Teksonik wrote: ↑
Thu Sep 16, 2021 8:39 am
The keybed, feel, and action of my Akai is better than any Ensoniq keyboard I've ever owned or played and it doesn't suffer from the infamous Ensoniq key clack like my VFX did.
I’ve owned a SQ-80 and a TS-10. Actually owned the TS-10 twice. Same exact unit. I recognized the ding where something hit it. Here’s my take. The TS-10 felt beautiful. Really beautiful. The aftertouch felt perfect, IMO. However, when I purchased it the second time, the ravages of time had taken its toll. The action still felt very good, but the aftertouch was next to impossible to use. I looked into what it would take to fix it, and it appears that there were these rubber bushings that harden with time. They’re no longer made, and NOS ones would probably suffer the same issue, or would after a short time. I didn’t feel like dealing with a big restoration job, so I sold it. My nostalgia for that sound just wasn’t that strong and while the programming scheme was pretty good for a synth with few knobs or sliders, it wasn’t really fun.
Sandwiched in between my TS-10s, I owned an SQ-80 for a short time. The seller listed it as “Mint” and it most certainly wasn’t mint in any way. Not only did it have a bunch of dings and a large dent not shown in his photos, the keyboard, that I specifically inquired about, suffered from that “Ensoniq clack” and the aftertouch was unusable. So I sent it back. I paid a bit over what they had been going for because it was described as being so great with nice and soft aftertouch, so f that.
I landed on a GEM (General Music) S2. This time, the keyboard was as described. Mint, aside from a few slider caps. The aftertouch and overall action feel amazing. I was happy to have that checked off my list… until it crapped out. That’s what you get when you buy a nearly 20 year old synth. So, my $375 deal on an S2 went to a $700 not such a deal after the repair was done, not to mention that I was without it for 3 months.
The moral to my story? Nothing lasts forever, but the earth and sky… oh wait, those things don’t last forever either.
The GEM is doing just fine, but now that ASM has released the Hydrasynth Deluxe, I’ll probably sell it and get one of those because I know it’s only a matter of time before the S2 is in the shop again, and frankly I’m not even using it’s internal ROMpler at all. It would be more fun to have a keyboard with even more keys and a cool engine. What I really want is a 61 key Osmose, but they can’t even seem to get their 49 key model out the door.
If you have some old hardware that you love, good for you. I have a lot of hardware synths as well, but I know that all technology ages and has problems eventually. I’m happy not to have a big gray keyboard with clacky keys around just to get that sound from time to time. The plugin will do me just fine.