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.
The Next 25 Years