A sharing of miscellaneous hints which might prove helpful in an electronic music studio but are not directly concerned with the Synthesis equipment.
Robert Bailey, from Norfolk, Va., included the following tip in a recent letter.
"While making some minor adjustments, I dropped a screwdriver into my synthesizer. It landed - you guessed it - right across the power supply, resulting in a blown fuse. Not having a spare fuse, I was left "synthesizerless" for several days, while trying to locate a replacement. Horror of horrors! Anyway, my tip is to buy a clip-in fuse holder (and a spare fuse) similar to the type used in the 2720-7 power supply. Mount this somewhere inside the case, and you have a convenient place to keep a spare fuse. These can be obtained from any Radio Shack for 2/79c. If desired, the second one can be mounted on the front of the case. It makes a dandy pencil holder for anyone who likes to keep a record of all their patches."
This idea could be helpful in other equipment also: guitar amps, test equipment, any place you always seem to need a fuse.
Paul Nelson, music instructor at Bozeman, Montana, sends this Up for Gnome users.
"Since it rapidly becomes obvious that the Gnome eats batteries for breakfast unless you keep the switch off, and that sometimes the switch is 'on' when you thought it was 'off', the need for a switch lock seems obvious. Cut a piece of wood 1" x 1" x 7-3/4", cover it with a soft cloth and tie it to the front of the Gnome with a rubber band. This will hold the power switch in the 'off' position. The Gnome can then be placed in the shipping box for transporting, with the assurance that the power has not been left on.
We went a step further and redesigned an old portable phonograph to use as a portable amplifier. I removed the turntable and wired a jack to the amplifier section. The Gnome, safely padded in it's shipping box with the power switch locked 'off', will just fit inside the lid. The students in my Junior High Electronic Music class can check out a synthesizer, amplifier and all."
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