Synth collection at Studio Bell

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Post by Luke W »

I've recently returned from a rather delayed honeymoon, part of which was spent in Calgary. Whilst we were there my lovely wife took me to the National Music Centre at Studio Bell, where they have, amongst lots of other cool things, an entire floor occupied by old synthesizers, audio equipment and other instruments.

There's a good collection of the obvious classics, along with some weird and wonderful bits and pieces and one-off custom instruments. I spent quite a long time wandering around, reading things and taking photos, and thought that there's probably people on here who'd be interested in said pictures.
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The last picture is the view into part of the tech team's workshop, full of things that are presumably either going to end up on display or are being restored/repaired for use in the studios there.

A very cool place. :thumbup:
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That's quite a collection. One could spend a lot of time there :D
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Great!
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Stereo Minimoog..! ;)
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Ooooh, nice!
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Luke W wrote: Tue Oct 04, 2022 6:36 pm I've recently returned from a rather delayed honeymoon, part of which was spent in Calgary. Whilst we were there my lovely wife took me to the National Music Centre at Studio Bell, where they have, amongst lots of other cool things, an entire floor occupied by old synthesizers, audio equipment and other instruments.

There's a good collection of the obvious classics, along with some weird and wonderful bits and pieces and one-off custom instruments. I spent quite a long time wandering around, reading things and taking photos, and thought that there's probably people on here who'd be interested in said pictures.
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The last picture is the view into part of the tech team's workshop, full of things that are presumably either going to end up on display or are being restored/repaired for use in the studios there.

A very cool place. :thumbup:

That Buchla box, I’d be up for a one synth challenge if I had that, or was lent it.
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Wow - there are some mighty unusual synths in those photos! :o8-)
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Martin Walker wrote: Tue Oct 04, 2022 11:53 pm Wow - there are some mighty unusual synths in those photos! :o8-)

And an M1! :lol:
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OK, who’s up for a visit? clubs, society’s, etc etc, they sometimes have outings, an annual "jolly"
All of us synth fans could all chip-in and go visit this place, it would be "immense fun" (understatement) or do I need to take my medication?

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Arpangel wrote: Wed Oct 05, 2022 6:04 am OK, who’s up for a visit? clubs, society’s, etc etc, they sometimes have outings, an annual "jolly"
All of us synth fans could all chip-in and go visit this place, it would be "immense fun" (understatement) or do I need to take my medication?

:D

I used all my air miles (blew the lot, 20 years of business travel) a few years ago, And even an economy ticket might be a stretch for a boys weekend away to Calgary :beamup:

But it does look like a fun place to visit.
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I hope all those instruments get used regularly and aren't just on display for synth geeks to gawk at.
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BigRedX wrote: Wed Oct 05, 2022 8:28 am I hope all those instruments get used regularly and aren't just on display for synth geeks to gawk at.

There are definitely some that look like they're permanently set up for geeks-a-gawkin', but there are also some studios there that seem to be putting lots of nice things to good use.
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