
by Micke
Yeah that's definitely a SY-1, Yamaha's first synthesizer introduced in 1974.

Garth Hudson of THE BAND used to use one of these back in the '70s, as did Swedish prog-rockers KAIPA and
the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (SY-2). BBC composers Peter Howell, Elizabeth Parker and, above all, Paddy Kingsland
used the SY-2 on lots of BBC productions like Doctor Who, Hitchikers Guide To The Galaxy (TV-series) etc.
FWIW it apparently has the same filter as in the mighty GX-1 (which appeared a year later) .

You can listen to a nice 'orchestral' demo of the SY-1 here (scroll down to the bottom of the page):
http://www.soundofmusic.se/synthsandmore/sy1.htm

Some demos of the SY-2:


Re: HELP! What vintage KORG synth is this?

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:27 pm
by JJQ
Sounds great.

But i DONT think the SY-1 has the resonant High-pass as the sy-2.

Re: HELP! What vintage KORG synth is this?

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 10:26 pm
by AstroDan
hfinn wrote:The VSE prices are not accurate at this point. They are very outdated.
With the economy the way it is, it appears the VSE price guide is coming full circle.

Re: HELP! What vintage KORG synth is this?

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 10:29 pm
by Sir Ruff
michael stein wrote:You mean 500 - 700?
(x10) yes.

Re: HELP! What vintage KORG synth is this?

Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 5:31 pm
by tyrannosaurus mark
I owned an SY-1 and I think it's a fantastic synth, sounds great to me! Has it's place for sure