Over 1000 Vintage Synthesizers in one room (Swiss Museum of Electronic Music)

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Over 1000 Vintage Synthesizers in one room (Swiss Museum of Electronic Music)

Post by Tiger Jackson » Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:54 am

Popped up in my youtube suggestions, pretty amazing to see

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Re: Over 1000 Vintage Synthesizers in one room (Swiss Museum of Electronic Music)

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:37 am

I would not necessarily call this a museum, this is a warehouse full of stuff in various states of disrepair.

Reminds me of similar warehouses in Tokyo and somewhere in the US.

Sights like these always make me feel a bit depressed, and some fellow who has apparently had too much of his Ritalin aenema even more so...

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Re: Over 1000 Vintage Synthesizers in one room (Swiss Museum of Electronic Music)

Post by Jabberwalky » Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:09 am

That's absurd! Why does it make you depressed PPG? I'd love to go there and play around someday. Switzerland isn't exactly nearby, but it certainly isn't too far from you! I like "lookmum", he's doing it right if you ask me, regardless of the stimulants.

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Re: Over 1000 Vintage Synthesizers in one room (Swiss Museum of Electronic Music)

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:12 pm

Jabberwalky wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:09 am
[...] Why does it make you depressed PPG? [...]
The stuff had been hoarded (and neglected) for many years before it ended up in a warehouse, and the state many instruments are in is slightly doubtful. They seem to be too underfunded to keep everything in working shape, and their backlog must be enormous.

Yes, it does look nice but it is slightly too much to keep it maintained -- unless you have a bunch of technicians working on the instruments all night and day, that is. All collections of that size that I have seen looked impressive but only the minority of instruments was still playable, and the majority was dying away silently.

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Re: Over 1000 Vintage Synthesizers in one room (Swiss Museum of Electronic Music)

Post by Virgule » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:43 pm

The dude clearly shows his enthusiasm...who of us wouldn't :D

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Re: Over 1000 Vintage Synthesizers in one room (Swiss Museum of Electronic Music)

Post by Jabberwalky » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:48 pm

ppg_wavecomputer wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:12 pm
The stuff had been hoarded (and neglected) for many years before it ended up in a warehouse, and the state many instruments are in is slightly doubtful. They seem to be too underfunded to keep everything in working shape, and their backlog must be enormous.

Yes, it does look nice but it is slightly too much to keep it maintained -- unless you have a bunch of technicians working on the instruments all night and day, that is. All collections of that size that I have seen looked impressive but only the minority of instruments was still playable, and the majority was dying away silently.

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When you explain it that way, I can see what you mean. I think the fact that they have a rotating rental list is pretty cool though.

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Re: Over 1000 Vintage Synthesizers in one room (Swiss Museum of Electronic Music)

Post by madtheory » Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:47 am

ppg_wavecomputer wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:37 am
I would not necessarily call this a museum, this is a warehouse full of stuff in various states of disrepair.
Whereas in a museum, none of it would be functional and we would not be allowed to use any of it. Is your glass half full or half empty?

Clearly SOME of it works, as shown in the video. One could spend the day with just the Synthex alone! Definitely worth a visit IMHO.

But ya, we can gripe LOL. Like, what's a Synclavier keyboard doing out on a shelf with no mainframe in sight?
Jabberwalky wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:48 pm
I think the fact that they have a rotating rental list is pretty cool though.
WOW!

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