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 M1 DAC Board KLM1261 - Fully Working (part for M1 Synthesizer )

Korg M1 DAC Board KLM1261 - Fully Working (part for M1 Synthesizer )
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Korg M1 DAC Board KLM1261 - Fully Working (part for M1 Synthesizer )
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ROLAND SUPER JV-1080 JV1080 64-VOICE SOUND SYNTH SYNTHESIZER 4 EXPANSION MODULE

ROLAND SUPER JV-1080 JV1080 64-VOICE SOUND SYNTH SYNTHESIZER 4 EXPANSION MODULE
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ROLAND SUPER JV-1080 JV1080 64-VOICE SOUND SYNTH SYNTHESIZER 4 EXPANSION MODULE
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STG Soundlabs Active Multiples Mult 5U 1/4" MU Moog Synthesizers.Com Synthesis

STG Soundlabs Active Multiples Mult 5U 1/4
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£131.07
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STG Soundlabs Active Multiples Mult 5U 1/4
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Moon Modular 511AC Quad Voltage Controlled Gate Delay 1/4" MU 5U CV Gate Moog

Moon Modular 511AC Quad Voltage Controlled Gate Delay 1/4
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£184.84
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Moon Modular 511AC Quad Voltage Controlled Gate Delay 1/4
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4ms Atoner Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

4ms Atoner Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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£184.84
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4ms Atoner Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Moon Modular 506 Voltage Controlled Modifier Filter VCF VCA 1/4" MU 5U Moog

Moon Modular 506 Voltage Controlled Modifier Filter VCF VCA 1/4
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£268.18
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Moon Modular 506 Voltage Controlled Modifier Filter VCF VCA 1/4
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GRAYSCALE ALGORHYTHM 8-STEP PULSE SEQUENCER MODULAR SYNTHESIZER EURORACK MODULE

GRAYSCALE ALGORHYTHM 8-STEP PULSE SEQUENCER MODULAR SYNTHESIZER EURORACK MODULE
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£166.32
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GRAYSCALE ALGORHYTHM 8-STEP PULSE SEQUENCER MODULAR SYNTHESIZER EURORACK MODULE
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STYLOPHONE 350S ANALOG SYNTH SYNTHESIZER IN NEAR NOS CONDITION RARE 70'S GEMS!!

STYLOPHONE 350S ANALOG SYNTH SYNTHESIZER IN NEAR NOS CONDITION RARE 70'S GEMS!!
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STYLOPHONE 350S ANALOG SYNTH SYNTHESIZER IN NEAR NOS CONDITION RARE 70'S GEMS!!
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Gotharman PitchShaper Granular Pitch Mangler! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Gotharman PitchShaper Granular Pitch Mangler! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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£241.36
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Gotharman PitchShaper Granular Pitch Mangler! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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GRAYSCALE BINARY GATE/TRIG COMBINER/CONVERT MODULAR SYNTHESIZER EURORACK MODULE

GRAYSCALE BINARY GATE/TRIG COMBINER/CONVERT MODULAR SYNTHESIZER EURORACK MODULE
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£77.74
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GRAYSCALE BINARY GATE/TRIG COMBINER/CONVERT MODULAR SYNTHESIZER EURORACK MODULE
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Roland Fantom XA + SUSTAIN PEDAL+Midi Cable + EXTRAS+Excellent + FAST WORLD SHIP

Roland Fantom XA + SUSTAIN PEDAL+Midi Cable + EXTRAS+Excellent + FAST WORLD SHIP
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£604.91
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Roland Fantom XA + SUSTAIN PEDAL+Midi Cable + EXTRAS+Excellent + FAST WORLD SHIP
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WMD Multimode VCA Module! EURORACK MODULAR! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

WMD Multimode VCA Module! EURORACK MODULAR! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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£153.92
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WMD Multimode VCA Module! EURORACK MODULAR! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Bubblesound cvWS Dual Wave Shaper! Eurorack! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Bubblesound cvWS Dual Wave Shaper! Eurorack! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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£87.51
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Bubblesound cvWS Dual Wave Shaper! Eurorack! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Bubblesound LvL+rm Ring Modulator! Eurorack! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Bubblesound LvL+rm Ring Modulator! Eurorack! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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£87.51
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Bubblesound LvL+rm Ring Modulator! Eurorack! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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RARE VINTAGE 1985 CASIO CZ-5000 SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD FLAGSHIP MODEL WORKING

RARE VINTAGE 1985 CASIO CZ-5000 SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD FLAGSHIP MODEL WORKING
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£201.63
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RARE VINTAGE 1985 CASIO CZ-5000 SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD FLAGSHIP MODEL WORKING
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Peavey Spectrum Bass II synthesizer (1 of 2) + Free

Peavey Spectrum Bass II synthesizer (1 of 2) + Free
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£87.37
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Peavey Spectrum Bass II synthesizer (1 of 2) + Free
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KORG i3 MODULATION, WORKING

KORG i3 MODULATION, WORKING
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KORG i3 MODULATION, WORKING
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Yamaha EX5 EX7 parts pulled from a EX7

Yamaha EX5 EX7 parts pulled from a EX7
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£671.46
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Yamaha EX5 EX7 parts pulled from a EX7
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Snazzy FX - ARDcore - Arduino Eurorack Module

Snazzy FX - ARDcore - Arduino Eurorack Module
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£221.80
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Snazzy FX - ARDcore - Arduino Eurorack Module
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WMD SYNCHRODYNE SOUND SOURCE FULL VOICE SYNTHESIZER MODULAR EURORACK MODULE

WMD SYNCHRODYNE SOUND SOURCE FULL VOICE SYNTHESIZER MODULAR EURORACK MODULE
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£301.89
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WMD SYNCHRODYNE SOUND SOURCE FULL VOICE SYNTHESIZER MODULAR EURORACK MODULE
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PITTSBURGH MODULAR CELL [48] EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER DESKTOP CASE 48 HP

PITTSBURGH MODULAR CELL [48] EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER DESKTOP CASE 48 HP
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£134.84
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PITTSBURGH MODULAR CELL [48] EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER DESKTOP CASE 48 HP
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ELBY-DESIGNS/PANTHER CGS738 MANGLER DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

ELBY-DESIGNS/PANTHER CGS738 MANGLER DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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£40.59
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ELBY-DESIGNS/PANTHER CGS738 MANGLER DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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ELBY-DESIGNS/PANTHER CGS758 DUAL UTILITY LFO DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

ELBY-DESIGNS/PANTHER CGS758 DUAL UTILITY LFO DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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£74.61
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ELBY-DESIGNS/PANTHER CGS758 DUAL UTILITY LFO DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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ELBY-DESIGNS/PANTHER CGS762 SLOPE DETECTOR DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

ELBY-DESIGNS/PANTHER CGS762 SLOPE DETECTOR DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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£42.31
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ELBY-DESIGNS/PANTHER CGS762 SLOPE DETECTOR DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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GOTHARMAN TUBAZ TUBE 12DB BANDPASS FILTER EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE

GOTHARMAN TUBAZ TUBE 12DB BANDPASS FILTER EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE
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GOTHARMAN TUBAZ TUBE 12DB BANDPASS FILTER EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE
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ELBY-DESIGNS PANTHER CGS765 TUBE VCA AMP DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

ELBY-DESIGNS PANTHER CGS765 TUBE VCA AMP DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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£84.82
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ELBY-DESIGNS PANTHER CGS765 TUBE VCA AMP DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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GOTHARMAN PITCHSHAPER GRANULAR SHAPE/WARP EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE

GOTHARMAN PITCHSHAPER GRANULAR SHAPE/WARP EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE
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£223.94
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GOTHARMAN PITCHSHAPER GRANULAR SHAPE/WARP EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE
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ELEKTRONIKA EM-141 SYNTHORGAN VENTA DRAWBAR ORGAN SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD

ELEKTRONIKA EM-141 SYNTHORGAN VENTA DRAWBAR ORGAN SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD
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ELEKTRONIKA EM-141 SYNTHORGAN VENTA DRAWBAR ORGAN SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD
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ELBY-DESIGNS/PANTHER CGS757 BI-N-TIC FILTER DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

ELBY-DESIGNS/PANTHER CGS757 BI-N-TIC FILTER DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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£119.79
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ELBY-DESIGNS/PANTHER CGS757 BI-N-TIC FILTER DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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ROLAND EG-101 49-KEY GROOVESYNTH SYNTHESIZER SAMPLER KEYBOARD GROOVE BOX mc-505

ROLAND EG-101 49-KEY GROOVESYNTH SYNTHESIZER SAMPLER KEYBOARD GROOVE BOX mc-505
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£255.10
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ROLAND EG-101 49-KEY GROOVESYNTH SYNTHESIZER SAMPLER KEYBOARD GROOVE BOX mc-505
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ROKTON UDS - RARE VINTAGE SOVIET ANALOG DRUM KIT SYNTHESIZER Ussr,Formanta,Synth

ROKTON UDS - RARE VINTAGE SOVIET ANALOG DRUM KIT SYNTHESIZER Ussr,Formanta,Synth
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ROKTON UDS - RARE VINTAGE SOVIET ANALOG DRUM KIT SYNTHESIZER Ussr,Formanta,Synth
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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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SUIKO-ST50 KOTO SYNTH Japanese instruments with exotic percussions Rare!

SUIKO-ST50 KOTO SYNTH  Japanese instruments with exotic percussions Rare!
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£402.61
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SUIKO-ST50 KOTO SYNTH  Japanese instruments with exotic percussions Rare!
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Roland D-550 LA synthesizer MIDI expander module

Roland D-550 LA synthesizer MIDI expander module
Current price:
£250.00
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Roland D-550 LA synthesizer MIDI expander module
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Roland PG-1000 Programmer for D-50 and D-550 synthesizers

Roland PG-1000 Programmer for D-50 and D-550 synthesizers
Current price:
£300.00
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Roland PG-1000 Programmer for D-50 and D-550 synthesizers
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Yamaha TX802 MIDI FM synthesizer module

Yamaha TX802 MIDI FM synthesizer module
Current price:
£200.00
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Auction
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Yamaha TX802 MIDI FM synthesizer module
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Korg Radias RD-ST Keyboard Synthesizer Stand Bargain!

Korg Radias RD-ST Keyboard Synthesizer Stand Bargain!
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£19.00
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Korg Radias RD-ST Keyboard Synthesizer Stand Bargain!
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Roland XP-10 Multitimbral Synthesizer

Roland XP-10 Multitimbral Synthesizer
Current price:
£0.99
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Auction
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Roland XP-10 Multitimbral Synthesizer
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Casio CZ5000 Synthesizer

Casio CZ5000 Synthesizer
Current price:
£37.87
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
5
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Casio CZ5000 Synthesizer
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Bleep Labs Pico Paso Stepped Tone Noise Synthesizer

Bleep Labs Pico Paso Stepped Tone Noise Synthesizer
Current price:
£28.00
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Bleep Labs Pico Paso Stepped Tone Noise Synthesizer
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Korg Microkorg Analog Modelling Synthesiser + PSU + Free 2m 1/4 jack Cable

Korg Microkorg Analog Modelling Synthesiser + PSU + Free 2m 1/4 jack Cable
Current price:
£195.00
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Korg Microkorg Analog Modelling Synthesiser + PSU + Free 2m 1/4 jack Cable
Seller: eBay

Roland Sh-1000 Vintage Synthesizer

Roland Sh-1000 Vintage Synthesizer
Current price:
£175.00
Type:
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No. of bids so far:
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Roland Sh-1000 Vintage Synthesizer
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Korg KingKorg 61 Key Analog Modeling Synthesizer

Korg KingKorg 61 Key Analog Modeling Synthesizer
Current price:
£873.77
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Korg KingKorg 61 Key Analog Modeling Synthesizer
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Cyclone Analogic TT303 Bass Bot Analog Monophonic Synthesizer & Sequencer Wit...

Cyclone Analogic TT303 Bass Bot Analog Monophonic Synthesizer & Sequencer Wit...
Current price:
£349.00
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Cyclone Analogic TT303 Bass Bot Analog Monophonic Synthesizer & Sequencer Wit...
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Rare Vermona Synthesizer with original hardcase - PRICE DROP

Rare Vermona Synthesizer with original hardcase - PRICE DROP
Current price:
£399.00
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Rare Vermona Synthesizer with original hardcase - PRICE DROP
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NEW KORG ELECTRIBE 2 Music Production Station Synthesizer w/ Adapter

NEW KORG ELECTRIBE 2 Music Production Station Synthesizer w/ Adapter
Current price:
£325.98
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NEW KORG ELECTRIBE 2 Music Production Station Synthesizer w/ Adapter
Seller: eBay

Roland Juno-6 vintage synthesiser with flight case, great condition

Roland Juno-6 vintage synthesiser with flight case, great condition
Current price:
£450.00
Type:
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No. of bids so far:
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Roland Juno-6 vintage synthesiser with flight case, great condition
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SSL 1310 Digital Delay Module Modular DOTCOM - NEW

SSL 1310 Digital Delay Module Modular DOTCOM - NEW
Current price:
£133.75
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SSL 1310 Digital Delay Module Modular DOTCOM - NEW
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SSL 1710 5-Pulser/Analog XOR Module Modular DOTCOM

SSL 1710 5-Pulser/Analog XOR Module Modular DOTCOM
Current price:
£218.44
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SSL 1710 5-Pulser/Analog XOR Module Modular DOTCOM
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KORG microKORG Synthesizer / Vocoder / MIDI Keyboard

KORG microKORG Synthesizer / Vocoder / MIDI Keyboard
Current price:
£155.00
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
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KORG microKORG Synthesizer / Vocoder / MIDI Keyboard
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SSL 1230 VC ADSR Envelope Module Modular DOTCOM - NEW

SSL 1230 VC ADSR Envelope Module Modular DOTCOM - NEW
Current price:
£208.36
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SSL 1230 VC ADSR Envelope Module Modular DOTCOM - NEW
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SSL 1250 Quad LFO Module Modular DOTCOM - NEW

SSL 1250 Quad LFO Module Modular DOTCOM - NEW
Current price:
£184.84
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SSL 1250 Quad LFO Module Modular DOTCOM - NEW
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VINTAGE ANALOGUE SYNTHESIZER ROLAND SYSTEM 100M 130 DUAL VCA MODULAR

VINTAGE ANALOGUE SYNTHESIZER ROLAND SYSTEM 100M 130 DUAL VCA MODULAR
Current price:
£537.71
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VINTAGE ANALOGUE SYNTHESIZER ROLAND SYSTEM 100M 130 DUAL VCA MODULAR
Seller: eBay

Roland SH-201 Synthesizer

Roland SH-201 Synthesizer
Current price:
£151.06
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
15
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Roland SH-201 Synthesizer
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Roland SC-55K Synthesizer Module with 2 mic inputs echo SOUND CANVAS USED

Roland SC-55K Synthesizer Module with 2 mic inputs echo SOUND CANVAS USED
Current price:
£45.71
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Roland SC-55K Synthesizer Module with 2 mic inputs echo SOUND CANVAS USED
Seller: eBay

Roland E86 Synthesiser Keyboard

Roland E86 Synthesiser Keyboard
Current price:
£14.99
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
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Roland E86 Synthesiser Keyboard
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Dave Smith DSM01 Curtis Filter Brand New

Dave Smith DSM01 Curtis Filter Brand New
Current price:
£120.31
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Dave Smith DSM01 Curtis Filter Brand New
Seller: eBay

☆ BEAUTIFUL Original Vintage ROLAND VP-330 Analogue String/Vocoder Synthesiser!☆

☆ BEAUTIFUL Original Vintage ROLAND VP-330 Analogue String/Vocoder Synthesiser!☆
Current price:
£2,495.00
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☆ BEAUTIFUL Original Vintage ROLAND VP-330 Analogue String/Vocoder Synthesiser!☆
Seller: eBay

Roland SC-55mk2 SC55 MKII SOUND CANVAS Synthesizer Module GM GS USED

Roland SC-55mk2 SC55 MKII SOUND CANVAS Synthesizer Module GM GS USED
Current price:
£38.98
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Roland SC-55mk2 SC55 MKII SOUND CANVAS Synthesizer Module GM GS USED
Seller: eBay

Monorocket 90HP Eurorack Modular Synthesizer case Doepfer Make Noise mini power

Monorocket 90HP Eurorack Modular Synthesizer case Doepfer Make Noise mini power
Current price:
£238.00
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Monorocket 90HP Eurorack Modular Synthesizer case Doepfer Make Noise mini power
Seller: eBay
 

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