“My interest in electronic music goes back to the early sixties when I was first exposed to the Moog (I think it was among the first ones built – it was VERY hand-done) and started fooling with a tape recorder and homemade relaxation oscillators, electronic switches, etc. I owned the first ARP 2600 in Mississippi (it was sometimes used at Malaco Studios, of which you might have heard, by visiting artists) and still have two of them in various states of disrepair — I’ll put them up on eBay when I feel up to cataloging their faults and packing large things.
This sequencer was later part of my home studio set-up, dates from the mid to late 70′s, and is something I DO feel like packing up. But it has some problems, and not being an expert technician (nor an expert keyboardist, either, as my eBay name indicates!) I don’t feel up to investigating DIY repairs.
Enough with the personal history, you say. Ok.
Here’s a description: First, it looks pretty good, noting some anomalous grunge on the front panel under the Start button (visible in photo). Next, the sliding pots are sticky, as would be expected after having lain fallow for some years. The big thing is, the clock is uncontrollable and has tachycardia — it beats as fast as it can at any setting. That’s probably not a big deal to someone who’s worked on these things. I can’t make any assurances about output voltages and quantizing accuracy, but there are a lot of trimmers for those, as you probably know if you’re looking at this listing.
The good part is, the LEDs sequence and step, and the device responds appropriately to “random” and “sequence.” The 16/8 switch does what it’s supposed to. It will also trigger with the foot switch, and the deal includes both types of foot-pedals, the push-on push-off and the push-on release-off.
The serial # is 16130221.
For those seriously interested, I will be happy to conduct any tests you request, if they can be performed with the instrumentation at my disposal, which extends only to a DVM and a ‘scope. ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.