Will be resumed on Monday, 5th August..
I have acquired EIGHT untested AMI S10430 and TWO untested SGS m259eb1 chips.
The AMI chips are keyer/divider chips as used in the Korg Delta, which is what I will be using for testing.
The SGS chips are described as “16 rhythm generator” chips, as used in many organs. I tried all sorts of searches on the web before I realised that the info was on SynTeknik.Com, in the vintage chips section. I need to get that indexed properly. I have no idea how to test these, or what they are worth..
SO, I now have THREE DR-55s (at least), one of which works. Also, an untested SR-88, broken SR-99, untested ST-305 (I suspect broken, because it’s in the same box..)
This was lurking behind a BIG (dead) 90s Roland, the EK2 and the CS1000. Must DO something about those.
There is also a microKorg chassis lurking in there (with keyboard). Forgot about that.
There is also a (working) Roland SH1000, (working) Korg m500, (dead) Maestro Rhythm Jester, and god-only-know what else..
Oh, and the Delta. 🙂
This is a longish story, but I have now tracked down some NOS (New old-stock) AMI S10430 chips.
If you recall the original story, I needed one for my Korg Delta, but couldn’t find any. I then found a (REALLY COOL) guy in Holland who had FOUR untested chips. We did a deal, where I got one chip, and sold the other three for him (after testing). That worked out really well except for the stupidly long gap in the middle where I did absolutely naff-all. (Other projects, bah!)
Anyway, I found a link on a forum where another guy said he may have a couple of untested chips. I got in touch, and when he looked into it he actually had EIGHT, plus some other stuff. We’ve done a deal, and I bought the lot, untested.
I still have the Korg Delta with the socketed S10430 (IC3), so I CAN test them. I plan to keep some as spares, and sell some on. Depends on how many work..Watch this space. I MAY use eBay again, or just sell from this site.
I’m quite interested in the “other stuff” he’s bundling with the S10430s. These are described as “rhythm generators on a chip.”. Again, watch this space..
That’s right. The RX21 I bought in a moment of “Buy-it-now” madness is for sale. I’ve had a play with it and it’s fine. Backup battery is working, as it saves whatever I program into it.But it’s not for me. Grab yourself a bargain. (Check out the front page for details)
I have now sold both my Korg Electribes (EA-1 and ER-1). I got £125 for each of them, and I have to say that it was MUCH easier to sell the ER-1 (drum machine).
Here’s a selling tip: include the spec from the Korg website in the listing. I was on the second relist for the EA-1 when I added this, and it sold for the full amount an hour later.
My “Itchy trigger finger” went off again.. this time I bought a “broken” Mattel Synsonics Drum machine.
I’ve always liked these things, but as I remember, the last one I had was very noisy and I didn’t have any way to shut it up at the time.. Pretty sure I sold mine to Shaun, at dubsounds.com, who was compiling a huge collection of drum machines, for sample pack creation.
Anyway, that was then and this is now. The machine would have been delivered on Easter Saturday, IF I’d been in at the time. Nobody else could be bothered to answer the door, so now I have to wait until Wednesday, which is the only late opening for the sorting office.
The one I just bought is rough and non-working, so we’ll see how I get on with that,
No Work Done:
I’ve done absolutely NOTHING on ANY of my projects, (DR-55 / SR-99 / Korg Delta / EK-2). I really MUST get a grip. There are other machines in storage as well.. (M500, SH1000, CZ3000, Big Roland Thing).. the big Roland thing is getting in my way.
Last night, while browsing for something else entirely, I came across RAKITS. They make interesting electronic music kits, such as Drum Synth, Mini Sequencer, Atari Punk console, ect.
I’m most interested in the drum synth, which is a clone of the AMDEK PC-2 from years ago. It has a trigger input, so I can hook it up to my DR-55’s output and use it as an extra sound, but it’s MUCH more than that.
The mini-sequencer looks interesting, too..
There’s a website, but all their stuff is also available on ebay.co.uk (and probably etsy as well.)
The drum synth is £45 as a kit, or £65 assembled. Tempted? You bet!
Here’s the link to the RAKIT store: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/rakit/
Link to the eBay Listing.. (may have changed..)
All work has currently stalled due to me having an attack of H3N2.
At least I’ve got the bloody site working again after it all went pear-shaped last week.