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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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my sh3a does not sound fat and its is about as far from a warm sounding moog as you can get....on the flip side, my sh3 gets the kraftwork style electro groove unlike anything else i have ever heard...

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-04-2004 at 17:13
richard graham a hobbyist user from northern england writes:
I got given my SH3a by a psycology student who I played in a Hendrix covers band with about 10 years ago. He used it in experiments on rats. The fat/not fat thing is interesting. I would describe my SH3a as being capable of some extemely 'fat' sounds, in the sense of being extremely deep and solid (if required) but it is certainly not exactly warm or fuzzy. Piercing organs, space-sounds and warbles, hard & squidgy rez-bass, cone-melting sub-bass, flutes, white noise: yes. Pads, strings, warmth: not really. Adjectives: deep, powerful, precise, well-defined, solid, cutting, often hard. This synth doesn't really do 'nice', however it is not a Jen (i.e. thin, nasty, weedy). It is quite German and masculine. It is hippy and techno in equal quantities. It sounds electronic, not organic. It is not friendly but repays the time it takes getting to know it. Mine also has a broken Sample and Hold, I'd be interested to see how this sounded.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-04-2004 at 08:40
This Synth is possibly the greatest Musical instrument ever made I consider mine as almost an acoustic instrument its so playable and interactive,as for reliability,I didnt tour with it although I did use it live a couple of times and have had no problems other than an ocassional left output crackle which I cure with a sharp tap on the side ,the tunning is always fine even if left on for hours,and since I've had this since 1982 thats pretty dam good in any language.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-21-2004 at 19:48
monkey a part-time user from melbourne writes:
i bought my sh-3A not long ago in mint condition. It's a beauty. I needed a fat bass synth so I researched and this seemed to be the one for me. When I got it I sat down for a few hours and fiddled. The thing is unbelieveable. The farty sqwelchy and dubby bass I got was the best I have ever heard out of any synth. Its a killer. I have heard some say that their sh3a's are thin..lucky for me mine isnt. There is no other sound like it. It also creats amazingly realist reggae style accoustic bass sounds. What a killer synth. I just wish there was a downloadable template I can lay over the filter section to remember my presents.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-29-2004 at 23:52
Alan R. Pearlman a professional user from Singapore writes:
Actually it has been estimated to be between 40 -80. If you have one keep quiet about. These are not common but there are a few more than has been reported. I am the only guy in Singapore to have one . I did have a broken SH5 and I gutted it and put some old SH-3a parts inside and now it works great. Well, it did work great - I sold in on Ebay a while back and made a huge profit to some guy in America. I am not sure if it still works now though.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-25-2003 at 23:45
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