The Synthesizer – a brief history

Minimoog panel (From the Collection of Van Taylor Displayed at Buffalo Museum of Science)

Although the first electric musical synthesizer was invented as early as 1876 by Elisha Gray, it was only when, in 1971, Bob Moog introduced one of the first widely available and relatively affordable portable synths – the legendary Minimoog Model D – that the analog synthesizer finally came into it’s own.

Other notable synthesizer manufacturers like ArpEMS, RolandKorgYamaha appeared on the scene and in 1978 EDP (The Electronic Dream Plant) produced the first true budget synth, The Wasp, which along with their Spider sequencer, opened up the power and potential of electronic music to the masses.

In the 80′s, the availability of cheaper analog synths, sequencers and drum machines, coupled with the introduction of polyphonic synthesizers, led to an explosion of electronic based music. It was a golden age for the synth and the “must have” instruments of the time were Sequential Circuits‘ Prophet 5, Roland’s Jupiter 8, Yamaha’s CS80 and DX7, and the formidable Polymoog. Music would never sound quite the same again.

 
These instruments are hard to find now, but keep an eye on Slexa’s up to the minute worldwide vintage synthesizer and classic electronic keyboard search listings, and you may just be able to grab one of these dream machines at a bargain price.

 

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Novation Bass Station II Analogue Synthesizer

Novation Bass Station II Analogue Synthesizer
Current price:
£215.00
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Novation Bass Station II Analogue Synthesizer
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Roland JP8000 JP-8000 Analog Analogue Modelling Synthesiser Synthesizer - Great!

Roland JP8000 JP-8000 Analog Analogue Modelling Synthesiser Synthesizer - Great!
Current price:
£270.00
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Roland JP8000 JP-8000 Analog Analogue Modelling Synthesiser Synthesizer - Great!
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ROKTON UDS - RARE VINTAGE SOVIET ANALOG DRUM SYNTHESIZER Ussr,Formanta,Synth

ROKTON UDS - RARE VINTAGE SOVIET ANALOG DRUM SYNTHESIZER Ussr,Formanta,Synth
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£305.52
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ROKTON UDS - RARE VINTAGE SOVIET ANALOG DRUM SYNTHESIZER Ussr,Formanta,Synth
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RARE * Gakken Analog Synthesizer SX-150 (customised) Synth - ribbon Original -

RARE * Gakken Analog Synthesizer SX-150 (customised) Synth - ribbon Original -
Current price:
£22.99
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RARE * Gakken Analog Synthesizer SX-150 (customised) Synth - ribbon Original -
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ROLAND D10 MULTI TIMBRAL LINEAR SYNTHESIZER. Spares or Repair.

ROLAND D10 MULTI TIMBRAL LINEAR SYNTHESIZER. Spares or Repair.
Current price:
£40.00
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ROLAND D10 MULTI TIMBRAL LINEAR SYNTHESIZER. Spares or Repair.
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BRAND NEW BOXED Waldorf Blofeld 49-Key Keyboard Synthesizer

BRAND NEW BOXED Waldorf Blofeld 49-Key Keyboard Synthesizer
Current price:
£395.00
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BRAND NEW BOXED Waldorf Blofeld 49-Key Keyboard Synthesizer
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Korg Monotron Duo Analog Ribbon Synthesizer

Korg Monotron Duo Analog Ribbon Synthesizer
Current price:
£29.00
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Korg Monotron Duo Analog Ribbon Synthesizer
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SHADOW SH22 DIGITAL SYNTHESIZER PEDAL UNIT

SHADOW SH22 DIGITAL SYNTHESIZER PEDAL UNIT
Current price:
£35.00
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SHADOW SH22 DIGITAL SYNTHESIZER PEDAL UNIT
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YAMAHA DX27 Digital Programmable Algorithm Synthesizer Same Sound as DX100

YAMAHA DX27 Digital Programmable Algorithm Synthesizer Same Sound as DX100
Current price:
£112.98
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YAMAHA DX27 Digital Programmable Algorithm Synthesizer Same Sound as DX100
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NEW Korg Volca Keys Analog Loop Synth Sequencer Machine Synthesizer

NEW Korg Volca Keys Analog Loop Synth Sequencer Machine Synthesizer
Current price:
£106.96
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NEW Korg Volca Keys Analog Loop Synth Sequencer Machine Synthesizer
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Roland Juno Stage Synthesizer

Roland Juno Stage Synthesizer
Current price:
£380.00
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Roland Juno Stage Synthesizer
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Roland D-50 Digital Synthesizer Synth

Roland D-50 Digital Synthesizer Synth
Current price:
£110.00
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Roland D-50 Digital Synthesizer Synth
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Korg Volca Analog Bass Macine Synth Module And Sequencer

Korg Volca Analog Bass Macine Synth Module And Sequencer
Current price:
£106.96
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Korg Volca Analog Bass Macine Synth Module And Sequencer
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♫ Roland JV 1010 64-Voice synth MIDI jv1010 synthesizer compact keyboard module

♫ Roland JV 1010 64-Voice synth MIDI jv1010 synthesizer compact keyboard module
Current price:
£113.62
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♫ Roland JV 1010 64-Voice synth MIDI jv1010 synthesizer compact keyboard module
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NOVATION X-STATION SYNTHESISER / SOUND CARD 25 Key Virtual Analogue Modelling

NOVATION X-STATION SYNTHESISER / SOUND CARD 25 Key Virtual Analogue Modelling
Current price:
£83.53
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NOVATION X-STATION SYNTHESISER / SOUND CARD 25 Key Virtual Analogue Modelling
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KURZWEIL K2000VP Rompler SYNTH with V.A.S.T. Synthesis

KURZWEIL K2000VP Rompler SYNTH with V.A.S.T. Synthesis
Current price:
£300.24
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KURZWEIL K2000VP Rompler SYNTH with V.A.S.T. Synthesis
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ROLAND MC 500 MRP 500 PERFORMANCE PACKAGE SYSTEM GENERATOR

ROLAND MC 500 MRP 500 PERFORMANCE PACKAGE SYSTEM GENERATOR
Current price:
£133.37
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ROLAND MC 500 MRP 500 PERFORMANCE PACKAGE SYSTEM GENERATOR
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Studio Electronics 3003 : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]

Studio Electronics 3003 : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Current price:
£170.48
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Studio Electronics 3003 : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Seller: eBay

Make Noise Teleplexer : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]

Make Noise Teleplexer : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Current price:
£76.88
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Make Noise Teleplexer : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Seller: eBay

Casio XWP1 61 Key Performance Synthesizer

Casio XWP1 61 Key Performance Synthesizer
Current price:
£292.49
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Casio XWP1 61 Key Performance Synthesizer
Seller: eBay

Eowave Domino Analogue Monophonic Synthesizer

Eowave Domino Analogue Monophonic Synthesizer
Current price:
£227.75
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Eowave Domino Analogue Monophonic Synthesizer
Seller: eBay

Circuit Bent Fire Engine 34 Sound Effects FX Synth Synthesizer Dub Siren

Circuit Bent Fire Engine 34 Sound Effects FX Synth Synthesizer Dub Siren
Current price:
£18.00
Type:
Auction
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Circuit Bent Fire Engine 34 Sound Effects FX Synth Synthesizer Dub Siren
Seller: eBay

Ensoniq MC-32 RAM Card

Ensoniq MC-32 RAM Card
Current price:
£86.24
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Ensoniq MC-32 RAM Card
Seller: eBay

Arturia MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer

Arturia MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer
Current price:
£197.87
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Arturia MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer
Seller: eBay

KORG KAOSSILATOR PRO - DYNAMIC PHRASE SYNTHESIZER / LOOP RECORDER

KORG KAOSSILATOR PRO - DYNAMIC PHRASE SYNTHESIZER / LOOP RECORDER
Current price:
£102.00
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KORG KAOSSILATOR PRO - DYNAMIC PHRASE SYNTHESIZER / LOOP RECORDER
Seller: eBay

AKAI MINIAK virtual analogue synthesizer Keyboard.

AKAI MINIAK  virtual analogue synthesizer Keyboard.
Current price:
£170.00
Type:
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AKAI MINIAK  virtual analogue synthesizer Keyboard.
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Novation Bass Station Analogue Synthesiser Rack Module -TB303 emulator -orig box

Novation Bass Station Analogue Synthesiser Rack Module -TB303 emulator -orig box
Current price:
£189.99
Type:
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Novation Bass Station Analogue Synthesiser Rack Module -TB303 emulator -orig box
Seller: eBay

Make Noise FXDf : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]

Make Noise FXDf : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Current price:
£79.56
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0d 6h 38m
Make Noise FXDf : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Seller: eBay

Arturia MiniBrute 25-key All-analog Monophonic Synthesizer **NEW**

Arturia MiniBrute 25-key All-analog Monophonic Synthesizer **NEW**
Current price:
£333.60
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Arturia MiniBrute 25-key All-analog Monophonic Synthesizer **NEW**
Seller: eBay

Boss Dr synthesizer Ds-330

Boss Dr synthesizer Ds-330
Current price:
£41.15
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
3
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Boss Dr synthesizer Ds-330
Seller: eBay

Waldorf Pulse SYNTHESISER

Waldorf Pulse SYNTHESISER
Current price:
£195.00
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
11
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0d 6h 49m
Waldorf Pulse SYNTHESISER
Seller: eBay

SIEL CRUISE SYNTHESIZER " VERY RARE"

SIEL CRUISE SYNTHESIZER
Current price:
£300.00
Type:
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SIEL CRUISE SYNTHESIZER
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E-mu Emulator 1 ribbon cable lot vintage 80's synth synthesizer sampler Emu one

E-mu Emulator 1 ribbon cable lot vintage 80's synth synthesizer sampler Emu one
Current price:
£90.25
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E-mu Emulator 1 ribbon cable lot vintage 80's synth synthesizer sampler Emu one
Seller: eBay

Rob Hordijk Blippoo Box (Banana jack) Chaotic Synthesizer Instrument - Rare

Rob Hordijk Blippoo Box (Banana jack) Chaotic Synthesizer Instrument - Rare
Current price:
£374.99
Type:
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Rob Hordijk Blippoo Box (Banana jack) Chaotic Synthesizer Instrument - Rare
Seller: eBay

ROLAND D-110 MULTIMARAL SOUND MODULE

ROLAND D-110 MULTIMARAL SOUND MODULE
Current price:
£60.16
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ROLAND D-110 MULTIMARAL SOUND MODULE
Seller: eBay

Foniktronic PS3100 Triple Resonators Eurorack Synthesizer Module (filter)

Foniktronic PS3100 Triple Resonators Eurorack Synthesizer Module (filter)
Current price:
£99.99
Type:
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Foniktronic PS3100 Triple Resonators Eurorack Synthesizer Module (filter)
Seller: eBay

Yamaha Tenori-on Orange Synthesizer

Yamaha Tenori-on Orange Synthesizer
Current price:
£155.00
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
12
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Yamaha Tenori-on Orange Synthesizer
Seller: eBay

Korg DS-10 Synthesizer - Nintendo DS

Korg DS-10 Synthesizer - Nintendo DS
Current price:
£10.51
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
5
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Korg DS-10 Synthesizer - Nintendo DS
Seller: eBay

1973 EDGAR WINTER FREE RIDE ARP 2600 SYNTHESIZER AD

1973 EDGAR WINTER FREE RIDE ARP 2600 SYNTHESIZER AD
Current price:
£6.68
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1973 EDGAR WINTER FREE RIDE ARP 2600 SYNTHESIZER AD
Seller: eBay

Korg KingKorg 61 Key Analog Modeling Synthesizer

Korg KingKorg 61 Key Analog Modeling Synthesizer
Current price:
£869.09
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Korg KingKorg 61 Key Analog Modeling Synthesizer
Seller: eBay

BLACK BOX black noise loop DEVICE Flingco Wrnlrd Cristal Haptic buddha machine

BLACK BOX black noise loop DEVICE Flingco Wrnlrd Cristal Haptic buddha machine
Current price:
£13.36
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BLACK BOX black noise loop DEVICE Flingco Wrnlrd Cristal Haptic buddha machine
Seller: eBay

Roland SH-101 analog synthesizer.

Roland SH-101 analog synthesizer.
Current price:
£899.00
Type:
Auction
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Roland SH-101 analog synthesizer.
Seller: eBay

Vintage Steampunk Style Chaos Nand Analogue Synthesizer Lofi Synth Drone Synth

Vintage  Steampunk Style Chaos Nand Analogue  Synthesizer Lofi Synth Drone Synth
Current price:
£55.00
Type:
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Vintage  Steampunk Style Chaos Nand Analogue  Synthesizer Lofi Synth Drone Synth
Seller: eBay

Roland SH- 201 Synthesizer

Roland SH- 201 Synthesizer
Current price:
£200.00
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
6
Ends in:
0d 7h 38m
Roland SH- 201 Synthesizer
Seller: eBay

TOYO GAKKI Japan ULT-SOUND DS-2 ProMuzer Drum Synthesizer Machine Synth

TOYO GAKKI Japan ULT-SOUND DS-2 ProMuzer Drum Synthesizer Machine Synth
Current price:
£499.00
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TOYO GAKKI Japan ULT-SOUND DS-2 ProMuzer Drum Synthesizer Machine Synth
Seller: eBay

Korg X3 Workstation Synthesizer *WITH NEW DRIVE*

Korg X3 Workstation Synthesizer *WITH NEW DRIVE*
Current price:
£250.00
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Korg X3 Workstation Synthesizer *WITH NEW DRIVE*
Seller: eBay

VINTAGE KORG WAVESTATION SYNTHESISER WITH FLIGHT CASE & QUIK-LOC STAND - MANUAL

VINTAGE KORG WAVESTATION SYNTHESISER WITH FLIGHT CASE & QUIK-LOC STAND - MANUAL
Current price:
£350.00
Type:
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VINTAGE KORG WAVESTATION SYNTHESISER WITH FLIGHT CASE & QUIK-LOC STAND - MANUAL
Seller: eBay

Korg R3 Synthesizer Vocoder USB Interface

Korg R3 Synthesizer Vocoder USB Interface
Current price:
£127.00
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
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Korg R3 Synthesizer Vocoder USB Interface
Seller: eBay

KORG ELECTRIBE EMX-1, SYNTHESISER, DRUM MACHINE, ARPEGGIATOR,SOUND MODULE,ETC

KORG ELECTRIBE EMX-1, SYNTHESISER, DRUM MACHINE, ARPEGGIATOR,SOUND MODULE,ETC
Current price:
£134.00
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
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KORG ELECTRIBE EMX-1, SYNTHESISER, DRUM MACHINE, ARPEGGIATOR,SOUND MODULE,ETC
Seller: eBay

E-MU Systems Proteus 2000 Sound Module Synthesizer BROCHURE

E-MU Systems Proteus 2000 Sound Module Synthesizer BROCHURE
Current price:
£2.80
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
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E-MU Systems Proteus 2000 Sound Module Synthesizer BROCHURE
Seller: eBay

Access Music Virus Ti Polar Synthesizer

Access Music Virus Ti Polar Synthesizer
Current price:
£670.00
No. of bids so far:
6
Ends in:
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Access Music Virus Ti Polar Synthesizer
Seller: eBay

E-MU Proformance 1 16 Bit True Stereo Piano Module

E-MU Proformance 1 16 Bit True Stereo Piano Module
Current price:
£60.17
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E-MU Proformance 1 16 Bit True Stereo Piano Module
Seller: eBay

Moon Modular 565 V3 Quad Quantizer 1/4" MU Moog synthesizers.com Synthesis

Moon Modular 565 V3 Quad Quantizer 1/4
Current price:
£187.19
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Moon Modular 565 V3 Quad Quantizer 1/4
Seller: eBay

RC CIRCUIT BENT 'ALCHEMIST DRONE LAB' ATMOSPHERIC SOUND FILTER SYNTHESISER

RC CIRCUIT BENT 'ALCHEMIST DRONE LAB' ATMOSPHERIC SOUND FILTER SYNTHESISER
Current price:
£85.00
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
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RC CIRCUIT BENT 'ALCHEMIST DRONE LAB' ATMOSPHERIC SOUND FILTER SYNTHESISER
Seller: eBay

Roland Juno-G Synthesizer w/ SRX-98

Roland Juno-G Synthesizer w/ SRX-98
Current price:
£284.13
Ends in:
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Roland Juno-G Synthesizer w/ SRX-98
Seller: eBay

Roland aira system 1 synthesizer

Roland aira system 1 synthesizer
Current price:
£310.00
Ends in:
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Roland aira system 1 synthesizer
Seller: eBay

Novation MiniNova 37 Key Synthesizer Keyboard

Novation MiniNova 37 Key Synthesizer Keyboard
Current price:
£269.99
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Novation MiniNova 37 Key Synthesizer Keyboard
Seller: eBay

Roland A-30 Keyboard & SC-50 Sound Canvas Midi Synthesizer Sound Module

Roland A-30 Keyboard & SC-50 Sound Canvas Midi Synthesizer Sound Module
Current price:
£170.00
Ends in:
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Roland A-30 Keyboard & SC-50 Sound Canvas Midi Synthesizer Sound Module
Seller: eBay

Animodule ShNoiZe Sample & Hold Noise Source Eurorack Module

Animodule ShNoiZe Sample & Hold Noise Source Eurorack Module
Current price:
£52.81
Ends in:
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Animodule ShNoiZe Sample & Hold Noise Source Eurorack Module
Seller: eBay

MOTM VCF analog synthesizer filter module modular synth

MOTM VCF analog synthesizer filter module modular synth
Current price:
£120.33
Ends in:
0d 9h 26m
MOTM VCF analog synthesizer filter module modular synth
Seller: eBay
 

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