I get this urge. And when I get it, that’s it. I have to go with it. It’s the urge that’s telling me: “Andy, you need to buy some more synths and tinker with some existing ones”. Well, that was an itch I just had to scratch.

First up, my latest purchase: the Roland Jupiter 4. Bought it second hand and handed it straight across to my trusted keyboard repair specialist. He did a full service and added a midi retrofit. It had to be done. This old 1978 classic sounds as good as the day it left the factory. Don’t know how I was living without it – I’m well-chuffed.

Another one I’ve had serviced is the Arp Odyssey. Sounds brilliant and is working like new.

I’m telling you now, if you’re interested in vintage synths and are in the market for one, it pays to get them serviced. In my experience you will get your money back if you choose to sell.

I got one of my favourites serviced – my much-loved Vintage Minimoog. And what better way to complement that than to buy a Minimoog Reissue. You can see a side by side comparison in a previous blog. The Reissue is especially brilliant at getting that Bruno Mars 24K bass sound.

So, there you have it. My wallet’s taken a bot of a pounding, but it was well worth it.

Bye for now.


Andy Whitmore

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