Are you wondering What/When/Why? People familiar with the original Moogs will recognise a modular synthesiser from a mile off. Random rows of sci-fi knobs and dials, with strings of patch leads strewn all over the place. Well, now we know
As a kid, I was in awe of the Lowrey organ. It’s a massive piece of furniture with buttons, lights, and knobs all over it. It’s the kind of thing you’d see in the corner of a posh living room,
If you’ve seen the movie ‘Ray’ with Jamie Fox, then you should already recognise this piece. To be honest, when I first saw it I thought it was a reproduction or CGI — but no, it really is a pristine 1957
This is easily the heaviest instrument I’ve ever owned, per cubic centimetre. With the lid shut, it’s about the size of a thin electric guitar case and it weighs nearly 50 lbs (23 kg) — or about five Les Pauls.
Way back in the mists of time, I owned a brand new Yamaha DX-7IId synth (the sequel to the infamous DX-7). The 80s were the glory years for keyboard players — every band needed one. A little known precursor to
The standard Fender Rhodes was a staple of 60s and 70s jazz, funk, and pop recordings, but this little brother was much more obscure and is rarely seen or heard of. This is a wonderfully made little miniature 32-note keyboard,