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Roland RS-202 & Korg PE-1000

Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 7:18 pm
by WakemanFan55
i noticed these pages, and found out that here it might be people that can help me.
im now going to buy a vintage synth, i have found two that i like, but i need expert help on which to choose, it is:
Roland RS-202
Korg PE-1000.
I have listened to demos of the Korg, and it sounds really interesting. I have only read reviews of the Roland, but they were very good.
I might mention, that i choose these two synths because i like string synth very much.
I also must mention that i live in Norway, and will need to convert it from 110V to 220V, is this possible with these old synths?
A fast answer would be great.
(sorry for my bad English :) )


~Jan-Erik S. Helle

Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:44 pm
by wiss
you do not need to convert them, just buy a converter box...

Dont over look the Roland RS-101, no control over the chorus and lacks an audio input but its a fine damn stringer.

I am bias to the bone and feel there are no better stringers than the RS's. I have not tried a Trident, so until then.

Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:30 pm
by WakemanFan55
Thanks :) .
By the way, do you know where to find a suitable converter box?

Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 10:45 pm
by wiss
most major electronic stores

Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 10:56 pm
by nathanscribe
The RS-101 does have a very nice sound - rich and thick. As Wiss says, there's no control over the chorus - it's permanently on, but that's not a bad thing.

I use mine with a 240-120V convertor. They're pretty cheap. Just plug them in, and plug your synth into the box. Make sure you get one with higher Watt rating than the synth uses. I use a 45W convertor and that's ample.

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 1:53 am
by WakemanFan55
ok, thanks a lot, this has helped me alot.
but these converters, are they something like ?

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 9:36 am
by nathanscribe
Yeah, something like that. I use these, the small one is pretty compact. The stringer uses something like 17W, maybe less, so you wouldn't need a big convertor like that one on ebay.

Rapid are great if you're in the UK, but as for other countries, I don't know what your equivalent component supplier like digikey/mouser/rs/maplin/farnell etc. would be.

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:58 pm
by WakemanFan55
Hey again.
I bought the Korg today, and now im left with the Rolands.
Which one of them should i get, th RS-101 or the RS-202?


J. Helle

Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 3:40 am
by wiss
they are both good....both are up on ebay right now...They are basically the same thing but with the RS202, you can shut the chorus off if you desire or use ensemble I or II. The RS 202 has a vibrato delay slider and gate output on it which the RS 101 does not.

Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 2:16 pm
by WakemanFan55
Is the sounds on the RS-101 and RS-202 about the same?
After listening to the demo of the Multivox MX-202 (wich is pretty much identical to the RS-202).
Heres the demo
The RS-101 is much cheaper than the RS-202 (i spoke to the guy with the 202 and wanted 200 AU$ for shipping to norway, and then we are up in 500 AU$) is that to much for that synth?


Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 3:37 pm
by wiss
WakemanFan55 wrote: is that to much for that synth?

depends how bad you want it.

Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 6:20 pm
by WakemanFan55
well if the RS-101 is just the same just cheaper, i would go for the 101

Posted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 8:41 pm
by WakemanFan55
a little topic change, i bought myself the Korg PE-1000 and a Logan String Melody Mk1, havent got them yet.
But, i noticed the Yamaha CS-10 is that a good synthesizer, it looks fairly easy to use (i dont want too complex units since i know this can be expencive if something go wrong, and since im new to vintage synthesizer), and also i wonder, is this hard to get, or does it pop one or two up now and then for a reasonable price?