MATRIXSYNTH: Serviced ARP Solina String Ensemble

Monday, May 01, 2023

Serviced ARP Solina String Ensemble

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"The ARP String Ensemble was manufactured by the Eminent Organ company in Holland as the Solina String Ensemble, and rebranded for sale in the US by ARP as the ARP String Ensemble SE-IV. This was the quintessential string synthesizer of the 1970’s, appearing on countless albums of all genres from Disco to Progressive Rock. The String Ensemble offers 4 polyphonic preset voices (violin, viola, trumpet, and horn) and 2 monophonic bass voices (cello and contrabass). The String Ensemble offers crescendo and sustain controls, as well as a volume control to mix in the bass voices. The String Ensemble is often copied, but never replicated due to the vintage analog BBD delay chips that give the synth its lush phasing sound. This is the 1st revision of the String Ensemble, without the switch to the right of the 49 key keybed that allows you to disable this modulation.

The synthesizer is fully working and in good physical condition (these often have rusted front panels, or dented/cracked cases). The original particle board side panels have been replaced with gorgeous hardwood panels and the pilot lamp replaced. The front panel and blocks to the left of the right of the keybed have been repainted, so the original silkscreen for the buttons is no longer present."

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