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Best Synthesizers '70s-'80s in Reliability Terms

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 9:39 am
by ItalianStallion81
Hi,

What were the best synthesizers and samplers ever built during the 1970s and '80s in terms of reliability?

My choices:
Yamaha DX7 (Mark I) (1983-1986)
Fairlight CMI Series III (1985-1992)
Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 (Rev. 3) (1981-1984)
Moog Minimoog (1970-1982)
ARP Odyssey III (1976-1981)

Let me know what the best synths/samplers are,



Ben Edge (ItalianStallion81)

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 9:56 am
by Stab Frenzy
Just out of interest what are you basing your list on? Actual experience with the synths or what you read on the internet?

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:14 am
by Analog Freak
Who cares? What difference does it make how reliable a synthesizer is and how would you rate it even if it was important? It just seems like a really open-ended and pointless question with no clear answer. :?

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:26 am
by ItalianStallion81
Stab Frenzy wrote:Just out of interest what are you basing your list on? Actual experience with the synths or what you read on the internet?
Actual experiences.

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 2:06 pm
by jgirv
although its a pretty general question, I think what he's getting at is which synths would be more likely to survive, say, a typical gig without breaking down...

the DX series were rather tank-like, so if you like that sound, it's one place to start.

I remember that the P5 was used during the national tour of CATS from Broadway, and that the techs had to finally give up using them because of the maintenance...

By my own experience, my old Matrix 6 has been one of the more unreliable synths (power issues), but that may be just mine.

My older Mono/Poly and Moog Rogue were super reliable, and I had them for 20 years!!

... well, it's going to depend on the individual synth of course... best to ask folks who've actually used the models you're interested in. - jgirv

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 3:11 pm
by wiss
Roland

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 3:43 pm
by pricklyrobot
I started a thread like this last year: http://www.vintagesynth.org/phpBB2/view ... 73&start=0
There wasn't too much agreement, but the closest thing to a consensus that I could discern is that: more discrete components = easier to repair.

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 5:00 pm
by V301H
Of the synths that I own the most reliable have been the DX-7, Jupiter-6, and Pro-One. None of these has needed any service other than battery replacement. The Oberheims I have tend to need calibration every so often, but have been reliable otherwise.