smith toppleton wrote:
I'd wait to get that tuning thing sorted - being a single channel synth, it'd annoy you I suspect! Unless you try it and find that it's sufficiently "tooked away" form being every used. If it's stable, and you can get it at a keen price, it might be worth buying, with a view to having that last tuning item serviced later ?? Only you can make that call.
I was wondering how noticeable it would be. With these older synths don't the oscillators drift plus or minus 10 cents anyway? Is 20 cents enough that it would sound out of tune next to other stable synths (I guess I could check this with a sampler myself in the DAW)? Also, being 2 octaves down, I think the pitch would also be harder to determine. But I would hate to be playing a bass line and have every two voices sound obviously out of tune. Decisions, decisions.
My concern is that although the CS-50 is not in perfect shape, in 2015 they're already going for around $2000 (this one is about $1800*) it could be my last chance to pick one up before they go for $2500, $3000, who knows. On the other hand, if this tech can't fix it at this time, what's to say he ever gets the part?
*Isn't it ridiculous? It's low enough that I can still justify buying it, but also insanely expensive for a synth that just 10 years ago regularly sold for $500.
Anyway, sorry to turn this into a "should I buy this synth" thread.
Any owners up to recording a CS80ish multi-track? I can reciprocate if anyone wants to hear something I've got (or record/sample some passes for your tracks). Studio Electronics Omega, Roland Paraphonic 505, Eventide Orville & H3000, Dimension D, Nord Lead 4, Future Retro 777, TR 808, MPC 3000/S950... nothing too rare unfortunately.
My two-penny's worth:
- I wouldn't buy it because the price may soon be out of range. Instead, if you know why, musically you want it then go for it, otherwise I'd suggest thinking about it.
- Personal opinion here - I feel the best vintage synths are always worth acquiring, but be prepared for effort in maintenance. These days, if I find myself planning to buy an expensive new release, I deflect my thinking (and money) towards the classics I'm after. Currently that's a long list - Promars, JP4, JP8, Minimoog, OBXA or OB8 and Matrix12. Why would I buy a Prophet-6 when I can acquire one of those classics (or part save for one in a few years)?
I accept the modern analogue synths are amazing - if I were rich I'd buy them too - and do buy an occasional new top quality new synth too (in my opinion the Sub37 is the best 21st century analogue synth as it brings real improvements and innovation to the mono synth, so will likely acquire one too) - but overall - the best vintage synths are, in my opinion, always worth serious consideration when forking out a lot on a synth (if it's in quite good condition to begin with)
Overall, you've got to like the vintage synth you're after, and be prepared for continuous, long-term servicing / calibration. Otherwise I'd advise against it.