A new note at The Synthi reports that preparations are underway to put the classic EMS Synthi A & EMS VCS3 synthesizers back in production:
Preparations to re-establish production of the original Synthi A and VCS3 Mk2 have been proceeding through the summer and we are now expecting the first completed units to be ready in January 2011. Currently we are building a large stock of assembled and tested circuit boards. This has taken quite a bit longer than expected, but you can rest assured that we are dedicated to ensuring a successful outcome, as well as the re-introduction of other EMS products to follow in due course. A new website will also be unveiled in 2010.
Once we start shipping the Synthis it should be posssible to give you an approximiate delivery date, and we will certainly contact you to advise you as the time draws near.
Best wishes – Robin Wood
In a recent Klaus Schulze interview, the electronic music pioneer singled out the EMS Synthi A suitcase synth as a favorite hardware synth:
I still love the tool, I still use it in each of my concerts because, yes: of nostalgia, and because it still makes great sounds,” says Schulze. “I call it Synthi A or the EMS or der Koffer“(little suitcase).
No word yet on pricing or availability.
Vintage EMS synths arguably make more sense as collector’s items than as an electronic instrument investment.
WIth a resurgence here, does it make sense to reissue these vintage designs?
Leave a comment with your thoughts!