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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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professor pete a part-time user from USA writes:
love this thing---got it for $120---awesome with fuzztone and wahwah pedals---sounds like medeski!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-01-2006 at 04:06
Lyndsay a part-time user from Canada writes:
i love this thing. i just bought it one from the buy and sell in excellent condition. it boasts an especially rad strings sound, nice piano tone, very decent organ and brass. the tuning is the only thing i have a mild concern with as it tends to float a little, but isn't that noticeable thanks to vibrato. another thing i've found is that there is a discrepancy in volume between the lower keys and the higher keys. the higher keys appear to be quieter. i appreciate that it's not that heavy which makes it wonderfully portable for shows. very simple to use and a good introduction to an analog synthesizer. and... it's very cool-looking!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-22-2004 at 03:16
3rd Harmonic a hobbyist user from England writes:
I got my Quartet for 30 quid. It's a bit battered, and when I had a look inside, there was shocking amounts of rust on the components, and beer spillage on the PCB. Suprisingly, she's almost fully functional, but the tuning's a bit off, and the brass section with its filter - the best bit - hardly works at all. I got mine because it was cheap, but it's not that special. Internally, it's not an ARP either(a rebadged Siel) so don't buy it for the name. I prefer my Crumar - much better strings and more character. When this old relic is back to its former glory I hope it'll sound better.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-29-2003 at 22:01
geronimo a professional user from universe writes:
yeah I got one of these babies... for dirt cheap... I have a voice that is dead... must be a chip problem... if I put the sustain slider up I get a stuck high A note... pretty annoying for that... I am able to get sweet sounds from it regardless... I just stack all four voices, turn then organ voices mute and I got some sweet analog organ sounding horns andd brass... too bad for the sustain cuz the strings would be so dope... nothing some reverb can`t fix... but still... sounds very analogue and it is very analogue I am able to stack all four voices (as opposed to the just two mentioned elsewhere)... all sounds are great... except the octave range is weird... you can't get the really low rumbling notes... the lowest note u can play is probably theequivalent of c3 or maybe c2 - i am not sure... but it still has a thickness and timbre that is fat... b playing with the attack settings on the brass, the vibrato on the strings and layering with the organ patches, muting the higher pitched voices some definite satisfaction can be attained... someone mentioned that there must be a chorus in this machine... well the vibrato is pretty particular... horns are trobone and trumpet (the are basically the same sound but one an octave higher), violin and cello (same octave situation) the organ has organ and celeste, with celste being higher and slightly different in sound (not only higher but with slightly different attack I think or not exactly the same oscillations or whatever), same situation for the piano voices - piano and honky tonk... you turn voices on and off like light switches... there is a attack, and a sustain slider (more like the R in ASDR) ... there also a brilliance setting for the horns... it is basically a non-resonant high pass filter or something though i may be wrong... oh yeah mine is missing some switches but I just take them out of one slot and put it in the next... I wish someone can tell me how to fix the sustain problem... well I give this synth a 4... I am tempted to give it a three but at the same time I am tempted to give it a 5 too.. it is limited - but quite fat... a very simple board.. but it is pure in tone and it helps me practice playing instead of trying to make patches... sometimes it reminds me of a casiotone but then again all synths do... it also reminds me of a hammond - not all synths can do that!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-25-2002 at 23:20
William Cusick a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Awesome keyboard! The Piano setting can sound like a Rhodes with a little reverb and a soft touch. The Brass settings rock and the vibrato makes it all sound sweet. A very RARE keyboard. The fellow who fixed it worked for ARP back in the day and said it was only the second he'd ever seen and/or worked on. Worth whatever you pay for it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-30-2002 at 13:23
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