ARP 2600 Tonus Ken Bichel

ARP 2600 Tonus Ken Bichel

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Tonus ARP 2600 for sale. This very early Tonus 2600 originally belonged to Ken Bichel (aka Kenneth Bichel), famous New York City based session synthesizer player. According to wiki: "a founding member of Kingsley's First Moog Quartet, recognized as the preeminent synthesizer authority in the New York recording industry from that time on." This ARP 2600 was used on many hit records back in the day. It's even credited in the liner notes of several records (David Ruffin, Van McCoy, Elliott Randall), though this ARP was undoubtedly used on many of the other records Bichel played on. Bichel is credited with synthesizer work on recordings by Chaka Kahn, Aretha Franklin, Carly Simon, Gladys Knight, Ringo Starr, etc. This unit contains the early 4013 VCF and 4027 oscillators. 

We gave this 2600 our full electronic refurbishment. It was fully disassembled, cleaned inside and out, and fully serviced by a vintage synth specialist with decades of experience, systematically tested over a long period and is working great. The power supply was recapped to extend its life. The machine was recalibrated. Tantalum capacitors were replaced since these commonly fail. The keyboard was rebuilt with new bushings, etc, etc. Few sellers invest the time, love and money we do in the preparation of our gear, and this is reflected our prices.

The ARP-2600 is one of our favorite vintage analog synthesizers and is ideal for any serious analog synthesist or sound designer. It has an incredible unique sound. You can use this ARP 2600 to make superb sound effects, smooth lead sounds, fat basses, vocal-like patches, animal sounds or whatever - it's hard to sit down at a 2600 and not coax wonderful sounds from it. The voice of Star Wars character R2D2 was done on an ARP-2600. It's a truly versatile instrument, capable of generating a huge range of sounds. The vintage spring reverb gives it extra depth. As far as modular synthesizers go, it is one of the most compact and affordable models. It's also one of the easiest modular synths to use - there are many hardwired connections so you don't need to know much about synthesis to coax great sounds out of it.

Here is a basic rundown of its features: 3 VCOs (oscillators) - all with low frequency switches, voltage controlled filter/resonator vcf, VCA, 2 Envelope Generators, Sample and Hold, Noise source, Ring Modulator, PreAmp, Envelope follower, Spring reverb, 2 built in speakers, Electronic Switch, Voltage processors: Lag Processor, Invertors, Mixer, Voltage Sources, multiples and final output mixer/panner.