Synclavier 3200 6400 9600 PostPro PostPro SD Black Fan Overlays
Black fan overlays.
Greatly improve the detailed
appearance of your Synclavier --- by restoring the look to better than
new with these high quality black fan overlays from
$4.97/each - 3 for $14.90 - 9 for $44.71
Shipping for 3 is $5 worldwide.
Shipping for additional quantities purchased/shipped at the same time is free.
The unfortunate situation with the
latest style Synclavier Control Units with doors (1989-1992),
especially those in black studio skins, is that they were so nice
looking and the design was so incredibly focused on cosmetic appearance
and used so many custom made parts and trim pieces that have gone
missing on every machine in existence since then and/or just
deteriorated badly over time, that all the used systems out there have
a really ratty appearance. The perfect starting look makes it fall
These black fan overlays are just one
of many cosmetic trim pieces that were created by Synhouse to solve
this problem and make the fully restored Synclavier systems from
Synhouse as perfect as they can possibly be.
NED was obsessed with the cosmetics
and color schemes of their last five machines (All models w/doors:
Synclavier 3200, 6400, 9600, PostPro, PostPro SD), so they got round
black stickers and put them over the red/white Nidec Torin factory fan
labels in order to make them all black.
The problem is that NED just used
total garbage plain paper labels (of the same quality as anything else
at the stationery store), and within several years, they had faded to a
lighter color, sort of grayish purple, and started to lift up in the
middle and on the edges. They look wilted and heavily blistered, and
this is not just on some machines, this is on ALL machines because,
duh, those garbage paper stickers were being put directly on the fan,
which is an electrical motor which runs hot and bakes the thin, cheap
adhesive until it turns to powder. Shortly after, they were falling off
of almost all systems. Then they look worse than if they had never had
the stickers in the first place, because now they are left covered in
brown adhesive crust, and sometimes attempting to take that off is
going to pick the red/white off the real Nidec Torin labels underneath.
The reason it didn't happen sooner is
because the stickers are protected, they are literally inside a cage,
the fan grilles, so you can't brush up against them, and you can't even
reach the edge of one with the tip of your finger. But if you take a
small screwdriver and slip it under the fan grille and touch the edge
of the sticker, by now, most of them just fall off immediately.
Even when on a Synclavier that has
been stored in the Synhouse warehouse for 20+ years and they look to
still be in place, moving the machine around a little makes them start
to fall right off. This is inarguable, and it isn't hard to find
widespread evidence of this problem going back more than 15 years. You
can't even look at Synclaviers on the web or Youtube without seeing
machines looking trashy because some or all of the black paper stickers
have fallen off.
How many are needed?
- The Synclavier 3200 w/doors uses 3 of these.
- The Synclavier 6400 w/doors uses 3 of these.
- The Synclavier 9600 w/doors uses 9 of these.
- The PostPro w/doors uses 9 of these.
- The PostPro SD w/doors uses 9 of these.
- A full
Synclavier Tapeless Studio system w/door uses anywhere from 12 to 18 of
these, depending upon whether it is based on the 3200, 6400, or 9600.
(Note: Some custom
machines in different styles [PSMT, small PCI systems, etc.] rebuilt by
two of the out-of-business ex-competitors had the black paper stickers
placed over the fans because they had much of the surplus NED factory
stock left over when NED went out of business. But from the machines in
stock and inspected during Synclavier service calls around the world,
it seems that supply probably ran out around 1999 and those paper
stickers were not produced again, which is good, because they are
Synhouse is the all-time world leader
in the manufacture of drum machine and synthesizer overlays (E-mu
Drumulator SP-12, SP-12 rear jackplate, SP-12 Turbo, SP1200, Emulator
II main control panel + Moog wheels panel overlays, and Moog Source
control panel presently in stock as this is put online 6/9/2019, and
more in design/production stages now), so the technology was well in
hand to make something nice for the Synclavier cooling fans. Sure, they
cost about 200x as much as black paper stickers would, but they will
last forever and look 10x better from the start, as they are 1) fairly
rigid and flat due to the hardness and thickness and 2) made from the
same sand textured polycarbonate used on the Synhouse drum machine
These black fan overlays are
precision die cut from thick polycarbonate material and affix
themselves to the fans with air-curing peel-and-stick 3M industrial
adhesive. Just peel the back off, press it down smoothly in exactly the
right location, and it's done. The black color can never fade, scratch
off, or wear off.
This photo shows a dozen of these
black fan overlays looking awesome and making a fully restored
Synclavier system from Synhouse look better than anything that has ever
While some of these black fan
overlays are offered for sale to the many, many others who sorely need
them, the primary reason these black fan overlays were created was to
achieve perfect results on the fully restored Synclavier systems from
Synhouse/Synclav com; If you think anyone else out there past, present,
or future has ever shipped Synclaviers with the same level of fit,
finish, and attention to detail as Synhouse, you're trippin'. Look at
the photo. It is stunning.
This photo shows a good natural light
comparison between the wilted, blistered, and faded old NED black paper
sticker on the right side, and the unpeeled new Synhouse/Synclav.com
black fan overlays on the left side, to compare the quality, color,
texture, and thickness:
This photo shows the simple process of installing them on the fans:
The photos below show many systems
around the world (some of these photos were taken 15+ years ago)
looking bad without good black fan stickers: