MATRIXSYNTH: Godwin String Concert 249

Friday, May 07, 2021

Godwin String Concert 249

video by Simon Brown

"Made by Italian manufacturer Sisme, the Godwin String Concert 249 has 49 non-velocity sensitive keys. You can mix together the three sound sources (Cello 16' / Viola 8' / Violin 4') and process them through the bass, treble, chorus and tremolo controls. The output section comprises Attack and Sustain and Master Volume. Tuning is done with a rotary control on the rear panel, and the mono output is via a high or low-output 1/4" jack sockets. There is also an expression pedal socket (this is not sustain pedal socket though)."

via this auction

"Very rare string synth from Godwin, I think made in the 70s and very much in the Solina mould, the String Concert 249 gives the vintage analogue sound and authentic look.

Built in to a tolex case with removable lid and carry handle, which is all in excellent condition with no tears or scuffs, this is a classic analogue string machine with a 4 octave keyboard and hands-on controls for all parameters. Cello, Viola, and Violin voices are 16', 8' and 4' so each 1 octave apart and each layer has a volume slider. There are master treble and bass sliders, Attack and Release settings, and master volume, as well as the unique and dreamy Chorus/Tremolo section with separate sliders for each (rather than the simple on/off switch of say the Solina) giving the ability to vary the classic analogue chorus effect from subtle to swirling and thick."

Note the video above is from Sep 28, 2013

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