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Can you remember it all??

Postby Dave B » Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:55 pm

Every once in a while, I see reference to something and go "ooh - I used to have that". And sometimes it really surprises me as it's something that I hadn't thought of for years.

So a couple of days ago, I started making a list of all keyboards, modules and drum machines that I've bought over the years. I didn't include soft synths or effects, studio gear, etc and I deliberately excluded other instruments like guitars. I'm a boring compulsive, but there are limits ... ;)

I'm pretty sure I'm missing the odd thing. But hey ho - anyone fancy swapping lists?
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby BigRedX » Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:37 pm

I'll have a go...

Akai AX73
Akai S2000 (fully expanded)
Alesis HR16
Casio CZ-101
Casio CZ-5000
Casio CZ-1
Casio SK-1
Casio VL-1
Cheetah MS6
Control Synthesis Deep Bass Nine
EDP Wasp
Electro-Harmonix DRM16
Ensoniq ESQ1
Ensoniq ESQM
Ensoniq EPS16+
Korg Monotron
Korg MS20
Korg MS50
Korg VC10
Nord Rack (Mk1)
Roland CR78
Roland Jupiter 6
Roland SH-09
Roland SH-101 (silver plus matching Mod Grip)
Roland MC-202
Roland TR55
Roland TR77
Simmons SDS V (rack plus 5 modules)
Simmons MTX9
Waldorf Microwave XT
Yamaha KX5
Yamaha RX11
Yamaha Tenori-On

There were a lot more non-programmable analogue drum machines (which I was collecting to make a sample CD before I discovered that someone had already done it and was giving a lot of the loops and hits away for free) and various percussion synth units - including all the designs published in E&MM in the early 80s, but I can't remember what the specific models were.

The first synth I bought was the Wasp (in 1981). At the moment all I own is the Monotron and the Tenori-On.
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:07 pm

My motley keyboard history comprises:

a WEM Teischord C portable organ when I was about 9, and then a horrible Hammond VS-150 spinet organ which was utterly crap... so I sawed the top off it and built the WEM into the top as a third keyboard... which was fun!

The Hammond was then replaced with a Bird (valve) Church organ (model unknown) which sounded much nicer, and the WEM was reinstated as a portable which I took to university along with my first synth, a Roland SH-09. I then sold the WEM and replaced it with a Casiotone 202 keyboard.

After uni, with money coming in from my first job, I bought a Yamaha CS80 (yes, really) second hand from a studio in Taunton. That was the most fantastic synth and I loved it to bits, but I had to sell it because I didn't have enough space when I found and bought the keyboard of my dreams, a Hammond A100 tonewheel console organ (and Leslie 122RV). Much as I still love my A100, I should have never sold that CS80! ;-) Rookie error!

As the years went by I bought, and quickly sold again a Hammond T500 tonewheel organ, an Elka X605 portable organ, and an Ace Tone GT7 portable organ.

I also had a Solina String machine which I picked up with the GT7, and I was offered a surprising amount for it so sold it on! Later I inherited my father's Hammond L100 spinet tonewheel organ which I subsequently sold to a certain section-editor at SOS (with whom it exploded!).

As the kids started music at school I bought a Roland HP-03 electronic piano for practice, and a kit Moog Theramin to make weird noises with, then came another dream polysynth, a Roland Jupiter 8... but it wasn't a patch on the CS-80 and I sold it after a year. Most of my poly-synth stuff these days comes from Arturia virtual instrument plugins, although the Nord Stage has its moments.

More recently, to improve my classical organ chops, I bought an old Eminent DSC300 church organ, originally with the idea of gutting it and using it as the basis for a Hauptwerk system... but after getting it revoiced it's surprisingly good, so I'll leave it as it is until it dies.

My current keys (in addition to the A100 and DCS300) comprise a Nord Stage88 (Classic revC), a Korg MS-20 monosynth (full-size reissue kit), and a Hammond XK-1c (portable organ). The Nord and Hammond form the basis of my live performance rig. Most of my synth stuff these days comes from Arturia virtual instrument plugins.

...but lately I've been toying with the idea of acquiring a Moog Subsequent 37, as I've never owned a Moog before and I like what they've done with that. (Maybe I can negotiate a deal at Synthfest!) I suspect it will also be more immediate to play around with than the MS20 (which isn't really a turn-on-and-go kind of synth, clever and intriguing though it is). I want something that harks back to the SH-09 which was a lovely playable mono-synth (albeit with a limited tonal range).

Edited to add: I did buy the Subsequent 37, and I'm about to replace the XK-1C with an SKX.

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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby Dave B » Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:24 pm

Ooh takers! And some nice kit - although nothing I've missed off the list (yet). So I'm up to :

Akai MPC60
Akai MX1000
Akai MX73
Alesis DM5
Alesis Sample Rack
Arp / Korg Odyssey
Cheetah MS6
DSI Prophet 6
DSI Tetra
eMu Classic Keys
eMu E4k x 2
eMu Morpheus
eMu Proformance
Ensoniq EPS16+ (1 keyboard, 1 rack)
Ensoniq ESQ 1 x 2
Ensoniq TS12
Ensoniq VFX
Fairlight CMI
Hammond SK2
Korg Kronos
Korg O1W/FD
Korg Prophecy
Korg Trinity
Korg Wavestation
Korg Wavestation AD
Korg Wavestation SR
Korg Z1
Kurzweil Forte 7
Kurzweil K2000 x 2
Kurzweil K2000R
Kurzweil K2500R (1R and 1RS)
Kurzweil K2661
Kurzweil PC2R
Kurzweil PC3 2
Kurzweil PC3K (one each of the 6,7,8)
Kurzweil RG150
Moog Slim Phatty
Moog Voyager
Oberheim Expander
Oberheim Matrix 1000 2
Oberheim OBX
Rhodes MK80
Rhodes Stage 72 mk ii
Roland AX1S
Roland D50
Roland D550
Roland D70
Roland Fantom X6
Roland JD800 x 3 (still have 2)
Roland JD990
Roland Juno 106
Roland Jupiter 4
Roland JV1080
Roland JV880
Roland MC505
Roland MKS20
Roland MV30
Roland R5
Roland SH101
Roland SP404SX
Roland TD7
Roland TR 626
Roland VR-09
Roland XV5050
Roland XV88
Sequential Prophet 2002
Sequential Sixtrack
Sequential Tom
Simmons SDX (1 full kit and 1 brain)
Simmons SDS8
Wurlitzer EP200a
Yamaha KX5
Yamaha SY99
Yamaha TG33
Yamaha TX7
(plus a load of Simmons pads and a Turtletrap)

Sorry - mine ended up alphabetical. I tried to do chronological but it was too much!

Anyone else?
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby The Elf » Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:45 pm

Deep breath...
Akai S1100
Akai S3000
Akai S3200
ARP Odyssey
ARP Pro Soloist
Band In My Pocket
Boss DR-55
Casio VL-1
Control Synthesis Deep Bass 9
Dubreq Stylophone
Dubreq Stylophone Beatbox
EDP Wasp Deluxe
Emu Proteus 2000
Emu XL1
Ensoniq EPS
Ensoniq VFX
Hammond T202
Hohner K4
Korg DW-8000
Korg EX-8000
Korg Kronos
Korg SG-Rack
Korg Sigma
Korg Wavestation
Korg Wavestation SR
Kurzweil K2000
Kurzweil K2600
Kurzweil PC2R
Logan String Melody
Minisonic Mk2
Moog MiniMoog
Moog Taurus
Moog Taurus 3
Novation Drumstation
Novation Supernova 2 Rack
Quasimidi Quasar
Roland D-50
Roland D-550
Roland JD-800
Roland JP-8000
Roland JP-8080
Roland Juno-6
Roland Jupiter 8
Roland Jupiter 80
Roland JV-1080
Roland JV-2080
Roland JX-10
Roland JX-8P
Roland MC-202
Roland MKS-70
Roland MKS-80
Roland SH-09
Roland System 8
Roland TB-303
Roland TR-606
Roland TR-808
Roland TR-909
Roland XV-5080
Sequential Pro-One
Simmons SDS8
Thomas Vox Jaguar Copy
Yamaha CS-5
Yamaha DX21
Yamaha DX7
Yamaha TX7
Yamaha TX-802

Despite all of this my current favourite machines are the ones on loan to me! :headbang:
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby Guido3 » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:01 pm

Great post.

Nearly in order but not quite. 35+ years of purchasing!!!!

Jen SX2000
Roland DR110
Roland TB303
Roland TR606
Korg Poly 800
Casio HZ600
SCI Pro One
Yamaha FB01
Roland U20
Roland U220
Roland MC300
Roland JV1080
Akai MX1000
Akai MPC2000
Roland XV5080
Emu P2000
Emu P2500
Emu E6400 Ultra
Korg Triton Pro
Yamaha S80
Roland Fantom
Roland Fantom X7
Roland Fantom X8
Roland Fantom G7
Roland Fantom G8
Kurzweil PC3
Kurzweil PC3X
Korg M3 (73 Note)
Korg Z1 x2
Korg Wavestation EX
Roland RD700NX
Nord Wave
Roland Jupiter 50
Roland Jupiter 80
Roland A90EX
Akai Z4
Roland A88
Roland A50 x2
Novation SL25 Mk2
Novation SL61 Mk2 x2
Novation impulse 61
NI Maschine Studio
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby Folderol » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:18 pm

Not saying. I've had so few you'll all point and laugh :cry:
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby BJG145 » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:29 pm


Akai AX73
Akai EWI
Alesis Quadrasynth
Akai S2000 / S3000
Ensoniq ASR-10
Emu Emax II
Ensoniq ESQ-1
Ensoniq VFX
Gem S3
Korg MS2000
Korg M1
Korg Polysix
Korg Triton
Korg Wavedrum
Korg Wavestation
Kurzweil K2000 / K2000R
Novation Supernova
Roland Jupiter 4
Roland S50
Roland S770
Roland D50
Roland D70
Roland HS60
Roland JP8000
Roland JX3P
Roland XP30
Roland JV80 / JV1080
Roland Rhodes MK80
Roland XV5050
Yamaha DX7
Yamaha EX5R
Yamaha SY77
Yamaha VL70m

(The only synth hardware I have now is the Triton as a controller, and the EWI/VL70m for sax.)
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby Dan LB » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:39 pm

I'll give it a go....

Bontempi ES 4800
Dubreq Stylophone
Korg Electribe R
Korg microKorg
Novation Bass Station MkII
MFB Dominion 1
Yamaha RY30
Vermona DRM1
Moog Sub 37
Elektron Digitakt

I only really got into synths properly in 2015 so I've a lot of catching up to do!!
Some nice gear there guys! :clap:
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby The Elf » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:24 pm

Kawai K1
Kawai K1R
RMI 368 Electrapiano
Sequential Drumtracks 400
Shipway Spectrum Sampler

More as my brain gives up its secrets...
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby blinddrew » Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:05 pm

Next time the other half asks if i really need all my guitars (only 8) i shall show her this thread. :)
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby zenguitar » Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:34 am

OK! Enough already!

Someone send for Gordon Reid and demand his list :D

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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby Dave B » Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:46 am

But that's a silly list :

1. Some old rare string machine
2. another old rare string machine
3. yet another old rare string machine
4. an original minimoog
5. still another old rare string machine

...... etc etc etc

It's funny - I actually added a couple of items as I was transferring the list to this thread! Memory ... oh how it goes as we get older...

Good to see some love for the Ensoniq VFX here. I have a real soft spot for that - it had quite a unique sound to it where it was slightly 'metallic' but in a really pleasing way. Mine was apparently the only gig-worthy one in existence though. The previous owner had beaten them up after the third time it needed repairs and they eventually realised that the reason that they had so many problems with it was to do with stresses from the way the board was mounted in the case. So they had mod'ed mine by breaking the board in half and connecting the two bits (so I was told). That did a couple of european tours quite happily so whatever they did, it worked!


I see Dan LB has gone for the 'quality over quantity' approach :D :bouncy:
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby The Elf » Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:32 am

I actually didn't have much affection for the VFX. It had the potential to be a good synth, but it never quite made it. It had some unpleasant habits and I quickly lost patience with it.

From my old list I still miss the K1R and the EX-8000 - both humble synths I felt I had outgrown at the time, but which had a certain 'something'.
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby Zukan » Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:40 am

Dave, sorry dude, could be my browser, but I only see page 1 of your alphabetical list.
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