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Your most reliable vintage synth? ;)

Post by aredj » Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:43 pm

My only real piece of vintage - a Korg 770

Never been serviced, I dont think it really ever goes out of tune, and it plays great.

Any other death-defying pieces of vintage out there?
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Re: Your most reliable vintage synth? ;)

Post by CS_TBL » Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:09 pm

I'd say that Yamaha's DX line is all-vintage.. and solid as a rock :P
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Re: Your most reliable vintage synth? ;)

Post by Psy_Free » Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:47 pm

All of my vintage synths are very reliable, apart from my PolySix which has one occasionally dodgy key which rectifies itself once the synth has warmed up. I always try to make sure they are in good shape when I buy them.

Also, they are never gigged, never exposed to extremes of heat/cold, or dust/smoke, and are used on surge protected power strips. They get regular use and plenty of love and affection :)
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Re: Your most reliable vintage synth? ;)

Post by rhino » Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:53 pm

My Ensoniq SQ80. Bought used in 1987 (one year old) Gigged like a dog for 10-12 years. Has had two batteries. NEVER CRASHED, FROZE, or GLITCHED...EVER.
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Re: Your most reliable vintage synth? ;)

Post by JJQ » Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:09 pm

My Yamaha CS-50 (and before that my other CS-50).

Chew on that :)
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Re: Your most reliable vintage synth? ;)

Post by megamanx » Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:33 pm

yamaha cs 5...it has been serviced but only twice in about 10 years...

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Re: Your most reliable vintage synth? ;)

Post by theotherleadingbrand » Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:03 am

My MS-20 has yet to fail me. It's built solid too. I've whittled down my gear to keep things minimal and the MS-20 has never disappointed.
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Re: Your most reliable vintage synth? ;)

Post by LesDeuxLoveOrchestra » Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:28 am

prev poster was right. dx7 may be the most solid synth of all time.

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Re: Your most reliable vintage synth? ;)

Post by garranimal » Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:53 am

Jupiter-6 has been rock solid. Not a single issue, ever. Hope that doesn't jinx me to say that!

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Re: Your most reliable vintage synth? ;)

Post by Stab Frenzy » Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:41 am

Not strictly a synth but our Yamaha YC-25D is completely bomb-proof.

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Re: Your most reliable vintage synth? ;)

Post by Hybrid88 » Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:09 am

You know out of everything I've owned, the only machine that has been fine from day one and stayed that way has been the one with one of the worst reputations in this regard - the OSCar 8-)

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Re: Your most reliable vintage synth? ;)

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Re: Your most reliable vintage synth? ;)

Post by EmptySet » Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:21 am

My DX is definitely reliable, but nothing beats the reliability of my Casio VL-Tone. :) Seriously though, mine has been through h**l and high water. (literally, it's been under water) It's never failed, not once. And it runs on batteries FOREVER. I don't think I've changed batteries more than a half dozen times since 1979.

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Re: Your most reliable vintage synth? ;)

Post by rjd2 » Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:49 pm

CS-80(no im not kidding), Rogue or SY-2.

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Re: Your most reliable vintage synth? ;)

Post by silikon » Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:51 pm

Moog Polymoog. (just kidding) :D Seriously though, Arp Odyssey 2823.
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