NAMM 2014 saw the introduction of the Classic MS20 Synth in kit form, at least a sort of flat-pack, Ikea type kit - you won't be soldering all that much (at all, actually). We're talking a full replica of the original at full size with bolted pots and jack points, so its a solid unit.
Additionally you get both flavours of filter - the original and the modified version introduced during later production - you can no doubt figure out (or someone will) how to mod a switch to choose from the outside. The new kit also comes with a USB/MIDI interface built in but aside from that its a dead ringer.
There are only going to be 1000 of these, so Korg better stop making these videos or they'll run out. Mind you I don't care, the more they keep for themselves, the better - it means that my original might keep its value.
I digress - in this video, original MS20 designers Mr. Fumio Mieda -Left Mr. Hiroaki Nishijima - right unbox the new Kit and put it together.
If you want one of these, your gonna have to get on the list, its going to set you back around $1400.
It will be available end of March and you will need to preorder it via your retailer of choice.
Would have made more sense to have a switch for the filter type on the outside for the case rather than on the circuit board.
07-Feb-14 05:24 AM
The kit is for do-it-yourself. Buy one Richard and make it happen. Modify it so you have a filter switch on yours. ;-)
07-Feb-14 05:35 AM
The manual for the kit is available online, and there's actually a way to choose the filter by holding down specific keys when turning it on. Not as nice as a separate switch, but at least you won't need to open it every time.
07-Feb-14 07:25 AM
What happens if you mess up the assembly or the thing dies on you? Is it covered under the warranty or will Korg just say "You built it, you fix it".
07-Feb-14 05:07 PM
If they sold it assembled, I'd trade my MS-20 Mini for it just for the upgrade in key size and build quality alone.
09-Feb-14 09:34 AM
We talk to them on the eve of their first performance