Showing posts with label Gleeman. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gleeman. Show all posts

Sunday, June 02, 2024

Gleeman Pentaphonic Polyphonic Synthesizer (1982)

video upload by Synth Tailor Electronics

"Here's a long format demo of the very rare Gleeman Pentaphonic Polyphonic Synthesizer. Only around 50 of these unit's were built, by Brothers Al and Bob Gleeman.

This five voice polyphonic synthesizer sounds very large in such a small package and is a hybrid of both analog/digital. Featuring a 300 note Polyphonic Sequencer, "Presetter" preset control switches, X+Y Joystick Pitch and Mod controller, and 100 programmable presets."

Monday, July 03, 2023

Museum Of Synthesizer Technology , Analog Heaven Featuring Bob Moog

video uploads by wutierson

Also see Museum Of Synthesizer Technology DVD B-Roll footage

Mr. Martin Newcomb's Museum of Synthesizer Technology mid-1990's.

Note the plaque in the opening reads: "This Museum Was Opened By DR R.A. Moog On 29th July 1994" [4th video in the playlist above]

There was also a book dedicated to the museum you can find in previous posts here.

Thursday, March 23, 2023

The Gleeman Pentaphonic at the Vintage Synthesizer Museum

video upload by Vintage Synthesizer Museum

Monday, March 30, 2020

Lance Hill of the Vintage Synthesizer Museum

Published on Mar 30, 2020 Vintage Synthesizer Museum

Rare clear Gleeman Pentaphonic in the background. Steiner Parker Synthacon top right.

"An amazing interview with the curator of the Vintage Synthesizer Museum, Lance Hill.
A film by Shayne Keator.
To book an appointment at the Vintage Synthesizer Museum contact:


Update: I asked Lance if he knew how many clear Gleeman Pentaphonics were produced. Here's what he had to say: "Not sure how many Gleeman Pentaphonic Clear's there are. Rumored to be around 25. Funny enough, the guy I bought this one from lived in San Jose, which is just a few miles from where the Gleeman brothers were producing their synths. He told me that the one we have was originally a black one, but when they came out with the clear one, he had them retrofit it into a clear one, so he could wear it as a keytar and walk around with it on stage."

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Gleeman Pentaphonic - Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer SN 8110022

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via this auction

"This one is in excellent cosmetic condition and working 100%. It has just been serviced and with some restoration. As you may know, these are very rare. It is ready to be played and needs nothing."

Friday, May 04, 2018

Gleeman Pentaphonic on a rainy day

Published on May 4, 2018 Switched On

"No external effects - Pure Gleeman"

Here's something you don't see or hear everyday. The rare Gleeman Pentaphonic. There was a clear one as well.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Clear Gleeman Pentaphonic Analog Polyphonic Vintage Synthesizer Brochure

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via this auction

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Synth Spotting with Adele - When We Were Young (Live at The Church Studios)

Published on Nov 17, 2015 AdeleVEVO

Wasn't expecting to post this one, but take a look at the vintage synths in the background. You should be able to spot a Solina String Ensemble, Yamaha DX7, Roland Jupiter-6, KORG PS3100, Fender Rhodes and a Moog Minimoog Model D.

They aren't touched, but are just part of The Church Studios. In the video below they appear to have an EMS VC3S and a rare Gleeman Pentaphonic as well as some eurorack gear. Further below a a pic from their Studio 1 with the VCS3 and the eurorack modular.  They definitely have their synths covered.

Behind The Scenes @ Church Studios - Paul Epworth doing his thing!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Rare Vintage Gleeman Pentaphonic Analog Synthesizer - One of 50 Made

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via this auction

"What can I say? Here is the rarest of the rare Gleeman. Only around 50 made. Rare does not make a synth "good" it just makes it rare. If you ask around you will find that the Gleeman sounds incredible. I have owned two in my life. This is the 2nd. Both in black. They also come in clear, but those are even more rare, but who cares about "rare" they sound incredible and a ton of attention to detail went into their manufacture. The keyboard action feels great, the controls are intuitive. I purchased this directly from the man himself in his garage. It is one of the first two made (I believe).."

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Synthesiser von Gestern Volumes 1 - 3

Synthesiser von Gestern Volume 1
Published on Feb 22, 2015 baward

"From the 1990 CD, ‘Synthesiser von Gestern' ('Synthesisers of Yesterday’) or 'Vintage Synths Volume 1’"

SVG1 1/22 Arp Odyssey
SVG1 2/22 Yamaha CS-60 part 1
SVG1 3/22 Oberheim SEM
SVG1 4/22 Korg Mono/Poly
SVG1 5/22 Minimoog
SVG1 6/22 Memorymoog
SVG1 7/22 Roland Jupiter 8
SVG1 8/22 Yamaha CS-60 part 2
SVG1 09/22 Sequential Circuits Pro One
SVG1 10/22 Korg PS-3100
SVG1 11/22 Roland SH-5
SVG1 12/22 Rhodes Chroma part 1
SVG1 13/22 Korg Poly 800
SVG1 14/22 Roland System 100
SVG1 15/22 Roland Juno 60
SVG1 16/22 Mellotron
SVG1 17/22 EMS Synthi A
SVG1 18/22 Rhodes Chroma part 2
SVG1 19/22 PPG Wave 2 2
SVG1 20/22 Yamaha CS 15
SVG1 21/22 Korg MS-20
SVG1 22/22 Moog System 55

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Vintage Synthesizer Museum on KTVU


"Lance Hill, mastermind of The Vintage Synthesizer Museum in Emeryville, wants to preserve the history of synthesized music, as well as the instruments which made the sounds in the 70s and 80s."

You might remember the Bay Area Vintage Synthesizer Museum was recently featured on ABC7 News. It looks like they were just featured on Fox's KTVU. It's always great to see vintage synths getting exposure on mainstream TV.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Vintage Synthesizer Museum Featured on ABC Local News

This one in via the Vintage Synthesizer Museum in Emeryville, CA.

This is pretty awesome. It's great to see synths of any kind featured in mainstream news.

via ABC7 News in the Bay area:

"A new East Bay museum dedicated to vintage synthesizers has a collection of instruments that produce unmistakable sounds found in many of the songs of the 1970s and 1980s.

Monday, January 12, 2015 08:24PM
EMERYVILLE, Calif. (KGO) -- In today's digital world, an East Bay man is offering up a serious dose of analog at a new museum he just opened to the public.

Some East Bay musicians and engineers have created a unique music space, one that preserves the history of synthesized and music, as well as the instruments which made those sounds in the 70s and 80s, and maybe even more recently.

The Vintage Synthesizer Museum in Emeryville is a place where music lovers can learn, play, rent, or record.

From the classic to the experimental, the museum has instruments that defined more than a decade of music.

Lance Hill is the mastermind behind the collection that acquired piece by piece for more than a decade.

"It's ridiculous," Hill said in regards to his collection, and obviously an addiction. An addiction he used to keep to himself until he found a space for rent.

"I found the studio," he said. "It looked like an old recording studio from the 80s and I just knew that this was the place to have the collection."

The Vintage Synthesizer Museum includes something that's been in magazines with its famous owner, an oddity made of see-through plastic.

Some of the synthesizers on display at his Vintage Synthesizer Museum in Emeryville.

"It was formerly owned by Joe Zawinul of Weather Report. It's kind of in rough condition because he took it on the road," Hill said.

"This clear case, there was maybe 20 of these and I have one of them," Hill said.

It turns out these analog instruments are more than just history. they make sounds that computer engineers still haven't quite been able to imitate. A discerning musician can always tell the difference.

"They sound warm and fuzzy and beautiful," one of Hill's friend's said.

"I don't know, it moves you. It's a little more inspiring," another one of Hill's friends said.

"You are not going to get a computer emulation of this that sounds remotely like this," Hill said.

Unlike digital keyboards, these actually require tuning and they can go out of tune, which some say makes the sound more real."

Joe Zawinul's ARP 2600 and a rare Clear Gleeman Pentaphonic at 1:16.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Super Rare Clear Gleeman Pentaphonic Synthesizer

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via this auction

Here's something you don't see every day.  Although the description states anywhere between 30 and 50 were made, previous accounts state 50 solid black and only 20 clear were made.

"This is a genuine Gleeman Pentaphonic clear synthesizer. I acquired this in 1986 from the original owner. It has spent most of the last 28 years in its case. I did not gig with it. Its been in a smoke free environment. The clear synth case as well as the keys are in excellent condition with no cracks or deep scratches. Everything works. I’ve checked every switch and knob and all are working.

It has been repaired twice. Once in 2008. The red light would come on but no sound. A guy that has experience working with high-end vintage synths repaired it. He said most of its problems were there because it hadn’t been used in almost 2 decades. After playing it and using it for recording I put it back in the case for 6 more years. In 2014 I again got it out and it would power up but I was not able to hear my patches. Again I sent it to the same repairman and again it had some minor issues from not being used for 6 more years plus maybe a little user error. It is now in 100% working order.

For those that don’t know…this is an extremely rare synth. Estimates vary but maybe as few as 30 and maybe as many as 50 of these were made [see above]. The original flight case is included. It is missing a handle and also its interior foam. I’ve been using cloth towels inside the case for padding. The flight case does have an aged look. It will come with a reprint of the original manual as well as a couple of Gleeman advertisements. It will ship FedEx well packed."

Wednesday, June 26, 2013


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Thursday, November 01, 2012

1980s Clear Gleeman Pentaphonic Literature

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via this auction

" Double sided color original info on the Gleeman Pentaphonic Clear synthesizer system. Early 1980's, good condition, very rare."

See the seller's other items for more.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Gold Moog Voyager with Clear Knobs

Update 11/6: video here

flickr By Moog Music Inc
(click for more)

That's what I'm talking about...

Pictured top: Richard Devine
Bottom: El P sound lab

The knobs remind me of the clear Gleeman Pentaphonic.  Different shape of course, but both clear.

Update via elestereo in the comments:

"Since late September, there is a thread on the moog forum about the synth. here are the details:

10th Anniversary Minimoog Voyager

Moog will soon be announcing a VERY special and limited Custom 10th Anniversary Minimoog Voyager. Only 5 total of these will be built for the United States (31 total were made).

Price is $15,000.

• Production limited to 30 total worldwide, with only 5 total in the US
• 24 Karat Gold-plated Chassis with Custom Silk Screen
• Clear Polycarbonate Knobs
• Custom Cut Rear Panel with Indigo (purple) Backlit Moog Logo (see photo below)
• Black Piano Lacquer Cabinet and XY Bezel
• Custom 10th Anniversary Cabinet Inlay - Designed and Executed by World-renowned Inlay Artist Larry Robinson
• Gold customizable Voyager Badge
• Gold Headphones Jack
• All Black Rocker Switches and Jacks
• Custom Fleece Dust Cover
• Handcrafted and Bound Manual
• Custom-built Museum-style Wood Shipping Crate
• When will they ship - December"

Updated the title from Chrome Moog Voyager with Clear Knobs to Gold.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Atomic Heart Studios

More pics here.

Synths listed for sale on Craigslist NY here. Some rare items pictured including a silver Synton Syrinx, black Gleeman Pentatonic, Elka Synthex, Rhodes Chroma, OSCar and more.

Update: new CL link above and updated the name of the studio to Atomic Heart. The website is Wonderful Recording.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Rare Clear Gleeman Pentaphonic

This one spotted by Alex on This one is in Switzerland. The Swiss synth museum, Synthorama had one. You can see my pics from a visit here.

There's a black one listed on eBay US here. Note the built in speaker on the black one missing on the clear one here. Pics for that one captured here. See the Gleeman label below for more.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


via this auction

"good condition - stapled to addendum spec sheet & includes 1982 dealer price sheet"

Thursday, November 10, 2011

1983 Gleeman Pentaphonic Clear Ad

via Retro Synth Ads, where you'll find the write up and additional scans.

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