MATRIXSYNTH: Practical Electronics String Ensemble

Friday, August 10, 2012

Practical Electronics String Ensemble

via this auction

"These were sold in kit for in 1978 in the Practical electronics magazine. Boards were made by CLEF electronics who made various kit synths

Being sold as a restoration project as there are some parts missing and it does not function correctly. From what i can see the only parts missing are the 2 wooden end pieces that fill the gaps at the ends of the keys, a couple of slider caps, slider shaft missing, 1 x i.c on the chorus board is corroded and pins broke when i tried to remove from the socket. Other than that it looks complete

The mains cable wants replacing as it has got very worn, for safety this must be changed. I have powered on and the power light comes on, connected to an amp and the keys trigger some sounds but all a bit hit and miss on triggering. This will be down to key contacts being dirty i think.

nice little project as i am sure all of the components are standard and easily available now"

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