Cat, Octave @ 18 September 2018, “No Comments”

“Pre-SRM model, super clean, works and sounds great. Much richer tone than either of the later SRM models. Comparable to Mk. II Arp Odyssey (2810) except many more routing and sound shaping options. One of the most versatile monosynths ever made, a superb solo/lead instrument, an insane FX machine, an absolute joy to play.

This unit has holes drilled for CV/gate (non-standard) but interface does not work. so just consider this as a standard pre-SRM Cat that can be easily modded in the event you want to add CV/gate.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 04 September 2018, “No Comments”

“Rare Octave The Cat analog synthesizer, their answer to the ARP Odyssey.

Recently refurbished by one of the best synth techs in SoCal so that the electronics are as good as the cosmetics (many Cats look great but are electronically thrashed – not this one).” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 24 April 2018, Comments Off on Octave CAT Project Machine

“100% analog, old-school duophonic nastiness! Created in 1976 as an Arp Odyssey clone, Octave added a few of their own features, including the ability to (sort of) play the 2 oscillators independently, but the real character of this instrument comes not in playing melodies but in the distinct, gnarly filter and the myriad modulation possibilities on this instrument. You can make the 2 VCOs modulate each other, then modulate the filter, which is also modulated by the LFO and the repeating AR envelope, and tweak all kinds of amazing drone textures into life. I’ll really miss this beauty, but truth be told, it needs some love. I had it serviced about 8 years ago when I first bought it, but it seems the oscillators do not sound without the filter Q being at max, and the volume overall is low, so I suspect the VCA may need replacing. You can definitely get great sounds out of this beast as-is, but for maximum potential, it will need some love from a technician.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 10 April 2018, Comments Off on Octave CAT

“Great sounding antique board (pre-1980s) with a killer filter and some unusual gnarly effects via its flexible modulation capabilities. Oscillator sync, sample and hold, audio rate frequency modulation of both the filter and oscillators, duophonic mode and did I mention the filter? Yeah, it’s pretty sick. Screams like a banshee. In fact, I believe Arp sued them over cloning their design of the original Odyssey.

It’s been in dry storage for some time, but it still plays and sounds great. The original filter was replaced with a new old stock OEM chip that was tough to track down, and it had a thorough check up by a reputable vintage synth tech shortly before going into storage.

I have cleaned the j-wires and bus bars so the keys trigger great and all controls function smoothly and quietly. It looks great for its age with no serious physical defects and plays like new.”
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Cat, Octave @ 06 March 2018, Comments Off on Octave Cat

“Up for sale Octave Electronics inc. the CAT Vintage Analog Electronic Music Synthesizer. in very good physical condition. Unit was serviced by tech department and cleaned. Unit was tested and is working.”
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Cat, Octave @ 06 March 2018, Comments Off on Octave Cat

“I’m no pro synth user however all the sliders, knobs and switches seem to work great. One Knob has been replaced. Seems to be fully operational and functions as intended. Sold as is”
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Cat, Octave @ 23 January 2018, Comments Off on Octave Cat

“Amazing Synthesizer!!! The Cat by Octave. Mono and DUAL Oscillator to give amazing tone. Check out online clips of this, it’s such a nice synth. Great condition!!! I’ve played this for scopula of years now and love it. Comes from a temperature controlled and Smoke-free environment. Never took this out to gigs. Cosmetically in great shape, a couple marks in the wood siding. The synth sounds amazing. ” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 23 January 2018, Comments Off on Octave Cat

“Vintage synthesizer still works model 1853 it’s missing one little button but it works fine you can use your hand to move it” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 09 January 2018, Comments Off on Octave Cat SRM II

“This one is brand new in the original box with the manual + brochures. It is working 100%! Prior to the listing, it had been calibrated as it’s been sitting wrapped in it’s box for over 37 years. I have several available! This model is last of the series, the SRM-II. It uses CEM 3340 (oscillators) and a SSM 2044 (filter). ” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 07 November 2017, Comments Off on Octave Cat SRM

“Octave Cat SRM Analog Synthesizer
Model 1853
Serial #B3211

(works perfectly, good condition)
Includes:
*orig. power cord intact
*printed copy of manual” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 24 October 2017, Comments Off on Octave Cat

“ORIGINAL OWNER. EXCELLENT CONDITION. THIS IS THE SRM MODEL WHICH IS DUOPHONIC (2 NOTES CAN BE PLAYED SIMULTANEOUSLY) AND AN IMPROVEMENT OVER THE ORIGINAL CAT. PURCHASED AROUND 1980.COMES WITH HARD CARRYING CASE. NO PARTS MISSING. WORKS AND SOUNDS GREAT.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 26 September 2017, Comments Off on Octave Cat

“Cool 70’s analog synthesizer. The CAT by octave plateau is a fat monophonic/duo mode keyboard.
They are from the mid 70’s era and have a sound you can’t get from today’s synths, well at least not as big sounding.
This one is in great condition and the knobs are daven type which gives a real frankenstein look. I don’t know where
the original knobs went but these are way better anyway.
Will pack secure. .” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 22 August 2017, Comments Off on Octave Cat

“Amazing condition Octave Cat. This is the original non-SRM version but it is paraphonic, contrary to some internet sites. I had it gone through completely by a great local tech a couple of years ago when i got it. In addition to the normal servicing, I had a more robust cv/gate jack put in for external sequencing. Cosmetically very nice and in great working order. ” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 02 May 2017, Comments Off on Octave Cat

cat “Early version octave cat: Entire signal path is purely discreet, no chips whatsoever, not the 2040, not the 2044.

Recently fully refurbished by Laurentide Synthworks, he will verify if asked.

Excellent condition, super clean, fully functional, gorgeous example.

Smooth sliders, Pots, and switches, original moog-like knobs.

Only known infinitesimal defects:

-intermittent power on status light: just the light, powers on and works flawlessly otherwise.

– extremely minor wear on the wood. ”
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Cat, Octave @ 25 April 2017, Comments Off on Octave Cat SRM II

“In excellent working and aesthetic condition. Last serviced in 2016. Octave Cat SRM II synthesizer. Shipping is tricky due to the size and weight but pay asking price and I will cover the packaging and shipping (double box, plenty of bubble wrap and peanuts.) ” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 18 April 2017, Comments Off on Octave Cat

cat “Vintage Octave CAT Synthesizer model 1853, S/N A1955. Note: this is duo-phonic, pre SRM version. I am the original owner of this fine instrument. I love it but am downsizing and must sell. I recently had it serviced. Three ICs were replaced and it was cleaned and calibrated (see photo of receipts.) It is in good working condition and fully functional. Cosmetically it is overall good. All of the knobs are original except for three. In the photo they are the ones for VCO1 Coarse and Fine tuning and VCA volume. There are a few minor scratches. There is a little rust on the outside ring of the input/output jacks but does not affect operation. Also there was a hole drilled on each side panel (see photos) so, it’s ready for strap locks in case you want to rock out like Edgar Winter.

Note: while I have tested and verified that everything is working with no issues, this is being sold AS IS due to the age.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 11 April 2017, Comments Off on Octave Cat

octavecat “SOLD AS IS DUE TO AGE
WORKS WITH SOME ISSUES
PLEASE READ ENTIRE LISTING BEFORE PURCHASE

Octave CAT Duophonic Analog US Made Synthesizer
Model 1851
SN 2014

The list below is what I found when testing it out. It is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all the issues. There may be other problems found.

Lowest C# needs to be pressed a little harder to sound
Some pots could use cleaning.
At least a few keys are clacky.
Occasionally a note is jittery (I have read that cleaning the bus bar will correct – but no guarantees)
Duophonic mode works but not reliably
Jacks in back have some superficial rust.
Missing some slider caps (link below to buy replacement set – $39.95 at time of listing)
replacement slider caps” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 21 February 2017, Comments Off on Octave Cat

ocatvate “Early version Octave Cat; Entire signal path is purely discreet. Uses CA3080 filter.

Recently fully refurbished by my tech, Duane R. balvage (invoice attached; see images).

Excellent condition, super clean, fully functional, gorgeous example with original box (in poor-okay condition; see pictures), receipt, and even original warranty card! 1 owner prior to me.

Smooth sliders, Pots, and switches, original moog-like knobs.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 07 February 2017, Comments Off on Octave Cat

octavecat “CAT by Octave Plateau
This vintage synthesizer Serial #B3333 has been sitting
in closet for awhile. Turns on and works quite well.

Normal wear looks good. Early SRM version.
I’ll try to answer any questions or concerns.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 17 January 2017, Comments Off on Octave Cat SRM II

cat “This one is brand new in the original box with the manual and is working 100%. Prior to the listing, it had been calibrated as it’s been sitting wrapped in it’s box for over 30 years. This model is last of the series, ” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 22 November 2016, Comments Off on Octave Cat

octave-cat “The CAT by Octave

SRM

Model#1853” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 08 November 2016, Comments Off on Octave Cat

octave_cat “This Cat SMR is in great shape. I bought it from a friend (the original owner) in the 80’s and it has lived in the box since. I have taken it out a couple times to play with for a couple days at a time. I have made a video to show that all controls and keys work. A couple of the slider and switches are a little scratchy but fully work.”
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Cat, Octave @ 08 November 2016, Comments Off on Octave Cat

cat “This vintage beautiful has been fully restored to it’s exact original specs by the skillful hands of the guys over at This Old Synth in San Jose, California. We’ve already killed hours here sitting and getting some amazing sounds out of it and as sad as it makes us, we have a job to do and this synth needs to go out into the world and be recorded in all it’s analog splendor.

The 37 full-sized keys are framed by wooden side panels, which exhibit a bit of wear and tear, but they have great character as you’ll see from the images we’ve included. The chassis is a tabletop style design, which sits about 20″s deep and 6″s high, so only slightly larger than your typical tabletop keyboard synth. It was released in 1976 and this duophonic synth has two voltage controlled oscillators, 24 db lowpass filter, sample and hold and 7 waveforms which can be mixed simultaneously and both ADSR and AR envelopes in the “transient generator” section. Many have compared it to the ARP Odyssey and while there are certainly many many similarities, The Cat has it’s own distinct character and we’re very excited to be able to offer an original SRM mod to the public!” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 01 November 2016, Comments Off on Octave Cat

cat “CAT by Octave Plateau
This vintage synthesizer Serial #B3333 has been sitting
in closet for awhile. Turns on and works well.

Normal wear looks good.
I’ll try to answer any questions or concerns. ” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 04 October 2016, Comments Off on Octave CAT

cat “Prrrrrrrrrr……

Beautiful old Octave CAT SRM duo/mono synthesizer

I’ve had this for about 10 years and there’s no synth quite like it. The sound is deep, rich and quirky and with so many routable modulation sources, she’s also very flexible.

I had this serviced a few years ago by Fluctus Labs in North London. It has a couple of issues however…

The top key sometimes triggers a random note when released (kind of useful!).

The top Bflat does not work (not useful at all), but this is also intermittent and is working fine at the moment.

The pitch of VCO1 can sometimes fluctuate a little – CATs are not known for their pitch stability.

In the light of these minor flaws, I would recommend a service. Personally I would be happy using her just as she is, accepting these idiosyncrasies – it’s not a DAW! But I’ve adjusted the price to take account of this fact.

Anyway, it’s amazing, I’ll be sad to see it go but I need the money and the space as I’m emigrating at the end of summer. ” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 04 October 2016, Comments Off on Octave Cat

octave-cat “The CAT by Octave
Vintage synthesizer Serial #B3333
Stored for past 15 years.

Shows normal wear for it’s age.
Everything working as it should.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 26 July 2016, Comments Off on Octave Cat

octave_cat “This is an excellent CAT Synthesizer, SRM Model 1853 by Octave. It WORKS GREAT!! This analog synth makes incredible sounds that can’t be matched by virtual instruments. Everything functions on the unit. Some of the sliders could use some oiling / cleaning as they have stiff motion, but they all function as they should. This synthesizer makes unbelievable sounds and is a real “show stopper”! This rare analog synthesizer is a powerful instrument that will consistently surprise you with its versatility and creative sounds.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 26 July 2016, Comments Off on Octave Cat

octave cat “Vintage Cat by Octave in good condition been kept in its case for years, needs a bit of TLC.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 12 July 2016, Comments Off on Octave Cat

octave cat “The CAT by Octave Plateau Long Island NY.
Serial #B3333

working and looks good.

Vintage synthesizer from the 70’s packs a thick sound.
As a mono synth it is FAT, but also has duo mode allowing 2 voices to be played together, (rarer feature from this era).
Knobs upgraded to vintage Daven bakelite knobs.

Keyboard level and plays well. The graphics still nice (see pics).
Unit shows wear you must expect on equipment from 70’s.
This is from a recording studio and not road worn. ” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 05 July 2016, Comments Off on Octave Cat

octave_the_cat “1970’s Cat. All buttons are in working order. A few may need a bit of tuner cleaner. One silver button cover missing and a chip out of the side, see picture.

It’s time to let someone else enjoy this Cat.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 28 June 2016, Comments Off on Octave Cat

cat “This is an excellent CAT Synthesizer, SRM Model 1853 by Octave. It WORKS GREAT!! This analog synth makes incredible sounds that can’t be matched by virtual instruments. Everything functions on the unit. Some of the sliders could use some oiling / cleaning as they are a bit stiff, but they all work very well. This synthesizer makes unbelievable sounds and is a real “show stopper”, especially when used in live situations. This rare analog synthesizer is a powerful instrument that will consistently surprise you with its versatility and creative sounds.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 21 June 2016, Comments Off on Octave Cat

octavecat “1970’s Cat. All buttons are in working order. A few may need a bit of tuner cleaner. Time to clean out a few things and let others enjoy them. One silver button cover missing and a chip out of the side, see picture.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 31 May 2016, Comments Off on Octave Cat

octave cat ” Octave Cat synth in very good condition. I have owned this since it was new in 1977-1978ish. Serviced by Ears, NYC a few years ago and is functioning beautifully. Have original manual and patch sheets. I do not have a box.

Model number (from serial number plaque: 1853). Cat SRM Rev SSM-1 on filter circuit board. SRM Rev C on Oscillator circuit board.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 24 May 2016, Comments Off on Octave Cat

cat “This is a beautiful analog CAT SRM model 1853. I bought this new in 1978 and am the original owner. It has had VERY little use.

This machine is basically a ARP Odyssey clone. Incidentally ARP sued Cat over this!

This is a VERY rich and phat sounding machine. It has one over the mini-moog because it is possible to have all waveforms at once (each with their own slider) instead of just switching between them like the Moog. Great sounding filter too. Somewhere between Moog & Oberheim ; best of both worlds!

The Cat is a monophonic/duophonic analog synthesizer with 2 oscillators capable of square and sawtooth waveforms. VCO 1 also has a triangle waveform. Each of the waveforms can be played simultaneously and mixed together and there are additional sub-octave oscillators on each oscillator to blend new and interesting sounds.

Everything works. All keys, controls, outputs, etc. ” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Cat, Octave @ 24 May 2016, Comments Off on Octave Cat

used cat “1970’s Cat. It has been checked out at a local music store. All buttons are in working order. A few may need a bit of tuner cleaner. We have had it for many years. Time to clean out a few things and let others enjoy them. One silver button cover missing and a chip out of the side, see picture. ” Click here to visit listing on eBay