MATRIXSYNTH: Roland SH-101 with 1 Key

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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Roland SH-101 with 1 Key


Some pics of a Roland SH-101 minus the keys via this auction. Note the rubber contacts. According to the description, this SH-101 was the victim of an angry partner. If true, at least the control panel appears to have been spared.


"I got this in mid 90's in pretty much the condition you see now off a women who took out her anger on her cheating boyfriend by destroying his synth with a hammer.

It has one key left, however all the key buttons still work so can be easily replaced with new keys and springs. Some of the pots and sliders took a glancing blow from the hammer and are a little bent. They all work and I never attempted to straighten (Resonance, VCO switch and tune).

I used to use this with Kenton CV gate 20 years ago, been in storage for 12 years. Powered on and tested and seems to function well.

Update: Tested further tonight and have identified further issues. When the sequencer is used and load pressed all red led lights including power go out, however sequencer still loads notes and the red led lights return when play is pressed - not sure if this a minor or serious issue. The noise slider is a littler erratic, maybe clean will fix it or require new slider - it’s either off or nearly fully on then on lost granularity in middle of slider travel."

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