Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Dave Formula's Yamaha SS30 String Synthesiser - Has a unique & collectable provenance

Dave Formula’s - Yamaha SS30 String Synthesiser.

Dave describes the Synth as follows;

The SS30 was renowned as one of the most sophisticated of the 1970's string machines and the selling price at the time reflected this. It wasn't produced in large numbers and therefore has something of a cult following among collectors and connoisseurs of this period.

It is a remarkably versatile string machine, as the recorded examples below will demonstrate, with the ability to transform a track, when used as a full section, or as individual instruments: the cellos are particularly effective, solo, when used in staccato fashion. All in all, it records beautifully!

I've had this keyboard since late 1978, and as the photos show, it's in very good shape. I've just got it back from a thorough inspection and service and it's working as well as the day I bought it.

Although I toured extensively, the keyboard was expertly cared for by my keyboard tech throughout that period.

This would be perfect for both the player who wants to utilise the sounds of this unique instrument and/or a collector who 
would appreciate the increasing value of this vintage, investment classic.

I used the SS30 on a range of hit albums and singles by Visage and Magazine, including;

Visage
        
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKeGSxUrKPk - SS30 used throughout

The Anvil   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0YbPX2BWgg - SS30 used throughout

Magazine 

Secondhand Daylight  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KHEZirNWYQ - listen to the SS30 cello patch on The Thin Air(around 23mins) as well as the rest of the string sounds on the other tracks.

The Correct Use Of Soap
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzkZy7J9-mo - SS30 used throughout

Magic Murder and The Weather
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AdYroYSW6k - SS30 used throughout










I also used the this Yamaha SS30 on Magazine's reunion tour in 2009, both on the live dates as well as TV shows, Later with Jools Holland and the BBC Electric Proms.

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