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Vintage Synthesizer and Electronic Keyboard Hall of Fame


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In this section, I am going to pay tribute to some of the vintage synthesizers and vintage electronic keyboards that have stood the test of time. Most of these instruments are still in wide use today, and as a testament to their staying power, most have software emulations that strengthen their position in the Electronic Keyboard Hall of Fame. Each page will feature a brief history of the vintage instrument, and keeping with the theme of Play, the emphasis will be on the use of these keyboards in musical settings. With that in mind I will include some audio examples from some of my own recordings, and I will also refer you to some recordings by a few famous keyboard players who have made landmark recordings using these electronic keyboards.

As I was compiling these pages I was struck by the odd intended uses of some of these classic instruments. For example, the clavinet was originally designed for home use and aimed at playing early European classical and folk music. But somewhere along the way somebody ran it through a wah-wah pedal and the rest is history! The Moog synthesizer has a similar tale.

Many of these vintage synthesizers and vintage electronic keyboards are no longer in production. Therefore, I will also provide you with a few links for obtaining parts and general info on maintenance if you happen to own one. In my research I came across a site that demonstrates the inner workings of some of the keyboards so I will provide those links where appropriate.

As I mentioned earlier, most of the synthesizers and electronic keyboards in the Hall of Fame have software emulations, and I will give you my impressions of the software synths that I have actually used.


Rodney Lee

Choose a Vintage Synthesizer or Vintage Electronic Keyboard from the list below to learn more:

Fender Rhodes Electric Piano
Moog Synthesizer
Hammond B3 Organ
Hohner D6 Clavinet
Sequential Circuits Prophet 5
Wurlitzer Electric Piano

Yamaha DX7
Other Classic Synthesizers ( Roland Juno and Jupiter series, Roland D-50, etc ... )

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