Photos of the EMS (Cornwall) Synthi A 2011

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Photos of the EMS (Cornwall) Synthi A 2011

Post by digitana_electronics » Sat Apr 30, 2011 1:26 pm

Hi all..thought this might be better in a new thread as the previous one was all about 'speculation' etc about when new EMS(Cornwall) Synthi A's and VCS3's would be shipping again.

Well the Synthi A's have started shipping. These are photos were kindly sent to me by someone who has been on the waiting list since 1998. He received it a few days ago..

You'll notice it still retains the Bulgin AC socket and there is no prestopatch socket. I think keeping the Bulgin socket is good idea on a Synthi A(S) as an IEC socket would look out of place to my eyes.. Pity the prestopatch connector wasn't kept though..

Anyway the buyer also had Robin add a bunch of mods before shipping it :-

Osc sync on Osc 2
Hi/lo frequency range on all 3 oscillators
Osc 3 stabilisation (this is done as standard for Osc 1 & 2)
VC shape on Osc 2 & 3
Patchable inverter
Switchable filter mode 18/24 dB
Switchable filter unslew
VC filter response

cheers
steve
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Post by theparegorickid » Sat Apr 30, 2011 1:28 pm

i would have bet my studio this would never happen. Listers rejoice!!!!

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Post by AntManBee » Sat Apr 30, 2011 1:34 pm

Wonderful! I spoke to Robin the other day and he said my VCS3 is probably about a year away and to phone back in 6 months.

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Post by digitana_electronics » Sat Apr 30, 2011 2:04 pm

Hi ..I changed the pics so you get a better view rather than closeups ..
and includes the owners watermark (thanks to Sandro for the image re-work)

Quite something to behold..

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Post by daindain » Sat Apr 30, 2011 2:23 pm

so i have to ask...did anyone on the list die? surely not everyone made it the whole 10 years!

also do we know how many will be made? i thought he only had like 50 of the cases?

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Post by theparegorickid » Sat Apr 30, 2011 2:35 pm

Everyone looking at this thread should check out what digitana electronics is up to. His Avatar is his re-release of the ems hi fli, and he has expanders for the synthi and vcs3 he is making and they freekin look amazing.

www.synthi.co.uk

thanks again for the pix.
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Post by digitana_electronics » Sat Apr 30, 2011 2:46 pm

daindain wrote:so i have to ask...did anyone on the list die? surely not everyone made it the whole 10 years!
well I sincerely hope nobody on the list has died..though I can see that some on the list might not share my sentiments ..
But yes some people have left the list as you might expect after so long ..I dont know how many.
also do we know how many will be made? i thought he only had like 50 of the cases?
Approximately 40 Spartanite cases left for Synthi A's. These are all reserved
as I understand (the waiting list is longer than 40.. I know people at number 60+..this is a sort of reserve 'Spartanite Synthi A' list I guess..hoping that others above them may drop out. )

Anyway after all the Spartanite's are used up Robin is considering another commercial attache case to use instead. Whether this requires a redesign of the front panel remains to be seen.But its some ways off yet..

No such restrictions for the VCS3 of course.

Ultimately Robin must have limited stocks of the Sealectro patching matrix. These have been obsolete for many years. Ghielmetti in Switzerland still make such patching matrices (of extremely high quality).
But they are not the same size as the orginal Sealectro types and use different sized pins. Using these matrices may require modification of the Synthi A and Synthi VCS3 panels.

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Post by digitana_electronics » Sat Apr 30, 2011 2:52 pm

theparegorickid wrote:Everyone looking at this thread should check out what digitana electronics is up to. His Avatar is his re-release of the ems hi fi, and he has expanders for the synthi and vcs3 he is making and they freekin look amazing.

www.synthi.co.uk

thanks again for the pix.
he he thanks for the plug ! Its the SYNTHI 'HI-FLI' by the way not 'HI-FI' though as I mentioned in my previous post the re-designed case does make it look like a piece of vintage 70's HI-FI from the front ..

There's an L-of difference between the two :hihi:

I cant recall why EMS chose to call it the HI-FLI ( Hi-Flying ?) ..but it's a better name than 'Sound Freak' as it's aka.

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Post by theparegorickid » Sat Apr 30, 2011 3:01 pm

His last email to me said he had 30 cabinets for the vcs3 made at that time. Obviously a wooden cabinet is not that hard to manufacture and could easily be reproduced. At that mailing he said after those 30, he would decide if he wanted to make more. That was a year ago.

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Post by zdarma » Sat Apr 30, 2011 3:24 pm

beautiful!

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Post by amnesia » Sat Apr 30, 2011 4:10 pm

This looks like a modded OPTION version correct or will this be standard?

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Post by amnesia » Sat Apr 30, 2011 4:18 pm

Ah thanks I was just amazed by the photos I did read :-)

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Post by sascha.victoria » Sat Apr 30, 2011 6:56 pm

Wow! It's really real for real. Now the wait until #44...

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Post by sgnelson » Sat Apr 30, 2011 7:59 pm

I have to say, I was pretty sure we would never see this day. Hell must have frozen over.

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Post by michenal » Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:14 pm

I thought I never would see that day. It is beautiful. :tu:

The joystick and the attack button are looking a little weird though.

I'd be curious to hear one in person to compare it to the sound of my own Synthi A (mk1)..

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Post by Reese P. Dubin » Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:28 pm

Only 15 posts in til the first "complaint" :hihi:

Should hav ego ton the list all those years back when everyone was POSITIVE it coul dnever happen.

Oh well, will have to be happy with the new Fenix...whenever that lands.

AMAZING

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Post by michenal » Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:33 pm

Reese P. Dubin wrote:Only 15 posts in til the first "complaint" :hihi:

Should hav ego ton the list all those years back when everyone was POSITIVE it coul dnever happen.

Oh well, will have to be happy with the new Fenix...whenever that lands.

AMAZING
I am not complaining, I find it beautiful except for the joystick and the attack button.. I am sure the new owner will not complain.

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Post by Christopher Winkels » Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:49 pm

sgnelson wrote:I have to say, I was pretty sure we would never see this day. Hell must have frozen over.
Count me in on that group of doubters who appear to have been proven wrong.

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Post by Babaluma » Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:05 pm

Beautiful, I am jealous!

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Post by sascha.victoria » Sat Apr 30, 2011 10:23 pm

sgnelson wrote:I have to say, I was pretty sure we would never see this day. Hell must have frozen over.
Hell might not have "frozen" but there sure have been a lot of insane natural disasters in the last few years.

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Post by MindMachine » Sun May 01, 2011 1:16 am

The attack button looks the same used on some of the last 'A's that were made. The power lamp and joystick are new/different. The labels for the mods look awful. I would peel those off after getting the functions memorized. It looks so shiny. The VCO Frequency pots are almost mirror finish looking.

Good for Robin Woods for sticking to it and making some very patient peoples dreams come true!!!!! :sb:

I wonder how many order list folks are like, 'oh shit... I need a few thousand euros now.'

I cannot wait to hear one of these things!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Photos of the EMS (Cornwall) Synthi A 2011

Post by vassili » Sun May 01, 2011 5:31 am

digitana_electronics wrote:Hi all..thought this might be better in a new thread as the previous one was all about 'speculation' etc about when new EMS(Cornwall) Synthi A's and VCS3's would be shipping again.

Well the Synthi A's have started shipping. These are photos were kindly sent to me by someone who has been on the waiting list since 1998. He received it a few days ago..

You'll notice it still retains the Bulgin AC socket and there is no prestopatch socket. I think keeping the Bulgin socket is good idea on a Synthi A(S) as an IEC socket would look out of place to my eyes.. Pity the prestopatch connector wasn't kept though..

Anyway the buyer also had Robin add a bunch of mods before shipping it :-

Osc sync on Osc 2
Hi/lo frequency range on all 3 oscillators
Osc 3 stabilisation (this is done as standard for Osc 1 & 2)
VC shape on Osc 2 & 3
Patchable inverter
Switchable filter mode 18/24 dB
Switchable filter unslew
VC filter response

cheers
steve
:love: :love: :love:


now show us the new VCS3 please!

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Post by kidtesla » Sun May 01, 2011 6:51 am

Definitely a work of art...beautiful!!

Thanks for posting the pictures.

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Post by richard » Sun May 01, 2011 7:10 am

Looks shit and someone on the internet told me it sounds like a VST plugin!

you guys should cancel your places on the list immediately!










(I'm on the reserve list BTW :twisted: )
Bastard Science Vol.1 and 2 (Hordik, Buchla, Serge, EMS, Oberheim) https://soundanatomy.bandcamp.com/album ... ence-vol-1
https://soundanatomy.bandcamp.com/album ... ence-vol-2

Tales from the Voodoo Box (EMS Synthi A solos) https://soundanatomy.bandcamp.com/album ... ynthesiser

Richard Scott - Several Circles https://cuspeditions.bandcamp.com/album ... al-circles

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