Saturday, 27 September 2014

Fairlight CMI IIx - first pics

After much anticipation my Fairlight is finally back home.
Many thanks to Peter Wielk of Horizontal Productions for the great care he has
put into it's restoration.

Peter Wielk has been working on Fairlights since the 80s and I highly recommend him if you have one that needs TLC.

 The Alpha-Numeric keyboard.

 The second disk drive (from the top) loads the operating system (system disc). 
The top disk is for your sound/sequence files.

 Unpacking the main computer. It's very very heavy, They don't build em like this now days.

 This is the rear of the mainframe.

Some closeups. Key start ignition.

And yes, the light pen works. Made in a time before there were mouses (mice) or ipads.
It still amazes me.

The Music Keyboard. It's constructed from white painted wood.
Very solid
 These are pics of the rear of the music keyboard.

I'll post more pics & info soon.


  1. At last, documentary evidence of the switch type in the keyboard: Micro Switch Hall effect (AKA Honeywell Hall effect).

    Not sure what's going on with those keycaps — white keys fading to yellow, I can understand (though I didn't realise Honeywell made ABS keycaps back then) but legends don't fade like that!

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