Synthesist Hainbach shared this sneak preview of an upcoming reissue of the Crumar Spirit, a rare analog synthesizer from 1983, designed by Bob Moog, Jim Scott and Tom Rhea.
It’s been described as ‘the Italian Minimoog’. But, while it may share some DNA with the Minimoog, it’s a very different design, with more flexible synthesis options – including a ring modulator and multi-mode with switchable slopes – and more capable performance options – including an arpeggiator and 3 performance wheels.
“My friends from Museo Del Synth Marchigiano, the Italian synthesizer museum, invited me again to visit them in Italy,” explains Hainbach. “This time, they had something new and old to show me: a faithful re-creation of the rare Bob Moog designed Crumar Spirit mono synthesizer. They teamed up with Crumar to bring this little known instrument back to life, staying as close to the original as possible.”
Here’s what Crumar has to say about the reissue:
“In this case, we don’t like the word ‘clone’ or ‘reissue’: simply Crumar, after 40 years, is putting the Crumar Spirit back into production… but this will be a limited series.
We stood firm on the aesthetics and circuitry being absolutely identical to the original, but this raised some problems since more than one part or component of the instrument was obsolete and needed a philological replacement. Starting from electronics, transistors, integrated circuits, and obsolete potentiometers. Regarding transistors and integrated circuits, we have carried out in-depth research to find the real substitutes, as far as potentiometers and sliders are concerned, we have simply remade them like the originals, in other cases we have even improved parts.
The selection switches, another obsolete and unobtainable product, have been replaced by a modern and more reliable model.
We completely redesigned and remade the molds for knobs, sliders, modulation wheel and pitch bender, the latter improved with the more ‘modern’ return spring.
A further challenge was the keyboard: the instrument has now been equipped with a modern keyboard, also Made in Italy based on the ‘bubble contact’ system, a definite improvement from the older keyboards based on spring contact technology.”
The new model uses the same through-hole manufacturing approach of the original. Key differences with the updated Crumar Spirit are a better keyboard & support for MIDI.
Pricing and Availability:
The Crumar Spirit 2023 will be produced in a limited edition of 100. The price of the instrument is €3990.00. The final price includes shipping anywhere in the world. It also includes import duties, if you are located in the United States of America. See the Crumar site for details.