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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Korg Trinity Pro 76 Note Keyboard with TRI-SOLO Workstation!

Korg Trinity Pro 76 Note Keyboard with TRI-SOLO Workstation!
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£353.49
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Korg Trinity Pro 76 Note Keyboard with TRI-SOLO Workstation!
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Moog Sub Phatty 25-Key Analogue Synthesizer SUBPHATTY, NEW!

Moog Sub Phatty 25-Key Analogue Synthesizer SUBPHATTY, NEW!
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£589.54
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Moog Sub Phatty 25-Key Analogue Synthesizer SUBPHATTY, NEW!
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Ensoniq SQ-R Rackmount AS

Ensoniq SQ-R Rackmount AS
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£106.22
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Ensoniq SQ-R Rackmount AS
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Presonus Smart Compressor ***AS IS NEEDS REPAIR*** AS

Presonus Smart Compressor ***AS IS NEEDS REPAIR*** AS
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£29.50
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Presonus Smart Compressor ***AS IS NEEDS REPAIR*** AS
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MAM MB33 II ANALOG BASS LINE SYNTHESIZER

MAM MB33 II ANALOG BASS LINE SYNTHESIZER
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£59.00
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MAM MB33 II ANALOG BASS LINE SYNTHESIZER
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Super Synthesis BMIX Bipolar Mixer Eurorack Module! NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Super Synthesis BMIX Bipolar Mixer Eurorack Module! NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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£56.06
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Super Synthesis BMIX Bipolar Mixer Eurorack Module! NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Mutable Instruments Ripples 4 Pole Filter Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Mutable Instruments Ripples 4 Pole Filter Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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£117.44
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Mutable Instruments Ripples 4 Pole Filter Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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LELL ROTOTOM - Analog pedal DRUM PAD Vintage Synthesizer - Electro Stage FX

LELL ROTOTOM - Analog pedal DRUM PAD Vintage Synthesizer - Electro Stage  FX
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£109.00
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LELL ROTOTOM - Analog pedal DRUM PAD Vintage Synthesizer - Electro Stage  FX
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CRITTER & GUITARI MELODY MILL + IIO SPEAKER EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE

CRITTER & GUITARI MELODY MILL + IIO SPEAKER EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE
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£282.50
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CRITTER & GUITARI MELODY MILL + IIO SPEAKER EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE
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Roland SR-JV80-99 Experience Expansion Board

Roland SR-JV80-99 Experience Expansion Board
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£34.82
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Roland SR-JV80-99 Experience Expansion Board
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Moog VX-351 CV Output Expander for Minimoog Voyager

Moog VX-351 CV Output Expander for Minimoog Voyager
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£164.65
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Moog VX-351 CV Output Expander for Minimoog Voyager
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Moog CP-251 Moogerfooger Control Processor

Moog CP-251 Moogerfooger Control Processor
Current price:
£227.20
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Moog CP-251 Moogerfooger Control Processor
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Vintage/Rare Yamaha CE-20 (GS) Combo Ensemble 49-Key Synthesizer/Synth/Keyboard

Vintage/Rare Yamaha CE-20 (GS) Combo Ensemble 49-Key Synthesizer/Synth/Keyboard
Current price:
£224.25
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Vintage/Rare Yamaha CE-20 (GS) Combo Ensemble 49-Key Synthesizer/Synth/Keyboard
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Roland GI 20 Guitar Synthesizer/Synth/Midi Interface- FREE PRIORITY SHIPPING

Roland GI 20 Guitar Synthesizer/Synth/Midi Interface- FREE PRIORITY SHIPPING
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£165.24
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Roland GI 20 Guitar Synthesizer/Synth/Midi Interface- FREE PRIORITY SHIPPING
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FOH Flight of Harmony IMP Chaotic Voice Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

FOH Flight of Harmony IMP Chaotic Voice Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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£93.83
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FOH Flight of Harmony IMP Chaotic Voice Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Ltd Ed MICRO WASP MICROKORG Synth + PSU / Micro Korg Synthesiser ms2000 SEE PICS

Ltd Ed MICRO WASP MICROKORG Synth + PSU / Micro Korg Synthesiser ms2000 SEE PICS
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£295.00
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Ltd Ed MICRO WASP MICROKORG Synth + PSU / Micro Korg Synthesiser ms2000 SEE PICS
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RARE VTG Lot of (3) EMS Battle & Guitar Prestopatch Synthesizer Modules Untested

RARE VTG Lot of (3) EMS Battle & Guitar Prestopatch Synthesizer Modules Untested
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£368.83
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RARE VTG Lot of (3) EMS Battle & Guitar Prestopatch Synthesizer Modules Untested
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Yamaha CS-80 Keyboard Power Supply Repair Rebuild Kit

Yamaha CS-80 Keyboard Power Supply Repair Rebuild Kit
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£26.56
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Yamaha CS-80 Keyboard Power Supply Repair Rebuild Kit
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Roland Voice Expansion Board VE-JV1E New For Jv 35 50

Roland Voice Expansion Board VE-JV1E New For Jv 35 50
Current price:
£34.82
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Roland Voice Expansion Board VE-JV1E New For Jv 35 50
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ROLAND SR-JV80-05 WORLD Expansion Board for JV, XP, XV!

ROLAND SR-JV80-05 WORLD Expansion Board for JV, XP, XV!
Current price:
£35.38
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ROLAND SR-JV80-05 WORLD Expansion Board for JV, XP, XV!
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Voice Synthesizer

Voice Synthesizer
Current price:
£63.16
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Voice Synthesizer
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BASTL Instruments MIDI BASTL Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

BASTL Instruments MIDI BASTL Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£29.50
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BASTL Instruments MIDI BASTL Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Moog VX-352 Control Voltage Input Expander for Minimoog Voyager RME

Moog VX-352 Control Voltage Input Expander for Minimoog Voyager RME
Current price:
£188.84
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Moog VX-352 Control Voltage Input Expander for Minimoog Voyager RME
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Korg Trinity Plus 61 Note Keyboard Workstation!

Korg Trinity Plus 61 Note Keyboard Workstation!
Current price:
£294.47
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Korg Trinity Plus 61 Note Keyboard Workstation!
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Roland Fantom XA Synthesizer Keyboard 61 Keys - Record sequence Sample X 6 7 8

Roland Fantom XA Synthesizer Keyboard 61 Keys -  Record sequence Sample X 6 7 8
Current price:
£389.48
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Roland Fantom XA Synthesizer Keyboard 61 Keys -  Record sequence Sample X 6 7 8
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Blue Lantern CV Arpeggiator Module! Eurorack! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Blue Lantern CV Arpeggiator Module! Eurorack! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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£135.73
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Blue Lantern CV Arpeggiator Module! Eurorack! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Blue Lantern Stereoscopic VCA Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Blue Lantern Stereoscopic VCA Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£138.68
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Blue Lantern Stereoscopic VCA Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Blue Lantern CMOS Master Clock Divider Eurorack Module! NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Blue Lantern CMOS Master Clock Divider Eurorack Module! NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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£88.52
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Blue Lantern CMOS Master Clock Divider Eurorack Module! NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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PANTHER IF112 DOUBLE DEKA VCO OSCILLATOR MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER ELBY

PANTHER IF112 DOUBLE DEKA VCO OSCILLATOR MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER ELBY
Current price:
£218.80
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PANTHER IF112 DOUBLE DEKA VCO OSCILLATOR MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER ELBY
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Korg Triton Taktile 25-Key USB Controller and Synthesizer TRTK25

Korg Triton Taktile 25-Key USB Controller and Synthesizer TRTK25
Current price:
£206.54
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Korg Triton Taktile 25-Key USB Controller and Synthesizer TRTK25
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Doepfer A-107 Multitype Morphing Filter - Eurorack Synthesizer Module

Doepfer A-107 Multitype Morphing Filter - Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Current price:
£235.46
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Doepfer A-107 Multitype Morphing Filter - Eurorack Synthesizer Module
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Pittsburgh Modular DNA Symbiotic Waves - Eurorack Synth Module

Pittsburgh Modular DNA Symbiotic Waves - Eurorack Synth Module
Current price:
£164.65
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Pittsburgh Modular DNA Symbiotic Waves - Eurorack Synth Module
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Pittsburgh Modular Dual VCA - Eurorack Format

Pittsburgh Modular Dual VCA - Eurorack Format
Current price:
£82.03
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Pittsburgh Modular Dual VCA - Eurorack Format
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Moog Slim Phatty Analog Synth White Edition

Moog Slim Phatty Analog Synth White Edition
Current price:
£469.15
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Moog Slim Phatty Analog Synth White Edition
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Moon Modular 525 Reversible Attenuator 1/4" / MU - Moog, DotCom

Moon Modular 525 Reversible Attenuator 1/4
Current price:
£100.32
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Moon Modular 525 Reversible Attenuator 1/4
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Moon Modular 594 Multiples 1/4" / MU - Moog, DotCom

Moon Modular 594 Multiples 1/4
Current price:
£58.42
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Moon Modular 594 Multiples 1/4
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Dave Smith Instruments Mopho SE Synthesizer Keyboard 44 Key NEW On Sale!

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho SE Synthesizer Keyboard 44 Key NEW On Sale!
Current price:
£471.51
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Dave Smith Instruments Mopho SE Synthesizer Keyboard 44 Key NEW On Sale!
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Moon Modular 599 Octal Jack Interface 1/4" / MU - Moog, DotCom

Moon Modular 599 Octal Jack Interface 1/4
Current price:
£64.91
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Moon Modular 599 Octal Jack Interface 1/4
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PANTHER CGS733 4x4 AUDIO/CV MATRIX MIXER EURORACK SYNTHESIZER ELBY MODULE

PANTHER CGS733 4x4 AUDIO/CV MATRIX MIXER EURORACK SYNTHESIZER ELBY MODULE
Current price:
£193.87
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PANTHER CGS733 4x4 AUDIO/CV MATRIX MIXER EURORACK SYNTHESIZER ELBY MODULE
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PANTHER ED108 CHAQUO CHAOTIC SIGNAL GEN MODULAR EURORACK ELBY SYNTHESIZER MODULE

PANTHER ED108 CHAQUO CHAOTIC SIGNAL GEN MODULAR EURORACK ELBY SYNTHESIZER MODULE
Current price:
£146.79
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PANTHER ED108 CHAQUO CHAOTIC SIGNAL GEN MODULAR EURORACK ELBY SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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LOW-GAIN SHORT BUS SHORTBUS V1 / COMBINER EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE

LOW-GAIN SHORT BUS SHORTBUS V1 / COMBINER EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE
Current price:
£44.31
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LOW-GAIN SHORT BUS SHORTBUS V1 / COMBINER EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE
Seller: eBay

ELBY ED123 12-SLOT PASSIVE BUSBOARD FOR EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER BUS BOARD

ELBY ED123 12-SLOT PASSIVE BUSBOARD FOR EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER BUS BOARD
Current price:
£16.34
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ELBY ED123 12-SLOT PASSIVE BUSBOARD FOR EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER BUS BOARD
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Noise Engineering Basimilus Iteritas Drum Synth Module! NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Noise Engineering Basimilus Iteritas Drum Synth Module! NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£196.51
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Noise Engineering Basimilus Iteritas Drum Synth Module! NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Seller: eBay

Korg Kaossilator Pro Plus + Live Performance Synthesizer/Loop Touch Pad

Korg Kaossilator Pro Plus + Live Performance Synthesizer/Loop Touch Pad
Current price:
£236.04
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Korg Kaossilator Pro Plus + Live Performance Synthesizer/Loop Touch Pad
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PANTHER CGS757 BI-N-TIC-FILTER MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER ELBY MODULE

PANTHER CGS757 BI-N-TIC-FILTER MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER ELBY MODULE
Current price:
£163.41
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PANTHER CGS757 BI-N-TIC-FILTER MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER ELBY MODULE
Seller: eBay

Novation K-Station, Rare VA Analogue Modelling Synthesizer, Analog, K Station

Novation K-Station, Rare VA Analogue Modelling Synthesizer, Analog, K Station
Current price:
£188.00
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Novation K-Station, Rare VA Analogue Modelling Synthesizer, Analog, K Station
Seller: eBay

Korg monotron DELAY

Korg monotron DELAY
Current price:
£29.50
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Korg monotron DELAY
Seller: eBay

*New SHURE BG3.1 Microphone w/t On-Stage Mic Stand

*New SHURE BG3.1 Microphone w/t On-Stage Mic Stand
Current price:
£53.11
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*New SHURE BG3.1 Microphone w/t On-Stage Mic Stand
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Bubblesound VCOb Oscillator Module! Eurorack! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Bubblesound VCOb Oscillator Module! Eurorack! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£132.78
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Bubblesound VCOb Oscillator Module! Eurorack! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Bubblesound uLFO Low Frequency Oscillator! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Bubblesound uLFO Low Frequency Oscillator! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£147.53
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Bubblesound uLFO Low Frequency Oscillator! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Bubblesound VCA4P 4 Channel VCA & Mixer Eurorack Module! NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Bubblesound VCA4P 4 Channel VCA & Mixer Eurorack Module! NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£132.78
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Bubblesound VCA4P 4 Channel VCA & Mixer Eurorack Module! NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Seller: eBay

WMD GEIGER COUNTER DIGITAL DISTRUCTION EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE

WMD GEIGER COUNTER DIGITAL DISTRUCTION EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE
Current price:
£168.95
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WMD GEIGER COUNTER DIGITAL DISTRUCTION EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE
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DinSync SARA VCF Dual Core Filter Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

DinSync SARA VCF Dual Core Filter Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£185.89
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DinSync SARA VCF Dual Core Filter Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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novation Bass Station Analog Synthesizer Keyborad World Ship

novation Bass Station Analog Synthesizer Keyborad World Ship
Current price:
£171.13
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novation Bass Station Analog Synthesizer Keyborad World Ship
Seller: eBay

KORG M3R Rack Synthesizer Sequencer Workstation M3-R World Ship

KORG M3R Rack Synthesizer Sequencer Workstation M3-R World Ship
Current price:
£76.71
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KORG M3R Rack Synthesizer Sequencer Workstation M3-R World Ship
Seller: eBay

FLAME C-3 C3 KNOB RECORDER MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

FLAME C-3 C3 KNOB RECORDER MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
Current price:
£152.33
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FLAME C-3 C3 KNOB RECORDER MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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Novation MiniNova Analog Modeling Synthesizer with VocalTune & Vocoder Effects

Novation MiniNova Analog Modeling Synthesizer with VocalTune & Vocoder Effects
Current price:
£295.06
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Novation MiniNova Analog Modeling Synthesizer with VocalTune & Vocoder Effects
Seller: eBay

Novation MiniNova Modeling Synthesizer w/ VocalTune & Vocoder FX Used W/Box

Novation MiniNova Modeling Synthesizer w/ VocalTune & Vocoder FX Used W/Box
Current price:
£218.34
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Novation MiniNova Modeling Synthesizer w/ VocalTune & Vocoder FX Used W/Box
Seller: eBay

Yamaha Motif Sound Samples Wav Fl Studio Reasons Logic Alai Mpc

Yamaha Motif  Sound Samples Wav Fl Studio Reasons Logic Alai Mpc
Current price:
£2.95
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Yamaha Motif  Sound Samples Wav Fl Studio Reasons Logic Alai Mpc
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KORG KAOSSILATOR 2 KAOSS PAD CONTROL PHRASE SYNTHESIZER+MINI SPEAKER AMP/

KORG KAOSSILATOR 2 KAOSS PAD CONTROL PHRASE SYNTHESIZER+MINI SPEAKER AMP/
Current price:
£99.15
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KORG KAOSSILATOR 2 KAOSS PAD CONTROL PHRASE SYNTHESIZER+MINI SPEAKER AMP/
Seller: eBay
 

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