I thought I sold it! Nope... 25 years in a box ... the original modeler!

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  1. codamedia

    codamedia Friend of Leo's

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    Power supply wasn't packed with it but it fired up with batteries and it sort of worked. It's really noisy so I suspect the caps are at their end of life. I'll get those changed out ASAP before using it any further.

    I used to travel 48 weeks a year in the 80's.... my sanity in hotel rooms was a Tascam 244 PortaStudio, a Roland TR707 Drum machine and this Rockman X100.
     
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    I had one of the module series of that, I think it was a compressor/preamp
     
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    I still have a Bass Rockman in a drawer somewhere. Bought it in '87, as I recall.
     
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    There’s a little store near me that has a few of these.
    Brand new in unopened packaging.
    I think they are asking 60$.
    When I saw them I kinda had a wtf moment.
    Always wanted one as a kid.
    Don’t need one now tho lol.
     
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    When I first heard that I though it was the coolest thing ever, still cool in a different way.
     
  6. codamedia

    codamedia Friend of Leo's

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    Original X100's? Not the ACE, SOLOIST or other lower end models?
     
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  7. codamedia

    codamedia Friend of Leo's

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    The tones on my old recordings still hold up today. These don't have to sound like "Boston"... the edge setting is extremely useful/flexible, especially with careful adjustment of the input trim. I always found the cleans settings to be too thin... fine for humbuckers, but pretty much useless with single coils.

    Once I recap it (later today) I'll see if I remember correctly :)
     
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    I had one of those too. It was stolen in 1989 when someone grabbed a box of my stuff when Iwas moving.
     
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    I wish I knew what happened to mine! I think it just broke.
     
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    I wanted that sound through an actual amp. You had to buy a slew of cable adapters to make that happen back in the day. Never sounds exactly the same. Radio shack on a Saturday, that's an old memory.
     
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    It might not be the caps. They were noisy when they were new.
     
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    Loved mine. Playing in the basement when the family was asleep with my Tascam and my drum machine. Replaced it with a Sans amp and gave it to somebody’s kid. Haven’t played with headphones in years but when I needed to back in the day the Rockman was gold!
     
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    It was an amazing unit for its time. I've still got my old one on a shelf in my basement, along with a Yamaha 4 track cassette deck and drum machine.
     
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    codamedia Friend of Leo's

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    Yes - I am aware of that noise... but this is definitely "electrical" noise right now. The caps are 35 years old and it sat in storage (unknowingly) for 25 of those years... for the $5 worth of parts (I can do my own labor) it's worth a try.... to me anyway.

    Part list in hand... electronic store opens in 10 minutes... off I go :D
     
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    codamedia Friend of Leo's

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    Just like modelers today, they are not intended to go through an amp because of the speaker simulation already built into it. Plugged into a PA they sounded very good!

    +1.... I sure miss those days. I used to love hanging out at the Radio Shack component walls dreaming up something to build or modify :D
     
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    Billnchristy Tele-Afflicted

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    Luckily we still have frys here which has even more electronic parts, though never the ones I need. Digikey, mouser and the likes for me.
     
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    I had one of those, too.
    I don’t recall using it much.
    Thanks for listening.
     
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    I had one of those, too, and used it extensively back in the day. I recently heard one of those tapes, and the tones we got from the Rockman were certainly unique. Noisy for sure, but really cool in its own way. Massive distortion with great sustain, which of course limits its usefulness but sounds cool in the right context. I know for sure that the tones we got could not be duplicated by any of the pedals that are around today. If anyone was inclined to do that...
     
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    I have the simpler version of that, the Rockman Distortion Generator. I’m not sure why I liked it so much.
     
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    I had a Rockman and even had the copy called the Arion Hot Watt.
     
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