How vintage synths smell

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How vintage synths smell

Post by princefan3 » Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:04 am

I dont know about you....but i just love how after say and hour of use, you get the pure smell of analogue circuits.

the JX3P is my favourite.....my new JUNO now reminds me of a plastic evil keneval toy bike i used to have as a kid.

just like your old classroom days, these synths just bring the era all back.

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Re: How vintage synths smell

Post by Bitexion » Sun Apr 14, 2013 1:54 pm

More likely it's the smell of burning dead skin cells and mites, also known as dust.

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Post by nathanscribe » Sun Apr 14, 2013 4:09 pm

Yeah but that dust is vintage...

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Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Sun Apr 14, 2013 6:43 pm

My VCS-3 smells like my grandma´s valve radio set, and so does the EKO Compute Rhythm.

My Mini Moog smells like the malt floor of the defunct brewery where the band I bought it from in 1989 had their rehearsal space.

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Post by Bitexion » Sun Apr 14, 2013 6:44 pm

Either that or the band spilled beer onto it constantly.

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Post by adhmzaiusz » Sun Apr 14, 2013 6:55 pm

I personally love the smell of the Yamaha CS50-60-80. I think it is something to do with their choice of wood and tolex. :thumbright:
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Post by Dr. Phibes » Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:39 pm

princefan3 wrote: the JX3P is my favourite....
I don't know whether it was a particular thing Roland used, general muck and tar from years of cigarette smoke or a mixture of both, but when I was installing the Kiwi-3p mod my hands got coated in a sticky brown substance the smelt, quite literally, of s**t.

The polymoog which I spent a lot of time over vaguely smelt of old farts, but that may have been me.

The rest just have that epoxy smell you get from old circuit boards which I quite like since it reminds me of when I used to pry apart my parent's junky old stereo equipment as a kid.

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Re: How vintage synths smell

Post by GuyaGuy » Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:12 pm

Dr. Phibes wrote:
The polymoog which I spent a lot of time over vaguely smelt of old farts
I'm sure many anti-traditionalists would agree.

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Post by vinyl_junkie » Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:37 pm

Akai samplers had a nice new smell... Certainly the 3x range any way. MPC-3000, 2000XL, S-3000, 3200XL all had a very particular smell inside. Can't say about the MPC-60 cos that one stank of ashtray when I got it hahah

Probs best smell ever is the Technics SL-1210/1200's under the platter smell... yum lol I think it's from the glue they use to stick the damping material under the platter

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Re: How vintage synths smell

Post by Automatic Gainsay » Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:45 pm

When I was demonstrating Erik Norlander's Wall of Doom Moog modular at NAMM, for the first two days, it created that absolutely intoxicating old radio smell. I was so entranced. However, after having it on for 4 days straight, it seemed to lose the smell.
There is simply nothing better than the smell of very old electronics... hot tubes, capacitor poison, dust, and old film projectors.
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Re: How vintage synths smell

Post by garranimal » Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:41 am

I had a fender rhodes mk1 suitcase. It had the tolex-wood combo aroma going.

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Re: How vintage synths smell

Post by Arddhu » Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:53 am

Yep. My ETI4600 definitely had that same vibe; tolex, wood and crapping-out electronics. I only have the transformer left now but it still has that smell.

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Re: How vintage synths smell

Post by Kenneth » Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:53 am

I used to have a Crumar Orchestrator which I took to a technician to have some work done at one point. It's one of the old stringers which was built into a wood/tolex (actually it was more like particle board and a vinyl covering). Anyway, the first thing he did upon getting the thing into the shop was take the lid off and inhale like it was a chain- smoker's first cigarette in a month. When he was done breathing it in, he turned to me and told me to smell. "Know what that is?" he said. "Nope" "That's Old Crumie you smell. Glorious..." and he went off for a while...
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Re: How vintage synths smell

Post by Esus » Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:45 am

When I first got my system, it reeked of 35+ years of living in studios.
I set it up in the garage, took the front covers and backs off the cases, blew out any remaining dust with a compressor, and ran several box fans for a few days. It settled down a bit after that. But when it's on for more than a few hours, that '70s "eau de Control Room" comes back. It's very nostalgic, and oddly pleasing.

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Re: How vintage synths smell

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:42 pm

Bitexion wrote:Either that or the band spilled beer onto it constantly.
That would explain the fluid quality of the instrument...

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