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Monday, October 24, 2016
1982 HOHNER STRING PREFORMER SN 818150
via this auction
"The Hohner String Performer is a fully electronical string machine made in Germany. It has strings in 3 footages (CELLO, VIOLA, VIOLIN), which are mixable via volume faders. Also CLAVICHORD and PIANO presets, all free mixable. Each half of the keyboard has these features. A bass preset can be added to the left half of the keyboard.
On the right, there is a simple monophonic preset synthesizer with 4 presets: BRASS, STRING, CLARINET and PLANET. The String Performer is fully polyphonic and has a decent analog string tone.
This german early eighties string keyboard was one of the last variations on building a string ensemble keyboard with or without some extras added.
This one features:
as full polyphonic sound sources. Additionally a bass sound can be activated for the lower two octaves. The keyboard is split in two plus three octaves. And each half can get a unique combinations of the above named sounds.
At the right hand of the keyboard you can switch on one of the five available monophonic synth sound presets:
OCTAVE (transposes all the sounds named before one octave down) The volume of the mono synth section is usually way higher then the rest of the keyboard.
In the back there are the following sockets (left to right):
GENERAL out (= main out)
PIANO/CLAVINET/ SOLO (= mono synth) out
SUSTAIN PEDAL in
FOOTSWELL pedal in
MAINS in (the 110V versions appear to have an external power supply)"