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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Verbos Electronics - Complex Oscillator - Eurorack Modular Synthesizer

Verbos Electronics - Complex Oscillator - Eurorack Modular Synthesizer
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£386.39
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Verbos Electronics - Complex Oscillator - Eurorack Modular Synthesizer
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ROLAND SR-JV80-01 POP Expansion Board Free Shipping Worldwide

ROLAND SR-JV80-01 POP Expansion Board Free Shipping Worldwide
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ROLAND SR-JV80-01 POP Expansion Board Free Shipping Worldwide
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ELBY-DESIGNS IF112 DOUBLE DEKA VCO OSCILLATOR MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER

ELBY-DESIGNS IF112 DOUBLE DEKA VCO OSCILLATOR MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER
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ELBY-DESIGNS IF112 DOUBLE DEKA VCO OSCILLATOR MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER
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Dreadbox Murmux Semi Modular Analog Synth - Authorized Dealer - Brand New!

Dreadbox Murmux Semi Modular Analog Synth - Authorized Dealer - Brand New!
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£690.21
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Dreadbox Murmux Semi Modular Analog Synth - Authorized Dealer - Brand New!
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PITTSBURGH MODULAR ANALOG REPLICATOR DELAY EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE

PITTSBURGH MODULAR ANALOG REPLICATOR DELAY EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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£231.78
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PITTSBURGH MODULAR ANALOG REPLICATOR DELAY EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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PITTSBURGH MODULAR TIMERUNNER TIME RUNNER EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE

PITTSBURGH MODULAR TIMERUNNER TIME RUNNER EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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£201.60
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PITTSBURGH MODULAR TIMERUNNER TIME RUNNER EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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PITTSBURGH MODULAR OSCIALLTOR V2 VCO UTILITY EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE

PITTSBURGH MODULAR OSCIALLTOR V2 VCO UTILITY EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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£124.78
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PITTSBURGH MODULAR OSCIALLTOR V2 VCO UTILITY EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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PITTSBURGH MODULAR MIDI3 MIDI 3 MIDI-TO-CV EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE

PITTSBURGH MODULAR MIDI3 MIDI 3 MIDI-TO-CV EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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£160.61
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PITTSBURGH MODULAR MIDI3 MIDI 3 MIDI-TO-CV EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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PITTSBURGH MODULAR OUTS AUDIO OUTPUT EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE

PITTSBURGH MODULAR OUTS AUDIO OUTPUT EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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£65.57
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PITTSBURGH MODULAR MIXER/ATTENUATOR EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE

PITTSBURGH MODULAR MIXER/ATTENUATOR EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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£62.14
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PITTSBURGH MODULAR MIXER/ATTENUATOR EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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PITTSBURGH MODULAR CELL [90] EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER DESKTOP CASE 90 HP

PITTSBURGH MODULAR CELL [90] EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER DESKTOP CASE 90 HP
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£187.87
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PITTSBURGH MODULAR CELL [90] EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER DESKTOP CASE 90 HP
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KORG SQ-1 Analog CV/GATE 2 X 8 Step Sequencer Japan

KORG SQ-1 Analog CV/GATE 2 X 8 Step Sequencer Japan
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£78.70
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KORG SQ-1 Analog CV/GATE 2 X 8 Step Sequencer Japan
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Gakken SX-150 Mark II Analog Synthesizer Kit by Otona no Kagaku Instrument Music

Gakken SX-150 Mark II Analog Synthesizer Kit by Otona no Kagaku Instrument Music
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£19.99
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Gakken SX-150 Mark II Analog Synthesizer Kit by Otona no Kagaku Instrument Music
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ELBY-DESIGNS/PANTHER CGS762 SLOPE DETECTOR MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

ELBY-DESIGNS/PANTHER CGS762 SLOPE DETECTOR MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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£56.58
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ELBY-DESIGNS/PANTHER CGS762 SLOPE DETECTOR MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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4ms ROTATING CLOCK DIVIDER (RCD) DIY KIT EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE

4ms ROTATING CLOCK DIVIDER (RCD) DIY KIT EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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4ms ROTATING CLOCK DIVIDER (RCD) DIY KIT EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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4ms ROTATING CLOCK DIVIDER (RCD-EX) BREAKOUT DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

4ms ROTATING CLOCK DIVIDER (RCD-EX) BREAKOUT DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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£36.80
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4ms ROTATING CLOCK DIVIDER (RCD-EX) BREAKOUT DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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ELBY-DESIGN/PANTHER ED721 SUPER PSYCHO LFO EXPANSION EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

ELBY-DESIGN/PANTHER ED721 SUPER PSYCHO LFO EXPANSION EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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£59.61
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ELBY-DESIGN/PANTHER ED721 SUPER PSYCHO LFO EXPANSION EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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4ms ROTATING CLOCK DIVIDER RCD+EX BREAKOUT DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

4ms ROTATING CLOCK DIVIDER RCD+EX BREAKOUT DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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£96.86
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4ms ROTATING CLOCK DIVIDER RCD+EX BREAKOUT DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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ROLAND SH-5 WITH MIDI VINTAGE MONSTER ANALOG SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD 240V SH5

ROLAND SH-5 WITH MIDI VINTAGE MONSTER ANALOG SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD 240V SH5
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£2,195.29
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ROLAND SH-5 WITH MIDI VINTAGE MONSTER ANALOG SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD 240V SH5
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4ms SHUFFLING CLOCK MULTIPLIER SCM+BREAKOUT DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

4ms SHUFFLING CLOCK MULTIPLIER SCM+BREAKOUT DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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£132.55
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4ms SHUFFLING CLOCK MULTIPLIER SCM+BREAKOUT DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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4ms QUAD CLOCK DISTRIBUTOR EXPANDER (QCDEX) EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE

4ms QUAD CLOCK DISTRIBUTOR EXPANDER (QCDEX) EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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£107.11
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4ms QUAD CLOCK DISTRIBUTOR EXPANDER (QCDEX) EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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ELBY-DESIGNS/PANTHER CGS735 SYNTHACON FILTER DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

ELBY-DESIGNS/PANTHER CGS735 SYNTHACON FILTER DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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£70.57
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ELBY-DESIGNS/PANTHER CGS735 SYNTHACON FILTER DIY KIT EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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ELBY-DESIGNS CGS747 CYNARE DRUM SIMULATOR/SYNTHESIZER DIY KIT EURORACK MODULE

ELBY-DESIGNS CGS747 CYNARE DRUM SIMULATOR/SYNTHESIZER DIY KIT EURORACK MODULE
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£146.33
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Korg Kaossilator Pro Plus + Dynamic Phrase Synth Loop Rec Synthesiser

Korg Kaossilator Pro Plus + Dynamic Phrase Synth Loop Rec Synthesiser
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£232.22
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Korg Kaossilator Pro Plus + Dynamic Phrase Synth Loop Rec Synthesiser
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E-MU Proteus 2500 Command Module Synthesizer P2500

E-MU Proteus 2500 Command Module Synthesizer P2500
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£349.00
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E-MU Proteus 2500 Command Module Synthesizer P2500
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RETRO SYNTH T SHIRT SYNTHESISER DESIGN TOTALLY SQUARE S M L XL XXL

RETRO  SYNTH T SHIRT SYNTHESISER DESIGN TOTALLY SQUARE S M L XL XXL
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RETRO  SYNTH T SHIRT SYNTHESISER DESIGN TOTALLY SQUARE S M L XL XXL
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Korg Kaossilator 2 - Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer

Korg Kaossilator 2 - Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer
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£51.00
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WMD QUAD ANTI-ALIASING FILTER (QAAF) 4-POLE EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE

WMD QUAD ANTI-ALIASING FILTER (QAAF) 4-POLE EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE
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£151.38
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WMD QUAD ANTI-ALIASING FILTER (QAAF) 4-POLE EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE
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NEW KORG Volca Sample sequencer (Includes Power Supply!) From Japan

NEW KORG Volca Sample sequencer (Includes Power Supply!) From Japan
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£113.52
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NEW KORG Volca Sample sequencer (Includes Power Supply!) From Japan
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KAWAI K1R RACK MOUNTABLE SYNTHESISER

KAWAI K1R RACK MOUNTABLE SYNTHESISER
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£75.00
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KAWAI K1R RACK MOUNTABLE SYNTHESISER
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CASIO VZ-8M DIGITAL SYNTHESISER

CASIO VZ-8M DIGITAL SYNTHESISER
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£99.00
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CASIO VZ-8M DIGITAL SYNTHESISER
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PEAVEY DPM-SP SAMPLE PLAYBACK SYNTHESIZER RACK MOUNT UNIT.

PEAVEY DPM-SP SAMPLE PLAYBACK SYNTHESIZER RACK MOUNT UNIT.
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£69.00
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PEAVEY DPM-SP SAMPLE PLAYBACK SYNTHESIZER RACK MOUNT UNIT.
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ROLAND SYSTEM 1 PLUG OUT SYNTHESISER CHEAPEST ON THE INTERNET!!

ROLAND SYSTEM 1 PLUG OUT SYNTHESISER CHEAPEST ON THE INTERNET!!
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£365.00
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ROLAND SYSTEM 1 PLUG OUT SYNTHESISER CHEAPEST ON THE INTERNET!!
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Kurzweil K2000R fuse box, fuses, power receptacle, and voltage line selector

Kurzweil K2000R fuse box, fuses, power receptacle, and voltage line selector
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£12.58
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Kurzweil K2000R fuse box, fuses, power receptacle, and voltage line selector
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Kurzweil K2000R fan -- tested and working

Kurzweil K2000R fan -- tested and working
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£8.71
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Kurzweil K2000R fan -- tested and working
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NEW KORG SQ-1 Analog CV/GATE 2 X 8 Step Sequencer EMS Free Shipping SQ-10

NEW KORG SQ-1 Analog CV/GATE 2 X 8 Step Sequencer EMS Free Shipping SQ-10
Current price:
£94.82
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NEW KORG SQ-1 Analog CV/GATE 2 X 8 Step Sequencer EMS Free Shipping SQ-10
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novation Bass Station Analog Synthesizer Keyborad World Ship

novation Bass Station Analog Synthesizer Keyborad World Ship
Current price:
£139.33
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novation Bass Station Analog Synthesizer Keyborad World Ship
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KORG MS-20 mini Monophonic Analog Synthesizer World Ship

KORG MS-20 mini Monophonic Analog Synthesizer World Ship
Current price:
£220.60
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KORG MS-20 mini Monophonic Analog Synthesizer World Ship
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Korg Micro X Synthesizer

Korg Micro X Synthesizer
Current price:
£99.00
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Auction
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Korg Micro X Synthesizer
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Critter & Guitari Pocket Piano MIDI Mini Electronic Synthesizer (silver)

Critter & Guitari Pocket Piano MIDI Mini Electronic Synthesizer (silver)
Current price:
£196.50
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Critter & Guitari Pocket Piano MIDI Mini Electronic Synthesizer (silver)
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NEW Korg Kaossilator2 Synthesizer with free 32GB Samsung Class 10 Micro SD Card

NEW Korg Kaossilator2 Synthesizer with free 32GB Samsung Class 10 Micro SD Card
Current price:
£119.99
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NEW Korg Kaossilator2 Synthesizer with free 32GB Samsung Class 10 Micro SD Card
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Critter & Guitari Pocket Piano Mini Electronic Synthesizer (green)

Critter & Guitari Pocket Piano Mini Electronic Synthesizer (green)
Current price:
£145.00
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Critter & Guitari Pocket Piano Mini Electronic Synthesizer (green)
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Roland SH-01 Gaia Synthesiser

Roland SH-01 Gaia Synthesiser
Current price:
£459.00
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Roland SH-01 Gaia Synthesiser
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Korg RK100S Black - 37-note keytar, MMT analog modelling synthesizer and vocoder

Korg RK100S Black - 37-note keytar, MMT analog modelling synthesizer and vocoder
Current price:
£555.00
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Korg RK100S Black - 37-note keytar, MMT analog modelling synthesizer and vocoder
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Oberheim DMX 3.2 ROMS NOS with instructions.

Oberheim DMX 3.2 ROMS NOS with instructions.
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£25.80
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Oberheim DMX 3.2 ROMS NOS with instructions.
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PITTSBURGH MODULAR DNA SYMBIOTIC WAVES EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE

PITTSBURGH MODULAR DNA SYMBIOTIC WAVES EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE
Current price:
£180.25
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PITTSBURGH MODULAR DNA SYMBIOTIC WAVES EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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Roland JV1000 JV-1000 Synthesizer Complete Manual Set Including Sequencer Manual

Roland JV1000 JV-1000 Synthesizer Complete Manual Set Including Sequencer Manual
Current price:
£15.00
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Roland JV1000 JV-1000 Synthesizer Complete Manual Set Including Sequencer Manual
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Roland GAIA SH-01 Modelling Synthesizer Keyboard Synth

Roland GAIA SH-01 Modelling Synthesizer Keyboard Synth
Current price:
£459.00
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Roland GAIA SH-01 Modelling Synthesizer Keyboard Synth
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ROLAND MT-32 SOUND MODULE SYNTHESIZER & POWER SUPPLY D110 D10 D20 SYNTHESISERS

ROLAND MT-32 SOUND MODULE SYNTHESIZER & POWER SUPPLY D110 D10 D20 SYNTHESISERS
Current price:
£99.95
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ROLAND MT-32 SOUND MODULE SYNTHESIZER & POWER SUPPLY D110 D10 D20 SYNTHESISERS
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Moog Theremini Heterodyning Oscillator w/ Animoog Synth Sound Engine , New!

Moog Theremini Heterodyning Oscillator w/ Animoog Synth Sound Engine , New!
Current price:
£192.87
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Moog Theremini Heterodyning Oscillator w/ Animoog Synth Sound Engine , New!
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Killer Presets: 112 World-Class Presets for Native Instruments MASSIVE!

Killer Presets: 112 World-Class Presets for Native Instruments MASSIVE!
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£2.57
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Killer Presets: 112 World-Class Presets for Native Instruments MASSIVE!
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ROLAND D2 GROOVEBOX SYNTHESIZER SEQUENCER DRUM MACHINE MC-303 307 505 808 909

ROLAND D2 GROOVEBOX SYNTHESIZER SEQUENCER DRUM MACHINE MC-303 307 505 808 909
Current price:
£179.95
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ROLAND D2 GROOVEBOX SYNTHESIZER SEQUENCER DRUM MACHINE MC-303 307 505 808 909
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Synthetic Sound Labs Double Deka Oscillator VCO 1/4" MU Moog Synthesizers.Com

Synthetic Sound Labs Double Deka Oscillator VCO 1/4
Current price:
£386.39
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Synthetic Sound Labs Double Deka Oscillator VCO 1/4
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Gakken SX-150 MARK II Analog Ribbon Synthsizer SX150 mk2 World Ship

Gakken SX-150 MARK II Analog Ribbon Synthsizer SX150 mk2 World Ship
Current price:
£48.37
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Gakken SX-150 MARK II Analog Ribbon Synthsizer SX150 mk2 World Ship
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FOLKTEK Modified Omnichord OM-84 bent circuit synth==*

FOLKTEK Modified Omnichord OM-84 bent circuit synth==*
Current price:
£580.55
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FOLKTEK Modified Omnichord OM-84 bent circuit synth==*
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Roland Jupiter 80 76-key Performance Synthesizer

Roland Jupiter 80 76-key Performance Synthesizer
Current price:
£1,600.00
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Roland Jupiter 80 76-key Performance Synthesizer
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Korg Kaoss Pad KP3 Dynamic Effects Sampler PD-3999

Korg Kaoss Pad KP3 Dynamic Effects Sampler PD-3999
Current price:
£154.81
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Korg Kaoss Pad KP3 Dynamic Effects Sampler PD-3999
Seller: eBay

1980 Sound Instruments "Sonica" by Frank Eventoff. With Original Case

1980 Sound Instruments
Current price:
£499.89
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1980 Sound Instruments
Seller: eBay

Doepfer A-140 ADSR Envelope Contour Generator Eurorack Modular Synthesis Module

Doepfer A-140 ADSR Envelope Contour Generator Eurorack Modular Synthesis Module
Current price:
£61.28
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Doepfer A-140 ADSR Envelope Contour Generator Eurorack Modular Synthesis Module
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Folktek "Bugxx" synthesizer)))) Magnetic patchable glitch Bent Circuit +++++++

Folktek
Current price:
£451.54
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Folktek
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