Buchla USA 2018 model - issues?

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Buchla USA 2018 model - issues?

Post by Nicken85 » Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:26 pm

Hey,

I’m about to buy a buchla USA 2018 model and I am wondering about the 218 keyboard on that one. I’ve seen that they updated it during 2019. Are there any issues I should be aware of?

And also should it say “buchla electronic musical instruments” on the front lower right corner? Even though it’s not a BEMI?

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Re: Buchla USA 2018 model - issues?

Post by blw » Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:03 pm

Nicken85 wrote:Hey,

I’m about to buy a buchla USA 2018 model and I am wondering about the 218 keyboard on that one. I’ve seen that they updated it during 2019. Are there any issues I should be aware of?

And also should it say “buchla electronic musical instruments” on the front lower right corner? Even though it’s not a BEMI?

Thanks!
It is likely that they used existing panel inventories from the time of purchase until they ran out. The same thing occurred when BEMI purchased and was selling B&A panels for a time.

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Post by Nicken85 » Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:14 pm

Allright. Do you know the reason why they updated the keyoboard?

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Post by blw » Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:30 pm

The new one doesn't have plastic frets between the keys and has additional grounding. The frets are the old school style and provide some nice tactile feedback, so you might actually prefer your version.

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Post by Nicken85 » Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:34 pm

Thanks for your answer! So the additional grounding isn’t anything essential?

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Post by blw » Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:56 pm

I honestly don't know. Some people have had issues with random triggers on the original version., but I don't know how prevalent that is or what BUSA's remedy was--possibly just a dedicated ground plug? But you should be able to ground the 218 to your other gear or possibly to yourself when playing if you had an issue. Possibly as easy as wire attached to a screw one both cases if you had an issue. Someone else probably knows more about that than me.

You could probably search the Buchla forum for '218' and 'grounding' for some reading on that.

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Post by Nicken85 » Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:11 pm

Thanks a lot man! Appreciate it!

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Post by eveldave » Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:02 am

I have a 2019 BUSA and the earth thing with the keyboard is still a thing.

One of the wires associated with the reverb had snapped in transit and needed a repair.

And I don’t get any audio out the right hand tinijax out. Not sure if this is associated with the way I have the jumper set (I have dual audio out the side rather than audio and sustain) or some other transit damage. Too lazy to move the jumper and check.

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Post by papz » Wed Sep 18, 2019 5:12 am

In BEMI Easels I've seen, this tinijax out is not wired to ground and as a result outputs no audio on its own. You want to check in yours and add a ground connection if it's missing as well, the ring of the other tinijax is an easy spot.
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Post by Nicken85 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:27 pm

papz wrote:In BEMI Easels I've seen, this tinijax out is not wired to ground and as a result outputs no audio on its own. You want to check in yours and add a ground connection if it's missing as well, the ring of the other tinijax is an easy spot.
How do i spot that? This is the one I’m getting:

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Post by Nicken85 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:29 pm

It is a buchla USA one but built in 2018 and not 2019. So it should’ve gone through that extra layer of quality assurance that the BEMIs didn’t. Right?

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Post by ws9848 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:31 pm

I have a BEMI easel and I don’t have that problem. Thats not something you’re gonna be able to see unless you take it out of the case and look for that.

And my easel is one of the first ones I think. At least a pretty early one.

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Post by Nicken85 » Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:38 pm

ws9848 wrote:I have a BEMI easel and I don’t have that problem. Thats not something you’re gonna be able to see unless you take it out of the case and look for that.

And my easel is one of the first ones I think. At least a pretty early one.
Ah ok. Thought it was something on the front panel.

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