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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Rod M. a professional user from USA writes:
Rachael Hughes is dead wrong in all aspects of her review - except her review of the T8 and P600. Her review reads like a person who couldn't afford the 2 and had to buy a 3.

There is a huge difference between the sound of the Rev. 2 and 3 Prophet-5. Anyone who can't hear the difference between the two needs to have their ears examined. I've owned both, and spent several years comparing them side by side. The 2 is ballsier and sounds brasher and bigger than any of the three Rev. 3's I've owned. Listen to 99 Luftballons by Nena and tell me you can get those sounds on a Rev. 3. You can't! Or ask Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads who was quoted in Keyboard Magazine as saying there's a huge difference between the sound of the 2 and 3. Jerry kept his Rev. 2 instead of buying the 3. OMD were sad they had traded up to the 3 because it sounded so different.

I've had less problems with my Rev. 2 than any Rev. 3 I've owned. The 2 doesn't sound warmer, it sounds bigger, nastier, and more in-your-face. It's all in the filters. The sound of the 3 is muted and dull. My 2 stays rock-solid in tune, and never drifts. Every Rev. 3 I owned had problems with notes dropping out on some keys. I sold the three Rev. 3's, and self-installed a Kenton MIDI kit in my 2 - which was fairly easy to do - even with my very limited electronics experience.

I will never sell my Rev. 2 Prophet-5, one of the best synths ever made!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-10-2006 at 07:36
Les Lawrenson a part-time user from UK writes:
I bought my Rev3.2 last Summmer (2006) for £1665 from a chap who lives about a mile from me! What a result! He'd bought it two years' previously from a JL Music (a major supplier of good quality refurbished analogue gear, here in the UK), and it had had a major overhaul, new battery, flex, bushings, keys, chip sets, etc, and it shows. My machine is perfect! It takes about 10-15 mins to warm up before it will tune up, but then it is pretty good, with a little drift over the course of a session. It is one of the few Rev3.2s that was fitted with midi at the factory, which I find useful in my set-up.

I fell in love with the P5 when I discovered that the synth sounds on my Roxy Music records were programmed on the unit. The string pads on Avalon and Flesh & Blood simple melt the soul! A former band member of mine bought a Rev3.2 back in 1990, and I had lusted after one ever since.

I've got a Super Jupiter (MKS80+MPG80), an Andromeda A6 and an Oberheim Matrix 1000 (which I edit with a Kenton Studio Freak). Each synth has it strengths and its weaknesses. The main weakness of the P5 is its lack of a decent mod matrix or sufficient lfos (the second oscillator can be used as an lfo, but then you lose the use of that oscillator). But the strength of the P5, for me, is the simple fact that it is so easy to get wonderful creamy sounds out of it. It never ceases to amaze me how the slightest tweak of a knob can completely change the sound! Some would find that incredibly frustrating (not being able to replicate the same sound twice), but for me, that is the beauty of this machine. And every patch that I program sounds so classic! The sounds stand by themselves, without any effects. I run mine through a lexicon PCM80, and they take on a simply awesome character.

I love all my synth (and I do have quite a few), but I always seem to turn to the P5 to inspire me, and she has never disappointed me yet. And, yes, I still love creating those beautifully lush Roxy Music pads!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-06-2006 at 14:53
Rachael Hughes a professional user from S.Wales writes:
I attempted to buy a p5 for some months. At the start I believed the ebay blah about the warmer SSM chips. In reality they sound the same as the Curtis chip. A T8 is not an 8 voice p5 either. Disregard the myths perpetuated by people trying to sell their gear. The best buy is a rev3. I bought one of a dealer in England. It cost me over £2000. However, it works and is in very nice condition. The flex and battery need replacing after 10 years. The bushings under the keys also start to break down and need replacing.

I bench tested the rev2 and 3 together. They sound the same and have the same coloured case. Only polishing will change the colour tone, so if you have a different to standard colour, it's been 'got at'. I prefered the instant editing of the rev3. With the rev2 you have to push a button to start editing. Sounds easy, though in practise it'd not as intuative or as much fun.

I went to see about 6 altogether, before I bought one. Most were very good. There are fewer about now and they are more expensive. I saw one which had been kept in the garage and needed a 'service'. These are crap and usally over-priced as others have said and warned. The flex disintegrates. Very dangerous. I saw a rev2 with the Kenton midi. This is not an easy operation as others have suggested. It is expensive and puts alot of pressure on other areas of the synth, including the power supply. Kenton have only ust got it right from what I can see. The bloke who'd has his done wasn't happy with the work and had the expensive of getting other stuff sorted. Safer to view the rev3 as the only prophet that can be effectively midied. There is nothing casual in the phrase 'there is a midi kit for the rev2 prophet'. Its trouble

I became one of those annoying buyers who had 'others to look at' after driving 300 miles to see yours. It cost me. I saw a nice 3.2 for £1600. I thought I could play one seller off against another. when I came back to buy it, it had been sold and sent off to Italy! It cost me £500 on top of the time and money spent on driving about. See a good one-buy it!

Prophets are becomming rare. They are sooo beautiful to look at and hear. The p5 is the king. I was surprised and disappointed with the T8. It is lovely to look at, but really crap sounding. Just like a p600. Crap maybe a bit strong. Thin and nasal. That's it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-01-2006 at 08:50
Chris Huneke a professional user from Cincinnati USA writes:
Just had my Rev 2 restored and worked on, thank goodness. My Rev 3 is in perfect working condition, and is the p5 that goes out on the road with me, should I do shows anymore. Rev 3 is very reliable, and needs about 1 tune hit per night. The Rev 2's wood case is georgeous, much prettier than the Rev3 and my Rev 2 is mainly for my recording projects at home. Since I've had it restored, it will never leave the house again.

This synth is as much of a love and beauty as it is a pain in the A$$. Strings and brass patches are untouchable, and I never seem to quit finding different ways to create different string sounds, especially via the mod wheels and poly-mod section. My Rev 3, for whatever reason, is so sensitive on every pot...much more so than the Rev 2. Just a hairline adjustment can make/break my mood as far as how happy I am when playing it. I suppose it may be getting close for my Rev 3 to be shipped off for restoration.

I do have a non-working Rev 1 in a flight case that will never see the light of working again, believe me, I've tried to have it repaired, it's just not going to happen. I may let it go to a good home, of someone who wants a piece of history, but it will never play again. My Rev 2 and 3 are all I really need. Feel free to contact me and we can work a deal if someone wants to come by and check it out.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-23-2006 at 22:06
Douglas a professional user from Glasgow writes:
I bought one of these not working on ebay some while ago. Told there was a wee problem. A circuit board was missing! Bought a lovely working example off the SOS website. I've kept the other for spares, though it's a rev 2. The sound is fantastic and I love the classic looks. It's my favourite synth. It's so easy to work with and so easy to make great sounds. I've got the rev 3.1 and it's very reliable. I even used it with a music for schools project here in Scotland. I do agree with those who have said that you must take great care when buying an old synth. You really must check out all the functions before you buy. A good, all-working rev 3+ will be a good workmate if bought right.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-30-2006 at 03:12
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