MAGNIFIERS: THE A-Z of ANALOGUE SYNTHESIZERS by Peter Forrest
These are books, that if you can find copies, will certainly set your imagination aflame with the the desire to research, track down, and hopefully purchase some of these mostly vintage aural toys. I know I've been severely bitten, and if you take a gander at the photos on this blog you'll understand why I'm a cardboard box away from financial crisis, apparently the American Way! The two volumes (1998) that comprise this amazing A-Z compendium give one just the right historical and technical overview to slowly make informed decisions about one's analogue synthesis needs and the shape you'd like those needs to take. Peter Forrest does a wonderful job describing these synths for the most part (that he missed the internal speaker on the EDP Gnat is a small misstep), and this should be considered an essential purchase just for the enormous amount of synth territory he covers. Now if I can somehow find translated copies of the two volumes of SYNTHESIZER VON GESTERN (1995) by Matthias Becker I'd really be in trouble!