MATRIXSYNTH: Yamaha CS-50 Previously Owned by LCD Soundsystem?

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Yamaha CS-50 Previously Owned by LCD Soundsystem?



via this auction

"This CS-50 was previously owned by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem and housed at DFA for over a decade before it was gifted to John MacLean. You can see it on the DFA records facebook picture history in several shots. It is also featured in Attack Magazine (linked below). According to John it was used on basically every album by artists on the label from 2002 until around 2017 including LCD, Juan, Holy Ghost! etc. but he said it was "a nightmare to upkeep" so he sold it. It was never toured, aside from a handful of MSG shows about a mile from the studio. I told him I guess there isn't a good CS tech in NYC.

Mystery Circuits in Chapel Hill who is arguably the best service shop for vintage synthesizers in the nation completely overhauled the CS-50 in 2018 rebuilding the power supply, recapping all electrolytic capacitors throughout, future proofing the after touch and swapped genuine rebuilt M cards pulled from a CS-80 doner. You could tour with this CS-50 if you wanted to and have zero issues. Being a previous CS-80 owner, I can attest that this CS-50 sounds every bit as good as my old CS-80. It utilizes the same exact cards. It's about 160 lbs lighter than a CS-80 and with that weight loss you only lose the presets, ribbon strip, and 4 voices.

The cosmetic condition is very good, especially for its age. I would say 8.5 out of 10. No structural issues, but it does have a few small marks here and there. I have documented the cosmetic condition accurately in the pictures.

This listing includes the original lid and original legs."

Update: it's worth noting on a CS80 you get two layers or voices per patch, while with the CS50 and CS60 you only get one. You can select two different patches to layer on the CS80. Aside from the other differences noted, a CS50 and CS80 voice is essentially half a voice on the CS80.

4 comments:

  1. Bla bla bla previously owned by who gives a crap. If you’re looking buy something all you care about is that you want it to be currently owned by you. So annoying.

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  2. The CS50 is NOT a CS80 with four less voices - complete RUBBISH! For a start it only has 1 VCO per voice

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    1. It's one layer of a CS80. A CS80 is essentially two CS50s or CS60s layered together. You can select two different patches to layer on the CS80 while the 50 and 60 you are limited to one. Aside from the other differences noted, a CS50 and CS80 voice is essentially half a voice on the CS80.

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  3. Exactly, so when the seller says "you only lose the presets, ribbon strip, and 4 voices" they are talking rubbish. They are missing out at least half of what the CS80 offers over the CS50

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