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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R.A.Moog CP11 - Moog Model 10 Synthesizer mixer/trigger & CV routing panel

R.A.Moog CP11 - Moog Model 10 Synthesizer mixer/trigger & CV routing panel
Current price:
£380.00
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4ms Buffered Mult Multiple Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

4ms Buffered Mult Multiple Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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£48.97
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4ms Buffered Mult Multiple Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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SILICON CHIP MKII (2) THEREMIN SYNTHESIZER ASSEMBLED SCI-FI SOUND MODULE

SILICON CHIP MKII (2) THEREMIN SYNTHESIZER ASSEMBLED SCI-FI SOUND MODULE
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£84.19
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Pittsburgh Modular - CELL 48 Desktop CASE with Wood Sides - Eurorack Modular

Pittsburgh Modular - CELL 48 Desktop CASE with Wood Sides - Eurorack Modular
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£114.06
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Pittsburgh Modular - CELL 48 Desktop CASE with Wood Sides - Eurorack Modular
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Moon Modular 592 Reversible Modulation Matrix System 1/4" / MU - Moog, DotCom

Moon Modular 592 Reversible Modulation Matrix System 1/4
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£334.72
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Moon Modular 592 Reversible Modulation Matrix System 1/4
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Doepfer A-160 Clock / Trigger Divider - Eurorack Synthesizer Module

Doepfer A-160 Clock / Trigger Divider - Eurorack Synthesizer Module
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£49.59
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Doepfer A-160 Clock / Trigger Divider - Eurorack Synthesizer Module
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Doepfer A-156 Dual Quantizer - Eurorack Synthesizer Module

Doepfer A-156 Dual Quantizer - Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Current price:
£108.48
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Doepfer A-156 Dual Quantizer - Eurorack Synthesizer Module
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FLAME FX16 FX-16 MULTI-EFFECTS DSP SYNTHESIZER MODULAR EURORACK MODULE

FLAME FX16 FX-16 MULTI-EFFECTS DSP SYNTHESIZER MODULAR EURORACK MODULE
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£150.14
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FLAME FX16 FX-16 MULTI-EFFECTS DSP SYNTHESIZER MODULAR EURORACK MODULE
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Arturia MicroBrute + BeatStep Combo - New w/ Warranty! JRR Shop

Arturia MicroBrute + BeatStep Combo - New w/ Warranty! JRR Shop
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£246.71
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Arturia MicroBrute + BeatStep Combo - New w/ Warranty! JRR Shop
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Korg Kaossilator 2 Handheld Synthesizer Pad - New w/ Warranty! JRR Shop

Korg Kaossilator 2 Handheld Synthesizer Pad - New w/ Warranty! JRR Shop
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£61.37
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Arturia MicroBrute Synthesizer Keyboard - New w/ Warranty! JRR Shop

Arturia MicroBrute Synthesizer Keyboard - New w/ Warranty! JRR Shop
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£185.34
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Arturia MicroBrute Synthesizer Keyboard - New w/ Warranty! JRR Shop
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Arturia MicroBrute + Oberheim SEM V Combo - New w/ Warranty! JRR Shop

Arturia MicroBrute + Oberheim SEM V Combo  - New w/ Warranty! JRR Shop
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£222.53
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Arturia MicroBrute + Oberheim SEM V Combo  - New w/ Warranty! JRR Shop
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Arturia MicroBrute + Mello Combo - New w/ Warranty! JRR Shop

Arturia MicroBrute + Mello Combo - New w/ Warranty! JRR Shop
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£185.34
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Atari 1040ST w/ SM124 Monitor w/manuals and many extras!!!!!

Atari 1040ST w/ SM124 Monitor w/manuals and many extras!!!!!
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£247.95
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Atari 1040ST w/ SM124 Monitor w/manuals and many extras!!!!!
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Korg Volca Keys Analogue Loop Synth

Korg Volca Keys Analogue Loop Synth
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£99.17
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Korg Volca Keys Analogue Loop Synth
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ElectroComp EML-500 - Vintage Analog Synthesizer - Pro-Restored -

ElectroComp EML-500 - Vintage Analog Synthesizer - Pro-Restored -
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£2,664.81
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ElectroComp EML-500 - Vintage Analog Synthesizer - Pro-Restored -
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Vintage/Rare Korg Poly 800 Synthesizer/Keyboard/Synth- FREE SHIPPING!

Vintage/Rare Korg Poly 800 Synthesizer/Keyboard/Synth- FREE SHIPPING!
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£136.37
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Vintage/Rare Korg Poly 800 Synthesizer/Keyboard/Synth- FREE SHIPPING!
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Vintage ROLAND JX-305 JX305 Synthesizer Synth Keyboard (MC 505 Keyboard Type )

Vintage ROLAND JX-305 JX305 Synthesizer Synth Keyboard (MC 505 Keyboard Type )
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£247.33
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Vintage ROLAND JX-305 JX305 Synthesizer Synth Keyboard (MC 505 Keyboard Type )
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PITTSBURGH MODULAR OUTS/ DUAL OUTPUT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE

PITTSBURGH MODULAR OUTS/ DUAL OUTPUT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE
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£58.69
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PITTSBURGH MODULAR OUTS/ DUAL OUTPUT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE
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SYNTHROTEK OPTICAL THEREMIN SYNTHESIZER DIY KIT MODULE

SYNTHROTEK OPTICAL THEREMIN SYNTHESIZER DIY KIT MODULE
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£21.02
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SYNTHROTEK OPTICAL THEREMIN SYNTHESIZER DIY KIT MODULE
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Arturia MicroBrute + Mini V Combo - New w/ Warranty! JRR Shop

Arturia MicroBrute + Mini V Combo  - New w/ Warranty! JRR Shop
Current price:
£222.53
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Arturia MicroBrute + Mini V Combo  - New w/ Warranty! JRR Shop
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Arturia MicroBrute + EZdrummer Lite Combo - New w/ Warranty! JRR Shop

Arturia MicroBrute + EZdrummer Lite Combo - New w/ Warranty! JRR Shop
Current price:
£185.34
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Arturia MicroBrute + EZdrummer Lite Combo - New w/ Warranty! JRR Shop
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Microkorg XL Synthesizer/Vocoder

Microkorg XL Synthesizer/Vocoder
Current price:
£200.00
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Microkorg XL Synthesizer/Vocoder
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KORG KMX-8 SYNTHESIZER MIXER FULLY CLEANED AND MAINTAINED POLYSIX MONO/POLY

KORG KMX-8 SYNTHESIZER MIXER FULLY CLEANED AND MAINTAINED POLYSIX MONO/POLY
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£125.00
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KORG KMX-8 SYNTHESIZER MIXER FULLY CLEANED AND MAINTAINED POLYSIX MONO/POLY
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YAMAHA CS-5 SYNTHESIZER WORKING PERFECTLY FILTER INPUT JACK AND ORIGINAL CASE

YAMAHA CS-5 SYNTHESIZER WORKING PERFECTLY FILTER INPUT JACK AND ORIGINAL CASE
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£299.99
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YAMAHA CS-5 SYNTHESIZER WORKING PERFECTLY FILTER INPUT JACK AND ORIGINAL CASE
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Vintage RARE Casio Casiotone 701 Synthesizer Electronic Keyboard Piano

Vintage RARE Casio Casiotone 701 Synthesizer Electronic Keyboard Piano
Current price:
£139.47
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Vintage RARE Casio Casiotone 701 Synthesizer Electronic Keyboard Piano
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FOLKTEK Modified Omnichord OM-84 bent circuit synth==*

FOLKTEK Modified Omnichord OM-84 bent circuit synth==*
Current price:
£542.38
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FOLKTEK Modified Omnichord OM-84 bent circuit synth==*
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FUTURE SOUND SYSTEMS FIL-2 SPECTRAL DEVASTATOR FILTER EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODUL

FUTURE SOUND SYSTEMS FIL-2 SPECTRAL DEVASTATOR FILTER EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODUL
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£136.49
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FUTURE SOUND SYSTEMS FIL-2 SPECTRAL DEVASTATOR FILTER EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODUL
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4ms VCA MATRIX 4x4 MATRIX OF 16 VCAs EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE

4ms VCA MATRIX 4x4 MATRIX OF 16 VCAs EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE
Current price:
£215.66
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4ms VCA MATRIX 4x4 MATRIX OF 16 VCAs EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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KORG 01/W FD Keyboard Synthesizer Music Workstation World Ship

KORG 01/W FD Keyboard Synthesizer Music Workstation World Ship
Current price:
£247.94
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KORG 01/W FD Keyboard Synthesizer Music Workstation World Ship
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Roland SK-88 PRO Sound Canvas Sound Module Keyboard SC88 AS-IS World Ship

Roland SK-88 PRO Sound Canvas Sound Module Keyboard SC88 AS-IS World Ship
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£123.97
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Roland SK-88 PRO Sound Canvas Sound Module Keyboard SC88 AS-IS World Ship
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Radio Design Labs St-Ng1 White And Pink Mic And/Or Line Level Noise Generator

Radio Design Labs St-Ng1 White And Pink Mic And/Or Line Level Noise Generator
Current price:
£98.63
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Radio Design Labs St-Ng1 White And Pink Mic And/Or Line Level Noise Generator
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6U 84HP EURORACK POWERED RACK CASE EURO RACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER HOUSING

6U 84HP EURORACK POWERED RACK CASE EURO RACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER HOUSING
Current price:
£232.04
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6U 84HP EURORACK POWERED RACK CASE EURO RACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER HOUSING
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PANTHER CGS765 TUBE VCA AMP/AMPLIFIER MODULAR EURORACK ELBY SYNTHESIZER MODULE

PANTHER CGS765 TUBE VCA AMP/AMPLIFIER MODULAR EURORACK ELBY SYNTHESIZER MODULE
Current price:
£98.28
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PANTHER CGS765 TUBE VCA AMP/AMPLIFIER MODULAR EURORACK ELBY SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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DIVISION 6 FILTARE SEIII SSM2040/E-MU FILTER EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE

DIVISION 6 FILTARE SEIII SSM2040/E-MU FILTER EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE
Current price:
£147.41
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DIVISION 6 FILTARE SEIII SSM2040/E-MU FILTER EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE
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BLUE LANTERN COBALT SMELTER LAB VCF/ RINGMOD MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

BLUE LANTERN COBALT SMELTER LAB VCF/ RINGMOD MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
Current price:
£232.04
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BLUE LANTERN COBALT SMELTER LAB VCF/ RINGMOD MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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BLUE LANTERN SPACEMEOTH V2 ANALOG FILTER MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

BLUE LANTERN SPACEMEOTH V2 ANALOG FILTER  MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
Current price:
£125.58
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BLUE LANTERN SPACEMEOTH V2 ANALOG FILTER  MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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DIVISION 6 MULTIPLICITY VI BUFFERED MULTIPLE EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE

DIVISION 6 MULTIPLICITY VI BUFFERED MULTIPLE EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE
Current price:
£62.79
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DIVISION 6 MULTIPLICITY VI BUFFERED MULTIPLE EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE
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Farfisa 7X-II Multi Purpose Synthesizer Sound Module

Farfisa 7X-II Multi Purpose Synthesizer Sound Module
Current price:
£1,362.22
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Farfisa 7X-II Multi Purpose Synthesizer Sound Module
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ROLAND Super JD JD-990 VIntage 24-Voice Synth Synthesizer Module #18750

ROLAND Super JD JD-990 VIntage 24-Voice Synth Synthesizer Module #18750
Current price:
£216.33
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ROLAND Super JD JD-990 VIntage 24-Voice Synth Synthesizer Module #18750
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Morpheus EM-U Z-Plane Synthesizer Synth Module Rack Effect

Morpheus EM-U Z-Plane Synthesizer Synth Module Rack Effect
Current price:
£200.00
Type:
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Morpheus EM-U Z-Plane Synthesizer Synth Module Rack Effect
Seller: eBay

dsTEC Original Syn Synthesizer

dsTEC Original Syn Synthesizer
Current price:
£300.00
Type:
Auction
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dsTEC Original Syn Synthesizer
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ELBY-DESIGNS AVRSYNTH 32-BIT AVR-SYHTH 32BIT MONOPHONIC SYNTHESIZER SOUND MODULE

ELBY-DESIGNS AVRSYNTH 32-BIT AVR-SYHTH 32BIT MONOPHONIC SYNTHESIZER SOUND MODULE
Current price:
£196.55
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ELBY-DESIGNS AVRSYNTH 32-BIT AVR-SYHTH 32BIT MONOPHONIC SYNTHESIZER SOUND MODULE
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Roland EG-101 synthesizer

Roland EG-101 synthesizer
Current price:
£41.00
Type:
Auction
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Roland EG-101 synthesizer
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ROLAND DIGITAL PIANO MKS 20 PRO RACK MODULE 1987 NEEDS BATTERY NO POWER CHORD VG

ROLAND DIGITAL PIANO MKS 20 PRO RACK MODULE 1987 NEEDS BATTERY NO POWER CHORD VG
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£179.73
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ROLAND DIGITAL PIANO MKS 20 PRO RACK MODULE 1987 NEEDS BATTERY NO POWER CHORD VG
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YAMAHA SYNTHESIZER JAPAN MADE LATE 80s REVERB ECHO STEREO DRUM MACHINE

YAMAHA SYNTHESIZER JAPAN MADE LATE 80s REVERB ECHO STEREO DRUM MACHINE
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£24.14
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YAMAHA SYNTHESIZER JAPAN MADE LATE 80s REVERB ECHO STEREO DRUM MACHINE
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JOMOX SUNSYN - RARE 8 VOICE SYNTHESIZER EXCELLENT!!!

JOMOX SUNSYN - RARE 8 VOICE SYNTHESIZER EXCELLENT!!!
Current price:
£4,338.45
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JOMOX SUNSYN - RARE 8 VOICE SYNTHESIZER EXCELLENT!!!
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Oberheim TVS1 - TVS-1 TWO VOICE SEM!!! - EXCELLENT SEM FVS-1 OBX

Oberheim TVS1 - TVS-1 TWO VOICE SEM!!! - EXCELLENT SEM FVS-1 OBX
Current price:
£2,106.93
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Oberheim TVS1 - TVS-1 TWO VOICE SEM!!! - EXCELLENT SEM FVS-1 OBX
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skull669 opto theremin circuit bent creation synthesizer

skull669 opto theremin circuit bent creation synthesizer
Current price:
£30.99
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skull669 opto theremin circuit bent creation synthesizer
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Yamaha TX81Z eprom upgrade OS v 1.6

Yamaha TX81Z eprom upgrade OS v 1.6
Current price:
£11.16
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Yamaha TX81Z eprom upgrade OS v 1.6
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Roland JX-10 Super JX 12 Voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer

Roland JX-10 Super JX 12 Voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer
Current price:
£433.91
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Roland JX-10 Super JX 12 Voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer
Seller: eBay

XLPC PHOTO THEREMIN - ALEIN - ANALOG ELECTRONIC SYNTH EFFECTS

XLPC PHOTO THEREMIN - ALEIN - ANALOG ELECTRONIC SYNTH EFFECTS
Current price:
£55.76
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XLPC PHOTO THEREMIN - ALEIN - ANALOG ELECTRONIC SYNTH EFFECTS
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Critter&Guitari IIO Critter & Guitari

Critter&Guitari IIO Critter & Guitari
Current price:
£61.99
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Critter&Guitari IIO Critter & Guitari
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Roland Juno 6 Vintage Analogue Synthesiser Synth

Roland Juno 6 Vintage Analogue Synthesiser Synth
Current price:
£625.00
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Roland Juno 6 Vintage Analogue Synthesiser Synth
Seller: eBay

Roland XV 5080 Synthesizer Sound Module w/ Sample Playback

Roland XV 5080 Synthesizer Sound Module w/ Sample Playback
Current price:
£205.00
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
4
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Roland XV 5080 Synthesizer Sound Module w/ Sample Playback
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16 Channel Analog Sequencer 16SXQ7DA1M USA Built 2014 S-Trig Ext/Clock

16 Channel Analog Sequencer 16SXQ7DA1M USA Built 2014 S-Trig Ext/Clock
Current price:
£226.72
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16 Channel Analog Sequencer 16SXQ7DA1M USA Built 2014 S-Trig Ext/Clock
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Roland Juno 60 Vintage Analog Synthesiser Keyboard (Delivery at extra cost.)

Roland Juno 60 Vintage Analog Synthesiser Keyboard (Delivery at extra cost.)
Current price:
£895.00
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
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Roland Juno 60 Vintage Analog Synthesiser Keyboard (Delivery at extra cost.)
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Doepfer A-108 48dB Filter : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]

Doepfer A-108 48dB Filter : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Current price:
£136.37
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Doepfer A-108 48dB Filter : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Seller: eBay

Doepfer A-103 18db Low Pass Filter : Eurorack : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]

Doepfer A-103 18db Low Pass Filter : Eurorack : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Current price:
£71.28
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Doepfer A-103 18db Low Pass Filter : Eurorack : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Seller: eBay

SCSI CD DRIVE W/5 DISC EMU LIBRARY FOR E5000/E6400/E4XT/E-SYNTH/E4 PLATINUM

SCSI CD DRIVE W/5 DISC EMU LIBRARY FOR E5000/E6400/E4XT/E-SYNTH/E4 PLATINUM
Current price:
£92.97
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SCSI CD DRIVE W/5 DISC EMU LIBRARY FOR E5000/E6400/E4XT/E-SYNTH/E4 PLATINUM
Seller: eBay
 

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