1940s Ondioline Tube Synth Restoration Blog??

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1940s Ondioline Tube Synth Restoration Blog??

Post by HideawayStudio » Thu Apr 02, 2015 1:17 pm

I have an extremely rare 1940s Ondioline tube synth in need of a awful lot of TLC in for full restoration.

I was toying with blogging this project on VSE along the same lines as the Novachord and GDS restorations but at the risk of tiring everyone with my ramblings I thought I might ask everyone whether they'd be interested first??...

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Re: 1940s Ondioline Tube Synth Restoration Blog??

Post by Walter Ego » Thu Apr 02, 2015 1:28 pm

I'm definitely interested. Your blog style posts are very interesting reads.
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Post by meatballfulton » Thu Apr 02, 2015 1:49 pm

Definitely interested. What kind, a Jenny or one of the other versions?
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Post by HideawayStudio » Thu Apr 02, 2015 2:20 pm

meatballfulton wrote:Definitely interested. What kind, a Jenny or one of the other versions?
The instrument is indeed an original Georges Jenny model which is probably a little later than I first thought as it has a less ornate cabinet and not the octal style tubes the early units had but the later B9A form factor tubes.

The instrument clearly has not been operational for many years and I've just invested in a nice Hewlett Packard current limited high voltage bench supply to permit me to safely apply voltage to the B+ rails to determine whether there is any life in the old beast.

Prior to the restoration commencing a small amount of asbestos needs to be removed off-site from the progressive expression controller and a suitable safe modern substitute material selected.

The restoration will also include the wooden cabinet which is well past its prime.

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Post by Weirdofromouterspace » Thu Apr 02, 2015 2:29 pm

HideawayStudio wrote:at the risk of tiring everyone with my ramblings I thought I might ask everyone whether they'd be interested first??...
You're kidding, right? 8-)

Of course we're interested =D> .
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Post by madtheory » Thu Apr 02, 2015 4:47 pm

Weirdofromouterspace wrote: You're kidding, right? 8-)

Of course we're interested =D> .
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Post by Psy_Free » Thu Apr 02, 2015 4:51 pm

Please do it, the Novachord saga was epic.
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Post by seamonkey » Thu Apr 02, 2015 4:52 pm

I love this stuff, please keep them coming.
As a lover of vintage electronics, and well other vintage things as well, it's fun and exciting to watch a beat up, kicked to the curb old synth be resurrected and live again.

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I gave 4 thumbs up even though 2 of them were my big toes. ;)
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Re: 1940s Ondioline Tube Synth Restoration Blog??

Post by rhino » Thu Apr 02, 2015 9:24 pm

madtheory wrote:
Weirdofromouterspace wrote: You're kidding, right? 8-)

Of course we're interested =D> .
+1.


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Post by silikon » Thu Apr 02, 2015 9:30 pm

Waiting (breath withheld)... :D
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Post by Dr. Phibes » Thu Apr 02, 2015 10:25 pm

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Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Fri Apr 03, 2015 11:03 am

Psy_Free wrote:Please do it, the Novachord saga was epic.
So was the GDS legend.

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Re: 1940s Ondioline Tube Synth Restoration Blog??

Post by desmond » Fri Jun 19, 2015 11:55 am

HideawayStudio wrote:but at the risk of tiring everyone with my ramblings
What you've posted so far I certainly can't class as ramblings.

To be honest, even if you'd posted *actual* ramblings I think most of us would still find it interesting! :thumbsup:

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