ARP / Solina String Ensemble PE IV Vintage Great Condition!

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1970s vintage original unit. Get that famous, authentic sound that many legendary artists and bands have used (see list below). This is the real deal folks. It's lived in my commercial recording studio for years. Does not come with pedal. Cleaning out the place so this needs a good home with someone who will love & appreciate it.  It's fully functional.  Aside from a few slight cosmetic issues, this particular unit seems to be in better condition than most out there for sale.  I am motivated to sell it, hence the aggressive pricing, but please no low ball offers.  

Buyer to pay for shipping. It is 70lbs. I will take it to FedEX for professional packaging and fully insure it using Economy Ground Service.  If you'd prefer local pick up, it's in the Chicago area.
Selling AS-IS, no refunds! 

The ARP String Ensemble, also known as the Solina String Ensemble, is a fully polyphonic multi-orchestral synthesizer with a 49-key keyboard, produced by Eminent BV (known for their Solina brand), distributed by ARP Instruments from 1974 to 1981. The sounds it incorporates are violin, viola, trumpet, horn, cello, and contrabass. The keyboard uses 'organ style' divide-down technology to make it polyphonic. The built-in chorus effect gives the instrument its distinctive sound.  
The core technology is based on the string ensemble section of the Eminent 310 Unique electronic organ in 1972, manufactured by the Dutch company Eminent BV.[1] The main oscillator consists of twelve discrete tone generators with octave divide-down to provide full polyphony; and the built-in chorus effect utilizes bucket-brigade devices (BBDs) controlled by two LFOs to create the characteristic vibrato.  

The ARP String Ensemble was extensively used by pop, rock, jazz and disco artists of the 1970s, including Herbie Hancock, Bernie Worrell, and Eumir Deodato. Elton John used an ARP String Ensemble on his hit song "Someone Saved My Life Tonight", the Rolling Stones in their hit "Fool to Cry", the Buggles in "Video Killed the Radio Star", and Rick James in "Mary Jane". In 1975, George Harrison used the ARP on his song "You", and the same year the Bee Gees played it on their hit "Nights on Broadway". Stevie Wonder played the famous string line on Peter Frampton's 1977 ballad "I'm in You". The Solina string sound has also been used by Kim and Ricky Wilde, Pink Floyd, Brian Eno, the Cure, Gorillaz, the Chameleons, the Carpenters, Joy Division, Neil Young, Air, Anthony Cedric Vuagniaux and Rikk Agnew. Fleetwood Mac keyboardist Christine McVie used it on the band's Heroes Are Hard to Find album, most notably on her song "Come a Little Bit Closer."

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Listed4 years ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more
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