What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a synth?

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What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a synth?

Post by Ncapone » Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:07 pm

What are some of the worst things I've ever done to one of your synthesizers? Whether it intentional or not. How did your Synthesizer earn its battle scars?

For me, it's when I was carrying my Roland V Synth down the stairs without a case and we both went tumbling down. I broke my left wrist and right elbow, but only two of the ADSR sliders came off of the synth. Apparently Roland makes them sturdier than I was made.

Does anyone else have any stories?

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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by Alex E » Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:42 pm

Smashed the s**t out of a dead Poly 800 in the snow with a heavy mic stand.
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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by garranimal » Tue Feb 23, 2016 9:17 pm

I removed the Grey Matter E sticker from a DX-7. Thought it was a crappy band name or something haha.

Put a curtis chip the wrong way in a socket, in a MemoryMoog. The chip let out the magic smoke as soon as I turned it on. Expensive lesson, I think a replacement chip cost around $50 at the time.

Installed a large PS filtering capacitor the wrong way, in my Matrix-12. It was noisy, and I turned it off right away before any serious harm.

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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by Walter Ego » Tue Feb 23, 2016 9:33 pm

I didn't love my Poly-800 enough and she died. :(

But the worst harm I ever did to any of my synths was let someone play prog rock lines on my Jupiter 6! :o
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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by Solderman » Tue Feb 23, 2016 9:47 pm

Had a Pro~One whose filter stopped self-oscillating. I went poking around the circuit board with the power on not knowing what the h**l I was doing and fried 3 expensive chips. I did resocket and replace them back to a working synth though.
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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by meatballfulton » Tue Feb 23, 2016 10:00 pm

Ncapone wrote:What are some of the worst things I've ever done to one of your synthesizers?
I'm not sure but if I ever find out what you have done to my synths there's going to be trouble [-X

:lol:

Intentional or not, eh? Worst thing that ever happened was one night during a thunderstorm a bolt of lightning hit a power line on my street, sending a surge down the line and frying the motherboard of my SQ-80. Now everything is protected by surge supressors, but as we know lightning never strikes twice in the same place ;)
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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Wed Feb 24, 2016 12:28 am

Worst thing...?

Well, I record music with them. Which I release.

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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by Yekuku » Wed Feb 24, 2016 1:13 am

I dipped the Juno 60 white button caps into acetone for a few seconds hoping that it will take the yellowish off but instead they started to wrinkle... it took 2 days of sanding to get them back in operational condition.
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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by meatballfulton » Wed Feb 24, 2016 1:57 am

I love when an attempt to clean something ends up making it look worse than when you started :banghead:
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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by mdannyg » Wed Feb 24, 2016 2:17 am

maybe going more than a couple weeks without dusting them?

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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by Hybrid88 » Wed Feb 24, 2016 3:46 am

Lifted the trace on my Minimoog's power supply by accident, stupid iron must have got too hot plus 40 year old PCB didn't help any. I've been wanting to replace the tact switches on my 303 but no way I'm tackling that without a Hako desolder station.

Also snapped two keys off my JP8000 when it had an unexpected meeting with my acoustic guitar, but not too big a deal.

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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by synthroom » Wed Feb 24, 2016 6:05 am

I installed a MEX-50 multitimbral expansion board into my D-50. I didn't like the way it implemented the functions so I removed the expansion board. In that process I lifted a couple traces trying to replace the original CPU chip. I got it back together with a lot of swearing and sweat. That was in 1992 or so and it's still working so I guess I did a reasonable job putting it a back together. ..

I took my JP8 to a friends house when he got his Polymoog. He suggested making a video of us playing them together so with about 2 minutes of practice his girlfriend videos us and then he put it on YouTube. I get home and watch it, and realize that we didn't even tune them.... so in addition to my crappie playing on his Polymoog, we're out of tune. Upside, it's the only Polymoog/JP8 video on YouTube, at least last I checked. Downside, my JP8 apparently had a loose penny in it and when it got home it had something shorted out that has jammed up the os/memory so it doesn't boot up right.
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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by meatballfulton » Wed Feb 24, 2016 1:00 pm

Gotta stop putting your spare change into synths, they aren't jukeboxes ;)
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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by salwa » Wed Feb 24, 2016 1:20 pm

I cut the wrong trace on Poly 800 PCB when adding internal battery. Now it has extra wire (long one) connecting two chips. But it works. Also I've blown fuses in my S2000 when trying to install internal JAZ drive. Twice. And still don't know, how to do it (no service manual availible).
(I don't know if punching Bohm Expander with a fist counts, as it's the only way to make it work sometimes - just like old TV).
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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by ApolloBoy » Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:14 pm

I accidentally fried the 7815 in my Jupiter-4 when I was recalibrating it after a recap; I was trying to get a test probe on one of the voltage header pins on the PSU board when it slipped and shorted a couple of pins (making a nice big blue spark in the process!). Thankfully no other harm was done and the 7815 was fairly easy to replace.
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