MATRIXSYNTH: 1970s Crumar Performer Vintage Analog Synthesizer Strings & Brass with Transpose Slider Mod

Sunday, July 03, 2016

1970s Crumar Performer Vintage Analog Synthesizer Strings & Brass with Transpose Slider Mod

via this auction

"Up for sale, a 1970's Crumar Performer synthesizer in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. This vintage analog synth has been recently and thoroughly serviced, with the addition of a transpose slider on the bass side cheek block to give it the same six octave functionality of the Performer 2, as well as a couple extra sustain and crescendo options.

Compact and fully polyphonic across the 49 keys, this synth was manufactured in Italy and introduced in the late '70s. Programming is simple and clearly laid-out on the Performer, with just 15 sliders and a few buttons. A solid black chassis and wood end-cheeks round out this classic and often overlooked string machine, which was fully serviced and modded by Bob Weigel of "String Doctorin."

The Performer is best remembered for its Strings, and features a simple three-band equalizer with high, mid and low sliders can be used to give the strings shimmering sparkle or moody dark timbres. The Strings section uses two oscillators per voice with 8' and 16' settings. Simple Attack and Sustain sliders give you some control of your strings envelope settings as well.

The Brass section uses a single oscillator with just a square wave, and it has a low-pass voltage-controlled filter with resonance. Simple Attack and Decay sliders control its envelope settings too.

The LFO is quite nice, with delay length, rate and depth control. It can modulate both Brass and String sections and can be routed either to the VCF or pitch. There are three outputs on the back: main output, brass output and signal output (for external processing) as well as CV and Gate connections.

Cosmetically, there is light wear on the wooden ends and a few small scuffs on the enclosure, but overall, this Crumar is in impressive shape, with all of its original slider caps. Fairly uncommon in any condition, it's very rare to find a Performer that has received the necessary servicing and care from which this synth has benefitted!

A partial Crumar cover is included, which is essentially just half of an original zippered case that now works as a fancy dust cover."

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