Now FOR SALE in our Reverb shop!
I bought this Juno from a guy named Mike in South Jersey, with a shaved head and a gold chain. I met up with him at his garage studio behind a roller rink, where the Juno had been used for over 25 years by musicians providing live accompaniment for the roller skaters. Now the music is performed by two “old cowboys” (his words) on two Hammond console organs. I also met Mike’s overweight English bulldog, who he introduced to me as his girlfriend. I think her name was Bethany.
By the time we were ready to start preparing this to be sold, I had already pulled a couple of voice chips out of it to put in other Junos, so I took this opportunity to do a Juno with all AR clone voice chips, as I know that appeals to some customers. However, there were other issues that had to be fixed before the voice board was ready. Two of the oscillator signals (saw waves on voice 1 and voice 4) were getting lost before reaching the actual voice chips. People say that the next thing to suspect in this situation is the wave chips, but we traced the issue to the 4052 multiplexers that route the wave chip’s outputs to the voice chips. Two out of the three had bad switches on them, so we went ahead and replaced all three. Old CMOS 405x series multiplexers are notoriously unreliable in general and I’ve replaced a fair few of 4051s, 4052s and 4053s in other synths as well.
Other details on the rest of what we did can be found in our listing on Reverb!