Rhodes Chroma Polaris

Rhodes Chroma Polaris

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Fender Rhodes Chroma Polaris for sale.  This unit has been meticulously refurbished and is in great shape and perfect working order.

We have yet to enter the servicing details for this particular unit, but servicing was complete - we don't do half-assed jobs here.

Here are the notes on the last one we sold:

This unit has received an extensive electronic refurb by trustworthy professionals with decades of experience (us) and is ready to play, no excuses or additional servicing required. The entire process required 22 hours of skilled labor. Its membrane panel has been replaced with a brand new one so it's much more reliable than any original Polaris, its D batteries were replaced with a lithium battery, and it's received a complete servicing and cleaning inside and out, making this unit much more valuable, reliable and desirable than other Polarises on the market. This was a big investment of time, love and money and the resulting instrument should hopefully outlast other lesser examples you may find. This is of course reflected in its price.

The Chroma Polaris is a really underrated synth.  Its a 2 oscillator polysynth with oscillator sync, 2 envelopes, a ring modulator, velocity sensitivity, and all the other features you would expect from a good polysynth.  Best of all was ahead of its time - all fader and button functions on the Polaris respond to MIDI continuous controller data.  This means you can use it with a software editor or MIDI fader box and can sequence your knob movements and other tweaks from or into your MIDI sequencer, just like you can do with more modern virtual analogs.  However, this analog synth sounds a lot warmer to me than any of the newer synths.  This synth is very good for most typical analog synth sounds but I feel it is best for ambient strings and pads.  It really sounds alive!   You can create much more interesting sounds on this synth than you can with similar synths such as the Roland Super JX and Juno-106.