vintage analog synths (and cats) since 1996

Synth tech Kevin Lightner started Synthfool in 1996.  It was one of the first websites on the Internet to feature large collections of vintage synthesizer schematics, pictures of large modular systems, old price sheets, and brochures.  It later added a section for the Synth DIY community to show their work and ideas to each other.  

In addition to being a great synth tech, he was also a Cat Dad.  As he worked at home, the cats often decided to get in the way when he was taking pictures.  

Synthfool’s website got attention from many synth/keyboard-based magazines in the late 1990’s.  It has gone through many changes over the years.  In the later years, only the docs section remained, along with sections for Kevin’s hobbies.

When Kevin died in 2014, his widow Daphne (aka Monie) inherited his website.  Knowing how much control over the website meant to Kevin, she resolved to keep it going for as long as possible.  The website was kept pretty much the way Kevin left it.

Synthfool 3.0:

The Next 25 Years



2021 finds Synthfool comprising of a Triad of Directors: Daphne, Stephen, and Travis.  We are continuing the spirit of Synthfool while making it a bit more of our own.

Daphne remains General Director/Webmadame.

Synthfool is proud to announce Travis as Art Director and Stephen as Music Director. They are also the production team behind the Moog Taurus 1 Replacement Contact Boards.

Synthfool believes in choosing love over fear, with a heavy dose of common sense.  Have compassion for your fellow human beings, and do not allow your beliefs to control how other people live.  Be kind.  That’s what we offer, and that’s what we ask of others.

Synthfool 3.0
Travis, Stephen, and Daphne: Synthfool 3.0