CatSynth pic: Hohner S4 String Synthesizer

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From an auction, via matrixsynth:

Under the racked Minimoog, under the cat.

“This is a very rare Hohner S4 string synthesizer. I have found no information about this item anywhere. Is it a prototype? I don’t know. I do know its a cool paraphonic divide-down synthesizer with “cello” and “strings” sections. Two release modes, fast decay and slow decay. Three octave select buttons. Here is the sound. I am guessing it was manufactured in the mid-to-late 1970s. It operates like it should. Cosmetically, it looks fair for an instrument that has obviously been gigged. The tear in the tole on one of the close-ups has been glued. I will ship carefully, in two boxes, as it has a heavy, boat anchor style power supply with a volume pedal. Here’s the only audio sample I have of it. Sorry, its half-way in.

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CatSynth pic: Hohner Electra Piano

Cat with Hoehner Electra Piano

From Michael Van Dijck via our Facebook page.

Here is an example of the Hohner piano in action:

In this video, Chick Corea plays a Hohner Electra piano with Miles Davis. (Keith Jarrett is playing a different electric piano.)

Electric pianos are of course not strictly synths, as they are electro-mechanical rather than electronic. But these instruments are favorites of ours here at CatSynth.

CatSynth video: Michael Hearst – Ode to Odd Instruments

A video with “odd instruments” and a cat, by Michael Hearst (via matrixsynth).

Including (in order of appearance): Knockman “Chachak,” daxophone, Hohner claviola, bass melodica, stylophone, otamatone, Moog theremin, Elasticbrand Audioware rattle, porter’s bell. Also featuring Maddie the cat.”