ARP, Avatar @ 18 October 2017, “No Comments”

“I am selling my ARP Avatar guitar synthesizer. I am the second owner of this synth.

The original owner played it lightly. I have played this in the studio and I have not toured with this synth.

I purchased the item around 2010. Initially, I used it as intended, as a guitar synthesizer, and I fitted the hex pickup to a Les Paul since it’s designed for a Les Paul, not a Fender like some of the hex pickups.

The tracking circuit to change the string tone to a synth tone is unreliable. The hex pickup works fine for both clean and fuzz, but the pickup to synth tracking is sporadic. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t, but usually it doesn’t work properly. It seems like this is a common problem with Avatars.

I have used this occasionally as a normal synth since then and it has worked nicely for me. I have recorded with it for two albums using it as a normal synth.

I had the pin connectors cleaned and resoldered, the power supply recapped, calibrated and all of the controls cleaned. Currently there is sometimes some slight crackling when a few of the sliders are moved. The synth has some of the slider caps missing.

There are a few scratches on the side of the synth. It has been treated with care over the years. The synth powers on normally; main power switch and main output button light normally. Sliders are moveable with no stuck ones. The guitar interconnect cable is completely functional.

This comes with the original owners manual, patchbook, instructional cassette tape, hexaphonic guitar pickup (without the original box), and a guitar to synth cable.

The guitar-to-synth aspects of it are really cool and fun and I’m sure that there’s someone out there who could get the tracking circuit repaired. As a synth only, it works great. I am selling this as is. ”
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ARP, Avatar, Axxe @ 27 September 2017, Comments Off on ARP Axxe and ARP Avatar

“his is a combo Avatar + Axxe with CV/gate cable and Stand
Avatar and Axxe Modifications Included :
All tantal polarized capacitors are changed for new Electrolytic Capacitors.
All Sprague Orange capacitor are changed

Old transistor 2n606/2n5172 has been changed for new 2n3904/06
all defect IC has been changed by new (ca3080, CA3086, lm1358, lm3900 ..)
LM301 has been changed by new TL081 (Compensation cap removed)

New oversized power supply with modern component (lm317/337) and separate power supply for the LED
with modern component (lm317) with 1 toroidal transformer +/-15v + 1 toroidal transformer +5v for Avatar
and 1 R-CORE transformer +/- 15 and +5v for Axxe

With Queensland Walnut raw wood veneer panels

Specific Avatar Modifications Included :

Correction on the 4075 VCF which cut off frequencies above 12kHz

37 new sliders, Bourns PTL serie with led. Each color has an individually adjustable trimmer to adjust the brightness. The colors are according to the color code of the Odyssey.

The guitar part (Board E and D) are present and fonctionnel, but not used in this configuration.
The Guitar microphone is included. The connector are changed for a less expansive one (DIN 6, the same as input of the avatar)

Board D power supply connector are not connected (Reduce consumption).
– the Portamento, Guitar vol slides , and switchs string select has no effect

Two modifications are been made to allow the adjustment of both oscillators pitch to tune with another instrument :
– the Triger sensibility is used for a (reverse Log) pitch adjustment
– the 3 positions switch Env Follow is used to an approximatively +/- 2 octave pitch adjustment
Specific AXXE Modifications Included :

New VCF AM4023 Filter12dB Low Pass

Due to the configuration of the Axxe slider the resonance are inverted (low on the top) and to have a maximum resonance,
the settings of Q is very hight, that will take the filter in oscillation depending of the frequency and the reso.

23 new sliders, Bourns PTL serie with led. Each color has an individually adjustable trimmer to adjust the brightness. The colors are according to the color code of the Odyssey.

All IC excepted VCO, are on sockets for easy change. ” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 27 September 2017, Comments Off on ARP Avatar with Mods

” you are bidding on a fully restored ARP Avatar with Lumina LED slider kit and and New England Analog Patch bay expander kit.

some marks from use on unit but overall good condition

please note slider switch ‘B’ (Guitar string select) has sheared off and will need replacing

unit is 220-240V” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 30 August 2017, Comments Off on ARP Avatar

“Cosmetic: there are no slider caps on this Avatar (they have long since crumbled or been lost); there is a bit of tape residue marks on bottom center of back panel (see pic); slight wear on right wood end panel; the Sustain slider in the ADSR envelope generator section is broken off almost flush with the front panel (still moveable/functional).

Electronic: scratchy pots/sliders (gently working the sliders seems to help); VCO 2 not as loud as VCO 1; Some sliders don’t seem to affect the sound as they should ( i.e. sliders routing signals to the filter don’t seem to be working correctly); oscillators drift substantially (although became more stable the longer the unit was on and being played); oscillators act like portamento is on even when portamento slider is all the way down; i.e. synth response to guitar sounds “sluggish”; i.e. tracking seems to lag.

Good Things:
Cosmetic: This Avatar is in excellent cosmetic condition; virtually no scratches, dents or dings (other than the broken slider tip in the ADSR/EG). It has been well protected over the years. Wood veneer end panels in excellent shape with a few small blemishes (see pics);
Electronic: Synth powers on normally; main power switch and main output button both light normally; all sliders are completely moveable; no stuck ones; Hex pickup (both clean and fuzz) work normally and sound fine (or at least as originally intended). The hex fuzz sounds distinct and clear. The guitar pickup works normally and the string select lights all work normally; the Guitar Interconnect cable (connects the hex pickup to the synth) is completely functional. The tracking of the guitar seems to be working well (although the oscillator response is as mentioned above). Filter (both LP and HP) and resonance sliders work normally as do EG sliders, oscillator frequency sliders, pulse width mod sliders, etc.

Original manual, patchbook, instructional cassette tape; Hexaphonic guitar pickup w/ original box, guitar to synth cable, original filter foot pedal and sustain foot switch all included. More pictures available if needed.

I have recently tested the Avatar out on a small portable synth, not a stereo sound system. The basic functions of the synth seem to be OK; it comes on, it makes sound, most sliders work normally. As mentioned above, there are some issues with the synth. I did not test the Avatar comprehensively; e.g. I did not test any of the outputs other than the mono guitar and low level synth outputs; both seemed to function normally (although I have no reason to believe that any of the outputs aren’t functional); I didn’t check every slider (other than for ease of movement) for audio functionality.

Overall I think this Avatar is in very good shape for its age; I’d like for it to go to a good home where it can be fully restored to original condition. I am, however, selling the Avatar and its accessories AS IS. Thanks for looking and bidding.” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 23 August 2017, Comments Off on ARP Avatar

“The mixer comes from an auction of a music studio, they don’t have the wires for the guitar. I hooked it up to the aux input and play. Looks like this equipment has been stored away for a long time because the slide controllers feel a little sluggish probably they need to give a service or change. Still works but not like it supposed to be originally. I paid a lot for the mixer, I just want my money back so this is a not returnable mixer. No Warranty and no Exchange. SOLD AS IS” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 23 August 2017, Comments Off on ARP Avatar Project Machine

Arp Avatar Guitar Synthesizer

Rare vintage

– non-fonctional

– no voltage on power supply output when ON (must be +/- 15v)

– all sliders and sliders-buttons need to be change (you find it on Ebay)

– no guitar divided pickup included

– no cables included

– service manual on:

Manuals.fdiskc.com” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 26 July 2017, Comments Off on ARP Avatar

“Here is a rare Arp Avatar synth, serviced and sounds awesome. Its missing some slider caps but they still function fine. ” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 28 June 2017, Comments Off on ARP Avatar with Mods

“The ARP Avatar is very similar to an ARP Odyssey, designed for a guitar interface instead of a keyboard. This particular unit has been patch-pointed, providing a lot of additional functionality found in the ARP 2600. These are extremely rare! Only about 300 were ever made.

This synth does not include the guitar adapter or pickup! I have tried to capture this in the pictures. It was previously driven with CV and gate – similar to an ARP Odyssey without a keyboard. It has been patch-pointed to be modular. I do not have the means to test it. It was in storage for the past 10 years, and the buyer should expect to perform some servicing to bring back up to speed. The sliders are also stiff, and it will need to be serviced before being fully functional. Fortunately, these synths are very easy to work on, and the case on this provides easy access (the lid lifts up). It can be driven by Moog, Oberheim, or most any other modular gear or gear with 1v/octave CV out.” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 21 June 2017, Comments Off on ARP Avatar

“I am selling my ARP Avatar guitar synthesizer after many years of use. I am the original owner; I bought the unit new. This Avatar was played for many years, but has been unused for the past few years.

Issues:
Cosmetic: there are no slider caps on this Avatar (they have long since crumbled or been lost); there is a bit of tape residue marks on bottom center of back panel (see pic); slight wear on right wood end panel; the Sustain slider in the ADSR envelope generator section is broken off almost flush with the front panel (still moveable/functional).

Electronic: scratchy pots/sliders (gently working the sliders seems to help); VCO 2 not as loud as VCO 1; Some sliders don’t seem to affect the sound as they should ( i.e. sliders routing signals to the filter don’t seem to be working correctly); oscillators drift substantially (although became more stable the longer the unit was on and being played); oscillators act like portamento is on even when portamento slider is all the way down; i.e. synth response to guitar sounds “sluggish”; i.e. tracking seems to lag.

Good Things:
Cosmetic: This Avatar is in excellent cosmetic condition; virtually no scratches, dents or dings (other than the broken slider tip in the ADSR/EG). It has been well protected over the years. Wood veneer end panels in good shape with a few small blemishes (see pics);
Electronic: Synth powers on normally; main power switch and main output button both light normally; all sliders are completely moveable; no stuck ones; Hex pickup (both clean and fuzz) work normally and sound fine (or at least as originally intended). The hex fuzz sounds distinct and clear. The guitar pickup works normally and the string select lights all work normally; the Guitar Interconnect cable (connects the hex pickup to the synth) is completely functional. The tracking of the guitar seems to be working well (although the oscillator response is as mentioned above). Filter (both LP and HP) and resonance sliders work normally as do EG sliders, oscillator frequency sliders, pulse width mod sliders, etc.

Original manual, patchbook, instructional cassette tape; Hexaphonic guitar pickup w/ original box, guitar to synth cable, original filter foot pedal and sustain foot switch all included. More pictures available is needed.

I have recently tested the Avatar out on a small portable synth, not a stereo sound system. The basic functions of the synth seem to function; it comes on, it makes sound, most sliders work normally. As mentioned above, there are some issues with the synth. I did not test the Avatar comprehensively; e.g. I did not test any of the outputs other than the mono guitar and low level synth outputs; both seemed to function normally (although I have no reason to believe that any of the outputs aren’t functional); I didn’t check every slider (other than for ease of movement) for audio functionality.”
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ARP, Avatar @ 17 May 2017, Comments Off on ARP Avatar

“Very rare fully refurbished in great working condition. All the great sounds of the classic Arp Odyssey. Does not have the pickup but it does come with cable for pickup. Some of the knobs have been replaced. ” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 16 November 2016, Comments Off on ARP Avatar

arpavatar “Tested: powers on, no other functions were tested.

Description of damage: Missing some switches cap.

Unit can power on , no other functions were tested.
SOLD AS IS.” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 12 October 2016, Comments Off on ARP Avatar

avatar “Vintage Arp Avatar analog synth with cv/gate (like an Arp Odyssey module) that’s also a guitar synth (hex pick up included). Great condition! Cool piece. Rare! ” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 07 September 2016, Comments Off on ARP Avatar

used arp avatar “For sale is a used an Arp Avatar with a MIDI Input jack. In great condition, with one fader broken. HPF Cutoff Freq fader head is broken off, but it is still usable. Does not include the hex pickup. ” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 24 August 2016, Comments Off on ARP Avatar

arp avatar “ARP Avatar
I bought new in `77 and used for about 6 months.Originally designed for guitar but when midi is added can be used with midi capable keyboards. Same sound engine as Arp Odyssey. A great addition to your rig for those retro sounds. Also includes guitar pickup assembly. Missing some slider tips which were cheap and easily broken in two from normal use.
I used and had fun with it around the house and some studio work, but when I used it on a couple of gigs I found it impractical because of time consuming chore of changing sounds. It`s not like modern synths “push one button” for a new patch. Therefore it went in the closet and I removed PU from my guitar and it`s been there since.
When I decided to sell it I realized I had no way to test it personally without paying a tech, which I didn`t want the expense, or reinstalling the PU, which I also didn`t want to do.It worked fine the last time I used it and other than the missing slider tips I noticed the sliders were not smooth. I`ve seen a wide variety of prices online and it`s original cost was rather high. I wished I had waited for Roland to come through with my present guitar synth rig. I`m selling as-is and can`t give any further info that I know of about it.” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 27 April 2016, Comments Off on ARP Avatar

used arp avar “Arp Avatar in good working condition, comes with the original arp midipickup.” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 27 April 2016, Comments Off on ARP Avatar

used avart “Very rare fully refurbished in great working condition. All the great sounds of the classic Arp Odyssey. Does not have the pickup but it does come with cable for pickup. Some of the knobs have been replaced.” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 02 March 2016, Comments Off on ARP Avatar Project Machine

avatar ” This has been in storage for years, just pulled it out. Has some rust, a few broken switches and sliders. Worked about 20 years ago, but I make no promises as to its current performance abilities. Selling as is! It could possibly be restored to full functionality, but I do not have the time or desire to look it over.” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 17 February 2016, Comments Off on ARP Avatar

used avatar “Circa late 1970’s

Powers on

No pick up to test

All sliders move , some stiff

No slider caps

Main output switch light does not come on when square button is pushed

2 switches missing on left side as shown in pix

We’ve had this Arp for 20 yrs.” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 06 January 2016, Comments Off on ARP Avatar

arpavater “For sale is my Arp Avatar, I do not have the guitar pickup or any way of testing it. It does turn on and produce a few sounds on its own, I do not know if this is normal when the guitar pickup isn’t present or if this is an issue so bid accordingly. Cosmetically there are a few scratches and a bit of tape residue, many of the slider caps are missing. All of the sliders and switches move. ” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 18 November 2015, Comments Off on ARP Avatar

arp avatar“Very rare fully refurbished in great working condition. All the great sounds of
the classic Arp Odyssey. Does not have the pickup but it does come with cable
for pickup and original cassette. Some of the knobs have been replaced. ” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 26 August 2015, Comments Off on ARP Avatar Project Machine

avatar “Arp Avatar good physical shape not working but powers up

Another unit from the South Florida Estate sale

Powers up and does not work

The avatar is in good physical shape but is missing many slider covers

For parts or repair” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 12 August 2015, Comments Off on ARP Avatar

avatar” Pristine condition all electronics working the voice of thunder big fat rich tones.” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 29 July 2015, Comments Off on ARP Avatar

arp_avatar ” Great guitar synth, we don’t have much use for it at our studio right now though. ” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 22 July 2015, Comments Off on ARP Avatar

avatar“Pristine” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 08 July 2015, Comments Off on ARP Avatar

arp avatar” Certainly one of the nicest Avatars today. Serial number 2223-1360 which is the highest I know of and it was probably one of the last made in 1980. Looks crisp, a few scuffs here and there, but near mint and even the leatherette sides hardly have a mark on them. This one might actually have boards from a late model Odyssey in it (also on auction), as they were restored at the same time, are identical and were possibly interchanged. About 5 years back, the boards were throughly bathed, all tantalum caps replaced, the sliders cleaned with isopropanol / lubricated with a silicone base and everything calibrated. It’s really nice and not needed any work since. I’ve not tried a guitar pickup with it, but there’s no functional issues with the synth section, and everything works quite well. The ‘synth output’ jack works independent of a guitar connection. Theres a 1/4″ external input to the VCF and VCA, and CV/GATE/TRIG in outs that will re-trigger the AD portion of the envelope. No mods present. It comes with a few extras:

-The original factory printed service manual
-Hex pick up
-3 replacement sliders on of each value it takes
-Male and female connectors for the pickup cable. The 6 pin DIN is standard, available at mouser/digikey etc, but these are hard to find. ” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 03 June 2015, Comments Off on ARP Avatar

avatar “One Arp Avatar, recently serviced. One broken slider, still works with a pen to move it!

Used with a Kenton Pro Solo,( check my other items for sale) cv controller for midi control!” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 20 May 2015, Comments Off on ARP Avatar

arp avatar “This is a great sounding Arp Avatar Guitar Synthesizer, with the same circuitry as the famous Arp Odyssey. I’ve only used this as a CV module controlled from Moogs or Lyricons, and it works and sounds fantastic. Today I tested it using the Keith McMillen QuNexus portable keyboard and that works perfectly too. Some sliders are a little bit tight, and one (Special Effect/Ring Mod) has been replaced with a metal slider, but they all function well (with the occasional little wiper noise). In very good physical condition with some scratches.

Includes the Analogue Solutions Modular Kit (jacks, wires, schematics) to turn the Avatar into a semi-modular semi-2600 synthesizer.

Also includes the original pickup but missing the pickup extension cable. Includes the 6 pin din plug to make the extension cable. Guitar input has never been tested. Includes 9 of the original slider caps.” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 01 April 2015, Comments Off on ARP Avatar

avatar “So the story goes, I have many items from a guy that is older whom wanted me to buy his house. He told me I can have anything that was in the house. One item was this Arp Avatar, he had a custom suitcase built it was in for years and it had never come out for who knows how many years. He collected so many things, it was stowed away and only after he looked through everything did he see it again. I don’t even believe he ever used it. It is in mint condition and no scuffs marks etc. You can see in pics. I don’t know anything about guitars, I don’t even play an instrument, but when I looked it up I saw how much they are desired, my luck your gain. I hope someone can appreciate it. Literally looks like it was untouched.” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 11 March 2015, Comments Off on ARP Avatar

arp avatar “Serial Number: 2223-0145

Here’s a great sounding ARP Avatar that can be used as synthesizer module over CV/Gate, the original HEX guitar pickup is no where to be found. Cosmetically the ARP shows plenty of wear in the best kind of way, perfect vintage vibe. All of the slider caps have gone missing, but replacements can be found right here on eBay.

This Avatar was just serviced on 02/16/15 by Chicago’s best, Borish Electronics.

Service notes:
-Cleaned all sliders and replaced 1 slider.
-Replaced 2 CMOS IC’s related to routing and switching.
-Removed some bad tantalum capacitors.
-Calibrated oscillators and power supply.
-All functions test OK.” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 04 March 2015, Comments Off on ARP Avatar

avatar“Certainly one of the nicest Avatars today. Serial number 2223-1360 which is the highest I know of and it was probably one of the last made. Looks crisp, a few scuffs here and there, but near mint and even the leatherette sides hardly have a mark on them. This one might actually have boards from a late model Odyssey in it, as they were restored at the same time, are identical and were possibly interchanged. About 5 years back, the boards were throughly bathed, all tantalum caps replaced, the sliders cleaned with isopropanol / lubricated with a silicone base and everything calibrated. It’s really nice and not needed any work since. I’ve not tried a guitar pickup with it, but there’s no functional issues with the synth section, and everything works quite well. The ‘synth output’ jack works independent of a guitar connection. Theres a 1/4″ external input to the VCF and VCA, and CV/GATE/TRIG in outs that will re-trigger the AD portion of the envelope. No mods present. It comes with a few extras:

-The original factory printed service manual
-Hex pick up
-3 replacement sliders on of each value it takes
-Male and female connectors for the pickup cable. The 6 pin DIN is standard, available at mouser/digikey etc, but these are hard to find. ” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 11 February 2015, Comments Off on ARP Avatar

arp avatar“ARP Avatar synthesizer expander, in very very good condition , full working order , it’s a arp odyssey with no keyboard , same filter and sound , unique piece only 300 made of these.” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 14 January 2015, Comments Off on ARP Avatar

arp avatar“ARP AVATAR VINTAGE Guitar Synthesizer for sale. This unit has been stored inside for several years. I used to use it for live, and recording, back in the day. Always got a kick out of people coming up to the stage and asking me where the keyboardist was. When using the synth. side, and the hex pick up together, you can get a suedo-polyphonic syth. sound out of the Avatar, which sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard, it’s very unique.

After using it live the first few times out I found the original cable to be flimsy, and unacceptable for the road, so I had a custom cable made with a 5-pin XLR type connector at the guitar end, and at the synth side. (see pics) Also, I had an XLR output connector placed on the unit’s output, so as to be accepted by all junction boxes that were on stage for (front of house) signals. In order to use the pickup and cable, you’ll need to hoan out a hole near the bottom of your guitar, next to the guitar input jack and mount the 5-pin male connector there,… I did it on my guitar and it worked very well. Next, you have to install the hex pickup on the guitar, run the wires through the pickup holes to the 5-pin jack, solder them up and mount the 5-pin connector to the guitar, and your ready to roll.

Anyway, due to the duration the unit was in storage, when I plugged it in, the oscillators were floating. With these units the caps usually dry out and most likely need to be replaced. However, this is a pretty easy quick fix and the caps kits are relatively inexpensive. The hex pickup worked fine, and sounded great. As I mentioned in the condition part of this ad, some of the sliders are misssing the little black caps, which is typical for the Arp units, but again you can by bags of these on Ebay for next to nothing. Also, I have a Flight case for the unit, however it’s missing the foam inside, so I’d pack the unit securily and then place it in the case if you wanted it. The unit is heavy even without the flight case so you’d have to let me know its destination before I could give you an accurate quote on the shipping.” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 31 December 2014, Comments Off on ARP Avatar Hexaphonic Pickup

avatar pickup” Arp Hexaphonic pickup with cable in box- Complete with instructions and template. This item is like new-in-box and has no evidence of prior use.
INCLUDES THE RARE CABLE to hook up to the Arp Avatar.
ARP AVATAR PARTIALLY VISIBLE IN PHOTO IS NOT INCLUDED!” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 26 November 2014, Comments Off on ARP Avatar

used arp avatar
An ARP Odyssey without the keyboard for half the price. Use with Midi to CV controller with a Midi keyboard.
Refurbished, seven new sliders, all others in good condition, fully tested and calibration, in good working order.
No guitar pickups or guitar parts, needs power supply for guitar section.
Will throw in an Anvil Case, see picture. Will ship in case, so shipping cost will be higher than normal. Case is very heavy. Option to ship without case, no change in price of item, just cheaper to ship.” Link

ARP, Avatar @ 10 September 2014, Comments Off on ARP Avatar

arp avatar “This has only been used in my smoke free studio. Cleaned, calibrated and refurbished.
I have 3 videos available to show it in use and to show the tuning was calibrated. It’s a vintage analog unit so the tuning always needs to be checked.
I also show it being controlled by a Moog Little Phatty and a sequencer. Both using their CV/Gate outputs to control the AVATAR. This synth sounds GREAT! IT has a very thick & warm sound, with some nice grit to it. It’s basically an ARP ODYSSEY you could control with a guitar (if you had the guitar pickup) otherwise it’s a 2 oscillator analog expander synth. The power supply was re-capped and other parts replaced as needed. Voltage was calibrated. A few other caps were replaced on one other circuit board. Faders were cleaned and lubed but are still a bit sticky as most old Arps are.
The guitar section hasn’t been used in years and I don’t have the guitar pickup to test it so I can’t guarantee that part of the unit, but it did work at one time. It’s also easily fixable if it doesn’t work.

Because this is a vintage unit I’m selling it as is, but it works great as you can see from the videos.
The only issue is that the Main Output button seems to be stuck on, but it never bothered me. You won’t have any reason to toggle that button as it just turns the output jack on and off. Not a very useful function honestly.
Only a few hundred of these were ever made so it’s RARE.
I will pack it very well.” Link