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Re: Wood Coloration
« Reply #40 on: January 05, 2021, 09:32:45 PM »
The wood on my P10 s/n 76 was a bit on the light side for me and kind of dry looking, so while I was at the cap replacement I pulled all the wood components and stained them darker.

I used Minwax English Chestnut followed by a liberal application of Johnson's Paste Wax as a finish coat. Turned out very nice.

Sorry, don't have a "before" photo (I'm bad about things like that) but attached is the "after". Kind of hard to get even lighting in the studio (and no polarizing filter for the camera) but you get the idea.

Just curious if you sanded it first, or just hit it with Minwax. I'd be inclined to do this if mine is too light..I have one incoming this week.
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Re: Wood Coloration
« Reply #41 on: January 06, 2021, 03:06:01 AM »
When I contacted support and offered to purchase a new set of wood for mine, so long as it closely resembles walnut, at first they said okay, then I got a second email saying, the manager kiboshed it and wont let me purchase an additional kit because the supply is meant for the synths in production. Which makes sense, sort of. So perhaps when the production is levelled out they can allow me to purchase something that looks better

Same here. That is exactly what makes me feel that this is not the Support I was expecting.

For me (mine) it is not "within tolerance" and at least I would have expected they offer to buy a better set.

It is a real shame.

Re: Wood Coloration
« Reply #42 on: January 08, 2021, 05:38:15 AM »
Hey folks, juste received my unit couple days ago. Can't say I'm too pleased with the front wood panel. Very strong discoloration from left to right and a big old knot. After seeing so many other beautiful units out there, I'm considering returning mine, what do you guys think?




Re: Wood Coloration
« Reply #43 on: January 08, 2021, 12:31:11 PM »
Hey folks, juste received my unit couple days ago. Can't say I'm too pleased with the front wood panel. Very strong discoloration from left to right and a big old knot. After seeing so many other beautiful units out there, I'm considering returning mine, what do you guys think?


I would tend to agree with you. I think that they could have selected a slightly better-looking piece of wood, especially for the top of the synth. As for returning it based on that, I personally would not. It makes it unique, like every Prophet 5 out there.
« Last Edit: January 08, 2021, 12:32:51 PM by AlainHubert »
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Re: Wood Coloration
« Reply #44 on: January 08, 2021, 03:47:19 PM »


I would tend to agree with you. I think that they could have selected a slightly better-looking piece of wood, especially for the top of the synth. As for returning it based on that, I personally would not. It makes it unique, like every Prophet 5 out there.
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Totally agree. That wood is the "fingerprint" / DNA of your Prophet and unique. Better than serial number if gets stolen ...
Take a look at my P-5 rev.2 and the "terrible" wood .....   I LOVE IT   :)
I think you get used to it and eventually love yours to ....

Cheers !

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Re: Wood Coloration
« Reply #45 on: January 08, 2021, 07:16:55 PM »
Attaching a photo of Rick Wakeman's Prophet 5 on Reverb just to preserve the visual after the synth is sold and the ad is gone.

My point in attaching the image... wood variation is nothing new, a lot of "famous" Prophet 5s had extra character.  Recently got my P10 and I'm very happy with the wood grain and staining.  It has a bit of character on the thin piece at the top, similar to the "blotchy" effect you can see at the very top thin piece in that photo...  but overall its gorgeous and I like it.

What strikes me about the Rev4 is it draws me to it, and inspires me to create.  I realized as I was waiting on the delivery guy to drop it off, I had a certain anticipation I had not felt since back in the 80's when I was a still a teen and my first synth was being delivered that day.  I probably won't be able to pull myself away from it this weekend.

Variations in wood are cool... If yours is having the inspirational effect on you I just mentioned, I would keep it.  No doubt the tone is amazing, but if anything including the appearance is giving a vibe that puts you off I would send it back.. that's just me.  There has to be a connection between me and the instrument for it all to work.

« Last Edit: January 08, 2021, 07:21:16 PM by LPF83 »
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Re: Wood Coloration
« Reply #46 on: January 08, 2021, 08:56:40 PM »
Thanks for the feedback. It’s a really tough decision as I’ve waited for my P5R4 for months and sending it back isn’t a light task.

I wanna of course state that the overall build quality, the UI and the sound absolutely matches my expectations. I feel very connected to the instrument that is not the issue.

That said, visuals matter, especially at this price point and although I wouldn’t consider my copy heinous or anything, let’s just say it is disappointing and bothers me on a aesthetic level.

It’s just that main front wood panel, the sides and back are fine. Should I bother opening a ticket with Sequential? I mean I’d be fine keeping it if they’d provide me with a replacement wood panel but I get the feeling from this thread I’m going to get declined!

Another option would be taking the matter in my own hands by applying some type of wood treatment like the OP in this thread did but I’m kinda scared I’ll mess up the finish tbh! Do you guys think it is possible to even out the dark/light portions of the wood panel and if so how would you go about it?
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Re: Wood Coloration
« Reply #47 on: January 08, 2021, 09:22:59 PM »


I would tend to agree with you. I think that they could have selected a slightly better-looking piece of wood, especially for the top of the synth. As for returning it based on that, I personally would not. It makes it unique, like every Prophet 5 out there.


Totally agree. That wood is the "fingerprint" / DNA of your Prophet and unique. Better than serial number if gets stolen ...
Take a look at my P-5 rev.2 and the "terrible" wood .....   I LOVE IT   :)
I think you get used to it and eventually love yours to ....

Cheers !
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FWIW both your P5R2 & P10R4 look great if not stunning to my eyes.

Wood grain is by nature imperfect and I have no issue with stains and busy character. I also own a Minimoog so Im no stranger to wood casings on synths. But my P5R4 front panel goes from dark brown with busy grain patterns to extremely light with hardly no grain right in the logo area. Its frankly awkward and off-putting visually IMO.  :-\

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Re: Wood Coloration
« Reply #48 on: January 09, 2021, 04:57:33 AM »
Question about the "fraying" around the logo... is that a plastic seal on top of the logo that peels off? 

This is what I thought it was initially on mine, but looking further, if it is, it doesn't want to come off easily and I didn't want to disturb it if I need to remove the fraying some other way.
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Re: Wood Coloration
« Reply #49 on: January 09, 2021, 05:24:15 AM »
Question about the "fraying" around the logo... is that a plastic seal on top of the logo that peels off? 

This is what I thought it was initially on mine, but looking further, if it is, it doesn't want to come off easily and I didn't want to disturb it if I need to remove the fraying some other way.


Yes, its the protective plastic film. Try to peel it off starting in one corner with you fingernail or a thin plectrum.
Do NOT use any sharp metal objects !

Cheers !
« Last Edit: January 09, 2021, 05:27:18 AM by HockeBocke »
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Re: Wood Coloration
« Reply #50 on: January 09, 2021, 07:04:34 AM »
Question about the "fraying" around the logo... is that a plastic seal on top of the logo that peels off? 

This is what I thought it was initially on mine, but looking further, if it is, it doesn't want to come off easily and I didn't want to disturb it if I need to remove the fraying some other way.


Yes, its the protective plastic film. Try to peel it off starting in one corner with you fingernail or a thin plectrum.
Do NOT use any sharp metal objects !

Cheers !

Thank you!  It came right off once I got a bit more diligent (shame on me for keeping fingernails too short).  I don't recall the film on the P6 being that stubborn, was afraid I might scratch something that wasn't meant to be scratched.
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