Strings 'n' Things...
I'm one of the few, the proud, the people that actually find string synths useful and somewhat endearing. This is an embarrassing trait, and I'd like to kick the habit, but I just can't. Over the years, I've owned one of each, pretty much. My favorite has always been (and will continue to be, for the foreseeable future) the ARP Omni 2, but I think that each one I've tried has had something about it that I liked and could use.
Currently, the only string synth I have is a Crumar Performer. It was previously owned by an indie rock band, and naturally they had no idea. They replaced it with like a MicroKorg or some shit, and sold it to me for next to nothing. It has manifold problems, due to its getting thrown about on stage a lot. Most of the problems are cosmetic, but there were a couple annoying electronic issues that I finally got around to addressing. Once I did that, I set myself down for a big ol' fashioned sampletacular, and got pretty much every sound it was capable of in to Kontact. Since I'm a thorough person when it comes to this sort of thing, I naturally sampled every third semi-tone.
What results is probably the most comprehensive sample set in existence of a rather poor example of an unappreciated breed, Averil->Apogee->disk, with an all-Mogami wiring path. I suppose that's worth something, anyways. Naturally, being me, I had to spend time making a script for UI control, and finding just the right impulse response for the 'verb, and I'll probably skin the Kontact instrument too, because I can. The funny thing is that this all took me a couple days to do, and the net result sounds like pretty much every other string synth. (Pardon the fair-to-middling playing. I just dashed this off for an audio example. Ol' Frederic would rap my knuckles with a ruler if he weren't such a mama's boy.)
In any event, what's your guilty pleasure, synth-wise? Everyone has one. Now's the time to come out of the closet and admit to the world that, yes, you love your JD-800. Or whatever.