When Christian Zollner and his brother opened up a recently acquired Crumar Performer to clean it, they weren’t just opening up a vintage synthesizer – they were opening up a window to Synthesizer Hell:
Recently, my brother got hold of an old Crumar Performer. He gave it to me and was like “Hey Chrisi, please have a look at it, the old owner told me he didn’t want to use it because it’s too dirty inside”. Well, I thought, nothing simpler than that, tried it out and tested it for a couple of minutes.
It sounded super nice and I put it again back in the corner of the wall where it was supposed to wait for my brother to pick it up again. I told my brother the unit is in working condition. He told me to look INSIDE, as he knew that it was working, but had some kind of ‘cosmetic problem’ within. Well, I thought, nothing simpler than that, so I will have look INSIDE to tell him again, everything is working.
But… whoooooo… holy mother, what I saw there I think was a small window to Synthesizer Hell.
The last thing you want to see when you open up a synthesizer is rusty metal and fungus growing all over the PCBs. Fortunately, Zollner’s story has a happy ending.
Get the full story and more disgusting synth photos at Zollner’s site.