Instruments

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Disklavier 6’6″ Yamaha (2002)

Standard 88 Acoustic Grand Piano This very piano can be heard on many recent notable recordings included Adele’s Rolling In The Deep. Also functions as a player piano via its Midi input.

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Pad-80 Octapad II / Roland SP-1200 Roland / EMU Systems (1989)

8 pad MIDI drum pad with an E-mu SP-1200 drum sampler. The SP-1200 became an icon of hip hop’s golden age, thanks to its ability to construct the bulk of a song within one piece of portable gear.

 

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SH32 Synthesizer Roland (2001)

4-part multitimbral desktop synth module using Wave Acceleration Synthesis. Features a whole host of controllers, filters, effects and arpeggiators.

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Wurlitzer electric piano Rudolph Wurlitzer Company (1972-1980)

Rare electromechanical stringless piano. Often known as the ‘whirly’, it is famous for it’s classic vibrato sound. Comparable to the Fender rhodes but with a clearer more distinct and distorted sound.

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JX-8P Roland (1984-1989)

Among the last of the true analog synthesizers produced by Roland. Features the PG-800 synthesizer programmer expansion module, (top right).

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Juno-6 Roland (1982)

The first synth from Roland’s classic Juno series. Six voice polyphonic analog synthesizer with digitally controlled analog oscillators.

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MS-10 Korg (1978)

Monophonic single-VCO analog synthesizer. Known for its great bass and percussive sounds. A Powerful mono-synth with plenty of knobs and patched using standard 1/4 inch patch cords.

 

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OB 12 Oberheim electronics (2000)

Analogue Modelling Synth emulating the classic sounds and tone of the early Oberheim Synths. It features various oscilators, LFO filters and effects and has a host of immediate controllers.

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Harmonium Cramer (1890)

Historic pedal-powered reed organ. This one was made by cramer ltd of London and dates back to the 1880s and has a great warm sound.

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TR-808 Roland (1980-1983)

Used on more hit records than any other drum machine. The legendary 808 was one of the first programmable drum machines on the market.

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Nord Rack 2 Clavia (1998 – 2003)

Rack mounted version of the classic virtual analogue synthesizer. The Nord Lead series was the first digital synthesizer on the market to emulate analog synthesis.

 

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Glockenspeill Unknown (1983)

Similar to the xylophone but with metal plates instead of wood thus making it a ‘metallophone’. The Glockenspiel is a high pitched instrument and appeasrs in nearly all genres of music.

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DRUM SYNTH SDS 3 SIMMONS (1978)

 

Early electronic drum sound generator. Combines four drum channels and a noise generator. Each channel has various filters. The Simmonds drum sound formed a hugh part of the 80s sound.

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Calvinet E7 Hohner (1977)

The Clavinet is an amplified mechanical instrument. The sound is produced by a harp of 60 tensioned steel strings amplified through two pickups. The sound has been Immortalised by Stevie Wonder on his track Superstision.

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Rhodes Mk I Fender (1975)

Electric piano similar to the Whirlitzer and Clavinet the Piano-like keyboard uses hammers that hit small metal tines. Classic warm sound that has featured heavily on music over the last 40 years.

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Triton Korg (1999)

Widely considered a bench mark in keyboard technology, the Triton was the first major keyboardworkstation featuring a sequencer and a sampler.

 

 

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Hammond Organ C3 Hammond organ company (1960)

Our Hammond came originally from a church in Ealing. Chas Jankel, Eastcote’s first owner, fell in love with its rare blonde beauty (light oak finish) and when he went to collect it, found Pete Townsend sitting at the controls. Silly money was offered and refused, so now we have a priceless and unique asset that, unlike most blondes, sounds as good as it looks.  Thanks to that hit single by the Charlatans, and the inexorable ubiquity of R’n’B, Hammond is back in vogue.  The sound has unique gluing qualities: that bit of extra tension in the 2nd verse, or a warm glow that floods the chorus with passion.  Screaming, whispering, purring, chirruping, funky or rocky, the Hammond can do it all.  Sadly, Bill Dunne, the man who knew everything there is to know about what goes on beneath a Hammond’s skirts, has retired to Dorset and won’t answer the telephone.  Luckily I have located a source of genuine Hammond Oil in Berlin.  Furthermore, I also managed to purchase a small pot of “organ oil” in a seedy part of Tokyo.  So if any of you out there need your organ oiled …

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Solina Strings ARP (1974)

Known as THE string machine of the late 1970’s disco era. An orchestra in a box. This instrument is still popular and features on many recent records. It is the built in chorus effect gives the instrument it’s famous sound.

 

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Harpsicord Amatuer maker (1975)

Handmade by an amateur musical instrument maker in the 1960’s, this instrument is enormous. It is a replica of a classic Baroque model and is still a joy to play.

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