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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WSG Weird Sound Generator Analog Synthesizer - MFOS - DJSynths Effects

WSG Weird Sound Generator Analog Synthesizer - MFOS - DJSynths Effects
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£93.70
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Korg m3 88 key synthesizer

Korg m3 88 key synthesizer
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£900.00
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PANTHER ED102 OCTAVE-VOLTS-HERTZ-GATE MODULAR EURORACK ELBY SYNTHESIZER MODULE

PANTHER ED102 OCTAVE-VOLTS-HERTZ-GATE MODULAR EURORACK ELBY SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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£219.52
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PANTHER ED102 OCTAVE-VOLTS-HERTZ-GATE MODULAR EURORACK ELBY SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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KORG Kaossilator Pro Touch Pad Touch Screen Music Production Synthesizer Loop

KORG Kaossilator Pro Touch Pad Touch Screen Music Production Synthesizer Loop
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£177.88
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KORG Kaossilator Pro Touch Pad Touch Screen Music Production Synthesizer Loop
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Ex-Demo Yamaha MX49 Synthesizer Music Production Keyboard Midi MX-49

Ex-Demo Yamaha MX49 Synthesizer Music Production Keyboard Midi MX-49
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£319.95
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Ex-Demo Yamaha MX49 Synthesizer Music Production Keyboard Midi MX-49
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Schippmann CS-8 Series VCF-02 Multimode Filter! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Schippmann CS-8 Series VCF-02 Multimode Filter! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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£415.85
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Schippmann CS-8 Series VCF-02 Multimode Filter! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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WMD SYNCHRODYNE EXPAND Eurorack Synthesizer Module

WMD SYNCHRODYNE EXPAND Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Current price:
£249.27
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WMD SYNCHRODYNE EXPAND Eurorack Synthesizer Module
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Roland XV-5080 128 Voice Expandable Synthesizer/128MB Memory /Manual/Worl

Roland XV-5080 128 Voice Expandable Synthesizer/128MB Memory /Manual/Worl
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£320.66
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Roland XV-5080 128 Voice Expandable Synthesizer/128MB Memory /Manual/Worl
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Rare ARP Omni Vintage Synthesizer Synth Keyboard FREE SHIPPING in the USA

Rare ARP Omni Vintage Synthesizer Synth Keyboard FREE SHIPPING in the USA
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£413.44
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Rare ARP Omni Vintage Synthesizer Synth Keyboard FREE SHIPPING in the USA
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E-Mu ProFormance 1 +1 Plus 16 Bit True Stereo Piano Module Synthesizer

E-Mu ProFormance 1 +1 Plus 16 Bit True Stereo Piano Module Synthesizer
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£74.36
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E-Mu ProFormance 1 +1 Plus 16 Bit True Stereo Piano Module Synthesizer
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Blue Lantern Quad Quantizer Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Blue Lantern Quad Quantizer Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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£86.26
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Blue Lantern Quad Quantizer Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Korg 01R/W O1R/W 01W with new backlight, battery & 3rd party sounds!

Korg 01R/W  O1R/W  01W with new backlight, battery & 3rd party sounds!
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£409.90
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Korg 01R/W  O1R/W  01W with new backlight, battery & 3rd party sounds!
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Casio CDP-100 88-Note Weighted Hammer Action Digital Piano Keyboard FOR PARTS

Casio CDP-100 88-Note Weighted Hammer Action Digital Piano Keyboard FOR PARTS
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£148.72
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Casio CDP-100 88-Note Weighted Hammer Action Digital Piano Keyboard FOR PARTS
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Eowave Pressure for Eobody2 and modular systems

Eowave Pressure for Eobody2 and modular systems
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£26.77
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Eowave Pressure for Eobody2 and modular systems
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Eowave 3D-Gforce Sensor for Eobody2 and modular systems

Eowave 3D-Gforce Sensor for Eobody2 and modular systems
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£29.75
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Eowave 3D-Gforce Sensor for Eobody2 and modular systems
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Eowave Laser Beam for Eobody2 and modular systems

Eowave Laser Beam for Eobody2 and modular systems
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£41.64
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Eowave Laser Beam for Eobody2 and modular systems
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Moon Modular 525 Reversible Attenuator 1/4" / MU - Moog, DotCom

Moon Modular 525 Reversible Attenuator 1/4
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£101.14
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Moon Modular 525 Reversible Attenuator 1/4
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Eowave Flexion Sensor for Eobody2 and modular systems

Eowave Flexion Sensor for Eobody2 and modular systems
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£26.77
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Eowave Flexion Sensor for Eobody2 and modular systems
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Eowave IR Sensor 20/80 for Eobody2 and modular systems

Eowave IR Sensor 20/80 for Eobody2 and modular systems
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£26.77
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Eowave IR Sensor 20/80 for Eobody2 and modular systems
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CRITTER & GUITARI POCKET PIANO MIDI - PORTABLE KEYBOARD AND SYNTHESIZER

CRITTER & GUITARI POCKET PIANO MIDI - PORTABLE KEYBOARD AND SYNTHESIZER
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£180.62
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CRITTER & GUITARI POCKET PIANO MIDI - PORTABLE KEYBOARD AND SYNTHESIZER
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"B,E" key for Korg & Yamaha Keys/Synths DX7, Motif 6,7 Motif, M1, Triton, Z1

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£5.95
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Pittsburgh Modular Generator Dual Oscillator FM! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Pittsburgh Modular Generator Dual Oscillator FM! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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£142.19
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Pittsburgh Modular Generator Dual Oscillator FM! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Studio Electronics Boomstar SEM Synthesizer! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Studio Electronics Boomstar SEM Synthesizer! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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£564.58
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Studio Electronics Boomstar SEM Synthesizer! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Korg Wavestation SR Soundcard Set DANCE

Korg Wavestation SR Soundcard Set DANCE
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£82.69
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Korg Wavestation SR Soundcard Set DANCE
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Akai EB16 sampleverb expansion for MPC2000 etc.

Akai EB16 sampleverb expansion for MPC2000 etc.
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£133.86
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Akai EB16 sampleverb expansion for MPC2000 etc.
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Roland V Synth XT in MINT CONDITION. Comes with case & custom sounds & more.

Roland V Synth XT in MINT CONDITION. Comes with case & custom sounds & more.
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£951.28
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Roland V Synth XT in MINT CONDITION. Comes with case & custom sounds & more.
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Roland SH-201 Factory Owner's Manual

Roland SH-201 Factory Owner's Manual
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Roland SH-201 Factory Owner's Manual
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Dr Blankenstein Illumiringer Effect Pedal Ed Seeman Edition! NEW! AUTH DEALER!

Dr Blankenstein Illumiringer Effect Pedal Ed Seeman Edition! NEW! AUTH DEALER!
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Dr Blankenstein Illumiringer Effect Pedal Ed Seeman Edition! NEW! AUTH DEALER!
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Dr Blankenstein Endeavour Space Line Generator Sequencer Synth NEW! AUTH DEALER!

Dr Blankenstein Endeavour Space Line Generator Sequencer Synth NEW! AUTH DEALER!
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£175.50
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Dr Blankenstein Endeavour Space Line Generator Sequencer Synth NEW! AUTH DEALER!
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USED Yamaha CS-2X Keyboard Perfect Working Worldwide Shipment

USED Yamaha CS-2X  Keyboard Perfect Working Worldwide Shipment
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£148.72
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USED Yamaha CS-2X  Keyboard Perfect Working Worldwide Shipment
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Korg EXB PCM 03 EXB-PCM03 future loop WORLDWIDE SHIP OK !

Korg EXB PCM 03 EXB-PCM03 future loop  WORLDWIDE SHIP OK !
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£47.00
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Korg EXB PCM 03 EXB-PCM03 future loop  WORLDWIDE SHIP OK !
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Kurzweil K2000R V3 Rack Synth Module * SHIPS WORLDWIDE

Kurzweil K2000R V3 Rack Synth Module * SHIPS WORLDWIDE
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£237.96
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Kurzweil K2000R V3 Rack Synth Module * SHIPS WORLDWIDE
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TEENAGE ENGINEERING CRANK FOR OP-1 SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD

TEENAGE ENGINEERING CRANK FOR OP-1 SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD
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£8.61
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TEENAGE ENGINEERING CRANK FOR OP-1 SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD
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MONOWAVE PPG STYLE WAVETABLE SYNTHESIZER SOUND MODULE - NEW BY ELBY DESIGNS

MONOWAVE PPG STYLE WAVETABLE SYNTHESIZER SOUND MODULE - NEW BY ELBY DESIGNS
Current price:
£861.40
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MONOWAVE PPG STYLE WAVETABLE SYNTHESIZER SOUND MODULE - NEW BY ELBY DESIGNS
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EMU 16MB SOUND FLASH SIMM W/SOUNDS FOR PROTEUS 2000 E5000/E6400/E4XT ULTRA

EMU 16MB SOUND FLASH SIMM W/SOUNDS FOR PROTEUS 2000 E5000/E6400/E4XT ULTRA
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£149.32
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EMU 16MB SOUND FLASH SIMM W/SOUNDS FOR PROTEUS 2000 E5000/E6400/E4XT ULTRA
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PITTSBURGH MODULAR SYNTHESIZER BLOCK COMPLETE EURORACK MODULAR MODULE

PITTSBURGH MODULAR SYNTHESIZER BLOCK COMPLETE EURORACK MODULAR MODULE
Current price:
£194.51
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PITTSBURGH MODULAR SYNTHESIZER BLOCK COMPLETE EURORACK MODULAR MODULE
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Moog Sub Phatty Analog Synthesizer ~PHAT BASS SOUNDS

Moog Sub Phatty Analog Synthesizer ~PHAT BASS SOUNDS
Current price:
£594.32
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Moog Sub Phatty Analog Synthesizer ~PHAT BASS SOUNDS
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ROLAND JV-30 JV30 61-KEY 24-VOICE SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD

ROLAND JV-30 JV30 61-KEY 24-VOICE SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD
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£219.52
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ROLAND JV-30 JV30 61-KEY 24-VOICE SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD
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Korg KingKORG 61-key Analog Modeling Synthesizer New US

Korg KingKORG 61-key Analog Modeling Synthesizer New US
Current price:
£830.17
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Korg KingKORG 61-key Analog Modeling Synthesizer New US
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Yamaha S90XS 88-Key Weighted Synthesizer Free Bag New US

Yamaha S90XS 88-Key Weighted Synthesizer Free Bag New US
Current price:
£1,532.63
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Yamaha S90XS 88-Key Weighted Synthesizer Free Bag New US
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Yamaha MOTIF XF6 XF 6 61 Key Music Production Synthesizer Free Bag New US

Yamaha MOTIF XF6 XF 6 61 Key Music Production Synthesizer Free Bag New US
Current price:
£1,596.49
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Yamaha MOTIF XF6 XF 6 61 Key Music Production Synthesizer Free Bag New US
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BLUE LANTERN CV ARPEGGIATOR V3 ARP MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

BLUE LANTERN CV ARPEGGIATOR V3 ARP  MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
Current price:
£166.72
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BLUE LANTERN CV ARPEGGIATOR V3 ARP  MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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BLUE LANTERN SIMPLE ADSR ENVELOPE GENERATOR MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

BLUE LANTERN SIMPLE ADSR ENVELOPE GENERATOR MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
Current price:
£66.69
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BLUE LANTERN SIMPLE ADSR ENVELOPE GENERATOR MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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YAMAHA CX5M MSX MUSIC COMPUTER COMPOSER FM SYNTHESIZER WITH KEYBOARD

YAMAHA CX5M MSX MUSIC COMPUTER COMPOSER FM SYNTHESIZER WITH KEYBOARD
Current price:
£158.39
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YAMAHA CX5M MSX MUSIC COMPUTER COMPOSER FM SYNTHESIZER WITH KEYBOARD
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Octave Cat *analog synthesizer*

Octave Cat *analog synthesizer*
Current price:
£1,605.69
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Octave Cat *analog synthesizer*
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MOOG MINITAUR: Compact Analog Bass Synthesizer - NEW!!!

MOOG MINITAUR: Compact Analog Bass Synthesizer  - NEW!!!
Current price:
£379.00
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MOOG MINITAUR: Compact Analog Bass Synthesizer  - NEW!!!
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VERMONA PDD-501- SOVIET VINTAGE DELAY\REVERB\CHORUS EFFECTS PROCESSOR Ussr,Fx

VERMONA PDD-501- SOVIET VINTAGE DELAY\REVERB\CHORUS EFFECTS PROCESSOR Ussr,Fx
Current price:
£110.66
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VERMONA PDD-501- SOVIET VINTAGE DELAY\REVERB\CHORUS EFFECTS PROCESSOR Ussr,Fx
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Moog Little Phatty Stage II Synthesizer (black)

Moog Little Phatty Stage II Synthesizer (black)
Current price:
£855.00
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Moog Little Phatty Stage II Synthesizer (black)
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ROLAND D2 D-2 GROOVEBOX SYNTHESIZER DRUM MACHINE SOUND MODULE

ROLAND D2 D-2 GROOVEBOX SYNTHESIZER DRUM MACHINE SOUND MODULE
Current price:
£136.16
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ROLAND D2 D-2 GROOVEBOX SYNTHESIZER DRUM MACHINE SOUND MODULE
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Korg Microkorg Synthesizer

Korg Microkorg Synthesizer
Current price:
£112.00
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
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Korg Microkorg Synthesizer
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Roland AX09 Keytar Synthesizer

Roland AX09 Keytar Synthesizer
Current price:
£348.00
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Roland AX09 Keytar Synthesizer
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Roland AX09 Black Keytar Synthesizer

Roland AX09 Black Keytar Synthesizer
Current price:
£380.00
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Roland AX09 Black Keytar Synthesizer
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Novation Bass Station II Analogue Synthesizer

Novation Bass Station II Analogue Synthesizer
Current price:
£399.00
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Novation Bass Station II Analogue Synthesizer
Seller: eBay

Micro KORG Synthesizer / vocoder with free Gator Case

Micro KORG Synthesizer / vocoder with free Gator Case
Current price:
£125.00
Type:
Auction
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Micro KORG Synthesizer / vocoder with free Gator Case
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Korg microKORG XL+ Synthesizer Vocoder (NEW)

Korg microKORG XL+ Synthesizer Vocoder (NEW)
Current price:
£339.00
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Korg microKORG XL+ Synthesizer Vocoder (NEW)
Seller: eBay

yamaha synthesizer SY22

yamaha synthesizer SY22
Current price:
£26.00
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
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yamaha synthesizer SY22
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*** Original Owner's Manuals for Roland JD800 Synthesizer ***

*** Original Owner's Manuals for Roland JD800 Synthesizer ***
Current price:
£24.95
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*** Original Owner's Manuals for Roland JD800 Synthesizer ***
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Roland JunoDi Mobile Synthesizer with Song Player + FREE Ultimate Support IQ2...

Roland JunoDi Mobile Synthesizer with Song Player + FREE Ultimate Support IQ2...
Current price:
£565.00
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Roland JunoDi Mobile Synthesizer with Song Player + FREE Ultimate Support IQ2...
Seller: eBay

Korg N1R Factory Manual

Korg N1R Factory Manual
Current price:
£14.87
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Korg N1R Factory Manual
Seller: eBay

QUASIMIDI RAVE-O -LUTION 309 SYNTHESIZER DRUM MACHINE ANALOGUE

QUASIMIDI RAVE-O -LUTION 309 SYNTHESIZER DRUM MACHINE ANALOGUE
Current price:
£216.00
Type:
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No. of bids so far:
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QUASIMIDI RAVE-O -LUTION 309 SYNTHESIZER DRUM MACHINE ANALOGUE
Seller: eBay
 

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