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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby ibmfiles » Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:15 pm

commodorejohn wrote:JP-8000's a cool little keyboard - kind of the first wave of "virtual analog," but unlike a lot of Roland's very blah later VA offerings it actually has its own distinctive character to it.

Anyway, my SEM got here today and it is glorious :D


Oh, I have a JP-8080. It does have a few unique characteristics. One of them being the "treble" knob under tone control, this can push the timbre to open up more than any other synthesizer I've ever heard. Great for cutting through a mix if you're running low on headroom... it can use up the higher frequencies and still sound reasonable. You get super-saw, too.

Those SEMs are pretty pricey, but I can't really claim innocence since I've doled out a fair bit on synths too (SYNTH CASH). Bought a TB-03 recently actually. While the filter is NOWHERE near as good as the original TB-303, it still looks cool and is nice to plot things down if you're not at a computer with a DAW.

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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby commodorejohn » Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:41 pm

Yeah, the SEM costs a pretty penny, but oh Lord is it worth it. The filter is all sweet spot, and the mixed lowpass/highpass modes on either side of the midpoint do some fascinating things to the sound :)

Anyway, I went up to that storage unit in Paradise that lutiana over on VCF is selling out of and picked up a Commodore PET (4016, proper damn keyboard model with no Datasette,) a 486DX2/66 motherboard/CPU combo, and a sound card with an Ensoniq Wave Blaster daughterboard :) The PET doesn't power on, but it looks in good shape, and it's probably one of the most analyzed and documented microcomputers ever made, so it should be plenty doable to get it up and running again...

Also picked up an Apollo workstation and disk unit for someone on cctech - Lordy, what a beast those things are!
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Sat Apr 29, 2017 10:53 pm

The last Tomy Tutor cartridge I needed to complete the game set.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby theinonen » Wed May 03, 2017 12:35 pm

Scart to HDMI converter.

After that thing arrives, the good old msx2+ will come out from the closet and will again get some use it deserves.

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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby itsvince725 » Wed May 03, 2017 5:12 pm

What kind of MSX? There were like six brands of the thing...
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby theinonen » Wed May 03, 2017 11:59 pm

This one:
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Philips NMS 8250 modded to MSX2+ and second drive added. (Switch on the back to select msx2 or msx2+ mode.)

This was unused close to 10 years in the closet and the old battery was not keeping time anymore, so I decided to remove it to be on safe side.
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Did not actually look bad at all from the outside, but as had to dismantle it to pieces I proceeded to remove it anyway. I left as much of the legs from the old battery as possible, so can in future just solder wires with battery holder on those for easy maintenance without removing the actual board from computer.

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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Sat May 06, 2017 12:52 am

A Google Pixel XL 128GB, because my Nexus 5X abruptly started bootlooping on Tuesday (I was just reading the news on it and bam!). Apparently this is a known problem with LG phones of recent generation.

Fortunately, someone out there explained how to reflow the defective processor module. The 5X is mercifully relatively easy to disassemble, and 7 minutes at 390 F in my regular kitchen oven was enough to temporarily fix the logic board. I was able to get everything off it and it's still running, so I just put it in a drawer. Credit: http://dev-with-alex.blogspot.com/2016/ ... phone.html

I'm not happy with the Pixel XL. I couldn't get the regular Pixel, so it's too damn large, but I needed a phone quickly and other Android and iOS devices are not acceptable to me. From the very start it had problems. During initial setup it got stuck in an update loop trying to update an app that required Google Play Services which it had queued to update after it updated the app that required Google Play Services to update it, so I just tossed it on the couch and let it sort itself out (which it eventually did after a couple hours). I had to resort to removing all the permissions from Google App to get it to stop responding to "OK GOOGLE" (I won't have a phone that's continuously listening, even if it's just for that) even though Ok Google was allegedly off and it had no voice model. The Daydream VR helmet doesn't seem to always detect the phone is inside it. And on and on. I'd tolerate that from a $350 device, but this one was $1000 all told. The N5X had none of these problems.

At least the Pixel has the same camera as the 5X/6P, and the screen is nice, but it's AMOLED and it'll burn up eventually.

The 5X was the best Nexus I ever had, and of course those nimrods at Lucky Crapstar can't solder a damn CPU module properly. I was very upset to see it go.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby guardian452 » Sat May 06, 2017 5:46 am

As a relative newcomer to the android universe, I don't understand why Sony phones aren't more popular. (X Compact, here)

I actually like the OK Google. It's like siri except without cotton stuffing in her ears. Still useless, but at least it works :)

It is similar in appearance to the lumia 920 which I adored, but didn't want to start down the WP rabbit hole again. It comes in white. And the battery! The put a tablet battery in a phone :shock: (sure it makes it a bit thick, but they can also put the fingerprint sensor on the side this way. Works great).

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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Sat May 06, 2017 8:22 am

I like my 5X but I preferred the Original Nexus 5. I refuse to upgrade to a Pixel.

As for my next phone I may get a blackphone.

I just found boxed copies of Baldurs Gate 1&2 in a thrift. I paid a grand total of $4 for both.

Bought an Octane2 for $180. Unknown specs as it was from C2 Recycling but we will see when it arrives.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Sat May 06, 2017 3:21 pm

Sister-in-law gave me her old BlacBook (black MacBook). I'm obviously not a fan of Intel Macs but this one is at least interesting. It will need some TLC and will likely end up being my BSD laptop.

Also, got OS/2 WARP 4, boxed NOS, which the stupid seller shipped unreinforced and arrived crushed. However, the media looks okay.
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:Fuel: bigred, 900MHz R16K, 4GB RAM, V12 DCD, 6.5.30
:Indy: indy, 150MHz R4400SC, 256MB RAM, XL24, 6.5.10
:Indigo2IMP: purplehaze, 175MHz R10000, Solid IMPACT
probably posted from Image bruce, Quad 2.5GHz PowerPC 970MP, 16GB RAM, Mac OS X 10.4.11
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby pentium » Sat May 06, 2017 6:32 pm

I did it again. I splurged $100 and bought an arcade cabinet I can't store at home, so it's being "loaned" to the local Makerspace.

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It doesn't have the original game installed and there are a number of other modifications. In fact, I can't tell WHAT game is installed. The board is almost unidentifiable and the CRT chassis is very much dead with an exploded flyback. I need to drag out a PVM and see if I can get a picture on that for now.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby Krokodil » Sat May 06, 2017 7:02 pm

Raion-Fox wrote:
Bought an Octane2 for $180. Unknown specs as it was from C2 Recycling but we will see when it arrives.


You got that Octane 2 that's missing a door! Welcome back to the Octane II owners club. :)
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Sat May 06, 2017 7:04 pm

Krokodil wrote:You got that Octane 2 that's missing a door! Welcome back to the Octane II owners club. :)


Yeah I need to find a Octane2 front door!
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby Krokodil » Sat May 06, 2017 7:30 pm

Got a submarine clock for $200. A wind up mechanical one from a now defunct company called Sovietski. It is a Russian 5-24M marine clock.

When I got it hands didn't move, despite winding it with the key. So I took it apart and found the clock works, except that the gear running up to the escapement platform is jammed (possibly broken balance staff) and does not allow the clock to run in most cases, even when under tension from the mainspring - which is quite powerful, even when not fully wound. So I obtained a new escapement from fleabay. I'm pretty sure that will get the clock running again.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Sat May 06, 2017 7:36 pm

Those are nice. My father has one from a Soviet clock. Is yours beige, with black background, a red star and the wind-up under the hands?
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