MATRIXSYNTH: Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 2 SSM Synthesizer

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 2 SSM Synthesizer

via this auction

Same wall as this one.

"Prophet 5 Rev 2 that looks great and functions even better #0184. Recently serviced and fully restored.

The only non original cosmetic part on this Prophet 5 is the large logo that goes over the power supply. You have to replace those in order to service and upgrade the power supply. (this one has been upgraded to run cool) The logos, knob caps (some wear), even the wood is original. This is serial number #0184 making it an early Rev 2 if not the earliest.

Cosmetically this synth is in very good condition. The only thing I have done to it over the years is treat the wood as it got pretty dry. Both sides of the center spreader have come loose and cracked at some point years ago. I had a Gibson Custom Shop guitar luthier friend repair it with hide glue and touch it up and it is barely noticeable. (pictured both sides, you cannot really tell unless you study it but it is there)

I got this at House of Guitars in Rochester NY in around 1994. Before the internet all there was to do is wander junky music stores looking for treasure. This was the first Rev 2 I ever got my hands on. Here is what has been done to it over the years to turn it into the turn key restored P5 you see in this listing.

1. All tantalum caps replaced
2. Power supply rebuilt and upgraded to the cooler running version.
3. Original case cracks repaired with hide glue by professional luthier. (all rev 2 cases seem to crack, it is why they changed the design in the rev 3, the wood is all original on this one and in very nice shape)
4. I recently had it gone over completely by a competent tech and it is working 100%
5. Replaced all keyboard bushings. The keys are pretty well balanced but it is hard to get old Pratt-Read keyboards level perfect. They are what they are.
6. One control pot replaced.

The only cosmetic defects worth mentioning on this guy is a faint swirl scratch that I took a close up of that goes over the M in program and the P in Programmer on the face. You can only see it from certain angles and it is faint. Other than that there is just the touched up center spreader edges that look great but if you play detective you can see that they have been repaired. This guy is clean inside and out and has never been abandoned or abused. It looks SHARP and sounds even better."

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