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Average rating: 5.0 out of 5
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Nick a professional user from New Zealand writes:
I found one of these for sale on our equavelant of EBay, Trademe for $500US. I thoght this over priced but on the basis of Matthias Stock's highly informative review I checked it out personally. It was love at first listen. God Wind the transendental sound machine. I now regard the price as very reasonable.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-30-2009 at 07:07
Francis a hobbyist user from England writes:
I bought this instrument for 27 pounds, an absolute bargain! This its the 749 model, used and abused, the front plate is a ite rusty and the case is scratched torn and dirty, but its still works. Built ike a tank and weighing in at about the same, this is an amazing synth. absolutely amazing sounds with such a simple user interface! If you see one for sale; buy it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-09-2005 at 10:51
Matthias Stock a professional user from Osnabrueck, Germany writes:
Yes, I can agree that this is one of the best stringsynths ever. Compared with the famous Solina Stringensemble it offers a lot more features. I can also agree with the guy below who points out that its sound is "tubey". I own a Philicorda-7500 organ made by Philips during the first half of the sixties which is an all tube instrument and the Godwin Stringconcert-749 is the only other instrument in my collection which has something of that special tube sound offered by the Philicorda. Don´t expect a real tubesound but it is possible to get a little impression of it if you play the Godwin. What I like most of it is the possibility to have this stringsound at three different octaves and to mix their volumes without any steps because each octave has an own slider (with the famous Solina Stringensemble you can only switch two octaves "on" or "off"). The next best point of the Godwin is that it has an own VCA-(amplifier)envelope for each note. If you have its sound set to a slow attack it will stay a slow attack with each additional note you play, like on a real synthesizer. If you have any other stringensemble you will recognize that only the first note you play produces the slow attack and that all additional notes have a sudden attack which is really awfull if you want to play a slow and cosmic style. With the Godwin you are able to play the style you want without the mentioned technical limitations of other stringensembles. The Godwin produces its best sounds if you use the string sound with two or three octaves mixed together; then it comes alive! One octave on its own sounds a bit to dark,muddy and cheap compared to most other stringensembles. Another unique and very good feature are the two sliders for the "ensemble effect". This effect contains of two single ones: "chorus" and "tremolo". With these two sliders for each of them you can make as much variations of the ensemble effect as you want to. If you set both to a very low level it sounds like a slow phasing that gives a little bit of life to a sound which reminds on a church organ(all three octaves set between medium and maximum volume). When you set the two effect sliders to a medium position it produces those classic stringensemble sound and both sliders at maximum level will result in a typical organ sound which reminds a little bit on a Leslie cabinet. To see the difference, on the Solina String you can only switch the ensemble effect "on" or "off" and the Elka Rhapsody´s effect is always "on".There is also an equalizer for high and low frequency which allows even more variations of the Godwin´s sounds. This instrument is a very good and usefull one if you want analoge string and organ sounds with a lot of character coming out of one keyboard. It is also very usefull if you want a mixture of analoge string and organs sounds which should have a tendency to sound dark, cosmic and mysterious. Put this sound through a large and strong cathedral digital reverb and you´ll have a "Gothic synthesizer churchorgan", then add an analoge phaser and your "Gothic synthesizer churchorgan" moves somewhere between Sirius and the next black hole. There were two models available: The Godwin Strinconcert-749 which I described above and the bigger Godwin Stringsymphony-849 which also offers brass sounds and maybe one or two more. Both were produced by the italian "Sisme Company" from 1979 until the early eighties and the design of both versions is nearly identical to those of the "Big Band" and the "Vocalist" Keyboards also made by an italian company named "Logan". I wonder what conections they had. Even if the features are much better than those of the famous Solina Stringensemble I wouldn´t replace one of them by the other because their sounds are very different. The best thing is to have them both and to decide for one of them depending on the music you want to play at the moment.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-18-2002 at 16:25
Andreas Thomsen a part-time user from Denmark writes:
Great Synth, lovely warm tubey sound. Mine has a key stuck at the moment, but I'm fixing it ASAP. I't just the best string pad machine, EVER!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-25-2001 at 16:21
scaldor a professional user from bulgaria writes:
This is the best analog strings I've ever heard(I heard also crumar and arp solina) The sound is so cosmic you can die for it really this is the machine which inspired me to create electronic music in the early 80's I was in a heavymetal band and the other members were almost shocked from this strings inspiration in me =D It sounds so oxygene/equinoxe/magneticfields I love it It seems it is a rare machine - yes? ah btw. it has a blow of polyphony - you can overload it's output with notes(especially with high decay time - it's been called "sustain" there heh) lovely!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-20-2001 at 12:22
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