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Help identifying grandfather's piece of equipment?

Post by WhatIsThisThing » Fri Mar 26, 2021 5:46 pm

Hi all, sorry if this is in the wrong place. But I am trying to identify a piece of equipment with very (!) little details, based off of my memory from six years ago. Basically, this was a keyboard (synthesizer?) that was either referred to as a musicbox or groovebox. It had built-in speakers, and a dull yellow, textured casing, almost like a rough fabric. It was likely made between the 80s and 90s, and was located in the Northeast United States. It had maybe 49 or 61 keys (it wasn't small but wasn't huge either. This number of keys is an estimate). Unfortunately that is all I remember about it, but it's been on my mind for a long time and I haven't had any luck in identifying it! If anyone could find it with these scarce details, or ask for more relevant details, I'd really appreciate it! :D

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Re: Help identifying grandfather's piece of equipment?

Post by meatballfulton » Fri Mar 26, 2021 8:11 pm

Very few real synths with built-in speakers. Roland did a couple based on the Juno 106 and Alpha Juno 2, Casio did the bizarre CZ-230.

Do you mean it was made in the Northeastern US? Moog, ARP, EML, New England Digital (Synclavier) were located there but I can't recall anything that sounds like what you described.
I listened to Hatfield and the North at Rainbow. They were very wonderful and they made my heart a prisoner.

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Re: Help identifying grandfather's piece of equipment?

Post by WhatIsThisThing » Fri Mar 26, 2021 8:43 pm

meatballfulton wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 8:11 pm
Very few real synths with built-in speakers. Roland did a couple based on the Juno 106 and Alpha Juno 2, Casio did the bizarre CZ-230.

Do you mean it was made in the Northeastern US? Moog, ARP, EML, New England Digital (Synclavier) were located there but I can't recall anything that sounds like what you described.
Hmm maybe I am misremembering the speakers then. And it was purchased and housed in the Northeast US, not sure where it was manufactured. Thanks for taking a crack at it!

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Re: Help identifying grandfather's piece of equipment?

Post by Z » Sat Mar 27, 2021 4:16 pm

WhatIsThisThing wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 5:46 pm
Basically, this was a keyboard (synthesizer?) a dull yellow, textured casing, almost like a rough fabric. It was likely made between the 80s and 90s, It had maybe 49 or 61 keys
Sounds like a Waldorf Q
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Re: Help identifying grandfather's piece of equipment?

Post by meatballfulton » Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:19 pm

Waldorf Q looks like this

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Re: Help identifying grandfather's piece of equipment?

Post by crochambeau » Tue Apr 20, 2021 9:37 pm

Wurlitzer "Music Laboratory" educational electric piano?
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Re: Help identifying grandfather's piece of equipment?

Post by meatballfulton » Tue Apr 20, 2021 11:59 pm

Geez...I took a piano class in college 40 years ago and the classroom was set up with one of those Wurlitzer systems.
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Re: Help identifying grandfather's piece of equipment?

Post by madtheory » Wed Apr 21, 2021 3:15 pm

Great guess! That makes a lot of sense. Such a cool instrument too :D

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Re: Help identifying grandfather's piece of equipment?

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Thu Apr 22, 2021 10:06 am

WhatIsThisThing wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 5:46 pm
[...] a dull yellow, textured casing, almost like a rough fabric. [...]
Sounds like it had been owned by a heavy smoker.

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