Maestro W-2 “Sound System for Woodwinds”

Maestro W-2 "Sound System for Woodwinds"
Maestro W-2 “Sound System for Woodwinds”

This odd little thing, made by Gibson/Maestro in 1967, is not a synth but an early effects processor designed to be used with a mic’ed signal from a woodwind instrument.   Continue reading “Maestro W-2 “Sound System for Woodwinds””

a DCO is not a digital oscillator

VCO vs. DCO vs. Digital Oscillator

I keep hearing and seeing people referring to DCOs as digital oscillators, which is not correct, and a sad insult to DCOs in my opinion as a lover of DCO synths. So I decided to fight misinformation by making a post here explaining the actual difference between VCOs, DCOs and digital oscillators. Continue reading “a DCO is not a digital oscillator”

Nomad Model 61 Combo Organ – now for sale

Nomad Model 61 combo organ
Nomad Model 61 combo organ

[SOLD] We just put this Nomad Model 61 organ up for sale in our Reverb shop. This organ was made in Japan and is apparently the same as the Teisco Teischord G.  This is not a very well known organ but we were impressed by how good it sounds and by its build quality.   Continue reading “Nomad Model 61 Combo Organ – now for sale”

Roland Juno 106 (#2)

Roland Juno 106
Roland Juno 106 with blue LEDs

I missed documenting a couple repairs before I sent them home due to an Iphone/kitten mishap that left me without a way to take photos. Now I’m back with another Juno 106 repair.  I finished repairing this one just as another client dropped off another Juno 106.  They never stop coming! Continue reading “Roland Juno 106 (#2)”

Ultimate Percussion K2-X

Ultimate Percussion KP-X analog drum synth
Ultimate Percussion KP-X drum synth

This is a very rare 8-channel analog drum synth from the 1980s. The person who brought it over told me it was designed in Germany, built in the UK and sold only in those two countries. There is very, very little info on it on the internet, and of course no service manual or schematics, but luckily all the voices are the same. The main problem was caused by the failure of the VCA in Channel 1. Continue reading “Ultimate Percussion K2-X”

Korg Delta

Korg delta string synthesizer
Korg Delta

The Korg Delta (or DL-50) is a string synth/polysynth hybrid from the late 1970s to early 80s, from the time when every synth company was focusing on those.  I’ve got an Arp Omni 2 and Roland RS-09 of the same era here in the workshop right now and the Delta is my favorite of all three, even just based on its string sounds (to be fair, the RS doesn’t have a “synth” section).   Continue reading “Korg Delta”

Sequential Circuits Drumtraks

This was for producer Gino Wong of ReRed Recording, but I was excited to get it working for my own reasons, so that I could sample the drum sounds into my Electribe. Once I did get it working, I discovered that the SCI Drumtraks is super easy and fun to make beats on! I didn’t know this before, but the sounds on here are not synthesized, but rather are low-fi samples each on their own EPROM. Continue reading “Sequential Circuits Drumtraks”

Elka Panther 300

Elka Panther 300 or Elka Capri organ
Elka Panther 300 Combo Organ

This Elka Panther 300 combo organ from the late 1960s was fully serviced by Bell Tone’s combo organ expert Darian, and is actually now for sale in our Reverb shop.

The Panther, also known as the Elka Capri, is unusually richly featured for a single-manual organ. It has a bold yet rich sound, a powerful vibrato and a wide variety of tone filters. This particular organ bears the name Capri, but it is exactly the same as the Elka Panther 300 organ, inside and out. Continue reading “Elka Panther 300”