Technical Issue with ebay links [solved]

I noticed yesterday that all the ebay links at the bottom of the posts were returning a “forbidden” error.
The links were generated by the “wordbay” plugin, which I’ve been using for years, but has now been superceded by something much better. However, I used wordbay as I was in at the start, and therefore got it for free. The new plugin isn’t free.
Anyway, I have taken the decision to replace wordbay with the “fast ebay listings” instead, because it IS free.

I managed to replace ALL occurrences of the wordbay shortcode with “fast ebay listings” shortcodes using the “better search replace” plugin.
Quite clever, even if I do say so myself: these shortcodes are in different syntax, so I translated this in two runs of bsr:

1. replace all occurrences of '{wordbay}' with '{ebay search query="'
2. replace all occurrences of '{/wordbay}' with '"}'

example: {wordbay}tc5501p{/wordbay} becomes {ebay search query="tc5501p"}

* I have changed square brackets to curly ones so it doesn’t get overwritten.. *

Job done. And all the links work.

** this may not sound like a big deal, but if you are looking for up-to-date listings for vintage chips, it’s ideal to have them on a page talking about them, automatically **

The ‘mare continues..

I ordered a replacement battery holder for the DR-55.

Firstly, it’s too long. I can force it into place, but need pliers to get it back out. Not ideal.

I’m going to have to swap it out with the version without the pp3 battery clip.

But that’s not the worst. The DR-55 doesn’t work!.

It will play the hats. That’s it, though.

No attempt at programming it works. It goes through the motions, but there are NO SOUNDS.

I’m going to try replacing the 4011 chip. That usually works on these machines.

Watch out for a feature on it..


News Update | Boss DR-55 | Casio CZ1000 | Yamaha PSS 560 | Amstrad NC100

News Update

Aargh! I’m having a ‘mare!

Boss DR-55

I came across my mint DR-55 in my drawer at work. I haven’t looked at this for maybe 8 years!.. Got it home and the bloody battery holder is missing.. I must have “borrowed” it for another machine. I have ordered a couple of spares.. Check out the photos.. Note the condition is amazing. Even the battery cover is there – these are usually missing. I’m going to look at 3d-printing these..

Amstrad NC100

I found an Amstrad NC100 PSU in the same drawer. Works great, but the NC100 does not. Damnit. Opened it up using my new mini-electric-screwdriver and this.. Black and Decker, none of your cheap and nasty rubbish.. So much easier! However, I was surprised to find surface-mount components in a machine this old, and no obvious fault. Curses.

Cheap PSUs | Casio CZ1000 | Yamaha PSS 560

I found a local store that sells cheap multi-voltage PSUs.. (£5) – I’ve used these before, on drum machines, in fact I sold my last one with a Yamaha RX, but they don’t seem to have enough oomph to power either the Yamaha or the Casio. Damn*2..

Does anyone know what rating the Yamaha or Casio power supplies are? Answers on a postcard, or even better, leave a comment. Please!

** I did get a very quiet sound out of the Yamaha at 7.5v, but when I upped the voltage to 9v, nothing.. NADA. Arse. The power output decreases with voltage on these..**

I really should just get on with the Delta, and stop messing about.


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Announcing the new SynTeknik Mobile Site | WPtouch

We’re now using WPtouch to power the mobile version of this site.

This works by detecting what kind of device you are using, and serving up the mobile version if it’s appropriate. It also has options for iOS (Apple), such as “Web App Mode”, which means that you can view the site without the web browser “gubbins” around it.

Give it a try – visit this site on your smartphone..


Impressed? we were.

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Do you run a WordPress-Based site? Interested?

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New Gear

I’ve gone bit mad.
So far this month, I’ve bought TWO Monotrons, a broken microKorg (that makes three), and a Behringer “Metal” pedal (Cash Converters).

Still messing about with Vintage Computers at the moment, (ORIC ATMOS, AMSTRAD NC100, CAMBRIDGE Z88) so not a lot going on.
Apart from my new “Music Machine”, Windows 7, 3.2GHz, 2Gb Ram, FL Studio, etc..

Shop: Rimmers Music Limited
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KORG microKORG XL-Plus Synth / Vocoder Auction
Shop: Rimmers Music Limited
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Korg microKorg S Synth/Vocoder Auction
Shop: saber-outlet
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Limited edition Black Keys Korg Microkorg Synthesiser

News | Post Format Change & Categories

We’ve removed the “{category} – ” in front of the actual post title.
While this looked fine on the site, it didn’t work for the RSS and e-mail subscriptions.
All new posts will now have the category prepended with the category, in the form: “Category | Title”

Like this post, which says “News | Post Format Change & Categories”.

Additionally, clicking the post link now takes you to the LOCAL page rather than the EXTERNAL one.
There is now a list of related posts on the local page.
Clicking on the IMAGE goes to the EXTERNAL page, eg eBay..

Gear Watch is working again..

Apparently, the “Gear Watch” system has not been working for some time.
Unfortunately, I was busy working on something else and didn’t notice.
Anyway, it’s now fixed.
Give it a try.. : Gear Watch