Russians Re-Issue Soviet Era Polivoks Synthesizer
The classic Polivoks synthesizer manufactured from 1982 to 1990 had a raw, Cold War era sound that no one could duplicate. Now they might be for sale again.
When the Berlin wall fell and the Soviet Union disbanded, a lot of westerners were surprised to learn that the Russians had been building synthesizers the whole time. One unit in particular had a unique sound that musicians loved, and the Polivoks became the most popular Russian synthesizer since the theramin.
Word on the street is that they have plans to re-release the Polivoks synthesizer in a modern and compact version. The original device weighed 44 pounds (20 kg). The new one is about six and a half pounds (3 kg). Despite the effects of globalization, each synthesizer is hand made in Moscow, using over 85% locally sourced materials. To stay true to the authentic feeling of the instrument, the labels are all written in Russian.
There are 100 Polivoks synthesizers available for pre-order at the official website. Each Polivoks synthesizer costs about $2,000.
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