How It All Began
The Museum began when the founders, Paula Chase, Brian Riley, and Jay Williston, took a road trip from Boston to Nashua, New Hampshire to visit the New England Synthesizer Museum. We met the Curator, Dave Wilson, looked at his extensive collection, and talked with him for several hours about the immense amount of history in his museum. As keyboard enthusiasts ourselves, we were... well... enthused. On the trip home, we talked about how we could make Dave's collection available to more people. The obvious answer was to put the Museum on the Web. What was originally going to be a small website for the New England Synthesizer Museum eventually evolved into Synthmuseum.com which includes instruments from collections all over the world.
What does "Vintage" mean?
Synthmuseum.com defines "vintage" as, and therefore only allows information about, synthesizers and drum machines manufactured before 1990 which are no longer being manufactured.
Synthmuseum.com was created in 1996 out of a need for a centralized, organized and authoritative resource for information about vintage electronic musical instruments.
We believe that our content should be objective and technically accurate, and that our relationship with our visitor is our most important asset. We aspire to strengthen and solidify our international reputation for being the most comprehensive resource for information about vintage electronic musical instruments.
Synthmuseum.com has grown to become, as the February 1998 issue of Keyboard Magazine says, "an excelllent first stop for researching particular synths or just exploring ... an information rich and well-organized resource that serves as a terrific reference..."
The Synthmuseum currently averages over 2000 visitors a day.
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founded by Paula Chase and Jay Williston, both of Integrated Rhythm & Noise, Inc., and Brian Riley of New Silver Age Productions and the Boston band Shave Librarian. Integrated Rhythm & Noise provides a wide variety of music and web-related services.
Paula Chase and Jay Williston are currently the Curators of the museum.
Former curator Brian Riley of New Silver Age Productions currently handles promotion and web design for artists
such as Shave Librarian and author, Jack Energy.
with a little help from...
And of course we couldn't have done any of this without people like Kevin Lightner, Joseph Rivers, William Blakeney, Mark Vail of Keyboard Magazine, Peter Forrest and his exceptional book, The A-Z of Analogue Synthesisers, Doug Masla, and everyone else who sent us photos, information, and encouragement. We are continually receiving more and more information from all over the world and incorporating it into the museum. A special thanks goes out to the members of the Analogue Heaven mailing list and Music Machines at hyperreal.org, whose archive has proven to be an invaluable resource for synthmuseum.com.