I bought it ages ago cos it was dead cheap.
If you’re even remotely into mid to late 70es italian poliziotteschi soudtracks, this is the string synth for you.
It is a big (in size) synth.
When i bought it it looked like this
I decided to restore it to its original colour (or as close as i could…)
After 5 months of great fun, I had to open it up because the output went silent.
Gutshots of the Hohner Basset!
Lets start with the DIN jack that connects it to the bass amp..
Inside the white enclosure there’s a lamp and a ldr.. this assembly is the actual “percussion” section.
You press a note on the keyboard, the light goes off slowly (sustain) according to the knob position, when not in auto mode.
Ahem this means the caps have been doing their job for 50 long years! Only one of the capacitors has failed, please note- the blue valvo 100uF cap now measures 1uF!
Video showing the lamp going off when a note is keyed.
Syd Barrett’s hairy boost.. VERY WARM AND THICK. Perfect counterpart to Syd’s favourite amp settings, basically treble at 10.
Perfunctory build on eyelet board, with external vero for transistor testing, using 2N2613 as per original.