spookyman wrote: [...] IMHO, my Roland VP-330 sounds not the same like the Roland RS-202. This one is much more dense, vintage sounding. It's the same with the Eminent Solina. The basic sound is more medium pronounced, a little bit more raw than the very aerial and spatial VP-330 string sound. [...]
The RS-202 is an entirely different kettle of fish. The 202 sounds very mellow whereas the 330 and 505 share the same string machine engine -- which produces this buzzy, mid-heavy (and in my ears over-used) and slightly metallic, ringing string sound (which I can't stand anymore, TBH). In fact, I'm keeping my 330 only for the Human Voice section, and for sentimental reasons.
The 202 is one of the nicest string machines ever made IMO.
And this is the point - Stringers are quite collectible because no two sound the same. As said before, a lot of the character comes from the way the triple chorus is implemented (which can even be done in three divide down ranks rather than a tri-BBD chorus).
The 505 is indeed very sweet. My personal favourite is the grandfather of almost all of them.. the Eminent 310U closely followed by its bastard son.. the ARP Omni...
The 310 has by far the most complex/convoluted BBD based chorus "Orbitone" section on it.
My least favourite being the Korg Delta...
Many underestimate quite what a triple-chorus does... I fitted an external input to the Orbitone section of the 310U and you can feed the weediest little sawtooth into it and get soaring strings out the far end - amazing!