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30Dec/140

Frank Eventoff Sonica #311

"Some scratches, mostly working needs a skilled solder on fret board from the 14th to the 10th fret working fine. someone showed me what needed to be done, I just don't know anyone who can solder that well. It was given to me by my father, my kids have played with it a couple of times so there are small scratches here and there. speaker cloth is torn but the speaker works fine and is all original. everything else works fine. all knobs and synthesizer effects work fine just not two thirds fret board." eBay Link

11Sep/130

Frank Eventoff Sonica

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You are bidding on an extremely rare Sonica synthesizer built by Frank Eventoff in 1979. Only 650 of these were ever made. Very few are now known to exist. The body is carved of mahogany, and has a plaque with the number (#515). It comes with the original custom-sized case and the original instructions.

I have had this Sonica since the late 70's and have only played it a few times over the years. This Sonica is in excellent condition and sounds great plugged in to guitar affects and amps." eBay Link

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19Mar/130

Frank Eventoff Sonica

"I am the original owner of this very rare Frank Eventoff Sonica. I bought it straight from him back in either '78 or '79 while I was working at Hollywood Sound, and he happened to drop by the studio. I have played it some, as you can see some wear at the bottom of the instrument. Everything is in excellent condition, and plays as well as it did then. It is hand carved mahogany, with brass plates.

Comes with original case and original instructions.

This is a LOW number of only 650 made...it is #092. " eBay Link

21Dec/120

Frank Eventoff Sonica

"Sonica Serge Synth Instrument, Frank Evantoff Number 490.

One of very few surviving, and of even fewer fully working Sonica Instruments.

This example is in fine condition, no damage other than one small cosmetic scuff to base of body (see last photo). No corrosion on battery connections, original case, unmarked original instructions and original instrument to amplifier cable.

You are bidding on an extremely rare FULLY WORKING electronic synthesizer instrument by Frank Evantoff, called the Sonica. Number 490 of only 650 produced. Shaped like small lute with a guitar like neck which fits perfectly into the hand. By touching the frets on the neck the instrument produces notes best often described as between a sitar and a violin.

"After Mattel had used the concept for the "Magical Music Thing," Frank Evantoff developed a more precise keyboard and incorporated it into this new instrument, which he called The Sonica.

In 1979, the first Sonicas were produced, a collaboration with Larry Heller. There were 650 eventually built, but very few are seen nowadays. Serge Tcherepnin of Serge synthesizers (analog modular) did the oscillator design, and the oscillator inside the Sonica is indeed a Serge oscillator. The bodies have an interesting gourd/phallic shape, and were carved wood. The neck is incredibly comfortable, and easily fits into the hand, facilitating the sliding action used for playing the Sonica.

The sound of the Sonica can best be described as somewhere between a sitar and violin. When run through a simple delay, an amazing array of soundscapes are derived. The front panel features a Key/Pitch Knob, and an On/Off Volume Knob. It boasts 15 keys with additional half step notes.

It also features three buttons. Analog “Slider” which is a tremolo type effect, Analog “Tone” which is actually a tonal boost, and “Half-Step” which raises the note an octave. It features a built-in speaker, with an 1/8 inch output to connect to an amplifier or recording device. It runs on one 9-volt battery which is installed by accessing a plate on the backside of the device.

The Sonica really shines when sent through a tube amplifier, producing a crystalline sound unlike anything I’ve heard before."

Comes with original unmarked/no tears instructions, instrument to amplifier cable and original case." eBay Link

1Jun/120

Frank Eventoff Sonica #188

"This is the very unique and rare Sonica analog synthesizer made by Frank Eventoff in 1979. Only 650 were made and this one is #188. It's been checked by the local music store and they believe it to be in working order. The wood has some scratches but it still looks good and the brass plates have some age marks and some faint scratches. The foam covering the speaker is somewhat deteriorated. The foam inside the case has a worn spot and the sides of the case are somewhat misshapen." eBay Link

18Jan/120

Frank Evantoff Sonica # 477 of 650

"BE ONE OF THE ONLY PEOPLE ON EARTH TO WON ONE OF THESE EXTREMELY RARE INSTRUMENTS!

You are bidding on an extremely rare electronic synthesizer instrument by Frank Evantoff called the Sonica. Look at the marks from the carving tools the craftsman used to make the instrument. They neatly hold the battery! Only 650 of these strange instruments were made since their they began manufacturing them in 1979. Shaped like small lute with a guitar like neck and speaker inside that was the voice. They player could sound notes by touching the frets on the neck that produce at between sitar and violin. Comes with case and original user manual/warranty certificate. " eBay Link

15Jul/110

Frank Eventoff Sonica

"This is a extremely rare piece Sonica synthesizer that absolutely does'nt come around too often, built by Frank Eventoff. Only 650 of these were ever made. Very few are now known to exist. The body is carved of mahogany, and has a plaque with the number (#172). It comes in a custom-sized case with power cord. I have had this Sonica since the late 70's and have only played it a few times over the years. This Sonica is in excellent condition and sounds great plugged in to guitar affects and amps." eBay Link

6Apr/110

Frank Eventoff Sonica #592

"CLEANING OUT MY STUDIO
This is my super rare 1/600 Sonica Limited Edition Synthesizer made by Frank Eventoff in Los Angeles in the 70's. In excellent condition, although the thin foam membrane covering the speaker has disintegrated and can and should be replaced. There are two small dark streaks on the brass near the half-step button that are minor original blemishes. The case is included as well as the original paperwork. This is a fun little unit for jamming on and is very easy to play. The output jack is a strange 1/8" that I haven't found the exact right plug to fit it. I have just played the internal speaker and recorded to mic. Some info from the documentation:
"The Sonica is a portable self contained synthesizer designed to simplify the playing of music... an electronic sensor that converts the pressure of your touch into creative musical tones and expressions... carved from Red Alder, a domestic hardwood. several coats of lacquer. Finished by hand. The face and trim are solid brass protected with baked enamel finish. " Serial Number 592, one of last ones made!" eBay Link

20Mar/110

Frank Eventoff Sonica #513

"For your consideration is the very rare Sonica synthesizer.
The unit has been used over the years, but shows little to no cosmetic wear(see pics).
The unit is in 100% working condition and sounds amazing.
This listing includes the Sonica as well as all the original paper work and case." eBay Link

16Nov/100

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