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Synth you have had the longest relationship with?

Mine is my JX3P. Bought it brand new in 1985 and still have it. I cant get rid of it.... Its the closest thing I have had to a long term relationship ever!

Whats your longest synth relationship?


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I have had my OB-8 since 1983 and my Arp Oddysey and Solus since 1981. But the one I have used out live has been my Ensoniq SD-1 I bought in 1990. It has never failed me. I have gotten growling Hammonds and realistic guitar leads out of it. Its held together with black duct tape but never complains.
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My 303. Got it in 1997. Use it all the time. Has never failed me.
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OB Four Voice (bought 1992).

My oldest electronica relationship would be with a Simmons SDSV brain and a 'ClapTrap', both bought around 1985.
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OB Matrix 1000, bought the black one in 1988 and had it ever since. My most nostalgic would be the Ensoniq EPS, I have been keeping an eye out for the hard to find racked one.

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I still have my first CS-80, bought in 1984.
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I have had my OB-8 since 1983 and my Arp Oddysey and Solus since 1981. But the one I have used out live has been my Ensoniq SD-1 I bought in 1990. It has never failed me. I have gotten growling Hammonds and realistic guitar leads out of it. Its held together with black duct tape but never complains.

Man I have an ESQ1 and I know exactly what your saying! I cant remember when I got it, maybe 03 or 04? But what a toy!!!

Dubreak I have had my Prophecy since 95. Its another machine I cannot live without!!!



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Of what I still have, my Quasimidi Polymorph has made the ride for close to 10 years.
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Mine must be my JX-10, which I bought in 2002. Up until recently it would've been my Juno 6 but due to being skint I sold it to a friend.
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Mine is my JX3P. Bought it brand new in 1985 and still have it. I cant get rid of it.... Its the closest thing I have had to a long term relationship ever!

Whats your longest synth relationship?


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Do you still have patches saved from way back then?
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Whats your longest synth relationship?
1994 - Ensoniq ESQ-1

Damn.... those were the days!! And it sounded so good back then. I replaced it with SQ-80 5 years ago, but somehow the magic is gone. I guess i have too much different synths now that i have no time to spend with this old baby.

Also it was way cooler when i was a teenage jerk and knew nothing about synthesis. So... you tweak something and it changes in some totally unexpected way. Today, in 95% situations i know exactly how a sound will "sound" even before i move the knob - which gives a certain dose of frustration - and that surprise / discovery factor is gone forever.
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My System 100, which I got in 1990-1991. And my Sequential multitrak, which I got
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SCI Prophet 600 - Was the first synth i ever bought and i stupidly swapped it for a JD800. Regretted it soon after and searched for ages to find one again.

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Roland SH-101,bought it new when I was like 12yrs old.

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Elektron Monomachine - but only a few years.
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SCI Prophet 600 - Was the first synth i ever bought and i stupidly swapped it for a JD800. Regretted it soon after and searched for ages to find one again.
Why did you regret it? Just out of nostalgia or did you not like the JD? I think both are classics.

Oh, yeah and mine is the Novation BassStation – first synth, still have it. Don't think I'll ever get myself to sell it, eventhough I rarely use it at all.
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Korg ER-1, I think. Or maybe the MS2000R. I bought them both in 2001, although I started getting into synths in late 1999.
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Had my 303 the longest.. ill never sell it
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Casio CZ-1000. My mother bought it for me back in 1985 when I was 11. I will never sell it.


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Do you still have patches saved from way back then?

I do!!

I have a lead sound that I programmed when I was maybe 11 that I still have in there. Think of that classic 80s bell lead sound that everyone had going on at the time. I actually just used that sound on a track I'm working on for someone.

Man I had to mow a lot of lawns for that thing...... I think back then it was like 1500 dollars cdn. I had to pay half of it. Its the one machine that means a ton to me, and definitely one that I will not sell. Plus I still use it like crazy.


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Of my current synths, 15 years with my Roland JD-990.


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My oldest companion is a blue SH-101 I bought in 1985 (it was my second synthesizer after a Poly-800, and I didn't even know they came in different colors).
Nowadays it is heavily modified with a Mike Matthew's Soul Kiss built in, a filter CV input and a blue-LEDs-and clear-backlit bender set.
Maybe I'll do the Nova mod as well.

And I have never removed those edding dots in three different colors, marking my favorite settings in ca. 1987...

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Mine was the red SH101. Sadly she is no longer with me.... I miss her.
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Still have my D50 I bought new in 1987, replaced a Yamaha CS70m that was just a beast to load into the car...like 75 pounds or something! Try that constantly into the back seat of an old Mach 1 especially after being in the studio for 15 hours, you know the drill its 3am need to get everything back into the house....
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Well, if you count that:
The first keyboard I ever played was Yamaha SK-10 in early 1985. But it wasn't mine; I borrowed it from a friend.
About ten years later she offered to sell it to me, and I bought it. And I still have it, played it just some days ago. Nothing to write home about, but cheesy in a nice way, and back then it was certainly enough to start it for me...

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