MrFrodo wrote:Do any of you know if those are (approximately) the same innards of the P-Moog synthesizer?
Note that the "synth-version" of the PM originally went under the name Polymoog keyboard
. They later re-branded it Polymoog synthesizer
when the 'preset-version' was introduced around mid 1978. So Polymoog keyboard
can actually refer to either version.
As far as the "synth-version" is concerned, it'd appear the original version was (still is?) more common than the later version. The reason for that I think is that they built a lot more units of the original version.
Interestingly, the Keyboard layout for the PM was changed a couple of times prior to its final release to the public in late 1976; the prototypes ( ca. autumn 1975) had a 72 note C to B keyboard On the pre-production model (spring 1976) the keyboard changed to an F to E and "at the very the last minute (summer/fall '76), (due to feedback from the musicians who had been given prototypes) the keyboard received a final change to a 71 note E to D in response to requests for a bottom E to compete with guitarists! This involved yet another expensive tooling change at the factory."
This was one of the reasons it took so long before the PM hit the streets.
Larry Fast in front of his gear during the recording of "Cords", fall 1977. Note the prototype Polymoog
(C to B keyboard) on the right. He used it for the first time on tour with Nektar in the spring of '76 and
then on PG's debut album (rec. in the fall of that year).
"The (Yamaha) CS-80 is a step ahead in keyboard control, and a generation behind in digital control" -- Dan Wyman, Jan 1979