I have a Prophet-5 that is in pretty nice condition except for a nasty dent in the black front panel.
I have been thinking about if it’s possible to fix it, and asking around on how to approach it. I got a lot of good tips in my fav Facebook group Vintage Synth Repair and Mods
The consensus there seemed to be that it is sometimes tricky to fix these kind of issues. It is possible that ‘fixing’ the problem may result in things looking worse.
The paint has been stretched, and will likely crackle if pounded flat. Using a heat gun to warm the panel (and the paint) could possibly help to avoid that.
There are also quite a few companies that repaint old synth panels, but none of them seem to be capable of doing the typical ‘grainy’ texture that many vintage synths have.
The best way to fix it would of course be to replace the panel with a new one. I asked around but was not able to locate one.
But then one day I was talking to a friend who works for a Swedish super-producer with many many many synths in his collection. He mentioned that they had a “organ donor” Prophet-5 in their warehouse, and that he would take a look at it next time he was there.
And yesterday he called with good news – the panel on it looked fine and I was welcome to have it!
And there we are. (Jan 22, 2016).
UPCOMING: Panel switcharoo!