MATRIXSYNTH: 2020 Korg ARP 2600FS Reissue "Scratch 'n Dent"

Friday, September 25, 2020

2020 Korg ARP 2600FS Reissue "Scratch 'n Dent"


via this auction

"If you haven't heard, these Korg ARP 2600FS Reissues sold out like hotcakes upon their extremely limited release this year. They are absolutely fantastic pieces with functionality and tone that rivals the original, no question about it. Rather than go into the full specs you can easily find online along with excellent demos and videos on YouTube, allow me to just get down to the nitty gritty:

First off, this came to me sans road cases. I don't know what happened to them, but they are gone. And, unfortunately, this one has sustained a little wear and tear in it's very short life. Some of the tolex has been scuffed on the outside and reglued, 2 metal feet are missing (I think those are easily replaced), and the lower part of one side of the front panel is loose from the wood bracket it screws into. Upon inspection, the wood had been split-up a bit around where the screws go in, but it has been repaired albeit not the most amazing job I've ever seen (you don't see it so I don't know why anyone would really care that much). Because of this, the bottom screw does not tighten, but I think this could be repaired well enough with wood shavings in the screw holes. That's usually an easy, safe, and surprisingly effective fix.

Cosmetically, the face plate is immaculate and like-new. It seems to be working perfectly thought I did not test the MIDI. Everything else (sliders, buttons, keys, reverb, panning) seemed to be perfectly fine and great.

As you have probably already seen, these are very expensive on the used market. Korg has no intention of doing any kind of re-release of these, so what's out there is as good as it's going to get. You see these in the high-$6k to mid-$7k range when they are for sale (granted, they come with all their kit) and they actually sell.

Most importantly, as mentioned, it works fine. Save yourself a few bucks for some bumps and bruises and the lack of something you might not have any use for, anyway. Comes with all the original cables supplied and, funnily enough, the original casters. Manuals are available online. I wish it was "Mint", but it just is what it is now. Still, this would be a nice piece for the studio!"

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