MATRIXSYNTH: Novation KS5 SN 557

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Novation KS5 SN 557

via this auction

Posting for the pic of the inside below. Pretty amazing how small the engine board is. This one is scuffed with the following seller's notes: "Anyway, it's in used condition - when I got it the keybed wobbled and the data entry knob needed DeOxit. So, I took it apart and reinforced/replaced the keybed supports with new screws - it now plays as good as new, aftertouch is perfect too. In the interests of full disclosure for the sale, I've added a couple of photos of the inside of the synth showing where I've reinforced and renewed the key struts. They should last a long while now.

Likewise, the single endless pot on this - the data dial - suffers from potentiometer jump (like the Dave Smith synths) and needs a regular DeOxit but it perks up nicely. Being so knobby, the data dial isn't as essential as it otherwise might be, it's not required for patch switching or general programming. I can link a buyer to the DeOxit I use on Amazon which cost me £7 (being flammable, it obviously can't be posted). If you own hardware synths, it's a good thing to have around anyway.

All the other rotary knobs and sliders work perfectly - one of the envelope sliders (sustain) feels a little scratchy but the data input slides perfectly, it's not a problem. The paint has peeled around one of the buttons (the track 1 button) as the photos show; but the buttons work fine. There are no missing pots.

The moulded ends often get cracked and go missing, as they're the only plastic bits - but these are intact and strong. A few scratches and dents but nothing huge."

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