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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New Korg MicroKORG XL+ Plus Synthesizer/Vocoder

New Korg MicroKORG XL+ Plus Synthesizer/Vocoder
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£339.00
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New Korg MicroKORG XL+ Plus Synthesizer/Vocoder
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j3rk ultraflop sequencer, pcb only

j3rk ultraflop sequencer, pcb only
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j3rk ultraflop sequencer, pcb only
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j3rk mirror core vco, kit, euro, 36hp

j3rk mirror core vco, kit, euro,  36hp
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j3rk mirror core vco, kit, euro,  36hp
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Arturia MiniBrute SE Mini BruteSE 25-key analog Monophonic Synthesizer Ltd Ed

Arturia MiniBrute SE Mini BruteSE 25-key analog Monophonic Synthesizer Ltd Ed
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£338.65
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Arturia MiniBrute SE Mini BruteSE 25-key analog Monophonic Synthesizer Ltd Ed
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Vintage Wavemakers Modular Systems kb 258 Rare Modular Synth Mixer #2

Vintage Wavemakers Modular Systems kb 258 Rare Modular Synth Mixer #2
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£277.58
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Vintage Wavemakers Modular Systems kb 258 Rare Modular Synth Mixer #2
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XLPC PHOTO THEREMIN - BABY HEAD - ANALOG ELECTRONIC SYNTH EFFECTS

XLPC PHOTO THEREMIN - BABY HEAD - ANALOG ELECTRONIC SYNTH EFFECTS
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XLPC PHOTO THEREMIN - BABY HEAD - ANALOG ELECTRONIC SYNTH EFFECTS
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Moon Modular 569 QSVS Analog Sequencer for 1/4" / MU - Moog, DotCom

Moon Modular 569 QSVS Analog Sequencer for 1/4
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£1,110.32
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Moon Modular 569 QSVS Analog Sequencer for 1/4
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Vermona Retroverb Lancet - Tabletop Reverb/Multi Effects Unit - New Release!

Vermona Retroverb Lancet - Tabletop Reverb/Multi Effects Unit - New Release!
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£381.83
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Vermona Retroverb Lancet - Tabletop Reverb/Multi Effects Unit - New Release!
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j3rk splicer, pcb

j3rk splicer, pcb
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£9.87
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j3rk splicer, pcb
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Manhattan Analog CVP Eurorack Module Eurorack Module

Manhattan Analog CVP Eurorack Module Eurorack Module
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£52.43
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Manhattan Analog CVP Eurorack Module Eurorack Module
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Manhattan Analog MA35 VCF/VCA Eurorack Synthesizer Module

Manhattan Analog MA35 VCF/VCA Eurorack Synthesizer Module
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£123.37
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Manhattan Analog MA35 VCF/VCA Eurorack Synthesizer Module
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Manhattan Analog Manual Voltage Processor Eurorack Module

Manhattan Analog Manual Voltage Processor Eurorack Module
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£120.28
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Manhattan Analog Manual Voltage Processor Eurorack Module
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Manhattan Analog 4X4X4 Eurorack Synthesizer Module

Manhattan Analog 4X4X4 Eurorack Synthesizer Module
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£37.01
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Manhattan Analog 4X4X4 Eurorack Synthesizer Module
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Clavia Nord Lead 3 Virtual Analog Synth Synthesizer!

Clavia Nord Lead 3 Virtual Analog Synth Synthesizer!
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£858.11
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Clavia Nord Lead 3 Virtual Analog Synth Synthesizer!
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ROLAND GR1 GUITAR SYNTHESIZER SYNTH W/POWER SUPPLY MULTI EFFECT PEDAL FREE S

ROLAND GR1 GUITAR SYNTHESIZER SYNTH W/POWER SUPPLY MULTI EFFECT PEDAL FREE S
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£154.21
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ROLAND GR1 GUITAR SYNTHESIZER SYNTH W/POWER SUPPLY MULTI EFFECT PEDAL FREE S
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Moog Little Phatty Stage II Monophonic Analog Synthesizer

Moog Little Phatty Stage II Monophonic Analog Synthesizer
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£860.50
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Moog Little Phatty Stage II Monophonic Analog Synthesizer
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Alesis D4 Drum and Percussion Sound Module

Alesis D4 Drum and Percussion Sound Module
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£120.28
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Alesis D4 Drum and Percussion Sound Module
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Korg MS20 mini Monophonic Synthesizer

Korg MS20 mini Monophonic Synthesizer
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£360.00
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Korg MS20 mini Monophonic Synthesizer
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KURZWEIL K2000 V2 61-KEY POLYPHONIC SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD W/ FREE SHIP

KURZWEIL K2000 V2 61-KEY POLYPHONIC SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD W/ FREE SHIP
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£416.37
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KURZWEIL K2000 V2 61-KEY POLYPHONIC SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD W/ FREE SHIP
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Vintage Wavemakers Modular Systems kb 258 Rare Modular Synth Mixer unit #1

Vintage Wavemakers Modular Systems kb 258 Rare Modular Synth Mixer unit #1
Current price:
£246.74
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Vintage Wavemakers Modular Systems kb 258 Rare Modular Synth Mixer unit #1
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Arturia MiniBrute SE Analog Mono Synth Synthesizer New

Arturia MiniBrute SE Analog Mono Synth Synthesizer New
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£338.65
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Arturia MiniBrute SE Analog Mono Synth Synthesizer New
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Yamaha TX81Z eprom upgrade OS v 1.6

Yamaha TX81Z eprom upgrade OS v 1.6
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£11.10
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Yamaha TX81Z eprom upgrade OS v 1.6
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Synthrotek Atari Punk Console - Eurorack Modular Synth

Synthrotek Atari Punk Console - Eurorack Modular Synth
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£58.57
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Synthrotek Atari Punk Console - Eurorack Modular Synth
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ROLAND SRX-01 SRX01 - Dynamic Drum Kits wave Expansion Board - PRICE DROP!

ROLAND SRX-01 SRX01 - Dynamic Drum Kits wave Expansion Board  - PRICE DROP!
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£58.59
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ROLAND SRX-01 SRX01 - Dynamic Drum Kits wave Expansion Board  - PRICE DROP!
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SUIKO ST-10 Japanese Oriental KOTO SYNTH+Sequencer Very Rare

SUIKO ST-10 Japanese Oriental KOTO SYNTH+Sequencer Very Rare
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£232.55
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SUIKO ST-10 Japanese Oriental KOTO SYNTH+Sequencer Very Rare
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ARP 2600. 4027 oscillator module. Analog synthesizer.

ARP 2600. 4027 oscillator module. Analog synthesizer.
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£99.00
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ARP 2600. 4027 oscillator module. Analog synthesizer.
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Roland V-Synth Version 2.0 Worldwide shipping Like NEW 14-Day Money Back

Roland V-Synth Version 2.0 Worldwide shipping Like NEW 14-Day Money Back
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£708.76
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Roland V-Synth Version 2.0 Worldwide shipping Like NEW 14-Day Money Back
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BLUE LANTERN BIG TWERP VCF POLIVOKS FILTER MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

BLUE LANTERN BIG TWERP VCF POLIVOKS FILTER MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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£161.93
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BLUE LANTERN BIG TWERP VCF POLIVOKS FILTER MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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Korg Triton LE 61 keys workstation synthesizer/ Great condition/ Clean

Korg Triton LE 61 keys workstation synthesizer/ Great condition/ Clean
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£447.21
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Korg Triton LE 61 keys workstation synthesizer/ Great condition/ Clean
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KORG MONO / POLY VINTAGE ANALOG SYNTHESIZER MONOPOLY SYNTH FREE SHIP

KORG MONO / POLY VINTAGE ANALOG SYNTHESIZER MONOPOLY SYNTH FREE SHIP
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£1,226.07
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KORG MONO / POLY VINTAGE ANALOG SYNTHESIZER MONOPOLY SYNTH FREE SHIP
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Buchla 285e Frequency Shifter / Balanced Modulator 200e synth module ringmod

Buchla 285e Frequency Shifter / Balanced Modulator 200e synth module ringmod
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£552.08
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Buchla 285e Frequency Shifter / Balanced Modulator 200e synth module ringmod
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Power supply Assembly & Transformer for Roland D50 D-50 D 50

Power supply Assembly &  Transformer for Roland D50 D-50 D 50
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£52.43
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Power supply Assembly &  Transformer for Roland D50 D-50 D 50
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Technosaurus Microcon II Analog Synthesizer ____RARE!

Technosaurus Microcon II Analog Synthesizer  ____RARE!
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£308.42
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Technosaurus Microcon II Analog Synthesizer  ____RARE!
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Sequential Circuits - PROPHET 5 Rev 3.3 - Operation MANUAL

Sequential Circuits - PROPHET 5 Rev 3.3 - Operation MANUAL
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£46.26
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Sequential Circuits - PROPHET 5 Rev 3.3 - Operation MANUAL
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FLIGHT OF HARMONY V'AMP VCA/ENVELOPE EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODUALR MODULE

FLIGHT OF HARMONY V'AMP VCA/ENVELOPE EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODUALR MODULE
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£83.66
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FLIGHT OF HARMONY V'AMP VCA/ENVELOPE EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODUALR MODULE
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YAMAHA DX7 DX-7 VINTAGE SYNTHESIZER WITH EXTRA MEMORY

YAMAHA DX7 DX-7 VINTAGE SYNTHESIZER WITH EXTRA MEMORY
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£215.90
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YAMAHA DX7 DX-7 VINTAGE SYNTHESIZER WITH EXTRA MEMORY
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MOOG PRODIGY ANALOGUE SYNTHESISER

MOOG PRODIGY ANALOGUE SYNTHESISER
Current price:
£700.00
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MOOG PRODIGY ANALOGUE SYNTHESISER
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Arturia Minibrute SE Analog Synthesizer! B STOCK! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Arturia Minibrute SE Analog Synthesizer! B STOCK! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£277.57
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Arturia Minibrute SE Analog Synthesizer! B STOCK! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Mutable Instruments Shruthi 1 Kit Synthesizer (KIT REQUIRES SKILLED SOLDERING...

Mutable Instruments Shruthi 1 Kit Synthesizer (KIT REQUIRES SKILLED SOLDERING...
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£179.99
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Mutable Instruments Shruthi 1 Kit Synthesizer (KIT REQUIRES SKILLED SOLDERING...
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Waldorf Streichfett String Synthesizer With The Waldorf Edition LE Version So...

Waldorf Streichfett String Synthesizer With The Waldorf Edition LE Version So...
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£199.00
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Waldorf Streichfett String Synthesizer With The Waldorf Edition LE Version So...
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Buchla 255 Control Voltage Processor - 200 series RARE modular synth module

Buchla 255 Control Voltage Processor - 200 series RARE modular synth module
Current price:
£675.45
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Buchla 255 Control Voltage Processor - 200 series RARE modular synth module
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3.5mm jack, hi quality LJE0352-4R inc nut, 50 pcs

3.5mm jack, hi quality LJE0352-4R inc nut, 50 pcs
Current price:
£24.06
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3.5mm jack, hi quality LJE0352-4R inc nut, 50 pcs
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Sequential Circuits - PROPHET 5 - Rev 2 - TECHNICAL MANUAL - RARE

Sequential Circuits - PROPHET 5 - Rev 2 - TECHNICAL MANUAL - RARE
Current price:
£77.11
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Sequential Circuits - PROPHET 5 - Rev 2 - TECHNICAL MANUAL - RARE
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Rainbow Turing Machine Eurorack Module with new Bytes expander

Rainbow Turing Machine Eurorack Module with new Bytes expander
Current price:
£323.84
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Rainbow Turing Machine Eurorack Module with new Bytes expander
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3.5mm jack, hi quality LJE0352-4R inc nut, 100 pcs

3.5mm jack, hi quality LJE0352-4R inc nut, 100 pcs
Current price:
£37.01
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3.5mm jack, hi quality LJE0352-4R inc nut, 100 pcs
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AKAI AX 73 MIDI Analog Synthesizer Keyboard

AKAI AX 73 MIDI Analog Synthesizer Keyboard
Current price:
£545.91
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AKAI AX 73 MIDI Analog Synthesizer Keyboard
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3.5mm jack, hi quality LJE0352-4R inc nut, 10 pcs

3.5mm jack, hi quality LJE0352-4R inc nut, 10 pcs
Current price:
£5.55
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3.5mm jack, hi quality LJE0352-4R inc nut, 10 pcs
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Moog Taurus 2 Vintage Analog Bass, pedal board Synthesizer Mk II *REDUCED*

Moog Taurus 2 Vintage Analog Bass, pedal board Synthesizer Mk II *REDUCED*
Current price:
£1,880.00
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Moog Taurus 2 Vintage Analog Bass, pedal board Synthesizer Mk II *REDUCED*
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Moog Taurus 13-note Vintage Analog Bass, Organ-style pedal board Synthesizer Mk1

Moog Taurus 13-note Vintage Analog Bass, Organ-style pedal board Synthesizer Mk1
Current price:
£2,500.00
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Moog Taurus 13-note Vintage Analog Bass, Organ-style pedal board Synthesizer Mk1
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Moog Prodigy Synthesizer - Vintage Analogue Analog Synth

Moog Prodigy Synthesizer - Vintage Analogue Analog Synth
Current price:
£85.00
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Moog Prodigy Synthesizer - Vintage Analogue Analog Synth
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Roland SN-U110-6 PCM DATA ROM U-110 U110 Orchestral Wind new original package

Roland SN-U110-6  PCM DATA ROM U-110 U110 Orchestral Wind  new original package
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£30.84
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Roland SN-U110-6  PCM DATA ROM U-110 U110 Orchestral Wind  new original package
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RARE RED VINTAGE ROLAND SH-101 ULTIMATE ANALOGUE BASS SYNTHESISER SH101 CLASSSIC

RARE RED VINTAGE ROLAND SH-101 ULTIMATE ANALOGUE BASS SYNTHESISER SH101 CLASSSIC
Current price:
£1,115.00
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RARE RED VINTAGE ROLAND SH-101 ULTIMATE ANALOGUE BASS SYNTHESISER SH101 CLASSSIC
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surges tabula rasa, pcb

surges tabula rasa, pcb
Current price:
£33.93
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surges tabula rasa, pcb
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Pittsburgh Modular LFO2 : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]

Pittsburgh Modular LFO2 : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
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£54.90
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Pittsburgh Modular LFO2 : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
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super' phraser ph01II, assembled, euro, 6hp

super' phraser ph01II, assembled, euro, 6hp
Current price:
£97.46
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super' phraser ph01II, assembled, euro, 6hp
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MacBeth Studio Systems Micromac D Analogue Synthesizer

MacBeth Studio Systems Micromac D Analogue Synthesizer
Current price:
£1,779.00
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MacBeth Studio Systems Micromac D Analogue Synthesizer
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Kurzweil MEMORY 64MB for K2000/K2000R or K2500/K2500R (rev A-J)

Kurzweil MEMORY 64MB for K2000/K2000R or K2500/K2500R (rev A-J)
Current price:
£23.13
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Kurzweil MEMORY 64MB for K2000/K2000R or K2500/K2500R (rev A-J)
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SYNTHESIS TECHNOLOGY E580 RESAMPLING MINI DELAY : BRAND NEW : AUTH DEALER

SYNTHESIS TECHNOLOGY E580 RESAMPLING MINI DELAY : BRAND NEW : AUTH DEALER
Current price:
£184.44
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SYNTHESIS TECHNOLOGY E580 RESAMPLING MINI DELAY : BRAND NEW : AUTH DEALER
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turing machine+expanders pcb bundle

turing machine+expanders pcb bundle
Current price:
£27.14
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turing machine+expanders pcb bundle
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Yamaha MX61 Synthesizer 1000 Motif XS sounds

Yamaha MX61 Synthesizer 1000 Motif XS sounds
Current price:
£431.79
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Yamaha MX61 Synthesizer 1000 Motif XS sounds
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