Yamaha GS-2

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Yamaha GS-2

Post by JNeidlinger » Fri Aug 27, 2010 7:41 pm

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A tease until I get home from work, and then I'll do a proper photo shoot.

This one has it all... the full midi upgrade, its entire case. The best action I've ever felt on a keyboard. Using it as a midi controller makes it worth having by itself.

Complete bound leather voice tab library too!

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Re: Yamaha GS-2

Post by DX7Alex » Sat Aug 28, 2010 2:49 am

Good for you! I can't wait to see the whole thing. :D
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Re: Yamaha GS-2

Post by tim gueguen » Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:31 pm

Looking at the serial number makes me wonder how many were made. Gordon Reid's 2001 article on early FM synths claims aorund 100 of its big brother the GS1 were made, and even the "cheap" GS2 was very pricey by 1981 standards, so presumably not many sold. http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/aug01/a ... ofmpt1.asp
There was actually a programming unit for the GS synths according to Keyboard magazine's 1982 Toto interview, but supposedly there was only one in the US. Steve Porcaro described it as having four video screens, and said he used to alter some of the sounds.
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Re: Yamaha GS-2

Post by JNeidlinger » Sun Aug 29, 2010 4:33 am

Opened it up today to do some cob web cleaning.

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Here you can see its amazing key action. Can't praise it enough.

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You can spy the analog tremolo and ensemble board.

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Here it is in "portable" mode, if you can call anything weighing 150 lbs that. The case lid breaks in half and those legs and stabilizers come out from underneath it to form a base. The pedal unit is a separate box.

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Re: Yamaha GS-2

Post by Rangoon » Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:47 am

I remember playing one of these in a music store around 1982 or early '83. It would have been an ideal replacement for a Rhodes. I think there were some sort of data strips used to change the bank of sounds. Blondie used the GS2...

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Re: Yamaha GS-2

Post by JNeidlinger » Wed Sep 01, 2010 2:43 am

Rangoon wrote:I remember playing one of these in a music store around 1982 or early '83. It would have been an ideal replacement for a Rhodes. I think there were some sort of data strips used to change the bank of sounds. Blondie used the GS2...
Yup, magnetic strips. A little motor sucks them into a port, and returns them to you when its done. Pretty cool. I have a complete set!

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