[sdiy] PAiA 2720/R rebuild

David G Dixon dixon at mail.ubc.ca
Sun Oct 26 23:58:59 CET 2014

Wow!  Looks great!  That was on my Christmas wish list from the age of 12 (I
turn 50 on Wednesday).  Santa never brought it.  I did try to build a Gnome
with a friend in 1976, and failed utterly (he actually bought it, and was
too impatient to use flux with the solder - every solder joint was stone
cold).  I didn't attempt Synth DIY again until 2008.  Now, of course, I look
at the PAiA stuff, and can't believe how cheap it looks and how simple it

> -----Original Message-----
> From: synth-diy-bounces at dropmix.xs4all.nl 
> [mailto:synth-diy-bounces at dropmix.xs4all.nl] On Behalf Of Dave Brown
> Sent: Sunday, October 26, 2014 2:00 PM
> To: synth-diy at dropmix.xs4all.nl
> Subject: [sdiy] PAiA 2720/R rebuild
> In case anyone is interested, I just was given a PAiA 2720/R 
> synth that I decided to restore.  A lot of the work was 
> improving the construction techniques of the original builder 
> and dealing with the general degradation of the 
> electro-mechanical parts over time.  There is a list on the 
> site but the biggest issue was rebuilding the Pratt and Read 
> keyboard which meant everything had to be disassembled.  The 
> wood cabinet needed some TLC but the only improvements that I 
> made were the increase in PS filter caps and the replacement 
> of just a handful of parts.  Most all the wiring and 
> soldering though had to be redone and it required a lot of 
> cleaning.  The keyboard S&H could benefit from a modern 
> op-amp but I decided to keep it original.
> Photos and information at 
> http://modularsynthesis.com/paia/2700/2700.htm
> David J. Brown
> Email davebr at earthlink.net
> Website http://modularsynthesis.com
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