Just picked up a Roland CR8000 and Korg Rhythm 55!

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Just picked up a Roland CR8000 and Korg Rhythm 55!

Post by WhinyLittleRunt » Fri Jun 24, 2016 8:19 pm

Two drum machines I have been wanting to get for some time now... (sorry the pictures are a$$ I literally just picked them up):

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I'm pretty psyched, the CR-8000 is in immaculate condition and even has the dust cover. The KR-55 is also working 100% so far that I've tested, and comes with the footswitch too. Best part? This was a local sale and I got both for $400... I think that's a pretty good deal, maybe close to market value?

Now I have to figure out how to add trigger inputs! lol
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Re: Just picked up a Roland CR8000 and Korg Rhythm 55!

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:22 pm

You must be a very happy bunny now.

Congratulations. Money well spent.

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Re: Just picked up a Roland CR8000 and Korg Rhythm 55!

Post by Blue Monster 65 » Sat Jun 25, 2016 3:00 am

Congrats! Those are two of my favorites (well, to be honest, the KR-55B is the one for me) - I'm sure you'll dig them immensely. Very happy for you!
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Re: Just picked up a Roland CR8000 and Korg Rhythm 55!

Post by Alex E » Sat Jun 25, 2016 3:51 am

Never noticed how similar they look!
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Re: Just picked up a Roland CR8000 and Korg Rhythm 55!

Post by WhinyLittleRunt » Sat Jun 25, 2016 5:49 am

Well I got a chance to play around with them tonight for a bit and I'm really happy to finally own these. They're not anywhere near as 'flexible' as say the LinnDrum, but for on-the-fly good rhythms with punch, they are inspiring to play with and groove to.

Here are a few more good pictures after basic cleanup, etc.

Korg Rhythm 55:
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Had to glue one of the posts back to the plastic chassis:
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A gut shot:
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Dude, it even came with the dual footswitch, and this thing is super heavy-duty:
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Roland CR-8000:
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Gut shot:
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I got super scared when I saw these and surprisingly very little leakage if at all:
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So far, the only problems I've found are that on the Korg, the clock sometimes will not stay in sync, ie: speeds up and down, but it only happened like twice and for a moment, and on the Roland, the rotary encoder for the tempo is VERY sensitive, hard to dial in the tempo without having to tap it one way to nudge the number perfectly... that could possibly just be a dirty pot but it's a lot more work to get the pot/button board apart to even see. All in all, both of these machines are in extremely nice condition, the Roland seriously in excellent physical condition physically and mechanically.

The CR-8000 really has that CR-78 vibe to it, the familiar fill and accent dials, but it has some early-808 going for it also with the hand clap and clavs.
Blue Monster 65 wrote:Congrats! Those are two of my favorites (well, to be honest, the KR-55B is the one for me) - I'm sure you'll dig them immensely. Very happy for you!
Let me say, that at first I was calling up only on the Roland, but thought it would be stupid to pass up the Korg if Im going to get both of them for roughly the same market price as the Roland alone. After messing around with it, I think I'm actually digging the Korg a bit more! It's really got some great patterns for a pre-1980 drum box. Very punchy too. Wasn't really expecting that!
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Re: Just picked up a Roland CR8000 and Korg Rhythm 55!

Post by wiss » Sat Jun 25, 2016 6:47 am

Roland and Korg do not have the same sync clock, Roland is 24 and I believe Korg is a 48.
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Re: Just picked up a Roland CR8000 and Korg Rhythm 55!

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Sat Jun 25, 2016 9:44 am

The Korg trigger output is negative polarity.

There is a sync retrofit for the 55 but I forgot which manufacturer.

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