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 M50 61 key Music Workstation Synthesiser

Korg M50 61 key Music Workstation Synthesiser
Current price:
£249.00
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Korg M50 61 key Music Workstation Synthesiser
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Korg Monotron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer

Korg Monotron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer
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£35.99
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Korg Monotron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer
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QU-Bit Nebulæ Eurorack Synthesizer Module

QU-Bit Nebulæ Eurorack Synthesizer Module
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£258.32
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QU-Bit Nebulæ Eurorack Synthesizer Module
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Make Noise Function Doepfer Eurorack Modular Synthesizer Eurorack module

Make Noise Function Doepfer Eurorack Modular Synthesizer Eurorack module
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£72.00
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Make Noise Function Doepfer Eurorack Modular Synthesizer Eurorack module
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Korg Monotron Duo Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer Mini Synth

Korg Monotron Duo Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer Mini Synth
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£28.00
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Korg Monotron Duo Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer Mini Synth
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Transistors for ARP oscillators. 2N3906/2N3906 Matched Pair

Transistors for ARP oscillators. 2N3906/2N3906 Matched Pair
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£6.62
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Transistors for ARP oscillators. 2N3906/2N3906 Matched Pair
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Arturia MiniLab 25 Key USB Midi Controller

Arturia MiniLab 25 Key USB Midi Controller
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£53.65
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Arturia MiniLab 25 Key USB Midi Controller
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Kawai K4 Synthesiser

Kawai K4 Synthesiser
Current price:
£59.64
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Kawai K4 Synthesiser
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Analogue solutions Elektro Kardio Gramm eurorack modular synthesizer

Analogue solutions Elektro Kardio Gramm eurorack modular synthesizer
Current price:
£63.10
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Analogue solutions Elektro Kardio Gramm eurorack modular synthesizer
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Elby designs utility LFO eurorack modular synthesizer

Elby designs utility LFO eurorack modular synthesizer
Current price:
£35.00
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Elby designs utility LFO eurorack modular synthesizer
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SYNARE 3 Drum Synth kit from Helensson- analog DIY synthesizer star synth

SYNARE 3 Drum Synth kit from Helensson- analog DIY synthesizer star synth
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£39.71
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SYNARE 3 Drum Synth kit from Helensson- analog DIY synthesizer star synth
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Emu Orbit V2 9090

Emu Orbit V2 9090
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£101.76
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Emu Orbit V2 9090
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Arturia Minibrute Analogue Synthesizer

Arturia Minibrute Analogue Synthesizer
Current price:
£210.00
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Arturia Minibrute Analogue Synthesizer
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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:
£358.27
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YAMAHA AN1X Synthesizer New Condition w/Factory Box and Manuals New Battery CS6X
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Yamaha CS5 analogue synthesizer mono synth

Yamaha CS5 analogue synthesizer mono synth
Current price:
£250.00
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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:
£300.00
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Arturia MiniBrute analogue synthesizer mono synth
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M-Audio Venom VA Synthesiser

M-Audio Venom VA Synthesiser
Current price:
£100.00
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M-Audio Venom VA Synthesiser
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YAMAHA AWM SOUND EXPANDER EMT-10 AWM WITH MIDI FREE SHIP

YAMAHA AWM SOUND EXPANDER EMT-10 AWM WITH MIDI FREE SHIP
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£90.31
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YAMAHA AWM SOUND EXPANDER EMT-10 AWM WITH MIDI FREE SHIP
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E-MU ProteusFX Model 9026 - Good Used Cosmetic Condition - Powers On - T1350

E-MU ProteusFX Model 9026 - Good Used Cosmetic Condition - Powers On - T1350
Current price:
£108.38
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E-MU ProteusFX Model 9026 - Good Used Cosmetic Condition - Powers On - T1350
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ROLAND FANTOM X6-7-8-GUNO G-V SYNTH-2GB COMPACTFLASH CARD+ADAPTER

ROLAND FANTOM X6-7-8-GUNO G-V SYNTH-2GB COMPACTFLASH CARD+ADAPTER
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£15.05
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ROLAND FANTOM X6-7-8-GUNO G-V SYNTH-2GB COMPACTFLASH CARD+ADAPTER
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Roland D10 Synthesiser, very good condition

Roland D10 Synthesiser, very good condition
Current price:
£45.00
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Roland D10 Synthesiser, very good condition
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Moog Voyager MiniMoog Synthesiser - Electric Blue

Moog Voyager MiniMoog Synthesiser - Electric Blue
Current price:
£2,095.00
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Moog Voyager MiniMoog Synthesiser - Electric Blue
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Electronic Keyboard with Microphone [ID 2661531]

Electronic Keyboard with Microphone [ID 2661531]
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£19.59
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Electronic Keyboard with Microphone [ID 2661531]
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Novation Bass Station Rack (Analogue Synthesiser Module) w/ instruction book

Novation Bass Station Rack (Analogue Synthesiser Module) w/ instruction book
Current price:
£102.00
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Novation Bass Station Rack (Analogue Synthesiser Module) w/ instruction book
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AKAI MINIAK PROFESSIONAL SYNTHESIZER POWER SUPPLY REPLACEMENT ADAPTER AC 9V 1.5A

AKAI MINIAK PROFESSIONAL SYNTHESIZER POWER SUPPLY REPLACEMENT ADAPTER AC 9V 1.5A
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AKAI MINIAK PROFESSIONAL SYNTHESIZER POWER SUPPLY REPLACEMENT ADAPTER AC 9V 1.5A
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Nord Lead Rack 1 - Synthesizer

Nord Lead Rack 1 - Synthesizer
Current price:
£400.00
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Nord Lead Rack 1 - Synthesizer
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l-1 tube vca, euro, 14 hp

l-1 tube vca, euro, 14 hp
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£156.56
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l-1 tube vca, euro, 14 hp
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lush one contour, kit

lush one contour, kit
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£48.17
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lush one contour, kit
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Studiologic Sledge

Studiologic Sledge
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£601.54
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Studiologic Sledge
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j3rk dual 291 vcf kit, euro, 16hp

j3rk dual 291 vcf kit, euro, 16hp
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j3rk dual 291 vcf kit, euro, 16hp
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Vermona Mono Kick Filter Lancet Wooden Sides! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Vermona Mono Kick Filter Lancet Wooden Sides! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Vermona Mono Kick Filter Lancet Wooden Sides! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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lush one vibrati punk console, kit

lush one vibrati punk console, kit
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£15.05
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lush one vibrati punk console, kit
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ANALOG SYNTHESIZER SX-150 MARK Ⅱby Gakken,Otona no kagaku, brand new

ANALOG SYNTHESIZER SX-150 MARK Ⅱby Gakken,Otona no kagaku, brand new
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ANALOG SYNTHESIZER SX-150 MARK Ⅱby Gakken,Otona no kagaku, brand new
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THEREMIN Zep Style THEREMANICS MINI THEREMIN THERAMIN

THEREMIN   Zep Style  THEREMANICS   MINI THEREMIN THERAMIN
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£48.14
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THEREMIN   Zep Style  THEREMANICS   MINI THEREMIN THERAMIN
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Korg Monotron Duo Analog Ribbon Synthesizer NEW!! FREE US SHIPPING!!

Korg Monotron Duo Analog Ribbon Synthesizer NEW!! FREE US SHIPPING!!
Current price:
£30.10
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Korg Monotron Duo Analog Ribbon Synthesizer NEW!! FREE US SHIPPING!!
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Eurorack Modular Synthesizer Case: 3U 104HP Brown Skiff + Power Supply

Eurorack Modular Synthesizer Case: 3U 104HP Brown Skiff + Power Supply
Current price:
£213.76
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Eurorack Modular Synthesizer Case: 3U 104HP Brown Skiff + Power Supply
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Bubblesound Instruments uLFO Eurorack Synthesizer Module

Bubblesound Instruments uLFO Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Current price:
£150.53
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Bubblesound Instruments uLFO Eurorack Synthesizer Module
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lush one base, kit

lush one base, kit
Current price:
£48.17
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lush one base, kit
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Casio Casiotone MT-46 Electronic Keyboard Piano Synthesizer w/Case

Casio Casiotone MT-46 Electronic Keyboard Piano Synthesizer w/Case
Current price:
£46.06
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Casio Casiotone MT-46 Electronic Keyboard Piano Synthesizer w/Case
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j3rk dual 258j oscillators, kit, dotcom/MU

j3rk dual 258j oscillators, kit, dotcom/MU
Current price:
£207.74
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j3rk dual 258j oscillators, kit, dotcom/MU
Seller: eBay

JV-1080 Super JV Synthesizer 64-Voice Sound Modules Rack

JV-1080 Super JV Synthesizer 64-Voice Sound Modules Rack
Current price:
£180.64
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JV-1080 Super JV Synthesizer 64-Voice Sound Modules Rack
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Korg M1 Orchestra 1 MPC-04 And MSC-04 Memory Cards M1R Rom Pcm MSC-4S

Korg M1 Orchestra 1 MPC-04 And MSC-04 Memory Cards M1R Rom Pcm MSC-4S
Current price:
£30.10
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Korg M1 Orchestra 1 MPC-04 And MSC-04 Memory Cards M1R Rom Pcm MSC-4S
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Moon Modular 565D Quantizer Controller 1/4" / MU - Moog, DotCom

Moon Modular 565D Quantizer Controller 1/4
Current price:
£123.44
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Moon Modular 565D Quantizer Controller 1/4
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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:
£66.24
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Moon Modular 599 Octal Jack Interface 1/4
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Pittsburgh Modular Dual VCA - Eurorack Format

Pittsburgh Modular Dual VCA - Eurorack Format
Current price:
£83.70
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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:
£478.70
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Moog Slim Phatty Analog Synth White Edition
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Pittsburgh Modular LFO2 - Eurorack Format

Pittsburgh Modular LFO2 - Eurorack Format
Current price:
£53.59
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Pittsburgh Modular LFO2 - Eurorack Format
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Moon Modular 594 Multiples 1/4" / MU - Moog, DotCom

Moon Modular 594 Multiples 1/4
Current price:
£59.61
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Moon Modular 594 Multiples 1/4
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Pittsburgh Modular DNA Symbiotic Waves - Eurorack Synth Module

Pittsburgh Modular DNA Symbiotic Waves - Eurorack Synth Module
Current price:
£168.00
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Pittsburgh Modular DNA Symbiotic Waves - Eurorack Synth Module
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Synthetic Sound Labs Voltage Controlled Digital Delay 1/4" Synthesizer Modular

Synthetic Sound Labs Voltage Controlled Digital Delay  1/4
Current price:
£141.50
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Synthetic Sound Labs Voltage Controlled Digital Delay  1/4
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Doepfer A-107 Multitype Morphing Filter - Eurorack Synthesizer Module

Doepfer A-107 Multitype Morphing Filter - Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Current price:
£240.25
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Doepfer A-107 Multitype Morphing Filter - Eurorack Synthesizer Module
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Roland D-50 Samples for the Fantom X / loaded on 1 CF Card

Roland D-50 Samples for the Fantom X /  loaded on 1 CF Card
Current price:
£17.46
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Roland D-50 Samples for the Fantom X /  loaded on 1 CF Card
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Arturia Microbrute with Instrument Cable and USB Cable

Arturia Microbrute with Instrument Cable and USB Cable
Current price:
£145.78
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Arturia Microbrute with Instrument Cable and USB Cable
Seller: eBay

Original -Casio CZ Synthesizer Battery Compartment Door fits CZ-101 230S

Original -Casio CZ Synthesizer Battery Compartment Door fits CZ-101 230S
Current price:
£15.02
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Original -Casio CZ Synthesizer Battery Compartment Door fits CZ-101 230S
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Roland RE-201 Space Echo / Delay Pedal Unit MIJ vintage re201 as is

Roland RE-201 Space Echo / Delay Pedal Unit MIJ vintage re201 as is
Current price:
£300.47
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Roland RE-201 Space Echo / Delay Pedal Unit MIJ vintage re201 as is
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Korg Taktile 25

Korg Taktile 25
Current price:
£126.45
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Korg Taktile 25
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Qu-Bit Electronix Nebulae Granular Audio File Player! NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Qu-Bit Electronix Nebulae Granular Audio File Player! NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£232.49
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Qu-Bit Electronix Nebulae Granular Audio File Player! NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Roland XV-3080 Synthesizer Sound Module/64MB Smart media/Manual/Worldwide shipp

Roland XV-3080 Synthesizer Sound Module/64MB Smart media/Manual/Worldwide shipp
Current price:
£228.21
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Roland XV-3080 Synthesizer Sound Module/64MB Smart media/Manual/Worldwide shipp
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Arturia Minibrute SE Analog Synthesizer! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Arturia Minibrute SE Analog Synthesizer! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£330.57
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Arturia Minibrute SE Analog Synthesizer! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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4ms Atoner Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

4ms Atoner Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£165.59
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4ms Atoner Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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