I didn't show much interest in music as a child. My junior school offered recorder and violin lessons, and I knew a couple of kids who had piano lessons or dabbled with guitars, however traditional instruments didn't appeal to me. It was only when the synthesiser, as used by Gary Numan and the like, burst into mainstream music in 1979, that I became interested and set about constructing my first synth; a Transcendent 2000.

Throughout the 80s was quite passionate about my music and spent a lot of time writing an recording (though few people ever heard them) getting on for 60 songs.

The 90s saw me move away from musical stuff to a large extent however there were a couple of attempts to get back into it. This got ever so slightly out of hand after the turn of the century when I was tempted to buy a significant number of pieces of kit that I would have loved to have owned in the 80s but couldn't afford.

However despite the numerous additions to my collection, I was unable to rekindle my earlier passion. I think it's an age thing but every melody I wrote reminded me far too much of something else and every lyric seemed like a cliche.

These pages describe the instruments and equipment I own or have owned. Most of it has now been sold however I have retained my Roland MK80 keyboard and a few sound modules. There's a part of me that wants to learn to play piano "properly"... but whether or not I ever find time for it is another question.

Gear I Have Owned