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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Arturia Minibrute SE Analog Synth + TC Electronic Corona Mini Chorus Pedal Combo

Arturia Minibrute SE Analog Synth + TC Electronic Corona Mini Chorus Pedal Combo
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Arturia Minibrute SE Analog Synth + TC Electronic Corona Mini Chorus Pedal Combo
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QPS2 Power Supply w/Cables - Synthesizers.com modular dotcom MU

QPS2 Power Supply w/Cables - Synthesizers.com modular dotcom MU
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£76.55
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QPS2 Power Supply w/Cables - Synthesizers.com modular dotcom MU
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Mini Moog Keyboard Grommet Set

Mini Moog Keyboard Grommet Set
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£50.52
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Mini Moog Keyboard Grommet Set
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Super Synthesis BMIX Eurorack Synthesizer Module

Super Synthesis BMIX Eurorack Synthesizer Module
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£58.18
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Super Synthesis BMIX Eurorack Synthesizer Module
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Roland SH-32 Midi/Synthesiser/Module

Roland SH-32 Midi/Synthesiser/Module
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£245.00
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Roland SH-32 Midi/Synthesiser/Module
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Roland VariOS Open Synth Module

Roland VariOS Open Synth Module
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£174.54
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Roland VariOS Open Synth Module
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Roland JUNO-Gi Synthesiser / keyboard

Roland JUNO-Gi Synthesiser / keyboard
Current price:
£535.00
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Roland JUNO-Gi Synthesiser / keyboard
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Roland SH101 vintage analogue synthesiser

Roland SH101 vintage analogue synthesiser
Current price:
£530.00
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Roland SH101 vintage analogue synthesiser
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STG Soundlabs .BAM (Eurorack) Eurorack Synthesizer Module

STG Soundlabs .BAM (Eurorack) Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Current price:
£60.63
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STG Soundlabs .BAM (Eurorack) Eurorack Synthesizer Module
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Dave Smith Instruments Prophet '08 PE Synthesizer / Keyboard

Dave Smith Instruments Prophet '08 PE Synthesizer / Keyboard
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£1,041.09
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Dave Smith Instruments Prophet '08 PE Synthesizer / Keyboard
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roland gr-50 guitar synthesizer

roland gr-50 guitar synthesizer
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£70.00
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roland gr-50 guitar synthesizer
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Arturia Arp 2600 V software

Arturia Arp 2600 V software
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£60.63
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Arturia Arp 2600 V software
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x0xb0x Xoxbox Tb303 Clone Synthesizer With Bass Boost Mod Analog

x0xb0x Xoxbox Tb303 Clone Synthesizer With Bass Boost Mod Analog
Current price:
£295.00
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x0xb0x Xoxbox Tb303 Clone Synthesizer With Bass Boost Mod Analog
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Brand New Moog Minimoog Voyager Electric Blue Synth

Brand New Moog Minimoog Voyager Electric Blue Synth
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£2,097.50
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Brand New Moog Minimoog Voyager Electric Blue Synth
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Snazzy FX ARDCORE EXPANDER Eurorack Synthesizer Module

Snazzy FX ARDCORE EXPANDER Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Current price:
£202.09
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Snazzy FX ARDCORE EXPANDER Eurorack Synthesizer Module
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Snazzy FX WOW AND FLUTTER Eurorack Module Eurorack Synthesizer Module

Snazzy FX WOW AND FLUTTER Eurorack Module Eurorack Synthesizer Module
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£202.09
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Snazzy FX WOW AND FLUTTER Eurorack Module Eurorack Synthesizer Module
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Snazzy FX ARDCORE Eurorack Synthesizer Module

Snazzy FX ARDCORE Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Current price:
£202.09
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Snazzy FX ARDCORE Eurorack Synthesizer Module
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Snazzy FX CHAOS BROTHER Eurorack Module Eurorack Synthesizer Module

Snazzy FX CHAOS BROTHER Eurorack Module Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Current price:
£180.66
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Snazzy FX CHAOS BROTHER Eurorack Module Eurorack Synthesizer Module
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KORG ElecTribe S (ES-1) w/ Power Supply and SMARTMEDIA card

KORG ElecTribe S (ES-1)  w/ Power Supply and SMARTMEDIA card
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£104.11
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KORG ElecTribe S (ES-1)  w/ Power Supply and SMARTMEDIA card
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Kurzweil 1000 PX Plus

Kurzweil 1000 PX Plus
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£183.72
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Kurzweil 1000 PX Plus
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The Brilliant Korg X5 32-Voice Polyphonic Digital Synthesiser

The Brilliant Korg X5 32-Voice Polyphonic Digital Synthesiser
Current price:
£145.00
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The Brilliant Korg X5 32-Voice Polyphonic Digital Synthesiser
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Korg Monotron Duo Analog Synthesizer Synth MS-20 Filter MS20 Analogue

Korg Monotron Duo Analog Synthesizer Synth MS-20 Filter MS20 Analogue
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£24.49
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Korg Monotron Duo Analog Synthesizer Synth MS-20 Filter MS20 Analogue
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SEQUENTIAL CIRCUITS MODEL 620 MAX SYNTHESIZER MIDIGUIDE MG620A

SEQUENTIAL CIRCUITS MODEL 620 MAX SYNTHESIZER MIDIGUIDE MG620A
Current price:
£9.19
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SEQUENTIAL CIRCUITS MODEL 620 MAX SYNTHESIZER MIDIGUIDE MG620A
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SEQUENTIAL CIRCUITS PROPHET-3000 SAMPLER OPERATION MANUAL CM3000C

SEQUENTIAL CIRCUITS PROPHET-3000 SAMPLER OPERATION MANUAL CM3000C
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£21.43
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SEQUENTIAL CIRCUITS PROPHET-3000 SAMPLER OPERATION MANUAL CM3000C
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SEQUENTIAL CIRCUITS MODEL 615 MULTI-TRAK SYNTHESIZER MIDIGUIDE MG615A

SEQUENTIAL CIRCUITS MODEL 615 MULTI-TRAK SYNTHESIZER MIDIGUIDE MG615A
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£9.19
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SEQUENTIAL CIRCUITS MODEL 615 MULTI-TRAK SYNTHESIZER MIDIGUIDE MG615A
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Roland JV-2080 64-Voice Synthesizer Module with Expansion Board inc Hip Hop

Roland JV-2080 64-Voice Synthesizer Module with Expansion Board inc Hip Hop
Current price:
£370.00
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Roland JV-2080 64-Voice Synthesizer Module with Expansion Board inc Hip Hop
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Super37 MeMe Antenna Edition Black- Eurorack Modular Synthesizer Case Keyboard

Super37 MeMe Antenna Edition Black- Eurorack Modular Synthesizer Case Keyboard
Current price:
£560.35
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Super37 MeMe Antenna Edition Black- Eurorack Modular Synthesizer Case Keyboard
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KORG Electribe EA-1 analog synth ea1 MIDI synthesizer w/ BOX + Owner's Manual

KORG Electribe EA-1 analog synth ea1 MIDI synthesizer w/ BOX + Owner's Manual
Current price:
£91.71
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KORG Electribe EA-1 analog synth ea1 MIDI synthesizer w/ BOX + Owner's Manual
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Roland U-220 Sythesizer Module Keyboard Vintage Synth

Roland U-220 Sythesizer Module Keyboard Vintage Synth
Current price:
£91.25
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Roland U-220 Sythesizer Module Keyboard Vintage Synth
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Korg Triton LE 88 weighted keys workstation synthesizer/ Great condition/ Clean

Korg Triton LE 88 weighted keys workstation synthesizer/ Great condition/ Clean
Current price:
£658.34
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Korg Triton LE 88 weighted keys workstation synthesizer/ Great condition/ Clean
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Korg PS60 Semi-Weighted 61-Key Natural Touch Keyboard Performance Synthesizer

Korg PS60 Semi-Weighted 61-Key Natural Touch Keyboard Performance Synthesizer
Current price:
£428.07
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Korg PS60 Semi-Weighted 61-Key Natural Touch Keyboard Performance Synthesizer
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Roland SR-JV80-02 Orchestral Expansion Board

Roland SR-JV80-02 Orchestral Expansion Board
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£48.99
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Roland SR-JV80-02 Orchestral Expansion Board
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Roland SR-JV80-99 Experience Expansion Board

Roland SR-JV80-99 Experience Expansion Board
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£42.86
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Roland SR-JV80-99 Experience Expansion Board
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Frequency Central Continuum Phase Shifter - Eurorack Modular Synth

Frequency Central Continuum Phase Shifter - Eurorack Modular Synth
Current price:
£168.41
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Frequency Central Continuum Phase Shifter - Eurorack Modular Synth
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ROLAND PRO-E 37-KEY LA DIGITAL SYNTHESIS POLY SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD ARRANGER

ROLAND PRO-E 37-KEY LA DIGITAL SYNTHESIS POLY SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD ARRANGER
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£133.06
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ROLAND PRO-E 37-KEY LA DIGITAL SYNTHESIS POLY SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD ARRANGER
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Korg MicroX Synthesizer / MIDI Controller w/ Case, Manual, Cables, Software, etc

Korg MicroX Synthesizer / MIDI Controller w/ Case, Manual, Cables, Software, etc
Current price:
£290.89
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Korg MicroX Synthesizer / MIDI Controller w/ Case, Manual, Cables, Software, etc
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Hexinverter Galilean Moons - Eurorack Modular Synth

Hexinverter Galilean Moons - Eurorack Modular Synth
Current price:
£183.11
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Hexinverter Galilean Moons - Eurorack Modular Synth
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Intellijel µVCA v1 Dual Log/Lin VCA Eurorack Modular Synthesizer

Intellijel µVCA v1 Dual Log/Lin VCA Eurorack Modular Synthesizer
Current price:
£76.55
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Intellijel µVCA v1 Dual Log/Lin VCA Eurorack Modular Synthesizer
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Novation UltraNova Analogue Modelling Synthesizer

Novation UltraNova Analogue Modelling Synthesizer
Current price:
£250.00
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Novation UltraNova Analogue Modelling Synthesizer
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10 Channel 10XS5MA3C Analog Sequencer USA CV Output Gate & Trig 5 Volt System

10 Channel  10XS5MA3C Analog Sequencer USA CV Output Gate & Trig 5 Volt System
Current price:
£168.41
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10 Channel  10XS5MA3C Analog Sequencer USA CV Output Gate & Trig 5 Volt System
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ROLAND JUNO 106 SYNTHESIZER AND FLIGHT CASE

ROLAND JUNO 106 SYNTHESIZER AND FLIGHT CASE
Current price:
£649.00
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ROLAND JUNO 106 SYNTHESIZER AND FLIGHT CASE
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Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizer Box : Eurorack : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]

Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizer Box : Eurorack : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Current price:
£207.61
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Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizer Box : Eurorack : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
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Pittsburgh Modular - Oscillator - Eurorack Modular Synth

Pittsburgh Modular - Oscillator - Eurorack Modular Synth
Current price:
£134.12
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Pittsburgh Modular - Oscillator - Eurorack Modular Synth
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10 Channel 10XS5MA4C Analog Sequencer USA CV Output Gate & Trig 5 Volt System

10 Channel  10XS5MA4C Analog Sequencer USA CV Output Gate & Trig 5 Volt System
Current price:
£153.10
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10 Channel  10XS5MA4C Analog Sequencer USA CV Output Gate & Trig 5 Volt System
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Pittsburgh Modular - Toolbox - Eurorack Modular Synth

Pittsburgh Modular - Toolbox - Eurorack Modular Synth
Current price:
£85.12
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Pittsburgh Modular - Toolbox - Eurorack Modular Synth
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MOTM 480 CS-80 Filter, assembled

MOTM 480 CS-80 Filter, assembled
Current price:
£269.46
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MOTM 480 CS-80 Filter, assembled
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KORG minikaosspad2 Dynamic Effect Processor NIB!

KORG minikaosspad2 Dynamic Effect Processor  NIB!
Current price:
£97.95
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KORG minikaosspad2 Dynamic Effect Processor  NIB!
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RARE ROLAND MC-202 MC 202 MICRO COMPOSER ANALOG SYNTHESIZER SEQUENCER VINTAGE

RARE ROLAND MC-202 MC 202 MICRO COMPOSER ANALOG SYNTHESIZER SEQUENCER VINTAGE
Current price:
£380.00
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RARE ROLAND MC-202 MC 202 MICRO COMPOSER ANALOG SYNTHESIZER SEQUENCER VINTAGE
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Synthrotek EKO Echo Delay Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Synthrotek EKO Echo Delay Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£61.23
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Synthrotek EKO Echo Delay Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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BLUE LANTERN ASTEROID VCF FILTER MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

BLUE LANTERN ASTEROID VCF FILTER MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
Current price:
£179.23
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BLUE LANTERN ASTEROID VCF FILTER MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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ROLAND SR-JV80-10 Bass & Drums Expansion Board Free Shipping Worldwide

ROLAND SR-JV80-10 Bass & Drums Expansion Board Free Shipping Worldwide
Current price:
£42.86
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ROLAND SR-JV80-10 Bass & Drums Expansion Board Free Shipping Worldwide
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KORG Prophecy SSP-1 Monophonic MOSS Analog Modeling Synthesizer

KORG Prophecy SSP-1 Monophonic MOSS Analog Modeling Synthesizer
Current price:
£195.96
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KORG Prophecy SSP-1 Monophonic MOSS Analog Modeling Synthesizer
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Clavia Voice Expansion Board for Nord Lead, Rack 1 World Ship

Clavia Voice Expansion Board for Nord Lead, Rack 1 World Ship
Current price:
£183.72
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Clavia Voice Expansion Board for Nord Lead, Rack 1 World Ship
Seller: eBay

E-MU Emulator PROTEUS FX Synthesizer Version 4 Rack Sound Module

E-MU Emulator PROTEUS FX Synthesizer Version 4 Rack Sound Module
Current price:
£134.70
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0d 7h 57m
E-MU Emulator PROTEUS FX Synthesizer Version 4 Rack Sound Module
Seller: eBay

Novation UltraNova Synthesizer w/ATH-M30x headphones, Stand, and Cables

Novation UltraNova Synthesizer w/ATH-M30x headphones, Stand, and Cables
Current price:
£428.65
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Novation UltraNova Synthesizer w/ATH-M30x headphones, Stand, and Cables
Seller: eBay

Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizer Box - Eurorack Modular Synth

Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizer Box - Eurorack Modular Synth
Current price:
£207.61
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Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizer Box - Eurorack Modular Synth
Seller: eBay

Korg Radias Synthesizer Module with original Box and Accessories...Must see

Korg Radias Synthesizer Module with original Box and Accessories...Must see
Current price:
£517.48
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Korg Radias Synthesizer Module with original Box and Accessories...Must see
Seller: eBay

Division 6 Multiplicity VI Phat (3HP) Eurorack Synthesizer Module

Division 6 Multiplicity VI Phat (3HP) Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Current price:
£57.87
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Division 6 Multiplicity VI Phat (3HP) Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Seller: eBay

Synthesis Technology e580 Resampling Mini-Delay - Eurorack Modular Format

Synthesis Technology e580 Resampling Mini-Delay - Eurorack Modular Format
Current price:
£208.21
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Synthesis Technology e580 Resampling Mini-Delay - Eurorack Modular Format
Seller: eBay

MFB Drum-05 Snare Drum Eurorack Synthesizer Module

MFB Drum-05 Snare Drum Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Current price:
£107.17
Ends in:
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MFB Drum-05 Snare Drum Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Seller: eBay
 

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