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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Brett Kelley a hobbyist user from ant-ridden, flea-bitten California, USA writes:
I made a serious mistake back in 1994 when I was away at college. I sold my Prophet 5 for only $300.00!!!!!!!!!! Jesus Christ on a crutch, I made a serious mistake, and as of late, I have seen these things go for as much as $1000.00 on eBay!!!!!!!!!!! Sure, I was a "starving college student" and needed the money for drugs or booze or rent or something, but man o man, I will never ever ever make such a stupid mistake ever again! I sure do miss my Prophet 5. It made the coolest, phattest sounds I have ever heard from an analog synth. The only problem I ever had with the unit was that the keyboard-triggering wires would break every other week. I had to purchase a spool of rather thick terminal buss wire and strip off the insulation, then cut to desired length and re-solder onto the connection. Sure, I had to clean all the contact connections from each board connection to the next, but that was not a real big deal. On a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest mark, for a non-MIDI synth, I give the Prophet 5 a 10! If you ever run across one of these things, for GOD'S SAKE!!! BUY IT!!!!!!!!!! Ok, I am done with my random meanderings for now. Good day. P.S. I do web design work, check out

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-20-1999 at 14:05
doug melbourne a part-timer user from UK writes:
The king of all synths, for my money. I've got a rev 2 with midi retrofit. Complaints? The tuning is a bit dodgy and it's very sensitive to temperature, voltage etc. But the sound is the best, and ditto the programmability of the thing. And the look, of course. Nothing else is quite the same.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-20-1999 at 12:21
a part-timer user writes:
I must say that the prophet 5 is one of the more desirable poly synths around, even with all of its problems. I have a Rev 2, and while factory service records do reflect a 50% failure rate in Rev 1 and Rev 2 Prophet 5s, I found its sound slightly, but noticably warmer that its Rev 3 counterparts. Yes, Rev 3s are way more consistent ,usually pack more features, easier to service and modify, but I still prefer the Rev 2 fo any Rev 3 for this purpose. But for any one considering any analog prophet, keep in mind that prophet 5s and 10s are the more desirable prophets in the prophet series. While the 600 and T8 do exhibit MIDI and more standard features, they seem to lack a lot of the warmth and the punch of the prophet 5 and 10. Since I have owned my prophet 5 longer than any other synth in my setup (due to what I have gotten out of it), I force myself to award it a 5.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-01-1999 at 22:45
Crispian a professional user from UK writes:
The Prophet-5 and Minimoog are the warmest sounding synths ever made. What people don't seem to know about the Prophet is it does fantastic bass sounds. I have a Mini, Source, Pro-One, Prophet-5 rev 3.2 Kenton Midi, Promars, Jupiter 4, System 100, Sh-101, Odyssey, 2600, Juno 60, SE-1, and ATC-1 and they're all great for bass sounds, but the Prophet-5 is one of my favs. Buy one and you'll know what you've been missing.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-19-1999 at 07:41
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