MATRIXSYNTH: Korg ARP 2600FS Goes Surface Mount

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Korg ARP 2600FS Goes Surface Mount

Compare the pics of the inside to an original ARP 2600 here.

This one is in via effegee:

"Patrick J├Âricke (AKA DSLman) opened up his new Korg ARP 2600 FS to see what’s inside and its featured in an article on

It’s answers the question, “Are the circuit components thru-hole (like the original) or surface-mount?” The answer, with photographic proof, is: surface-mount.

Patrick, who is the leading authority on building and modding the TTSH (he’s built 60 of them and repaired 20), says in the comments below the article that the Korg 2600 is worth the 4000€ asking price, considering all of the labor and assembly.

Here are his comments, German—> English in google translate:

If you first consider the following points:
material costs
Labor costs
Prototyping costs / development
Risk premium
Aftersales / support / manuals / firmware etc.

Then you take into account the two hand-made housings in terms of wages and materials, which you can't get really cheap even on CNC wood milling machines, not even in Asia.
The pcbs cost almost nothing, nor do the SMT components. (Approx. 100 € for everything)
It only gets “expensive” with the sockets and sliders.
The panel does not cost the world either (20-50 €).
What takes several hours is putting it together.
The roadcase probably costs another 100 € (presumably through external)
All in all, that fits with € 4,000.
We also want them to benefit and are willing to continue building more of them.
[end quote]"

1 comment:

  1. There are a few through hole parts visible in the pics (they used TH "where it matttered" according to David Friend). Also if DSLMan can supply front panels this large with this level of silkscreen quality fo 20-50 EUR then I want to know the name of his supplier. That's a very low estimate.


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