We now have a waiting list for big instruments that won’t fit on our work table like combo organs, Wurlitzers and Rhodes pianos because we only have room to work on one of them at a time. So if you have a big instrument like this that you’d like us to work on any time in the next several months, it might be wise to get in touch now so you can get into the queue. We’re currently scheduling them out into April already. Continue reading “Farfisa Combo Compact (#3?)”
The Taurus is a funny little (actually quite awkward and heavy) bass synth produced by Moog between ’75 and ’81 that is designed with a one octave, organ style pedal board meant to be played with your feet. It has a limited number of actual features… just one sawtooth waveform for both of its oscillators, the obvious 24db Moog ladder filter, portamento (glide), and a simple attack and decay envelope for the VCA and filter. It’s basically meant to do one thing well, which is make bass sounds, and it does it as well as any other Moog synth I’ve played. Though, I will admit it is a fun and unique experience to sweep the filter with my foot using a giant foot-sized slider.
We had a Prodigy in the workshop at the same time, which is the Moog Taurus’s immediate Moog monosynth contemporary. Comparing their sounds when set to equivalent settings, even before comparing the schematics it was clear that even at its highest cutoff setting, the Taurus’s filter, compared to that of the Prodigy, was still cutting a good deal of high frequencies. It was really designed to be used as a bass synth only. Continue reading “Moog Taurus (and a Prodigy)”
Another idiosyncratic instrument from the Italian company Crumar, who brought us such underappreciated un-classics as the Multiman S and a T1 organ that Darian’s working on right now. This is an example of a type of “electronic piano” that was briefly popular in the 1970s, when top octave generators and multi-stage frequency divider ICs allowed the architecture that had been used in the previous decade’s combo organs to be made much more small and compact. Continue reading “Crumar RoadRacer”
We had a week full of Junos (Junoes?), with three Juno 60s and four Juno 106es here all at once. These are the ones I did last week in between grinding away at various aspects of an insane Minimoog Model D restoration I’m working on and building a new power supply for a Rhodes Chroma.
A cleanup and calibration of another Sequential Pro One. Happy New Year my friends, and may St. Dave Smith protect you!
Check out my latest article on Reverb.com to read about the process of repairing and restoring a Mellotron M400!
Working on a beautiful, elegant machine like the SE-500 makes me feel the same way as when I work on a Rhodes piano: a bit less ashamed to be a human. Continue reading “Korg Stage Echo SE-500”
This was one of the first few organs Darian and I bought and fixed up, and because of space issues in our studio/workshop/dining room, we have decided to sell it. In the past few weeks we have finally finished up a few tasks that we’d wanted to do for ages to make it as good as it can be.
When we got this organ it was a wreck. It literally looked like it had been set on fire. The red top looked scorched and melted and had a lot of gashes, pockmarks and cracks. Continue reading “Elka Panther 300 (#2)”
This is a pretty much shockingly underrated and powerful synth. I can’t believe you can get one of these for $600 in a world where a Juno 106 costs twice as much. Continue reading “Akai AX-60”
I’m psyched to have been invited to do some writing about vintage gear repair for Reverb.com… here’s my first article which is all about combo organs!