MATRIXSYNTH: ARP Solina String Ensemble SN 0117685

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

ARP Solina String Ensemble SN 0117685

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"Legendary 1970's ARP Solina String Ensemble Analog String Synthesizer in excellent condition.

Fully tested and inspected. Serviced. Working without issue. Full clean bill of health.

Very clean unit inside and out. Original Schematics and Replacement Fuses still in place, stapled to the interior rear wood panel, there since factory-new.

This is model Mk1.2, the most sought after of all revisions. This model having the Modulation button, and original Mono output. Not the later stereo version, whose sound suffers due to modifications to the original and very beautiful circuitry. And not the later model again which has LEDs on the buttons, again, a model with quite different sound than this original due to quite drastic alteration of interior circuitry. The first model has no Modulation button, instead having the modulation hardwired to 'on' setting. The option of switching on/off is quite great to have as the sound is much different in both cases, and very nice in each. The strong, sonorous tone of the strings with the Modulation not engaged, to the swirling, lush and rich string ensemble with the Modulation on.

230v Model. Note, power converter may be required for use in other regions than Europe /UK.

This is a genuinely magnificent example of the String Ensemble, always babied throughout its life, and sounding great as it should."

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