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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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Marty a part-time user from Providence, RI writes:
Bought mine new in NYC in 1979 and it served me very well for years. The polyphonic effects and triple-split (upper register, lower, and bass) came in VERY handy on a number of gigs. Wished the piano sound were a little more realistic, but by adding reverb and a tiny bit of the Clavichord, made it better. The strings are off the charts - 10 times better than machines 10 times the price. The horns/synth stop never made you forget Earth Wind & Fire, but were fun for the right song. I added the bass pedals later and modified the opto-electric volume/sustain pedal (amazing) so I could adjust the amount of sustain and get a Rhodes feel - worked great, for a $5 Radio Shock pot. If a key doesn't work, simply Super Glue the plastic contact connector back under the key - very easy. Really miss it.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-08-2006 at 08:56
Murray a part-time user from usa writes:
I have a Crumar Orchestrator that I have had for 20 years. It belonged to a friend of mine who played it for 2 years and then gave it to me. I am a guitar player and I just played around with it for about a year and then put it in my attic where it stayed until last week. I went to fire the thing up and nothing. The power light works and there is even a small hum but no sound. Didn't know if anyone had any suggestions but if you do I would appreciate some help. Thanks

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-11-2004 at 11:18
Matti Ikonen a part-time user from Finland writes:
I bough my Crumar Multiman-S (it's the European version of the Orchestrator) for 30 euros and I have to say that it's worth ten times that! Piano and Clavichord sounds are worthless and the Bass is only good for that "Crazy Diamond" imitation. But those strings sound just lovely!

I also have a Solina String Ensemble and a Moog Opus3 and their strings all sound a different, but equally great. Multiman's strings are closer to the Solina than the Opus. The biggest drag is that there is no attack control for strings.

Multiman's Brass section sounds really nice too and IMO it's better than Opus'. Unfortunately the attack and decay for the filter don't work on my Multiman, which really sucks. If someone knows a fix/has schematics please email me!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-01-2002 at 06:22
Don Masaoy from USA writes:
I had one of these in the 80s and had to sell it when I moved in 1993. Miss it. The bass is muddy and woofy, and I always thought the brass was pretty vile, at least it sounded vile when I put it to tape. But the piano sound, I genuinely liked and if you put the strings on top of that...lush lush lush. The clavichord is passable.

It doesn't do much, but it does some things really well. Wish I still had it, although it has a tendency for keys to stop working (the middle C on mine...)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-18-2001 at 23:42
Jonathan a hobbyist user from USA writes:
My name is Jonathan and yes, i'm an alcoholic. Woops, wrong place for that. Oh yeah, the Orchestrator. I bought mine 2 years ago when i saw the word 'analog' in a classifieds ad. That's all i needed to see. I use 3 out of the 5 sounds in it. Yes, the strings, bass and the famous brass sounds. The bass i use only when i'm too lazy to ad a real bass sound to my 8track mix. The Orchestrator's bass gets very muddled when you play successive notes. The real strength of this synth is the lush and remarkable sound of its strings. Very warm. Digital strings always sound too crisp. On here you get alot of static and ELECTRICITY and warmth. It's hard to describe. Definitely good for hiding bias noise on an analog tape recording! The brass is phenomenal on this too. It's rich, fat AND its polyphonic. FULLY polyphonic. Go ahead, press all the keys down! I'm picking my second Orchestrator up this weekend, and it has two pedals with it (mine has none). I use the Orchestrator as one of my main instruments. But, i'm really a guitar player. But that's another can of worms. One last thing: when using the strings, there is excellent note separation.. no muddling. You can play notes a 1/2 step away from each other and hear their distinct character, next to each other. Truly a fine instrument. Just dont press the 'piano' or 'clavichord' buttons.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-20-2000 at 01:34
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