Q, What is this?
A, It’s a DIY project replicating a classic synthesizer.
Q, When will it be available?
A, The aim is to start offering the kits in September.
Q, What will the price be?
A, The exact price is not set yet. It will be announced on this site during August. But expect the build (I.e. this kit + components) to cost $1000 without the case.
Q, What will the kit contain?
A, The kit will be 3 x oscillator boards, 1 x main board and 1 x front panel.
Q, Does it have submodules?
A, The only submodules left are the oscillator boards, the others (ring modulator, filter, sample and hold, noise and so on) have been transfered to the main board).
Q, Is it exactly like the original?
A, The main focus has been to preserve the circuits exactly as it was. The only thing that has been changes is the speaker amps, this because it’s not a crucial part and it was also troublesome to find speakers with the correct specifications. But everything else remains the same.
Q, What filter will it use?
A, The filter is the 4012 which was the standard filter in the grey versions.
Q, I’d like to have the 4075 filter instead, is that possible?
A, The filter is not a submodule and can not be changed.
Q, Does it includes the spring reverb as well?
A, The spring reverb driver is there, so if you have a reverb tank you’ll get sproingy reverbs in no time.
Q, Wouldn’t it be a much better synth with an extra ADSR or LFO or S&H, etc?
A, It might be. But then it would be something else than a two thousand six hundred. So it’s not something that will happen.
Q, What color will it be?
A, It will be in grey and white. No other colors are available at the moment.
Q, Is it as big as the original.
A, It’s a bit smaller. About 73% of the original size.
Q, I can’t solder, can you build one for me?
A, I’m sorry I can’t build one for you, but there will be a list of people who can once we get going.
Q, Is there a BOM?
A, The BOM isn’t complete yet, since this is still in prototyping stage.
Q, How far has the prototyping gone?
A, The first test has been built and is 100% operational. Changes have been made and a second prototype will be ordered in June.
Q, Where can I get the parts for this?
A, Thonk.co.uk will offer part kits. And if you’d like to source it yourself almost everything is available at Mouser.com, except a few FET-transistors and a IC.
Q, How about a case?
A, Different people have announced they would like to make a case. More on this once we go live.
Q, What’s next?
A, Let’s finish this project first, then talk about the future! (Although it would be nice to do the sequencer…)