MATRIXSYNTH: Vintage ARP Pro Soloist Synthesizer Model 2701 SN 273801

Monday, December 30, 2019

Vintage ARP Pro Soloist Synthesizer Model 2701 SN 273801

via this auction

"ARP Pro Soloist Synthesizer from the 1970's in VG - Exc cosmetic condition. Serial number: 273801. Made in Newton, MA, USA.

Super clean unit comes from the original owner. All original, no mods. Notably used by Tony Banks of Genesis.

All Presets and Sensor Effects work. Overall tone is somewhat distorted so it is probably overdue for a tune-up. One slider tip is missing. Some tape marks on the back panel.

'ARP Instruments, having developed the large and powerful ARP 2500 for studio work, released the Soloist as a light, portable, easy-to-use performance instrument that could be placed on top of an electric piano or Hammond organ. In contrast to the flexible modular design of the 2500, the Soloist had no patch panels or cables. A set of toggle switches allowed the performer to quickly choose one of 18 preset monophonic patches that were not modifiable (note that "Voice" was ARP parlance for Preset, or Patch). This lack of programmability was compensated by giving the performer control over the voice expression, adding "growl", "wow", "brilliance", portamento, pitch bend, and/or vibrato to the timbre. A pressure-sensitive keyboard allowed players to use aftertouch to control all of these effects.'"

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