I am not one to take a big chance on an unknown condition synth, but a slightly risky $ on eBay is easy to deal with if it’s cheap enough. In this spirit I bought one of two Crumar Orchestrator’s that were listed for $89 each on eBay from the same seller. It had been listed for a while at a higher price with no takers but when $89.99 landed I bought one and someone bought its twin within minutes. Unknown problems? Okay -just nothing major please…
Recently landed Orchestrator. Looking pretty good. What could possibly be wrong? It came with the lid but no pedals. I hear the ‘Swell’ pedal is amazing -need to find or build one. Anyone have one for sale?
Wow -check out all those voice cards. They don’t have chips on them so they’re not as tough to deal with as Polymoog voice cards, but I am still scared with a few wavering/strange sounding voices.
The problem with this synth is repeating voices (push key once and it goes baa baa instead of just baa once) so I figured it was a keyboard contect issue. Here are the bus bars. Oxidized? Yep. Maybe they are silver plated?
Removing the bus bars was a bit of a leap of faith since I had to remove the panel with all the voice cards and disconnect the key mechanisms and desolder the bar from the harness. Took about an hour all told with a few minutes thrown in for polishing the bars with Mothers Mag Polish.
This is the pitch slider, made by Piher -Mouser still lists these -maybe I should buy a few to check them out. Scratchy in a volume slider is just noise, scratchy in a pitch tuner means the instrument is very hard to tune -it kind of jumps around instead of transitioning smoothly up the HZ to 440 or whatever. I will have to replace it if it doesn’t clean up.
I bought the two missing slider caps from an eBay seller and need to do some detailing, but so far so good. Up next: back on the Juno 60!