Z wrote:Mk1 has rockers and Mk2 has buttons.
Good luck with your quest. I've been looking for one at a reasonable price (I'd pay up to $2500, but it's not worth that much in my opinion, forget about the $3K+ most are selling for).
KevBKeys wrote:According to the A-Z of analogue synths (Peter Forrest) there were two revisions, so that potentially means three different versions. It lists changes to the keyboard, switches, generator, BBD chip, filter, human voice board and the vibrato. So quite a few changes.
Peter suggests the change from SAD to MN BBD chips in later units would likely have the biggest effect on the sound. I guess that's why the earlier models are generally more sought after. There is a chart with all the changes and serial numbers etc so might be best to see the book for full details if it is important to you.
I was always fascinated by this instrument, and it took me several years to find one in good enough condition at a price I was happy with. I was worried that it was a lot of money to spend for a synth that does only three things, but i've found it to be more flexible than I thought, and there a lots of combinations and sounds possible. I mainly use it as a string/choir ethereal pad machine, but the vocoder is easy to use too and I like running drums through it.
I also have an RS-202 and I was hoping the VP-330 might replace it, but I very quickly realised I had to keep both! The strings actually sound quite different. The RS-202 is polyphonic (fully!) has more variations and a magical sound, while the VP-330 is paraphonic (boo!), but with stereo ensemble, can be layered with the human voice and has a faster aggressive sound. I like both machines equally, but at the moment the VP-330 is getting a lot more use.
Good luck with the search.
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