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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XAOC BYTOM 1981 IMPULSE INTEGRATOR TRIGGER/GATE EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

XAOC BYTOM 1981 IMPULSE INTEGRATOR TRIGGER/GATE EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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XAOC BYTOM 1981 IMPULSE INTEGRATOR TRIGGER/GATE EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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ENSONIQ ASR10 SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD REPLACEMENT SPARE PART 1MB RAM CHIP

ENSONIQ ASR10 SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD REPLACEMENT SPARE PART 1MB RAM CHIP
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ENSONIQ ASR10 SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD REPLACEMENT SPARE PART 1MB RAM CHIP
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DOEPFER A-170 DUAL SLEW LIMITER MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

DOEPFER A-170 DUAL SLEW LIMITER MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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£51.70
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DOEPFER A-170 DUAL SLEW LIMITER MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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ROLAND SN-U110-08 SYNTHESIZER EXPANSION DATA CARD FOR ROLAND SYNTHESIZER

ROLAND SN-U110-08 SYNTHESIZER EXPANSION DATA CARD FOR ROLAND SYNTHESIZER
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£36.43
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ROLAND SN-U110-08 SYNTHESIZER EXPANSION DATA CARD FOR ROLAND SYNTHESIZER
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E-MU 9090 Orbit Dance Planet & Launchpad - Polyphonic Synthesizer & Ctrl Srf See

E-MU 9090 Orbit Dance Planet & Launchpad - Polyphonic Synthesizer & Ctrl Srf See
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£159.89
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E-MU 9090 Orbit Dance Planet & Launchpad - Polyphonic Synthesizer & Ctrl Srf See
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ROLAND SN-U110-09 GUITAR & KEYBOARDS EXPANSION DATA CARD FOR ROLAND SYNTHESIZER

ROLAND SN-U110-09 GUITAR & KEYBOARDS EXPANSION DATA CARD FOR ROLAND SYNTHESIZER
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£36.43
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ROLAND SN-U110-09 GUITAR & KEYBOARDS EXPANSION DATA CARD FOR ROLAND SYNTHESIZER
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Roland SR-JV80-12 Hip Hop Expansion Board

Roland SR-JV80-12 Hip Hop Expansion Board
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£44.76
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Roland SR-JV80-12 Hip Hop Expansion Board
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ROLAND M-256E MEMORY CARD PATCH DATA RAM CARD FOR ROLAND SYNTHESIZER m-256 E

ROLAND M-256E MEMORY CARD PATCH DATA RAM CARD FOR ROLAND SYNTHESIZER m-256 E
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£57.28
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ROLAND M-256E MEMORY CARD PATCH DATA RAM CARD FOR ROLAND SYNTHESIZER m-256 E
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ROLAND VOICE EXPANSION BOARD VE-JV1 JV35/ 50/ 90/ 1000 COMPATIBLE DIVICES,2 OF2

ROLAND VOICE EXPANSION BOARD VE-JV1  JV35/ 50/ 90/ 1000 COMPATIBLE DIVICES,2 OF2
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ROLAND VOICE EXPANSION BOARD VE-JV1  JV35/ 50/ 90/ 1000 COMPATIBLE DIVICES,2 OF2
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ROLAND VARIOS OPEN SYSTEM SYNTHESIZER SEQUENCER SOUND MODULE WORKSTATION

ROLAND VARIOS OPEN SYSTEM SYNTHESIZER SEQUENCER SOUND MODULE WORKSTATION
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£260.55
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ROLAND VARIOS OPEN SYSTEM SYNTHESIZER SEQUENCER SOUND MODULE WORKSTATION
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KORG i3 DIAL VALUE

KORG i3 DIAL VALUE
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£6.40
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KORG i3 DIAL VALUE
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ENSONIQ ESQ1 TOP COVER

ENSONIQ ESQ1 TOP COVER
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£31.98
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ENSONIQ ESQ1 TOP COVER
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ENSONIQ ESQ1 BOTTOM W/ TRANSFORMER/POWER BUTTON/FUSE/AC SUCKET/ ALL WORKS

ENSONIQ ESQ1 BOTTOM W/ TRANSFORMER/POWER BUTTON/FUSE/AC SUCKET/ ALL WORKS
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ENSONIQ ESQ1 BOTTOM W/ TRANSFORMER/POWER BUTTON/FUSE/AC SUCKET/ ALL WORKS
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KORG i3 PLASTIC SLIDERS ARE INTACT

KORG i3 PLASTIC SLIDERS ARE INTACT
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KORG i3 PLASTIC SLIDERS ARE INTACT
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ENSONIQ ESQ1 LCD COVER PROTECTOR

ENSONIQ ESQ1 LCD COVER PROTECTOR
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£9.59
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ENSONIQ ESQ1 LCD COVER PROTECTOR
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TROGOTRONIC TR-VALKYRIE CV -ANALOG SYNTHESIZER HIGH-VOLTAGE OSCILLATOR 110/240V

TROGOTRONIC TR-VALKYRIE CV -ANALOG SYNTHESIZER HIGH-VOLTAGE OSCILLATOR 110/240V
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£479.61
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TROGOTRONIC TR-VALKYRIE CV -ANALOG SYNTHESIZER HIGH-VOLTAGE OSCILLATOR 110/240V
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ENSONIQ ESQ1 MODULATION WHEELS

ENSONIQ ESQ1 MODULATION WHEELS
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£19.19
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ENSONIQ ESQ1 MODULATION WHEELS
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ENSONIQ SDP-1 SAMPLED DIGIRAL PIANO 76 WIGHTED KEYS

ENSONIQ SDP-1 SAMPLED DIGIRAL PIANO 76 WIGHTED KEYS
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£223.84
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ENSONIQ SDP-1 SAMPLED DIGIRAL PIANO 76 WIGHTED KEYS
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KORG i3 DIAL VALUE DIAL WHELE

KORG i3 DIAL VALUE DIAL WHELE
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£4.19
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KORG i3 DIAL VALUE DIAL WHELE
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M-AUDIO Venom Virtual Analog Synthesizer & USB Audio/ MIDI Interface #19775

M-AUDIO Venom Virtual Analog Synthesizer & USB Audio/ MIDI Interface #19775
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£178.43
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M-AUDIO Venom Virtual Analog Synthesizer & USB Audio/ MIDI Interface #19775
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Arturia BeatStep - New w/ Warranty! JRR Shop

Arturia BeatStep - New w/ Warranty! JRR Shop
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£63.32
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Arturia BeatStep - New w/ Warranty! JRR Shop
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KORG MS2000 MS2000B X5 F KEY REPLACEMENT SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD SPARE PART

KORG MS2000 MS2000B X5 F KEY REPLACEMENT SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD SPARE PART
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£4.14
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KORG MS2000 MS2000B X5 F KEY REPLACEMENT SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD SPARE PART
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Arturia MiniBrute Analog Synth Synthesizer Special Edition SE - demo

Arturia MiniBrute Analog Synth Synthesizer Special Edition SE - demo
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£255.18
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Arturia MiniBrute Analog Synth Synthesizer Special Edition SE - demo
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3U 84HP POWERED EURORACK CASE/DOEPFER STYLE MODULAR SYNTHESIZER 19" RACK MOUNT

3U 84HP POWERED EURORACK CASE/DOEPFER STYLE MODULAR SYNTHESIZER 19
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£129.88
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3U 84HP POWERED EURORACK CASE/DOEPFER STYLE MODULAR SYNTHESIZER 19
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KORG MS2000 MS2000B X5 C KEY REPLACEMENT SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD SPARE PART

KORG MS2000 MS2000B X5 C KEY REPLACEMENT SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD SPARE PART
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£4.14
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KORG MS2000 MS2000B X5 C KEY REPLACEMENT SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD SPARE PART
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PITTSBURGH MODULAR SEQUENCER/8-STEP ANALOG SEQUENCER EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

PITTSBURGH MODULAR SEQUENCER/8-STEP ANALOG SEQUENCER EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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£90.27
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PITTSBURGH MODULAR SEQUENCER/8-STEP ANALOG SEQUENCER EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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KAWAI K1II 61-KEY 16-VOICE DIGITAL SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD K1 II V2

KAWAI K1II 61-KEY 16-VOICE DIGITAL SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD K1 II V2
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£171.58
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KAWAI K1II 61-KEY 16-VOICE DIGITAL SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD K1 II V2
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SILICON CHIP MKII (2) THEREMIN SYNTHESIZER DIY KIT SCI-FI SOUND MODULE

SILICON CHIP MKII (2) THEREMIN SYNTHESIZER DIY KIT SCI-FI SOUND MODULE
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£44.25
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SILICON CHIP MKII (2) THEREMIN SYNTHESIZER DIY KIT SCI-FI SOUND MODULE
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SNAZZY FX TELEPHONE GAME RANDOM/CLOCKED GEN EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE

SNAZZY FX TELEPHONE GAME RANDOM/CLOCKED GEN EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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£198.06
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SNAZZY FX TELEPHONE GAME RANDOM/CLOCKED GEN EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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Vintage ROLAND JX-305 JX305 Synthesizer Synth Keyboard (MC 505 Keyboard Type )

Vintage ROLAND JX-305 JX305 Synthesizer Synth Keyboard (MC 505 Keyboard Type )
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£191.86
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Vintage ROLAND JX-305 JX305 Synthesizer Synth Keyboard (MC 505 Keyboard Type )
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BOSS BL-1 BL1 BULK LIBRARIAN MIDI/SYSEX MODULE SOUND DATA RECORDER ROLAND

BOSS BL-1 BL1 BULK LIBRARIAN MIDI/SYSEX MODULE SOUND DATA RECORDER ROLAND
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£63.32
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BOSS BL-1 BL1 BULK LIBRARIAN MIDI/SYSEX MODULE SOUND DATA RECORDER ROLAND
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USED Yamaha CS-2X Keyboard synth Works Perfectly Worldwide Shipment cs2x

USED Yamaha CS-2X  Keyboard synth Works Perfectly Worldwide Shipment cs2x
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£179.07
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USED Yamaha CS-2X  Keyboard synth Works Perfectly Worldwide Shipment cs2x
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Korg Micro Korg Synthesizer*Pre-Owned* BUY IT NOW!

Korg Micro Korg Synthesizer*Pre-Owned* BUY IT NOW!
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£175.88
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Korg Micro Korg Synthesizer*Pre-Owned* BUY IT NOW!
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WOODEN CASE VINTAGE THEREMIN CLASSIC SOUND Sci fi Synth Fx Theramin

WOODEN CASE VINTAGE THEREMIN CLASSIC SOUND Sci fi Synth Fx Theramin
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£101.05
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WOODEN CASE VINTAGE THEREMIN CLASSIC SOUND Sci fi Synth Fx Theramin
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Vintage analog synthesizers GRACIA CHARLIE

Vintage analog synthesizers GRACIA CHARLIE
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£63.95
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Vintage analog synthesizers GRACIA CHARLIE
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Novation Mini Nova 37 Key Synthesizer ( MININOVA ) With Numark Headphones HF125

Novation Mini Nova 37 Key Synthesizer ( MININOVA ) With Numark Headphones HF125
Current price:
£269.00
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Novation Mini Nova 37 Key Synthesizer ( MININOVA ) With Numark Headphones HF125
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Roland Juno 106 Programmable Polyphonic Synthesizer with pedal and stand.

Roland Juno 106 Programmable Polyphonic Synthesizer with pedal and stand.
Current price:
£512.00
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Auction
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Roland Juno 106 Programmable Polyphonic Synthesizer with pedal and stand.
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Korg Kaossilator 2 - Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer

Korg Kaossilator 2 - Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer
Current price:
£51.50
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Auction
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Korg Kaossilator 2 - Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer
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Critter & Guitari Video Scope Synthesizer

Critter & Guitari Video Scope Synthesizer
Current price:
£108.00
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Critter & Guitari Video Scope Synthesizer
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Yamaha CS01 analog mono synth keyboard synthesizer (keytar)

Yamaha CS01 analog mono synth keyboard synthesizer (keytar)
Current price:
£200.00
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Yamaha CS01 analog mono synth keyboard synthesizer (keytar)
Seller: eBay

Yamaha CS1X CS-1X Control Synthesizer Used & AC/DC 100-240V AC Adapter

Yamaha CS1X CS-1X Control Synthesizer Used & AC/DC 100-240V AC Adapter
Current price:
£98.49
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Yamaha CS1X CS-1X Control Synthesizer Used & AC/DC 100-240V AC Adapter
Seller: eBay

ROLAND M-GS64 64Voice Sound Expansion Module Rack Used and AC Transformer

ROLAND M-GS64 64Voice Sound Expansion Module Rack Used and AC Transformer
Current price:
£49.88
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ROLAND M-GS64 64Voice Sound Expansion Module Rack Used and AC Transformer
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YAMAHA MU100R XG GM Tone Genertator Sound Module Used with AC 100-240V Adapter

YAMAHA MU100R XG GM Tone Genertator Sound Module Used with AC 100-240V Adapter
Current price:
£81.86
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YAMAHA MU100R XG GM Tone Genertator Sound Module Used with AC 100-240V Adapter
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Doepfer A-189-1 VC Bit Modifier / Bit Crusher : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]

Doepfer A-189-1 VC Bit Modifier / Bit Crusher : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Current price:
£89.54
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Doepfer A-189-1 VC Bit Modifier / Bit Crusher : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
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Yamaha Motif ES rack Excellent !+$325.00 IN EXTRAS es6 es7 es8 FAST WORLD SHIP!

Yamaha Motif ES rack Excellent !+$325.00 IN EXTRAS  es6 es7 es8 FAST WORLD SHIP!
Current price:
£511.63
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Yamaha Motif ES rack Excellent !+$325.00 IN EXTRAS  es6 es7 es8 FAST WORLD SHIP!
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ACCESS VIRUS TI SYNTHESIZER

ACCESS VIRUS TI  SYNTHESIZER
Current price:
£830.78
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ACCESS VIRUS TI  SYNTHESIZER
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Korg EXB PCM 08 EXB-PCM08 CONCERT GRAND+ ALERT+ COMPLETE SET HERE NEEDED to USE

Korg EXB PCM 08 EXB-PCM08 CONCERT GRAND+ ALERT+ COMPLETE SET HERE NEEDED to USE
Current price:
£127.90
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Korg EXB PCM 08 EXB-PCM08 CONCERT GRAND+ ALERT+ COMPLETE SET HERE NEEDED to USE
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Yamaha TG33 Synthesizer

Yamaha TG33 Synthesizer
Current price:
£101.00
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
8
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Yamaha TG33 Synthesizer
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Quasimidi Raven Max Synth Synthesizer excellent condition with manual

Quasimidi Raven Max Synth Synthesizer excellent condition with manual
Current price:
£649.99
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Quasimidi Raven Max Synth Synthesizer excellent condition with manual
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KORG i3 KEYBOARD BED,WORKS ,MIGHT WORK IN M1/T3/T2.01W/01WFD, NICE AND CLEAN

KORG i3 KEYBOARD BED,WORKS ,MIGHT WORK IN M1/T3/T2.01W/01WFD, NICE AND CLEAN
Current price:
£95.93
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KORG i3 KEYBOARD BED,WORKS ,MIGHT WORK IN M1/T3/T2.01W/01WFD, NICE AND CLEAN
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KORG i3 LCD DISPLAY WORKING AS SHOULD, MIGHT WORK IN T3/T2/T1/O1-W/O1-WFD/01R/W

KORG i3 LCD DISPLAY WORKING AS SHOULD, MIGHT WORK IN T3/T2/T1/O1-W/O1-WFD/01R/W
Current price:
£70.35
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KORG i3 LCD DISPLAY WORKING AS SHOULD, MIGHT WORK IN T3/T2/T1/O1-W/O1-WFD/01R/W
Seller: eBay

Arturia Origin Synthesizer

Arturia Origin Synthesizer
Current price:
£899.99
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
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Arturia Origin Synthesizer
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Dave Smith Instruments Evolver Analog/Wavetable Synthesizer with Step Sequencer

Dave Smith Instruments Evolver Analog/Wavetable Synthesizer with Step Sequencer
Current price:
£383.09
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Dave Smith Instruments Evolver Analog/Wavetable Synthesizer with Step Sequencer
Seller: eBay

Yamaha MX49 49 Key Music Synthesizer/Controller (re-stock)

Yamaha MX49 49 Key Music Synthesizer/Controller (re-stock)
Current price:
£319.77
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Yamaha MX49 49 Key Music Synthesizer/Controller (re-stock)
Seller: eBay

Vintage ROLAND JX-3P Vintage Synthesizer Keyboard

Vintage ROLAND JX-3P Vintage Synthesizer Keyboard
Current price:
£250.00
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Vintage ROLAND JX-3P Vintage Synthesizer Keyboard
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RETRO SYNTH ARP MODULAR SYNTHESISER ADSR DESIGN T SHIRT S M L XL XXL

RETRO SYNTH ARP MODULAR SYNTHESISER ADSR DESIGN T SHIRT  S M L XL XXL
Current price:
£9.00
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RETRO SYNTH ARP MODULAR SYNTHESISER ADSR DESIGN T SHIRT  S M L XL XXL
Seller: eBay

ROLAND SC-88 SOUND CANVAS MIDI SYNTHESIZER SOUND MODULE & POWER SUPPLY

ROLAND SC-88 SOUND CANVAS MIDI SYNTHESIZER SOUND MODULE & POWER SUPPLY
Current price:
£139.95
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ROLAND SC-88 SOUND CANVAS MIDI SYNTHESIZER SOUND MODULE & POWER SUPPLY
Seller: eBay

KORG MicroKORG XL + PLUS Vocoder Synth Analogue Synthesizer

KORG MicroKORG XL + PLUS Vocoder Synth Analogue Synthesizer
Current price:
£245.00
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
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KORG MicroKORG XL + PLUS Vocoder Synth Analogue Synthesizer
Seller: eBay

Roland SR-JV80-06 Dance Expansion Board

Roland SR-JV80-06 Dance Expansion Board
Current price:
£82.50
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Roland SR-JV80-06 Dance Expansion Board
Seller: eBay

Pittsburgh Modular GENXPANDER Eurorack Synthesizer Module

Pittsburgh Modular GENXPANDER Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Current price:
£108.08
Ends in:
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Pittsburgh Modular GENXPANDER Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Seller: eBay
 

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