MATRIXSYNTH: Electronic Dream Plant Caterpillar, Wasp and 2 Gnat synths

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Electronic Dream Plant Caterpillar, Wasp and 2 Gnat synths

via this auction

"This listing is for an Electronic Dream Plant (EDP) Caterpillar controller keyboard, two (EDP) Gnat synthesisers and an (EDP) Wasp synth.

There is a manual for the Gnats and the Wasp, also there are four complete leads to connect the keyboard controller to the synths and a spare lead that requires a 7-pin DIN to be soldered on one end.

I removed the original touch keyboards from the Gnats because I intended to put them both in their own case but didn't get around to it!

The Wasp has the original case still with the touch keyboard attached. The case has a few cracks causing a small section of the upper case to be missing in front of the keyboard. One Gnat has 2 coloured caps missing from the knobs.

As I said earlier the keyboards and cases for the Gnats have been removed and discarded years ago.

Please note :- The Gnats can only be played using the Caterpillar Controller because of the removed touch keyboards.

The Caterpillar, which can control up to 4 synths, appears to be in a reasonable condition. I bought it second-hand 35 or so years ago along with the Wasp and one of the Gnats, the second Gnat I bought new from a music shop shortly after. I did use this set-up in a band in the early 80's until I replaced it (with a DX7, SH-101 and Crumar Performer combination).

After being stuck up in the attic and forgotten about since the early 80’s, (the synths, not me!), I thought I'd better test them before selling, and discovered that they are no longer working. However, the circuit boards appear to have standard components with no custom chips, so hopefully an electronics whizz should be able to get them up and running!

The Wasp and Gnats are powered via a 9V DC external power supply (not supplied) although the Wasp can be powered by 6x 1.5V 'C' type batteries.

The Caterpillar is powered by a 9V PP3 Battery (not supplied).

These controller/synths are pretty rare and a piece of British Synthesiser history. But as I said, unfortunately they are not working."

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