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 JUNO-Gi Synthesiser / keyboard

Roland JUNO-Gi Synthesiser / keyboard
Current price:
£540.00
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YAMAHA ED10 ANALOG SYNTHESIZER DRUM PAD FULLY CHECKED WORKING PERFECTLY

YAMAHA ED10 ANALOG SYNTHESIZER DRUM PAD FULLY CHECKED WORKING PERFECTLY
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£75.00
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YAMAHA ED10 ANALOG SYNTHESIZER DRUM PAD FULLY CHECKED WORKING PERFECTLY
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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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Oberheim Xpander Synthesizer

Oberheim Xpander Synthesizer
Current price:
£1,700.00
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Oberheim Xpander Synthesizer
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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
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£23.47
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3.5mm jack, hi quality LJE0352-4R inc nut, 50 pcs
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Korg Micro Korg Synthesizer / Vocoder Perfect Condition

Korg Micro Korg Synthesizer / Vocoder Perfect Condition
Current price:
£166.05
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Korg Micro Korg Synthesizer / Vocoder Perfect Condition
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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
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£5.42
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3.5mm jack, hi quality LJE0352-4R inc nut, 10 pcs
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surges tabula rasa, pcb

surges tabula rasa, pcb
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£33.10
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surges tabula rasa, pcb
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Roland SH 32 Synthesiser

Roland SH 32 Synthesiser
Current price:
£295.00
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Roland SH 32 Synthesiser
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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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£30.09
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Roland SN-U110-6  PCM DATA ROM U-110 U110 Orchestral Wind  new original package
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super' phraser ph01II, assembled, euro, 6hp

super' phraser ph01II, assembled, euro, 6hp
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£95.10
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super' phraser ph01II, assembled, euro, 6hp
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turing machine+expanders pcb bundle

turing machine+expanders pcb bundle
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£26.48
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turing machine+expanders pcb bundle
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SYNTHESIS TECHNOLOGY E580 RESAMPLING MINI DELAY : BRAND NEW : AUTH DEALER

SYNTHESIS TECHNOLOGY E580 RESAMPLING MINI DELAY : BRAND NEW : AUTH DEALER
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£179.96
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SYNTHESIS TECHNOLOGY E580 RESAMPLING MINI DELAY : BRAND NEW : AUTH DEALER
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SDIY motm mounting bracket- 4 pot, aluminum

SDIY motm mounting bracket- 4 pot, aluminum
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£4.82
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SDIY motm mounting bracket- 4 pot, aluminum
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Emu MoPhatt Mo'Phatt Mo Phatt Module

Emu MoPhatt Mo'Phatt Mo Phatt Module
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£87.27
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Emu MoPhatt Mo'Phatt Mo Phatt Module
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Vintage Synthesizer Firstman keyboard FP-888 Japan

Vintage Synthesizer Firstman keyboard FP-888 Japan
Current price:
£330.43
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Vintage Synthesizer Firstman keyboard FP-888 Japan
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Roland RS09 analogue synthesiser in outstanding condition

Roland RS09 analogue synthesiser in outstanding condition
Current price:
£349.00
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Roland RS09 analogue synthesiser in outstanding condition
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Korg Kaossilator Dynamic Phrase Synthesiser

Korg Kaossilator Dynamic Phrase Synthesiser
Current price:
£50.00
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Korg Kaossilator Dynamic Phrase Synthesiser
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Death By Audio Robot - 8 bit Pitch Transposer Pedal

Death By Audio Robot - 8 bit Pitch Transposer Pedal
Current price:
£173.34
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Death By Audio Robot - 8 bit Pitch Transposer Pedal
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MFB DRUM-06 Tom Tom - Eurorack Modular Synth

MFB DRUM-06 Tom Tom - Eurorack Modular Synth
Current price:
£96.30
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MFB DRUM-06 Tom Tom - Eurorack Modular Synth
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Roland SC88PRO SC-88PRO AC100V-240V SOUND CANVAS GS GM MIDI (SC-55) Used

Roland SC88PRO SC-88PRO AC100V-240V SOUND CANVAS GS GM MIDI (SC-55) Used
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£117.36
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Roland SC88PRO SC-88PRO AC100V-240V SOUND CANVAS GS GM MIDI (SC-55) Used
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Roland XP-10 Multi Timbral Synthesiser

Roland XP-10 Multi Timbral Synthesiser
Current price:
£99.00
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Roland XP-10 Multi Timbral Synthesiser
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Korg Volca Keys Analogue Loop Synthesizer & Sequencer

Korg Volca Keys Analogue Loop Synthesizer & Sequencer
Current price:
£119.00
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Korg Volca Keys Analogue Loop Synthesizer & Sequencer
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WMD Micro Hadron Collider VCF - Eurorack Modular Synth

WMD Micro Hadron Collider VCF - Eurorack Modular Synth
Current price:
£204.04
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WMD Micro Hadron Collider VCF - Eurorack Modular Synth
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QPS2 Power Supply w/Cables - Synthesizers.com modular dotcom MU

QPS2 Power Supply w/Cables - Synthesizers.com modular dotcom MU
Current price:
£75.24
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QPS2 Power Supply w/Cables - Synthesizers.com modular dotcom MU
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WMD Multimode Envelope Expander - Eurorack Modular Synth

WMD Multimode Envelope Expander - Eurorack Modular Synth
Current price:
£59.59
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WMD Multimode Envelope Expander - Eurorack Modular Synth
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Brand New Moog Minimoog Voyager Electric Blue Synth

Brand New Moog Minimoog Voyager Electric Blue Synth
Current price:
£2,061.45
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Brand New Moog Minimoog Voyager Electric Blue Synth
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WMD Invert Offset - Eurorack Modular Synth

WMD Invert Offset - Eurorack Modular Synth
Current price:
£53.57
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WMD Invert Offset - Eurorack Modular Synth
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Arturia MiniBrute Mini Brute Analog Synthesizer

Arturia MiniBrute Mini Brute Analog Synthesizer
Current price:
£300.34
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Arturia MiniBrute Mini Brute Analog Synthesizer
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Expert Sleepers ESX-8MD MIDI Expander : Eurorack : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]

Expert Sleepers ESX-8MD MIDI Expander : Eurorack : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Current price:
£105.33
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Expert Sleepers ESX-8MD MIDI Expander : Eurorack : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
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Pittsburgh Modular Mixer eurorack modular synthesizer

Pittsburgh Modular Mixer eurorack modular synthesizer
Current price:
£10.57
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Pittsburgh Modular Mixer eurorack modular synthesizer
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The Harvestman Piston Honda eurorack modular synthesizer

The Harvestman Piston Honda eurorack modular synthesizer
Current price:
£109.00
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The Harvestman Piston Honda eurorack modular synthesizer
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Moog Minitaur Analogue Bass Synthesizer

Moog Minitaur Analogue Bass Synthesizer
Current price:
£205.00
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Moog Minitaur Analogue Bass Synthesizer
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VST-AU Pulse Editor [Editor/Librarian Waldorf Pulse]

VST-AU Pulse Editor [Editor/Librarian Waldorf Pulse]
Current price:
£45.14
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VST-AU Pulse Editor [Editor/Librarian Waldorf Pulse]
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Microkorg Korg Synthesizer Vocoder

Microkorg Korg Synthesizer Vocoder
Current price:
£76.00
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Microkorg Korg Synthesizer Vocoder
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Gotharman Music CS Filter Module w/ Chip! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Gotharman Music CS Filter Module w/ Chip! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£294.09
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Gotharman Music CS Filter Module w/ Chip! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Arp Odyssey 2800 analogue synthesiser in outstanding condition

Arp Odyssey 2800 analogue synthesiser in outstanding condition
Current price:
£1,999.00
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Arp Odyssey 2800 analogue synthesiser in outstanding condition
Seller: eBay

Vintage Roland RS101 String Synthesizer PRICE REDUCED!!!!!

Vintage Roland RS101 String Synthesizer PRICE REDUCED!!!!!
Current price:
£190.00
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Vintage Roland RS101 String Synthesizer PRICE REDUCED!!!!!
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M-Audio Venom Synthesizer

M-Audio Venom Synthesizer
Current price:
£85.00
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M-Audio Venom Synthesizer
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Custom Roland TB-303 TB303 Vintage Analog Synthesizer novelty mug ACID MUSIC

Custom Roland TB-303 TB303 Vintage Analog Synthesizer novelty mug ACID MUSIC
Current price:
£4.99
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Custom Roland TB-303 TB303 Vintage Analog Synthesizer novelty mug ACID MUSIC
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ROLAND E-15 INTELLIGENT SYNTHESISER

ROLAND E-15 INTELLIGENT SYNTHESISER
Current price:
£11.50
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ROLAND E-15 INTELLIGENT SYNTHESISER
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Yamaha CS5 analogue synthesizer mono synth

Yamaha CS5 analogue synthesizer mono synth
Current price:
£245.00
Type:
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Yamaha CS5 analogue synthesizer mono synth
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Arturia MiniBrute analogue synthesizer mono synth

Arturia MiniBrute analogue synthesizer mono synth
Current price:
£295.00
Type:
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Arturia MiniBrute analogue synthesizer mono synth
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KORG Electribe EA-1 analog synth ea1 MIDI synthesizer w/ BOX + Owner's Manual

KORG Electribe EA-1 analog synth ea1 MIDI synthesizer w/ BOX + Owner's Manual
Current price:
£102.17
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KORG Electribe EA-1 analog synth ea1 MIDI synthesizer w/ BOX + Owner's Manual
Seller: eBay

M-Audio Venom VA Synthesiser

M-Audio Venom VA Synthesiser
Current price:
£99.00
Type:
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M-Audio Venom VA Synthesiser
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YAMAHA AN1X Synthesizer New Condition w/Factory Box and Manuals New Battery CS6X

YAMAHA AN1X Synthesizer New Condition w/Factory Box and Manuals New Battery CS6X
Current price:
£358.12
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YAMAHA AN1X Synthesizer New Condition w/Factory Box and Manuals New Battery CS6X
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Moog MF-103 12-Stage Phaser Moogerfooger

Moog MF-103 12-Stage Phaser Moogerfooger
Current price:
£179.96
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Moog MF-103 12-Stage Phaser Moogerfooger
Seller: eBay

MFB Drum-08 Clap Eurorack Synthesizer Module

MFB Drum-08 Clap Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Current price:
£81.25
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MFB Drum-08 Clap Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Seller: eBay

Synthetic Sound Labs V-Gates Silver Edition - Eurorack

Synthetic Sound Labs V-Gates Silver Edition - Eurorack
Current price:
£165.52
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Synthetic Sound Labs V-Gates Silver Edition - Eurorack
Seller: eBay

Synthetic Sound Labs V-Gates - Eurorack

Synthetic Sound Labs V-Gates - Eurorack
Current price:
£150.47
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Synthetic Sound Labs V-Gates - Eurorack
Seller: eBay

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho x4 Polyphonic Analog Keyboard

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho x4 Polyphonic Analog Keyboard
Current price:
£781.85
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Dave Smith Instruments Mopho x4 Polyphonic Analog Keyboard
Seller: eBay

Dave Smith Tetra Four-Voice Analog Synthesizer 110-240V

Dave Smith Tetra Four-Voice Analog Synthesizer 110-240V
Current price:
£511.00
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Dave Smith Tetra Four-Voice Analog Synthesizer 110-240V
Seller: eBay

Doepfer A-154 Enhanced Sequential Controller - Eurorack Synthesizer Module

Doepfer A-154 Enhanced Sequential Controller - Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Current price:
£147.46
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Doepfer A-154 Enhanced Sequential Controller - Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Seller: eBay

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho SE Analog Keyboard

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho SE Analog Keyboard
Current price:
£571.19
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Dave Smith Instruments Mopho SE Analog Keyboard
Seller: eBay

Sound Source Unlimited Korg T Series Orchesral Floppies

Sound Source Unlimited Korg T Series Orchesral Floppies
Current price:
£42.10
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Sound Source Unlimited Korg T Series Orchesral Floppies
Seller: eBay

Sound Source Unlimited Yamaha TG55 Modern Artist Rom

Sound Source Unlimited Yamaha TG55 Modern Artist Rom
Current price:
£54.14
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Sound Source Unlimited Yamaha TG55 Modern Artist Rom
Seller: eBay

ROLAND SH 1 SYNTHESIZER

ROLAND SH 1 SYNTHESIZER
Current price:
£800.00
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ROLAND SH 1 SYNTHESIZER
Seller: eBay

Grayscale Binary 1-Bit Analog Computer Eurorack Module! NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Grayscale Binary 1-Bit Analog Computer Eurorack Module! NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£71.47
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Grayscale Binary 1-Bit Analog Computer Eurorack Module! NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Seller: eBay

Grayscale Algorhythm 8 Step Pulse Sequencer! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Grayscale Algorhythm 8 Step Pulse Sequencer! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£165.13
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Grayscale Algorhythm 8 Step Pulse Sequencer! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Seller: eBay

Kenton Pro-SOLO MKII - MIDI to CV Gate Converter

Kenton Pro-SOLO MKII - MIDI to CV Gate Converter
Current price:
£138.43
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Kenton Pro-SOLO MKII - MIDI to CV Gate Converter
Seller: eBay
 

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