Also new in 2020 – a remake of the legendary 1987 E-mu SP-1200. Just get ready for some sticker shock, because it’s not just a clone, it’s an actual SP-1200, rebuilt.
This one is an extremely, extremely limited edition because it starts with an original working SP-1200. So the price tag is similar to a top-condition refurbished 1200 because that is literally what it is. The new SP-1200 undertaking comes from E-mu Systems co-founder Dave Rossum, so we can think of this as passion project more than anything.
Rossum Electro-Music calls it “better-than-new.”
Starting with an original SP-1200 and upgrading and calibrating it, you get (copy-pasting here):
- A new 3.5″ disk drive (seriously), plus an SD card floppy emulator integrated with the software (by Dave himself, no less).
- Manual filter cutoff frequency control sliders for the SSM 2044 analog filters for channels 1 and 2 added to the rear panel
- A new metal chassis
- A new panel overlay
- The top shell restored and painted “SP Grey.”
- A new power supply with locking connector (and cool operation)
- A new LCD display with adjustable brightness and a selectable red, blue, or green color LED backlight
- All new play buttons
- All new programming buttons
- All new 1/4” and MIDI jacks
- All electrolytic and tantalum capacitors replaced with high-reliability ceramic or aluminum-poly caps
- All rotary potentiometers replaced with million cycle lifetime pots and installed with new knurled black metal knobs
- All slide potentiometers replaced with 200,000 cycle lifetime sliders and installed with new slider knobs
- All original trimmers replaced with 20-turn versions and precisely calibrated
- New rubber feet
- An individualized Dave Rossum signature plaque
- A dust-proof, crush-proof, lockable Pelican™ brand case with press-and pull latches, wheels, and an extendable handle.
- Full testing and calibration by Rossum Electro-Music
Yes, there’s a wait list. So Dr. Dre, if you’re reading, go get on it.
I’m lost, to be honest, so coming soon to CDM, I’m proud to launch a new feature: a round-up of what legendary classic gear isn’t being cloned/remade/rebooted.
Actually, if I wait a few days even that story may be unnecessary.
Also, anyone want to take bets on when we get a Behringer BS-1200? (for “Behringer Sampler,” you know…)
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