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Steven Norgate
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Panel Design Re-think & Yamaha's Design Language
Panel Games I've been thinking about the front-panel and a few ideas have crystallised Don't use the original parts.  I want to use faders/pots for many of the controls. Many of the switches are a bit damaged  and twisting the contacts back into shape is un...
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Dave Formula's Yamaha SS-30 - Sold on ebay
This was a month ago, but I just spotted that Dave Formula sold his SS-30. He seems to have been selling off all his old keyboards (and a motorbike) over the past few years. This the eBay link (for as long as it lasts)  http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/-/291879123...
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Altogether now: Chorus! - A stereo chorus?
Josh, call the Bucket Brigade I was re-reading the superlative Synth Secrets articles by Gordon Reid again to see what he had to say about Bucket Brigade Delay Devices. I was interested because I have a Roland System 500   (lucky me) and it's 572 module is ...
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Engraving objects - Front-peanel Designer, Inkscape and HPGL files
An apology This post was drafted some months ago. Since it was all too difficult and now that Schaeffer are offering printing to their front-panels now I didn't really come to any conclusion. Engraving tools, HPGL files and using Inkscape is a frustrating p...
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Yamaha's Quality Design and Manufacture
I was browsing around the web looking at Yamaha organs (uh-oh!) today and came across this image which tickled me. It's from an fact-sheet/flyer of their new organ around 1978, so contemporaneous with the SS-30. Design Manufacture
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A switch to variable controls?
A bit on the slide? As I've been too busy to get into the garage again these past few days (and will be until next week) I was instead meditating on the idea I had during the front-panel rewiring exercise.  The idea was that for some of the switches I could...
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Rewiring update 2
Cello, again! Back one day later with more updates! I fixed the issue with the Cello. Well, almost. The issue with broken wire to the volume control was easy to fix. However the signal had another break further down the chain. At the Orchestra section the s...
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Front-panel rewiring update
Progress  Temporary front-panel rewiring Progress has many enemies: perfection; comfort; greed; fear; indecision; indifference and (it says here) free-time(?).  I can't point to any of those and blame them for the lack of progress on the SS-30M. Free-time i...
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The Fonts Of SS30 And YAMAHA
This is getting way off topic but I get spare time in front of a computer and I like good design so here we are with a post about fonts. Owners Manual Cover Here on the front page there are four fonts.  YAMAHA- Helvetica Black Condensed Yamaha's simple logo...
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Voltage Controlled Pitch à la Tomita?
I had this post drafted for a while but with the recent passing of Isao Tomita I finished it off. Whilst researching the SS30 I noticed that it had been used by Tomita . Isao Tomita - SS30 not pictured Specifically our favourite strings machine was credited...
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