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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Oberheim Synthesizer

Oberheim Synthesizer
Current price:
£353.00
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Oberheim Synthesizer
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Novation MiniNova Synthesizer

Novation MiniNova Synthesizer
Current price:
£268.98
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Novation MiniNova Synthesizer
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ROLAND D-50, D-550 MEX MULTIMODE EXPANSION by Musitronics

ROLAND D-50, D-550  MEX MULTIMODE  EXPANSION by Musitronics
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£191.61
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ROLAND D-50, D-550  MEX MULTIMODE  EXPANSION by Musitronics
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Waldorf Rocket Desktop Tabletop Synth Module Monophonic Synthesizer Oscillator!

Waldorf Rocket Desktop Tabletop Synth Module Monophonic Synthesizer Oscillator!
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£120.00
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Waldorf Rocket Desktop Tabletop Synth Module Monophonic Synthesizer Oscillator!
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TT-303 BASSBOT CYCLONE (ROLAND TB-303 LIKE) ANALOG SYNTHESIZER -

TT-303 BASSBOT CYCLONE (ROLAND TB-303 LIKE)  ANALOG SYNTHESIZER -
Current price:
£250.00
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TT-303 BASSBOT CYCLONE (ROLAND TB-303 LIKE)  ANALOG SYNTHESIZER -
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SPARE PART REPLACEMENT KNOBS FOR WASP VINTAGE SYNTHESIZER FULL SET 24

SPARE PART REPLACEMENT KNOBS FOR WASP VINTAGE SYNTHESIZER FULL SET 24
Current price:
£25.86
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SPARE PART REPLACEMENT KNOBS FOR WASP VINTAGE SYNTHESIZER FULL SET 24
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ELBY-DESIGNS ES75 SERGE VCS DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

ELBY-DESIGNS ES75 SERGE VCS DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
Current price:
£65.36
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ELBY-DESIGNS ES75 SERGE VCS DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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KORG analog synthesizer monotron DELAY Monotoron delay

KORG analog synthesizer monotron DELAY Monotoron delay
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£28.71
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KORG analog synthesizer monotron DELAY Monotoron delay
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Korg Monotron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer Synth - Great Condition

Korg Monotron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer Synth - Great Condition
Current price:
£18.00
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Korg Monotron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer Synth - Great Condition
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ROLAND JD-800 61-KEY SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD JD800 including flight case.

ROLAND JD-800 61-KEY SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD JD800 including flight case.
Current price:
£550.00
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ROLAND JD-800 61-KEY SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD JD800 including flight case.
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Kawai K1 Synthesiser

Kawai K1 Synthesiser
Current price:
£62.99
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Kawai K1 Synthesiser
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Novation Bass Station II Analog Synthesizer (25-Key Analog Monosynth)

Novation Bass Station II Analog Synthesizer (25-Key Analog Monosynth)
Current price:
£320.40
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Novation Bass Station II Analog Synthesizer (25-Key Analog Monosynth)
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ROLAND MC-303 GROOVEBOX SYNTHESIZER DRUM MACHINE SEQUENCER

ROLAND MC-303 GROOVEBOX SYNTHESIZER DRUM MACHINE SEQUENCER
Current price:
£83.00
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ROLAND MC-303 GROOVEBOX SYNTHESIZER DRUM MACHINE SEQUENCER
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Korg PS 3200 vintage synthesizer very rare collectable semi modular

Korg PS 3200  vintage synthesizer very rare collectable semi modular
Current price:
£8,250.00
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Korg PS 3200  vintage synthesizer very rare collectable semi modular
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WMD Geiger Counter : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]

WMD Geiger Counter : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Current price:
£191.61
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WMD Geiger Counter : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
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WMD Sequential Switch Matrix : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]

WMD Sequential Switch Matrix : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Current price:
£210.83
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WMD Sequential Switch Matrix : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
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KORG N1 Synthesizer

KORG N1 Synthesizer
Current price:
£200.00
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KORG N1 Synthesizer
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Vermona PERfourMER MKII quad analog synthesizer w/ CV inputs

Vermona PERfourMER MKII quad analog synthesizer w/ CV inputs
Current price:
£850.00
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Vermona PERfourMER MKII quad analog synthesizer w/ CV inputs
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MicroKorgXL Synthesizer/vocoder

MicroKorgXL Synthesizer/vocoder
Current price:
£41.00
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MicroKorgXL Synthesizer/vocoder
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Roland XV-2020 64-Voice Expandable Synthesizer Module

Roland XV-2020 64-Voice Expandable Synthesizer Module
Current price:
£51.00
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Roland XV-2020 64-Voice Expandable Synthesizer Module
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Korg Monotron Delay - Analogue Ribbon Synthesiser

Korg Monotron Delay - Analogue Ribbon Synthesiser
Current price:
£37.99
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Korg Monotron Delay - Analogue Ribbon Synthesiser
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Roland D50 Synthesizer

Roland D50 Synthesizer
Current price:
£350.00
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Roland D50 Synthesizer
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Korg Monotron Duo - Analogue Ribbon Synthesiser with 2 Oscillators

Korg Monotron Duo - Analogue Ribbon Synthesiser with 2 Oscillators
Current price:
£37.99
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Korg Monotron Duo - Analogue Ribbon Synthesiser with 2 Oscillators
Seller: eBay

Korg MS-20M Desktop Module Kit + SQ-1 Sequencer! CLEAN DEMO! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Korg MS-20M Desktop Module Kit + SQ-1 Sequencer! CLEAN DEMO! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£640.18
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Korg MS-20M Desktop Module Kit + SQ-1 Sequencer! CLEAN DEMO! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Seller: eBay

Voice Crystal EPS Sampler Series for Ensoniq Set of 3 Disks - VC4EPS

Voice Crystal EPS Sampler Series for Ensoniq Set of 3 Disks - VC4EPS
Current price:
£36.76
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Voice Crystal EPS Sampler Series for Ensoniq Set of 3 Disks - VC4EPS
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Doepfer A-192-2 CV/Gate to Midi/USB Interface : Eurorack :NEW: DETROIT MODULAR

Doepfer A-192-2 CV/Gate to Midi/USB Interface : Eurorack :NEW: DETROIT MODULAR
Current price:
£121.76
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Doepfer A-192-2 CV/Gate to Midi/USB Interface : Eurorack :NEW: DETROIT MODULAR
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Doepfer A-155 Analog Trigger Sequencer : Eurorack : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]

Doepfer A-155 Analog Trigger Sequencer : Eurorack : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Current price:
£240.31
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Doepfer A-155 Analog Trigger Sequencer : Eurorack : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
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Arturia Micro Brute 25 Mini Key Analog Synthesizer Microbrute

Arturia Micro Brute 25 Mini Key Analog Synthesizer Microbrute
Current price:
£148.67
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Arturia Micro Brute 25 Mini Key Analog Synthesizer Microbrute
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Mutable Instruments Branches : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]

Mutable Instruments Branches : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Current price:
£76.26
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Mutable Instruments Branches : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
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4ms Buffered Mult : Eurorack Module : BRAND NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]

4ms Buffered Mult : Eurorack Module : BRAND NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Current price:
£50.62
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4ms Buffered Mult : Eurorack Module : BRAND NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Seller: eBay

RETRO SYNTH T SHIRT SYNTHESISER DESIGN PHASE SHIFTER S M L XL XXL

RETRO SYNTH T SHIRT SYNTHESISER DESIGN PHASE SHIFTER S M L XL XXL
Current price:
£9.00
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RETRO SYNTH T SHIRT SYNTHESISER DESIGN PHASE SHIFTER S M L XL XXL
Seller: eBay

Synthesis Technology E355 Morphing Dual LFO : Eurorack : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]

Synthesis Technology E355 Morphing Dual LFO : Eurorack : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Current price:
£159.56
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Synthesis Technology E355 Morphing Dual LFO : Eurorack : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
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Sismo VGA Eurorack Module

Sismo VGA Eurorack Module
Current price:
£35.25
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Sismo VGA Eurorack Module
Seller: eBay

Blue Lantern SIMPLE VCLFO Eurorack Synthesizer Module

Blue Lantern SIMPLE VCLFO Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Current price:
£57.03
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Blue Lantern SIMPLE VCLFO Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Seller: eBay

Blue Lantern SIMPLE VCO Eurorack Module

Blue Lantern SIMPLE VCO  Eurorack Module
Current price:
£112.14
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Blue Lantern SIMPLE VCO  Eurorack Module
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Blue Lantern DWARF STAR V2 DIGITAL NOISE Eurorack Synthesizer Module

Blue Lantern DWARF STAR V2 DIGITAL NOISE Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Current price:
£112.14
Ends in:
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Blue Lantern DWARF STAR V2 DIGITAL NOISE Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Seller: eBay

Blue Lantern 8 CHANNEL MIX 'EM UP SIMPLE MIXER Eurorack Synthesis Module

Blue Lantern 8 CHANNEL MIX 'EM UP SIMPLE MIXER Eurorack Synthesis Module
Current price:
£96.12
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Blue Lantern 8 CHANNEL MIX 'EM UP SIMPLE MIXER Eurorack Synthesis Module
Seller: eBay

Blue Lantern QUAD ATMEGA QUANTIZER

Blue Lantern QUAD ATMEGA QUANTIZER
Current price:
£92.92
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Blue Lantern QUAD ATMEGA QUANTIZER
Seller: eBay

Evaton Technologies RF NOMAD Eurorack Module

Evaton Technologies RF NOMAD Eurorack Module
Current price:
£114.71
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Evaton Technologies RF NOMAD Eurorack Module
Seller: eBay

Tiptiop Audio CB808 Eurorack Synthesizer Drum Module

Tiptiop Audio CB808 Eurorack Synthesizer Drum Module
Current price:
£63.44
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Tiptiop Audio CB808 Eurorack Synthesizer Drum Module
Seller: eBay

Tiptop Audio Z-DSP SIGNAL PROCESSOR Eurorack Synthesizer Module

Tiptop Audio Z-DSP SIGNAL PROCESSOR Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Current price:
£320.41
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Tiptop Audio Z-DSP SIGNAL PROCESSOR Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Seller: eBay

Tiptop Audio Z2040 VC FILTER Eurorack Synthesizer Module

Tiptop Audio Z2040 VC FILTER Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Current price:
£127.52
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0d 8h 35m
Tiptop Audio Z2040 VC FILTER Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Seller: eBay

Tiptop Audio z8000 MATRIX SEQUENCER Eurorack Synthesizer Module

Tiptop Audio z8000 MATRIX SEQUENCER Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Current price:
£253.12
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Tiptop Audio z8000 MATRIX SEQUENCER Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Seller: eBay

Korg MS-20 DIY Kit (Open Box and assembled)

Korg MS-20 DIY Kit (Open Box and assembled)
Current price:
£640.82
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Korg MS-20 DIY Kit (Open Box and assembled)
Seller: eBay

Arturia KeyLab 49 MIDI/USB Controller w/ Footswitch and MIDI Cable

Arturia KeyLab 49 MIDI/USB Controller w/ Footswitch and  MIDI Cable
Current price:
£223.65
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Arturia KeyLab 49 MIDI/USB Controller w/ Footswitch and  MIDI Cable
Seller: eBay

Arturia MiniBrute Analog Synthesizer with Pig Hog 10' 1/4" Cable

Arturia MiniBrute Analog Synthesizer with Pig Hog 10' 1/4
Current price:
£319.77
Ends in:
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Arturia MiniBrute Analog Synthesizer with Pig Hog 10' 1/4
Seller: eBay

Arturia Microbrute Analog Synthesizer with FREE Pig Hog 1/4" Cable

Arturia Microbrute Analog Synthesizer with FREE Pig Hog 1/4
Current price:
£191.61
Ends in:
0d 8h 55m
Arturia Microbrute Analog Synthesizer with FREE Pig Hog 1/4
Seller: eBay

MOOG LITTLE PHATTY STAGE 2 SYNTHESIZER WITH CARRY CASE & DUST COVER

MOOG LITTLE PHATTY STAGE 2 SYNTHESIZER WITH CARRY CASE & DUST COVER
Current price:
£600.00
Type:
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MOOG LITTLE PHATTY STAGE 2 SYNTHESIZER WITH CARRY CASE & DUST COVER
Seller: eBay

ROLAND SR-JV80-08 "Keyboards of the 60's & 70's" Expansion for JV, XP, XV - Rare

ROLAND SR-JV80-08
Current price:
£83.27
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ROLAND SR-JV80-08
Seller: eBay

Doepfer A-113 Subharmonic Generator : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]

Doepfer A-113 Subharmonic Generator : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Current price:
£214.67
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Doepfer A-113 Subharmonic Generator : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Seller: eBay

Doepfer A-116 VC Waveform Processor : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]

Doepfer A-116 VC Waveform Processor : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Current price:
£57.67
Ends in:
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Doepfer A-116 VC Waveform Processor : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Seller: eBay

Doepfer A-117 : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]

Doepfer A-117 : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Current price:
£60.88
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Doepfer A-117 : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Seller: eBay

Doepfer A-130 Linear VCA : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]

Doepfer A-130 Linear VCA : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Current price:
£57.67
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Doepfer A-130 Linear VCA : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Seller: eBay

☆ LEGENDARY Sequential Circuits PROPHET 5 Vintage Analogue Synthesiser! ☆

☆ LEGENDARY Sequential Circuits PROPHET 5 Vintage Analogue Synthesiser! ☆
Current price:
£3,150.00
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☆ LEGENDARY Sequential Circuits PROPHET 5 Vintage Analogue Synthesiser! ☆
Seller: eBay

Waldorf Blofeld Desktop Synthesizer module Black Mint Condition

Waldorf Blofeld Desktop Synthesizer module Black Mint Condition
Current price:
£185.00
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
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Waldorf Blofeld Desktop Synthesizer module Black Mint Condition
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Vintage GEM MusiCoder Tape Player Module Synthesizer 2 cartridges boxed complete

Vintage GEM MusiCoder Tape Player Module Synthesizer 2 cartridges boxed complete
Current price:
£79.95
Type:
Auction
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Vintage GEM MusiCoder Tape Player Module Synthesizer 2 cartridges boxed complete
Seller: eBay

Korg microKORG SYNTHESIZER/VOCODER

Korg microKORG SYNTHESIZER/VOCODER
Current price:
£137.00
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
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Korg microKORG SYNTHESIZER/VOCODER
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Novation MININOVA - Hardware Synthesizer

Novation MININOVA - Hardware Synthesizer
Current price:
£256.32
Ends in:
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Novation MININOVA - Hardware Synthesizer
Seller: eBay

Synthrotek Atari Punk Console APC 8bit Video Game Noise Drone Astroids

Synthrotek Atari Punk Console APC 8bit Video Game Noise Drone Astroids
Current price:
£41.65
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Synthrotek Atari Punk Console APC 8bit Video Game Noise Drone Astroids
Seller: eBay

Yamaha Motif ES7+SUPER CLEAN+Yamaha Sustain Pedal+$600.00 ExTrAs+FAST WORLD SHIP

Yamaha Motif ES7+SUPER CLEAN+Yamaha Sustain Pedal+$600.00 ExTrAs+FAST WORLD SHIP
Current price:
£1,153.47
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Yamaha Motif ES7+SUPER CLEAN+Yamaha Sustain Pedal+$600.00 ExTrAs+FAST WORLD SHIP
Seller: eBay
 

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