Stunning original condition and superb working order. Recent deep overhaul by an Arp specialist in the USA with...
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Stunning original condition and superb working order. Recent deep overhaul by an Arp specialist in the USA with 30 years experience.
Complete with 3620 keyboard, portamento pedal, patch cables and a full complement of original accessories and manuals. See below for full details.
It’s a model 2600P which the tech has dated (as best he can) to ’75 or ’76. This model ARP has the most desired MOOG ladder style Copper clad 4012 filter. See below for more information on modules, which “version” it is, whether it is one of the “good” ones.
Complete professional service completed in February 2018 by US Arp specialist. Checked over by our resident synth expert – it is in superb working order. Ready for the next 45 years of spectacular sound and music creation
CONDITION: The front panel, controls and keyboard are all superb and undoubtedly in exceptional original condition for a 2600 of this age. The keys of the 3620 keyboard are showing some age in terms of fine scratches and scuffs but overall this is also is excellent condition. The tolex has some wear and scuffs – mostly on the edges – but nothing serious. Overall this is an outstanding example of an exceptional instrument – the best we’ve seen and heard.
Exactly what “version” 2600 is it? Is it one of the “good” ones?
This one has the serviceable (non-‘potted’) modules. Oscillators are 4027-1. These machines are normally found in the 73-76 time span. According to the engineer (with 30 years’ experience of Arps), people who worked for Arp have told him directly production was fairly chaotic. While some sources online will say that this or that version sounds “better” or “best”, the reality is that variations are common between modules even if they were made the same year due to manufacturing inconsistencies (or as he put it, ‘they just got soul!’).
It would seem that there is not a simple chronological timeline of production of the various model types. Like most smaller gear manufacturers of the ’70s, Arp didn’t operate on a rigid structure: suggesting that 1970s handbuilt synths have similarly linear/traceable timelines to those made on a modern factory production line is divorced from reality.
Our tech’s best guess is that this is a late 1975 / early 1976. It has the older front panel but still has the 4027-1 OSC and 4012 filter modules that are all possible (although far from easy) to service.
He is of the opinion that this is a superb-sounding Arp and an excellent example, and we wholeheartedly agree!
Service work included:
Extensively tested by our resident synth expert – all features and functions are working as they should (as with much vintage gear some crackle is possible from sliders especially if the unit has not been used for while, but this should clear with use).
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Tags: ARP 2600, ARP 3620 keyboard, vintage synthesizer, modular synth, analog synthesizer, analogue synthesizer
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