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Average rating: 3.4 out of 5
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3rd Harmonic a hobbyist user from England writes:
I got my Performer last year for £50 from a bloke who'd had it in his garage for ages - it's my first analogue synth. Probably the best 50 quid I ever spent. My Performer is in A1 condition, which is suprising considering that it's older than sin and probably been through several hedges backwards. I love this synth - it looks the business, and sounds it too. If you're prepared to spend a little time finding out what it can do, then it will give you rich sonic rewards. It's not a Moog, but who can afford one these days anyway?. If you want to hear what the strings and filter sweeps sound like, listen to "Girls on Film" (no FX) or "Planet Earth" (chorused strings?) by Duran Duran - Nick Rhodes had one. The sound stands out a mile off. I'm not letting this one go.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-09-2003 at 20:48
JAMBO! a part-time user writes:
I found mine for 45 dollars at a Garage sale. in an ANVIL case with 'Mickey GIlley Band' stamped on it. For those of you familiar with 'Urban Cowboy', the bar he hangs at is Gilley's which is a real bar. That's where this synth came from. Anyways, Everything works. I was amazed.. has wonderful string sounds.. and by combining the brass sound with it gives it a nice fattening. to bad sustain doesnt work when both sounds are on

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-04-2002 at 11:26
nick a professional user from KY, USA writes:
I rescued (stole) this from some angry guitar dudes who never played it, but hit it with a baseball bat. About $50 at the repair shop, and this thing was a musical instrument again. The 'brass' section (though not as versatile as say a Moog or Oberheim) makes some excellent bass sounds, and when I ran it through my talkbox, it got straight-up sick! However, the real treat on this thing is the strings section...warm, organic, beautiful!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-30-2002 at 10:51
Randy Bangerter a hobbyist user from UT, USA writes:
Found this one mislabled as a "Cruman Keyboard" on ebay, in the string instrument section. I think I was the only one to ever see it. Anyway, after about a week of fear, I got it for $9.00...

Overall, it's a lot of fun, if all you've ever played with is a mid 90's Yammaha garage sale junker...

About half of the slider knobs are missing, and the master volume control is rather tricky to operate, as it dosen't even have the little broken stub sticking out like the others... Luckily, the master volume control dosent even work.

The brass section is quite a bit of fun, but I think if I could get the string section to work, I would understand what people are talking about.

The EQ on the strings section does nothing, and the modulation acts...well rather screwy.

I took it apart, which was pleasingly easy to do...I suppose they made it that way because they were planning on it breaking?

Anyway, it's fun; for 9 bucks, I couldnt ask for more... other than a minimoog, which I planning on purchasing after I sell this.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-14-2001 at 22:51
radionic a professional user from Kansas City writes:
not a bad synth, pretty impressive to look at and it commands an interest when you pull it out on stage (probly cuz of the HUGE "C R U M A R" lettering on the back). but over all it's cheaply built and not the impressive sounds wise. very much like all Italian synths...same wiring etc. this has the same key assembly as the Siel Orchestra/Arp Quartet. it has a few cool sounds that you can push out of with changin the VCF etc. i have used it a couple times on recordings and it's almost the same sounds that I could have gotten from a Moog Opus 3. The CV out is a great bonus...wish it had an CV/IN. If you have great FX boxes then go for it...otherwise there isn't much chance of tweaking it any further!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-12-2001 at 12:57
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