I came about a Yamaha VSS-200 through our member Removetext, aparently he had one in perfect condition from when he was a kid. ^_^
Eagerly I opened it up, crashed it something like 15 times before i started sending e-mails to lots of people. Piecing toghether lots of information i finally found 14 relativly stable bends on the ram chip, those bends are, to my knowledge exectly the same as those on the VSS-30. So if you are bending one you could check out this tutorial by Kevin Rees. But, that tutorial lacks one important bend, if not two so for those of you who are going to bend it I have these tips to you regarding the ram chip.
It is a 16 pin chip, it is called LH21256 and it is next to the big Yamaha YM2416B. Two pins are dupes, they are relativly useless but have some bends so do make a point for them, they frequently mess the sound up a lot or make the sound stop until its disconnected. The ground point is great because it can give you some pretty cool frequency-doubling and flange effects, so disregard kevins tutorial, the pin marked red on the bottom to the right is ground.
Concerning the other chips: The YM2420, FM-operator, is almost useless to bend, or almost, i did get it to burst out some interesting sounds but in the end i didn’t feel like implementing that bend. I might add it in the future. It is good if you momentarly connect the data control lines toghether, but they need to be reset by connecting A0 to one of the crystal lines. Here is a datasheet for the YM2413 which is almost identical to the 2420, maybe you can find some interesting bends? Please let me know if so.
For the patch-bay I decided to go for banana-jacks because they’re stackable, which means “infinite” multi-bends. Unfortunatly I was dumb enough to think that the plastic above the speaker could stand the stress from drilling so many holes, I did do a quick-fix by putting them in odd places where the plastic wasn’t weak.
In this sound clip i first sample the internal sound sine sweep and then: FIREWORKS! This clip has not been edited at all, so it’s a bit slow, but you get a good sense to feel what bending this thing is like: pure love.