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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ROLAND JX-1 SYNTHESISER KEYBOARD RARE VINTAGE EXCELLENT CONDITION

ROLAND JX-1 SYNTHESISER KEYBOARD RARE VINTAGE EXCELLENT CONDITION
Current price:
£198.00
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ROLAND JX-1 SYNTHESISER KEYBOARD RARE VINTAGE EXCELLENT CONDITION
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Korg Monotron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer Pocket Hand Held

Korg Monotron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer Pocket Hand Held
Current price:
£20.00
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Korg Monotron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer Pocket Hand Held
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MOOG THE SOURCE ANALOG MONOPHONIC SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD - SERVICED 240V

MOOG THE SOURCE ANALOG MONOPHONIC SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD - SERVICED 240V
Current price:
£1,211.07
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MOOG THE SOURCE ANALOG MONOPHONIC SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD - SERVICED 240V
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Korg microKorg synthesizer with manual (no box)

Korg microKorg synthesizer with manual (no box)
Current price:
£112.00
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Korg microKorg synthesizer with manual (no box)
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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
Current price:
£267.90
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ROKTON UDS - RARE VINTAGE SOVIET ANALOG DRUM SYNTHESIZER Ussr,Formanta,Synth
Seller: eBay

MFB VCA CLASSIC AMPLIFIER EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE M.F.B.

MFB VCA CLASSIC AMPLIFIER EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE M.F.B.
Current price:
£66.06
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MFB VCA CLASSIC AMPLIFIER EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE M.F.B.
Seller: eBay

KORG monotron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer

KORG monotron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer
Current price:
£39.99
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KORG monotron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer
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Yamaha DX21 synthesizer. Dual voice, frequency modulation, vintage retro (1986)

Yamaha DX21 synthesizer. Dual voice, frequency modulation, vintage retro (1986)
Current price:
£43.00
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Yamaha DX21 synthesizer. Dual voice, frequency modulation, vintage retro (1986)
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KORG EXB-PCM09 Trance Attack / Triton / Karma

KORG  EXB-PCM09 Trance Attack / Triton / Karma
Current price:
£52.17
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KORG  EXB-PCM09 Trance Attack / Triton / Karma
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ROLAND RS09 VINTAGE JAPANESE SYNTHESIZER ANALOG STRING ORGAN SYNTH

ROLAND RS09 VINTAGE JAPANESE SYNTHESIZER ANALOG STRING ORGAN SYNTH
Current price:
£164.14
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ROLAND RS09 VINTAGE JAPANESE SYNTHESIZER ANALOG STRING ORGAN SYNTH
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Korg X5d Synthesizer In Very Good Condition . Location London

Korg X5d Synthesizer In Very Good Condition . Location London
Current price:
£219.99
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Korg X5d Synthesizer In Very Good Condition . Location London
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Yamaha CS-30 vintage analog synthesizer.

Yamaha CS-30 vintage analog synthesizer.
Current price:
£1,150.00
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Yamaha CS-30 vintage analog synthesizer.
Seller: eBay

Korg Monotribe Analogue Ribbon Station Synthesizer

Korg Monotribe Analogue Ribbon Station Synthesizer
Current price:
£139.00
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Korg Monotribe Analogue Ribbon Station Synthesizer
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Novation Nova Desktop Synthesizer and Vocoder

Novation Nova Desktop Synthesizer and Vocoder
Current price:
£220.00
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Novation Nova Desktop Synthesizer and Vocoder
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Novation Ultranova Synthesizer

Novation Ultranova Synthesizer
Current price:
£285.00
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Novation Ultranova Synthesizer
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Korg MS-20 Mini Monophonic Synthesizer (NEW)

Korg MS-20 Mini Monophonic Synthesizer (NEW)
Current price:
£469.00
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Korg MS-20 Mini Monophonic Synthesizer (NEW)
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Quasimidi Raven MAX Vintage Synth ( Access Virus Waldorf Synthesiser Interest )

Quasimidi Raven MAX Vintage Synth ( Access Virus Waldorf Synthesiser Interest )
Current price:
£410.00
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Quasimidi Raven MAX Vintage Synth ( Access Virus Waldorf Synthesiser Interest )
Seller: eBay

TESTED! Omnichord system 200m om-200m case suzuki Synthesizer

TESTED! Omnichord system 200m om-200m case suzuki Synthesizer
Current price:
£172.93
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TESTED! Omnichord system 200m om-200m case suzuki Synthesizer
Seller: eBay

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Desktop Synthesizer Module

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Desktop Synthesizer Module
Current price:
£267.25
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Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Desktop Synthesizer Module
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

Expert Sleepers ESX-8CV (ES-4 / ES-40 / ES-5 CV Expander) : NEW : AUTH DEALER

Expert Sleepers ESX-8CV (ES-4 / ES-40 / ES-5 CV Expander) : NEW : AUTH DEALER
Current price:
£102.59
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Expert Sleepers ESX-8CV (ES-4 / ES-40 / ES-5 CV Expander) : NEW : AUTH DEALER
Seller: eBay

Moog Minitaur Rev 2 Analog Bass Synthesizer

Moog Minitaur Rev 2 Analog Bass Synthesizer
Current price:
£360.00
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Moog Minitaur Rev 2 Analog Bass Synthesizer
Seller: eBay

Korg Wavestation SR Soundcard Set DANCE **Mint Condition**

Korg Wavestation SR Soundcard Set DANCE  **Mint Condition**
Current price:
£87.35
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Korg Wavestation SR Soundcard Set DANCE  **Mint Condition**
Seller: eBay

E-MU Emulator PROTEUS FX Synthesizer Version 4 Rack Sound Module

E-MU Emulator PROTEUS FX Synthesizer Version 4 Rack Sound Module
Current price:
£164.11
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E-MU Emulator PROTEUS FX Synthesizer Version 4 Rack Sound Module
Seller: eBay

Roland SH-01 SH01 SH 01 GAIA Synth Synthesizer TRANCE DANCE PSYTRANCE MINT

Roland SH-01 SH01 SH 01 GAIA Synth Synthesizer TRANCE DANCE PSYTRANCE MINT
Current price:
£280.18
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Roland SH-01 SH01 SH 01 GAIA Synth Synthesizer TRANCE DANCE PSYTRANCE MINT
Seller: eBay

Roland JP-8000 Analog Digital Modeling Synthesizer JP8000 Synth

Roland JP-8000 Analog Digital Modeling Synthesizer JP8000 Synth
Current price:
£393.91
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Roland JP-8000 Analog Digital Modeling Synthesizer JP8000 Synth
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Manikin Electronic Vintage Collection 4 CD for Mellotron

Manikin Electronic Vintage Collection 4 CD for Mellotron
Current price:
£58.04
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Manikin Electronic Vintage Collection 4 CD for Mellotron
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Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Synthesizer Keyboard

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Synthesizer Keyboard
Current price:
£497.70
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Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Synthesizer Keyboard
Seller: eBay

Signal Arts Tetra Maps Table Top Sequencer - CV/Gate, Midi & OSC

Signal Arts Tetra Maps Table Top Sequencer - CV/Gate, Midi & OSC
Current price:
£573.91
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Signal Arts Tetra Maps Table Top Sequencer - CV/Gate, Midi & OSC
Seller: eBay

Malekko / Wiard Boogie Filter Eurorack Module

Malekko / Wiard Boogie Filter Eurorack Module
Current price:
£131.90
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Malekko / Wiard Boogie Filter Eurorack Module
Seller: eBay

Doepfer A-135-1 Voltage Controlled Mixer / Quad VC - Eurorack Synthesizer Module

Doepfer A-135-1 Voltage Controlled Mixer / Quad VC - Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Current price:
£111.38
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0d 8h 26m
Doepfer A-135-1 Voltage Controlled Mixer / Quad VC - Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Seller: eBay

1973 EDGAR WINTER FREE RIDE ARP 2600 SYNTHESIZER AD

1973 EDGAR WINTER FREE RIDE ARP 2600 SYNTHESIZER AD
Current price:
£5.86
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1973 EDGAR WINTER FREE RIDE ARP 2600 SYNTHESIZER AD
Seller: eBay

WEM Nightshade Synthesizer 2 Octave Keyboard Bed. Analogue Synthesizer. Watkins.

WEM Nightshade Synthesizer 2 Octave Keyboard Bed. Analogue Synthesizer. Watkins.
Current price:
£25.00
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WEM Nightshade Synthesizer 2 Octave Keyboard Bed. Analogue Synthesizer. Watkins.
Seller: eBay

Novation Ultranova Synthesizer

Novation Ultranova Synthesizer
Current price:
£206.00
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
20
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Novation Ultranova Synthesizer
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Spectral Audio ProTone analog Synthesizer VERY RARE!

Spectral Audio ProTone analog Synthesizer VERY RARE!
Current price:
£295.00
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Spectral Audio ProTone analog Synthesizer VERY RARE!
Seller: eBay

Yamaha SY85 keyboard synthesiser

Yamaha SY85 keyboard synthesiser
Current price:
£50.00
Type:
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Yamaha SY85 keyboard synthesiser
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Doepfer A-114 Dual Ring Modulator - Eurorack Synthesizer Module

Doepfer A-114 Dual Ring Modulator - Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Current price:
£58.04
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Doepfer A-114 Dual Ring Modulator - Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Seller: eBay

Doepfer A-171-2 Voltage Controlled Slew Processor - Eurorack Synthesizer Module

Doepfer A-171-2 Voltage Controlled Slew Processor - Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Current price:
£105.52
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0d 8h 48m
Doepfer A-171-2 Voltage Controlled Slew Processor - Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Seller: eBay

Moog minimoog voyager OLD SCHOOL Synthesiser in UK

Moog minimoog voyager OLD SCHOOL Synthesiser in UK
Current price:
£1,700.00
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
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Moog minimoog voyager OLD SCHOOL Synthesiser in UK
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E-MU Mo'Phatt Sound Samples & Free Vst Plugin /Kontakt/ Logic Exs24

E-MU Mo'Phatt  Sound Samples & Free Vst Plugin /Kontakt/ Logic Exs24
Current price:
£2.93
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E-MU Mo'Phatt  Sound Samples & Free Vst Plugin /Kontakt/ Logic Exs24
Seller: eBay

Bubblesound SeM20 2 Pole Filter! Eurorack! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Bubblesound SeM20 2 Pole Filter! Eurorack! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£116.66
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Bubblesound SeM20 2 Pole Filter! Eurorack! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Seller: eBay

Roland GAIA SH01 Keyboard Synth Synthesizer

Roland GAIA SH01 Keyboard Synth Synthesizer
Current price:
£285.00
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
3
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0d 9h 31m
Roland GAIA SH01 Keyboard Synth Synthesizer
Seller: eBay

Akai AX80 Analog Synth in mint condition! ABSOLUTLEY STUNNING!!!

Akai AX80 Analog Synth in mint condition! ABSOLUTLEY STUNNING!!!
Current price:
£630.18
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Akai AX80 Analog Synth in mint condition! ABSOLUTLEY STUNNING!!!
Seller: eBay

Roland JV-1010 Voice Synthesizer Module | w/Power Supply, Great Condition

Roland JV-1010 Voice Synthesizer Module | w/Power Supply, Great Condition
Current price:
£120.17
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0d 9h 54m
Roland JV-1010 Voice Synthesizer Module | w/Power Supply, Great Condition
Seller: eBay

JEN SX1000 ANALOGUE SYNTHESISER

JEN SX1000 ANALOGUE SYNTHESISER
Current price:
£102.00
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
10
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JEN SX1000 ANALOGUE SYNTHESISER
Seller: eBay

Synthetic Sound Labs 1610 V Gates V-Gates MU Module! NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Synthetic Sound Labs 1610 V Gates V-Gates MU Module! NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£175.28
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Synthetic Sound Labs 1610 V Gates V-Gates MU Module! NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Seller: eBay

Roland VG-8 V Guitar Synthesizer Multi-Effect System w/ GK-2 Guitar Synth Pickup

Roland VG-8 V Guitar Synthesizer Multi-Effect System w/ GK-2 Guitar Synth Pickup
Current price:
£140.62
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Roland VG-8 V Guitar Synthesizer Multi-Effect System w/ GK-2 Guitar Synth Pickup
Seller: eBay

Roland JX-3P Vintage Synth / Synthesizer Keyboard - 1980s

Roland JX-3P Vintage Synth / Synthesizer Keyboard - 1980s
Current price:
£500.00
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Roland JX-3P Vintage Synth / Synthesizer Keyboard - 1980s
Seller: eBay

Synthetic Sound Labs V-Gates Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Synthetic Sound Labs V-Gates Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£146.55
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Synthetic Sound Labs V-Gates Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Seller: eBay

Synthetic Sound Labs 1310 Digital Delay MU Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Synthetic Sound Labs 1310 Digital Delay MU Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£137.76
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Synthetic Sound Labs 1310 Digital Delay MU Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Seller: eBay

RARE! KORG TPB-2 Expansion Board Dual Tube Preamp with Optical Compressor

RARE! KORG TPB-2 Expansion Board Dual Tube Preamp with Optical Compressor
Current price:
£409.77
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RARE! KORG TPB-2 Expansion Board Dual Tube Preamp with Optical Compressor
Seller: eBay

Roland SR-JV80-05 World Expansion Board

Roland SR-JV80-05 World Expansion Board
Current price:
£40.45
Ends in:
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Roland SR-JV80-05 World Expansion Board
Seller: eBay

Critter&Guitari Melody Mill Critter & Guitari Brand New

Critter&Guitari Melody Mill Critter & Guitari Brand New
Current price:
£211.04
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Critter&Guitari Melody Mill Critter & Guitari Brand New
Seller: eBay

Moog Music Sub Phatty Analog Synthesizer keyboard, 25-Key

Moog Music Sub Phatty Analog Synthesizer keyboard, 25-Key
Current price:
£586.21
Ends in:
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Moog Music Sub Phatty Analog Synthesizer keyboard, 25-Key
Seller: eBay

Novation Launchkey 25 - USB Midi Controller Keyboard (New, Same Day Shipping)

Novation Launchkey 25 - USB Midi Controller Keyboard (New, Same Day Shipping)
Current price:
£87.35
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Novation Launchkey 25 - USB Midi Controller Keyboard (New, Same Day Shipping)
Seller: eBay

Yamaha TG500 in MINT Condition. SY85 in a rack!

Yamaha TG500 in MINT Condition.   SY85 in a rack!
Current price:
£157.69
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Yamaha TG500 in MINT Condition.   SY85 in a rack!
Seller: eBay

YAMAHA MU80 Tone Genetator XG Sound Module World Ship

YAMAHA MU80 Tone Genetator XG Sound Module World Ship
Current price:
£67.41
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YAMAHA MU80 Tone Genetator XG Sound Module World Ship
Seller: eBay

KORG MS2000R Rack Mount Analog Modeling Synthesizer MS-2000 AS-IS World Ship

KORG MS2000R Rack Mount Analog Modeling Synthesizer MS-2000 AS-IS World Ship
Current price:
£117.24
Ends in:
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KORG MS2000R Rack Mount Analog Modeling Synthesizer MS-2000 AS-IS World Ship
Seller: eBay

Hammond SK-1 73 key syntheiser, NEW from authorized dealer

Hammond SK-1 73 key syntheiser, NEW from authorized dealer
Current price:
£1,403.99
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Hammond SK-1 73 key syntheiser, NEW from authorized dealer
Seller: eBay

MINT NORD LEAD 4 RACK

MINT NORD LEAD 4 RACK
Current price:
£878.74
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MINT NORD LEAD 4 RACK
Seller: eBay
 

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