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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Gotharman AnaX Ana X MKII Minijack Little deFormer Expander NEW! AUTH DEALER!

Gotharman AnaX Ana X MKII Minijack Little deFormer Expander NEW! AUTH DEALER!
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Korg Monotron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer

Korg Monotron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer
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£37.49
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Korg Monotron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer
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MFB FILTERBOX MIDI SYNC ANALOG FILTERS with STEP SEQUENCER rare

MFB FILTERBOX MIDI SYNC ANALOG FILTERS with STEP SEQUENCER rare
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MFB FILTERBOX MIDI SYNC ANALOG FILTERS with STEP SEQUENCER rare
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Roland PG 200 Analog Synth Programmer JX-3P MKS-30 w/case and cable

Roland PG 200 Analog Synth Programmer JX-3P MKS-30 w/case and cable
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£267.09
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Roland PG 200 Analog Synth Programmer JX-3P MKS-30 w/case and cable
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Arturia MiniLab 25 Key USB Midi Controller

Arturia MiniLab 25 Key USB Midi Controller
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£62.96
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Arturia MiniLab 25 Key USB Midi Controller
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Moog MF-104M MIDI controllable Analog Delay Moogerfooger Control Voltage CV

Moog MF-104M MIDI controllable Analog Delay Moogerfooger Control Voltage CV
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£388.62
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Moog MF-104M MIDI controllable Analog Delay Moogerfooger Control Voltage CV
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Arturia MicroBrute SE Limited Edition Semi Modular Analog Synthesizer (white)

Arturia MicroBrute SE Limited Edition Semi Modular Analog Synthesizer (white)
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£259.00
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Arturia MicroBrute SE Limited Edition Semi Modular Analog Synthesizer (white)
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Korg DW-8000 complete power section parts lot

Korg DW-8000 complete power section parts lot
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£24.80
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Korg DW-8000 complete power section parts lot
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4MS SISM Shifting Inverting Signal Mingler Eurorack Module! NEW! AUTH DEALER!

4MS SISM Shifting Inverting Signal Mingler Eurorack Module! NEW! AUTH DEALER!
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£111.29
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4MS SISM Shifting Inverting Signal Mingler Eurorack Module! NEW! AUTH DEALER!
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NOVATION A STATION POLYPHONIC SYNTHESIZER, POWER & MANUAL

NOVATION A STATION POLYPHONIC SYNTHESIZER, POWER & MANUAL
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£91.66
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NOVATION A STATION POLYPHONIC SYNTHESIZER, POWER & MANUAL
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NOVATION BASS STATION ANALOGUE SYNTHESIZER MODULE, POWER & MANUAL

NOVATION BASS STATION ANALOGUE SYNTHESIZER MODULE, POWER & MANUAL
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£81.00
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NOVATION BASS STATION ANALOGUE SYNTHESIZER MODULE, POWER & MANUAL
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Korg Kaossilator Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer (Yellow)

Korg Kaossilator Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer (Yellow)
Current price:
£20.87
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Korg Kaossilator Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer (Yellow)
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Vermona Mono Lancet analogue desktop synthesizer

Vermona Mono Lancet analogue desktop synthesizer
Current price:
£200.00
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Vermona Mono Lancet analogue desktop synthesizer
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Roland Fantom x8 x 8 88 Excellent EXCELLENT w Audio Expn-LoOK+FAST WORLD SHIP !!

Roland Fantom x8 x 8 88 Excellent EXCELLENT w Audio Expn-LoOK+FAST WORLD SHIP !!
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Roland Fantom x8 x 8 88 Excellent EXCELLENT w Audio Expn-LoOK+FAST WORLD SHIP !!
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FOH Flight of Harmony Choices Joystick Controller Module NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

FOH Flight of Harmony Choices Joystick Controller Module NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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£113.83
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FOH Flight of Harmony Choices Joystick Controller Module NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Korg MCR-02 PCM RAM Card M1 M1R M3R DS8 Wavestation DDD1 DDD5 Waldorf Microwave

Korg MCR-02 PCM RAM Card M1 M1R M3R DS8 Wavestation DDD1 DDD5 Waldorf Microwave
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Korg MCR-02 PCM RAM Card M1 M1R M3R DS8 Wavestation DDD1 DDD5 Waldorf Microwave
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Vintage Suzuki Omnichord OM-27 Synthesizer + Adapter HAS ISSUES AS IS SEE VIDEO 

Vintage Suzuki Omnichord OM-27 Synthesizer + Adapter HAS ISSUES AS IS SEE VIDEO 
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£88.14
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Vintage Suzuki Omnichord OM-27 Synthesizer + Adapter HAS ISSUES AS IS SEE VIDEO 
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Moog The Rogue orignal manual

Moog The Rogue orignal manual
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£15.90
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Moog The Rogue orignal manual
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KORG MS 10 SYNTHESISER

KORG MS 10 SYNTHESISER
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£226.00
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KORG MS 10 SYNTHESISER
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5FT/1.5METER S-TRIGGER S-TRIG-1/4" FEMALE CABLE FOR MOOG/KORG YAMAHA SYNTHESIZER

5FT/1.5METER S-TRIGGER S-TRIG-1/4
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£21.48
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5FT/1.5METER S-TRIGGER S-TRIG-1/4
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Korg microkorg synthesiser/vocoder

Korg microkorg synthesiser/vocoder
Current price:
£175.00
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Korg microkorg synthesiser/vocoder
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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
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£114.46
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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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ROLAND FANTOM X6-7-8-GUNO G-V SYNTH-2GB COMPACTFLASH CARD+ADAPTER
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Electronic Keyboard with Microphone [ID 2661531]

Electronic Keyboard with Microphone [ID 2661531]
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£21.46
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Electronic Keyboard with Microphone [ID 2661531]
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BASTL Instruments Micro Granny 2.0 Granular Sampler! NEW! AUTH DEALER! RED!

BASTL Instruments Micro Granny 2.0 Granular Sampler! NEW! AUTH DEALER! RED!
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£171.07
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Novation A station polyphonic synthesiser

Novation A station polyphonic synthesiser
Current price:
£77.00
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Novation A station polyphonic synthesiser
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BASTL Instruments Micro Granny 2.0 Granular Sampler! NEW! AUTH DEALER! BLACK!

BASTL Instruments Micro Granny 2.0 Granular Sampler! NEW! AUTH DEALER! BLACK!
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£171.07
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Keith McMillen Instruments KMI MIDI DIN Connector Expander for QuNexus

Keith McMillen Instruments KMI MIDI DIN Connector Expander for QuNexus
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Keith McMillen Instruments KMI MIDI DIN Connector Expander for QuNexus
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Tom Oberheim SEM MIDI/CV Analog Synth Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Tom Oberheim SEM MIDI/CV Analog Synth Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Tom Oberheim SEM MIDI/CV Analog Synth Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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BLACK BOX black noise loop DEVICE Flingco Wrnlrd Cristal Haptic buddha machine

BLACK BOX black noise loop DEVICE Flingco Wrnlrd Cristal Haptic buddha machine
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BLACK BOX black noise loop DEVICE Flingco Wrnlrd Cristal Haptic buddha machine
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Korg microKorg 37 Key (mini) Analog Modeled Synth Synthesizer Vocoder

Korg microKorg 37 Key (mini) Analog Modeled Synth Synthesizer Vocoder
Current price:
£129.99
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Korg microKorg 37 Key (mini) Analog Modeled Synth Synthesizer Vocoder
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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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Kurzweil K2000 transformer (for keyboard version) -- tested and working

Kurzweil K2000 transformer (for keyboard version) -- tested and working
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£9.54
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Kurzweil K2000 transformer (for keyboard version) -- tested and working
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Synthrotek Chaos Nand : Eurorack : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]

Synthrotek Chaos Nand : Eurorack : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
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£89.00
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Synthrotek Chaos Nand : Eurorack : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
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Keith McMillen Instruments QuNeo USB CV Gate Hardware MIDI Trigger Controller

Keith McMillen Instruments QuNeo USB CV Gate Hardware MIDI Trigger Controller
Current price:
£158.35
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Keith McMillen Instruments QuNeo USB CV Gate Hardware MIDI Trigger Controller
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ROLAND JV-2080 64-VOICE SYNTHESIZER MODULE

ROLAND JV-2080 64-VOICE SYNTHESIZER MODULE
Current price:
£96.15
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ROLAND JV-2080 64-VOICE SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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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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£28.62
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Vermona Mono Kick Filter Lancet Wooden Sides! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Yamaha CS6X synthesizer - Keyboard Synth

Yamaha CS6X synthesizer  - Keyboard Synth
Current price:
£439.00
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Yamaha CS6X synthesizer  - Keyboard Synth
Seller: eBay

Q150 Transistor Ladder Filter Analog Module - Synthesizers.com modular dotcom MU

Q150 Transistor Ladder Filter Analog Module - Synthesizers.com modular dotcom MU
Current price:
£120.19
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Q150 Transistor Ladder Filter Analog Module - Synthesizers.com modular dotcom MU
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Eowave Centre de Controle MIDI Interface & Power Distributor! NEW! AUTH DEALER!

Eowave Centre de Controle MIDI Interface & Power Distributor! NEW! AUTH DEALER!
Current price:
£94.12
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Eowave Centre de Controle MIDI Interface & Power Distributor! NEW! AUTH DEALER!
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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:
£31.79
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Korg Monotron Duo Analog Ribbon Synthesizer NEW!! FREE US SHIPPING!!
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Eurorack Modular Synthesizer Case: 3U 104HP Black Skiff + Power Supply

Eurorack Modular Synthesizer Case: 3U 104HP Black Skiff + Power Supply
Current price:
£232.11
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Eurorack Modular Synthesizer Case: 3U 104HP Black Skiff + Power Supply
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Bubblesound Instruments cvWS Eurorack Synthesizer Module

Bubblesound Instruments cvWS Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Current price:
£89.03
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Bubblesound Instruments cvWS Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Seller: eBay

Roland mdc1 Dance Sound Module Rack Synthesizer

Roland mdc1 Dance Sound Module Rack Synthesizer
Current price:
£152.62
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Roland mdc1 Dance Sound Module Rack Synthesizer
Seller: eBay

Alesis D4 Drum and Percussion Sound Module

Alesis D4 Drum and Percussion Sound Module
Current price:
£124.00
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Alesis D4 Drum and Percussion Sound Module
Seller: eBay

Roland MC-307 workstation sequencer sound module Groovebox Synthesizer MC307

Roland MC-307  workstation sequencer sound module Groovebox Synthesizer MC307
Current price:
£158.98
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Roland MC-307  workstation sequencer sound module Groovebox Synthesizer MC307
Seller: eBay

Kurzweil 1000PX upgraded to Kurzweil 1200 Pro I Synthesizer

Kurzweil 1000PX upgraded to Kurzweil 1200 Pro I Synthesizer
Current price:
£187.59
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Kurzweil 1000PX upgraded to Kurzweil 1200 Pro I Synthesizer
Seller: eBay

WMD Pro Output Headphone Amp & Output Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

WMD Pro Output Headphone Amp & Output Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£110.10
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WMD Pro Output Headphone Amp & Output Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Future Retro Zillion MIDI Sequencer! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Future Retro Zillion MIDI Sequencer! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£171.70
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Future Retro Zillion MIDI Sequencer! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Future Retro XS Semi Modular Analog Synthesizer! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Future Retro XS Semi Modular Analog Synthesizer! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£686.80
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Future Retro XS Semi Modular Analog Synthesizer! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Moog Prodigy mono synthesizer

Moog Prodigy mono synthesizer
Current price:
£750.00
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
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Moog Prodigy mono synthesizer
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Kurzweil K2000R fan -- tested and working

Kurzweil K2000R fan -- tested and working
Current price:
£8.59
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Kurzweil K2000R fan -- tested and working
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Roland Fantom X7 Synthesizer - 76 key Keyboard - x6

Roland Fantom X7 Synthesizer - 76 key Keyboard - x6
Current price:
£187.60
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Roland Fantom X7 Synthesizer - 76 key Keyboard - x6
Seller: eBay

Roland Fantom X7 Synthesizer - Dynamic Pad Bank - drum sound triggers - x6 x7

Roland Fantom X7 Synthesizer - Dynamic Pad Bank -  drum sound  triggers - x6 x7
Current price:
£124.01
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Roland Fantom X7 Synthesizer - Dynamic Pad Bank -  drum sound  triggers - x6 x7
Seller: eBay

Roland Fantom X7 Synthesizer - TouchScreen screen replacement - LCD - x6 x7

Roland Fantom X7 Synthesizer - TouchScreen screen replacement -  LCD - x6 x7
Current price:
£124.01
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Roland Fantom X7 Synthesizer - TouchScreen screen replacement -  LCD - x6 x7
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Roland Fantom X7 Synthesizer - Power Supply - replacement part - x6 x7

Roland Fantom X7 Synthesizer  - Power Supply  - replacement part - x6 x7
Current price:
£54.05
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Roland Fantom X7 Synthesizer  - Power Supply  - replacement part - x6 x7
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Studio Electronics ATC1 Synthesizer w/ Mini Moog Filter

Studio Electronics ATC1 Synthesizer w/ Mini Moog Filter
Current price:
£572.34
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Studio Electronics ATC1 Synthesizer w/ Mini Moog Filter
Seller: eBay

Arturia Microbrute with Instrument Cable and USB Cable

Arturia Microbrute with Instrument Cable and USB Cable
Current price:
£171.13
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Arturia Microbrute with Instrument Cable and USB Cable
Seller: eBay

Brownshoesonly Triple Video VCA Eurorack Module! CLEAN B STOCK! AUTH DEALER!

Brownshoesonly Triple Video VCA Eurorack Module! CLEAN B STOCK! AUTH DEALER!
Current price:
£120.19
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Brownshoesonly Triple Video VCA Eurorack Module! CLEAN B STOCK! AUTH DEALER!
Seller: eBay

Circuit Abbey Impulse Drive Wave Multiplier Eurorack Module! CLEAN B STOCK!

Circuit Abbey Impulse Drive Wave Multiplier Eurorack Module! CLEAN B STOCK!
Current price:
£131.00
Ends in:
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Circuit Abbey Impulse Drive Wave Multiplier Eurorack Module! CLEAN B STOCK!
Seller: eBay
 

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