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    Posted: March 24 2015 at 20:34
Thanks, I really enjoyed this article, nice work.
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^ ^ indeed, congratulations! Clap Thumbs Up
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^ That's a quite impressive collection Clap
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^ besides the ones mentioned,
Crumar string synth
Radio Shack Moog
Korg PS 3100 (its huge)
the first Juno
the first sampling Casio
Wurlitzer and Rhodes electric pianos
Farfisa organ
Ensoniq EPS
Korg Prophecy
Korg X50
Korg Trident
Yamaha digital piano
Dozens of portable keyboards, including many early models.
There are others I have owned but sold off, including the super rare Gleeman Pentaphonic.
I also collect old effects, especially echos including two vintage echoplexes and more.
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^ Wow also an MS20 and an Odyssey! How many keyboards do you own??
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^ in reply to both above posts.

It was nice you included the Orchestron, a mostly forgotten keyboard. As a kid, I used to go to a massive music store in Dallas TX in the late 70s. It had all the keyboards listed here, and you could play them: Mellotrons, Arp 2600, mini-Moogs, mini-Korgs, B-3s, Organizers, etc, and the Orchestron.

The Orchestron used sounds stored on floppy vinyl discs similar to free records that would come in teen magazines. Their sound was a little vague and fuzzy, but not terrible. This store also had some kind of expensive RMI or EMI super piano with about 4 or 5 foot pedals. You just knew there was no way something like that could hold up over the years, way too fragile and complicated. A friend of mine worked on one of those for Isaac Hayes, his Mellotron also.

Re Korg MS 20 - this was Korgs underrated answer to the mini-Moog and the Arp Odyssey. Shunned by the fusion/rock crowd, the MS 20 is not as pretty as the other two, but the industrial crowd went for its massive noisy sounds. I own a MS 20 and an Odyssey, and I would take the MS 20 any day of the week, its far more reliable, versatile and creative.
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I saw a concert last thursday, where the keyboardist used a Korg MS-20: it's a really small and powerful synth with a very nice sound Smile I don't know what he used for sequencing though.
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^ I know of Crumar / Univox keyboards but I only knew some models such as the T1/ 2 / 3 or the two-manual Haven 61, but I didn't know about the Organizer, neither that Korg built the Mini-Korg for Univox. I checked them out now and they seem really nice instruments Thumbs Up Indeed the Organizer seems to be the starter of a family which morphed into the Traveler and the Haven 61 was also somehow related to them. The Mini-Korg had some odd controls I see. Congratulations for owning these vintage stuff!
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In the mid-70s Univox made some affordable copies of classic instruments.
The Organizer tried to duplicate a Hammond B3, and the mini-Korg sort of imitated the mini Moog. I think they had a string synth too.
These instruments were used by some, but short lived, the Organizer became the Crumar Traveler, while the mini-Korg ...
For a short while, George Duke endorsed the Crumar Traveler in ads, but I don't think he played one much.
The mini-Korg was used by the Cars, Vangelis, Stevie Wonder, Michael Quatro and more. It has a very distinctive sound.
I own all of those instruments, some still work.
Are you familiar with any of these by any chance?

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Originally posted by cstack3 cstack3 wrote:


Good catch!  I saw Tony play this during the song "Red" at the King Crimson show in Chicago, you can see it at the back of the stage, behind the center drum.  He played it with a bow and it was so resonant that it shook the rafters!  
I regret so much having missed that tour Cry
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Originally posted by Gerinski Gerinski wrote:

Two new additions:
- the NS Electric Double Bass occasionally played by Tony Levin (in the 'Other Guitars and Basses' entry after the Steinberger basses and guitars).

Good catch!  I saw Tony play this during the song "Red" at the King Crimson show in Chicago, you can see it at the back of the stage, behind the center drum.  He played it with a bow and it was so resonant that it shook the rafters!  




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Two new additions:
- the NS Electric Double Bass occasionally played by Tony Levin (in the 'Other Guitars and Basses' entry after the Steinberger basses and guitars).
- the NS/Stick in the Warr Guitar entry (an instrument also co-designed by Steinberger and played by the Rocket Scientists' Don Schiff).
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In the EMS entry I have added the Synthi Hi-Fli 'guitar synth' used by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour among others.
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Some more detailed historical comments about String Machines added in the caption for the ARP-Solina String Ensemble.
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A couple more pics added, in the Mellotron entry Mike Pinder with the Moody Blues, and Supertramp in the Wurlitzer electric piano entry (they were among the big bands who had not got any mention or pic in the article so it felt fair adding a pic of them).
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A couple of updates:

- Moog Modular entry: mention and pic of Tangerine Dream's Chris Franke's equipment in 1975.
- Fairlight entry: mention and pics of Geoff Downes rig with early Asia and his Guinness Book of Records entry as the biggest rock keyboards rig ever.
- In the Keytars entry, new pic of Jean-Michel Jarre playing the Moog Liberation, the pic of the Davis Clavitar which previously showed George Duke has been replaced by a pic of Patrick Moraz which surely fits better in a Prog context, and mention of the Sequential Circuits Remote Prophet with pic of Geoff Downes with it and some other gear in 1984.

Some small text updates also here and there for better accuracy of some facts.  
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Synths too have different sounds, one that is very special and seems to be quite unique is the pro one mono synth. http://www.vintagesynth.com/sci/seqpro1.php
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Originally posted by Gerinski Gerinski wrote:

Hi Sonia, nice of you to post these! Cool that you arranged for a B3 for Ken in order to play in South Africa!!! Thumbs Up


Gerinski! huge hug thank you very much
It was great fun that show, Ken Hensley performed and sang July Morning on that Hammond and it was so touching really, More hugs
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Hi Sonia, nice of you to post these! Cool that you arranged for a B3 for Ken in order to play in South Africa!!! Thumbs Up
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Ken Hensley perform using a Hammond B3 here in South Africa :)
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