Yamaha CS-5 $350 go for it?

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Yamaha CS-5 $350 go for it?

Post by goober » Thu Sep 30, 2010 4:11 am

Apparently I can get a mint condition Yamaha CS-5 for $350 is this a good deal? Also, what do you guys think about the Yamaha CS-5 compared to other mono-synths in the same price range? Thanks.

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Re: Yamaha CS-5 $350 go for it?

Post by monolith » Thu Sep 30, 2010 4:40 am

There's little else in that price range is there? (if we're talking analog monos)
I'd jump on that in a second.
Its an amazing little synth, you'll be surprised at the amount of sounds you can get from such a basic architecture. I'll never get rid of mine.

HPF + Hi resonance + Lo cutoff = awesome bass
Of all my synths, I personally think it has the most pleasing PWM.

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Re: Yamaha CS-5 $350 go for it?

Post by sequentialsoftshock » Thu Sep 30, 2010 4:45 am

Buy it.

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Post by space6oy » Thu Sep 30, 2010 4:45 am

CS-5 was my first analog synth, have hung onto it for 10 years now. totally underrated simple monophonic analog. if you're ok on $, go for it. no question. competition w/ the MS-10 for basslines IMO.

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Re: Yamaha CS-5 $350 go for it?

Post by goober » Thu Sep 30, 2010 5:07 am

It's a shame, I can't find any good demos on youtube for the CS-5, but I'm planning on checking it out soon. If you guys have any good demos of the CS-5 feel free to post them here. I'd greatly appreciate it.

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Post by RD9 » Thu Sep 30, 2010 5:16 am

I'd go for it definitely.

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Post by monolith » Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:42 am

goober wrote:It's a shame, I can't find any good demos on youtube for the CS-5, but I'm planning on checking it out soon. If you guys have any good demos of the CS-5 feel free to post them here. I'd greatly appreciate it.
I'll try throw something together now...

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Post by Computer Controlled » Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:47 am

Don't debate... buy!
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Re: Yamaha CS-5 $350 go for it?

Post by monolith » Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:03 am

Hey Goober I PM'ed you a demo. :D

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Post by nathanscribe » Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:43 am

I had a CS-5 a while back and sold it for far too little... the main problem with them is that they'll make you want another. I think within three months of getting the 5, I'd picked up a 15.

Prices have risen since then. Only four years ago I got my 5 for less than £100. Perhaps people are starting to appreciate the qualities of the CS monos... or maybe they're going up because they're the cheaper end of the market, etc.

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Re: Yamaha CS-5 $350 go for it?

Post by meatballfulton » Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:48 pm

nathanscribe wrote:they're going up because they're the cheaper end of the market
Indeed
I listened to Hatfield and the North at Rainbow. They were very wonderful and they made my heart a prisoner.

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Post by paugui » Fri Oct 01, 2010 1:17 am

nathanscribe wrote:I had a CS-5 a while back and sold it for far too little... the main problem with them is that they'll make you want another. I think within three months of getting the 5, I'd picked up a 15.

Prices have risen since then. Only four years ago I got my 5 for less than £100. Perhaps people are starting to appreciate the qualities of the CS monos... or maybe they're going up because they're the cheaper end of the market, etc.

I got my CS-5 for 250 euros in July.
I quite like it, and so I got a CS-15 too, which will be here tomorrow, for 350 euros.
For that price, I just couldn't pass on it...

They are quite nice synths and if you want an analogue mono, I'm sure you'll love it, and probably want some more like nathanscribe and me...

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Re: Yamaha CS-5 $350 go for it?

Post by druzz » Fri Oct 01, 2010 3:36 am

mine cost me around 450 $ about a year ago and i had to put 160$ of servicing on it . i think it cost me too much in the end since you can find a cs-15 around 500-600$. but i really wanted it .

i said it before and i'll say it again , the LFO is &%$?&*NG awsome (nice range , great max speed) . the external input is sweat and can even trigger the envelope . i also like the easy interface , the fact that it has a very simple architecture is also a benefit specially on a synth without presets ... if something is weird and unpleasant in the sound its producing it doesnt take long to figure out what is the cause and fix the issue.

if thats 350$ US or CAN and you dont have to put more money on servicing or shipping , stop waisting time , dont miss it .

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Re: Yamaha CS-5 $350 go for it?

Post by madrasputin » Fri Oct 01, 2010 3:54 am

as everyone has already stated, buy it man!!! it's a great mono synth and for that price it's damn near unbeatable! i had one and loved it but then i bumped up to a CS-10. either way, i could not have been happier with the CS-5!

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Re: Yamaha CS-5 $350 go for it?

Post by Jabberwalky » Mon Oct 04, 2010 6:49 pm

It was going for $180 3 years ago. What a shame. I'd say it's only worth near that. Great tanky build, solid PWM, rad/fast LFO. Overall quite a tame synth though. All the other analog monos I've had could outdo it in tonal and mod capabilities. Not a huge fan of that filter to be honest.

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