I bought myself a present, since my birthday is coming up... (or at least that's my excuse)
It's the Roland SH-7 !
I got it for a fairly low price, but for a reason.It's not in very good shape.
One of it's previous owners probably decided to repaint the room the SH-7 was standing in... You can see where this is going I guess... I think he must have used a paint roller because those little tiny white stains are all over the thing.
The seller had it serviced a couple of years and the guy who serviced it spent an entire evening together with his girlfriend, trying to remove as much paint stain from it as possible.
At least now most of the panels are almost clear. The keys have some stains, and while the tolex on the bottom looks OK from the front, you should see the back...
Some sliders and switches also need replacing.
To sum it up:
The VCA LFO mod slider is completely broken off.
The VCO 32' slider is completely broken off.
The Portamento Mode switch is completely broken off.
The CV mode (one note, two note, ext) selector causes the pitch to jump around (dirty or worn out).
The pitch bender is glued, so it was broken as well at one point.
The seller warned me that he noticed that the Filter Cutoff slider made a slight crackling sound, though I haven't noticed any problems with it, yet.
The previous service guy said he had replaced some of the rotary selectors (waveform selectors I think) and maybe some others. Perhaps some of them aren't exact replacements because the knobs now seem to sit too far above the panel, like a few millimeters. Perhaps that's normal. Don't know, but not all knobs are like that
I also noticed the triangle wave mode on VCO B seems to produce what sounds like a saw wave. I'll need to take a look at it with a scope and see what is is and perhaps try to see what's causing it.
Some good news at least are that I have managed to locate, what I think (and hope) is, replacements for the portamento and CV mode switches.
The sliders however, will probably be a complete nightmare to find replacements for...
There's supposedly a mod done to it that involves external triggering and S&H, but I forgot what it was, hehe. I'll have to check again...
One thing I don't quite like with it is that the amplitude of the signal drops dramatically when you turn the resonance up, much more so than I've noticed on other synthesizers. I guess it's just the way the filter works.
All in all, I'm happy about it and just hope that I find some sliders. Everything else should be manageable :)