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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Korg MS-20 Mini

Korg MS-20 Mini
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Teenage Engineering OP-1 OP1 OP 1 Synthesizer! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Teenage Engineering OP-1 OP1 OP 1 Synthesizer! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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OBERHEIM DESIGNED MARION SYSTEMS MSR-2 ANALOG MODULAR 8 VOICE SYNTHESIZER RARE!!

OBERHEIM DESIGNED MARION SYSTEMS MSR-2 ANALOG MODULAR 8 VOICE SYNTHESIZER RARE!!
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Yamaha DX21 Digital Programmable Algorithm Synthesizer Classic 80's Synth #Y7

Yamaha DX21 Digital Programmable Algorithm Synthesizer Classic 80's Synth #Y7
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£40.99
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Keith McMillen 12 Step midi controller AUTHORIZED DEALER / SHIPS FREE!

Keith McMillen 12 Step midi controller AUTHORIZED DEALER / SHIPS FREE!
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Keith McMillen 12 Step midi controller AUTHORIZED DEALER / SHIPS FREE!
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Rare Vintage Casio MT 400V synthesizer keyboard circuit bend

Rare Vintage Casio MT 400V synthesizer keyboard circuit bend
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£58.85
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Rare Vintage Casio MT 400V synthesizer keyboard circuit bend
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Steady State Fate GND CTNL Utility Eurorack Module BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Steady State Fate GND CTNL Utility Eurorack Module BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Steady State Fate GND CTNL Utility Eurorack Module BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Super rare vintage Suzuki Tronichord PC-27 w/original box, papers, case

Super rare vintage Suzuki Tronichord PC-27 w/original box, papers,  case
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£181.29
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Super rare vintage Suzuki Tronichord PC-27 w/original box, papers,  case
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Din Sync ModSeq Mod Seq 8 Step Sequencer Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Din Sync ModSeq Mod Seq 8 Step Sequencer Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Din Sync ModSeq Mod Seq 8 Step Sequencer Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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OTO Machines Biscuit Bit Crusher Filter Monosynth BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

OTO Machines Biscuit Bit Crusher Filter Monosynth BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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OTO Machines Biscuit Bit Crusher Filter Monosynth BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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OTO Machines Der Mask Overlay for Biscuit! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

OTO Machines Der Mask Overlay for Biscuit! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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ROLAND AX-09 AX09 Synthesizer Keytar case gig bag

ROLAND AX-09 AX09  Synthesizer Keytar case gig bag
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ROLAND AX-09 AX09  Synthesizer Keytar case gig bag
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SYNARE 3 Drum Synth kit - analog DIY synthesizer module ds8 syndrum on steriods

SYNARE 3 Drum Synth kit - analog DIY synthesizer module ds8 syndrum on steriods
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SYNARE 3 Drum Synth kit - analog DIY synthesizer module ds8 syndrum on steriods
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Roland SRX-08 Platinum Trax

Roland SRX-08 Platinum Trax
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£87.38
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Roland SRX-08 Platinum Trax
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novation Bass Station Analog Synthesizer Keyborad World Ship

novation Bass Station Analog Synthesizer Keyborad World Ship
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novation Bass Station Analog Synthesizer Keyborad World Ship
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EMU WORLD EXPEDITION PROTEUS 2000 ROM FROM E-MU PLANET EARTH

EMU WORLD EXPEDITION PROTEUS 2000 ROM FROM E-MU PLANET EARTH
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EMU WORLD EXPEDITION PROTEUS 2000 ROM FROM E-MU PLANET EARTH
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Roland SN-U110-05 Orchestral Strings Expansion Card Free Shipping Worldwide

Roland SN-U110-05 Orchestral Strings Expansion Card Free Shipping Worldwide
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Roland SN-U110-05 Orchestral Strings Expansion Card Free Shipping Worldwide
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Suzuki Omnichord System 2 OM-84 Synthesizer - AS IS

Suzuki Omnichord System 2 OM-84 Synthesizer - AS IS
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£56.46
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Suzuki Omnichord System 2 OM-84 Synthesizer - AS IS
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EMU VINTAGE COLLECTION PRO PROTEUS 2000 ROM E-MU JUNO OBERHEIM MOOG B3 DX SOUNDS

EMU VINTAGE COLLECTION PRO PROTEUS 2000 ROM E-MU JUNO OBERHEIM MOOG B3 DX SOUNDS
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EMU VINTAGE COLLECTION PRO PROTEUS 2000 ROM E-MU JUNO OBERHEIM MOOG B3 DX SOUNDS
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ROLAND JUPITER 4 JP4 BIG ANALOG VINTAGE SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD / SERVICED 240V

ROLAND JUPITER 4 JP4 BIG ANALOG VINTAGE SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD / SERVICED 240V
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ROLAND JUPITER 4 JP4 BIG ANALOG VINTAGE SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD / SERVICED 240V
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Vintage Rare Yamaha TX816 Midi Synthesizer/Synth Full Rack w/ 8 TF1 Modules

Vintage Rare Yamaha TX816 Midi Synthesizer/Synth Full Rack w/ 8 TF1 Modules
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£594.41
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Vintage Rare Yamaha TX816 Midi Synthesizer/Synth Full Rack w/ 8 TF1 Modules
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NOVATION BASS STATION ANALOG BASS MONOPHONIC SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD

NOVATION BASS STATION ANALOG BASS MONOPHONIC SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD
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NOVATION BASS STATION ANALOG BASS MONOPHONIC SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD
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CASIO CASIOTONE 401 VINTAGE ANALOG ELECTRIC KEYBOARD/PIANO SYNTHESIZER

CASIO CASIOTONE 401 VINTAGE ANALOG ELECTRIC KEYBOARD/PIANO SYNTHESIZER
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CASIO CASIOTONE 401 VINTAGE ANALOG ELECTRIC KEYBOARD/PIANO SYNTHESIZER
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TEENAGE ENGINEERING OP-1 OP1 GROUND BREAKING SYNTHESIZER / SAMPLER KEYBOARD

TEENAGE ENGINEERING OP-1 OP1 GROUND BREAKING SYNTHESIZER / SAMPLER KEYBOARD
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TEENAGE ENGINEERING OP-1 OP1 GROUND BREAKING SYNTHESIZER / SAMPLER KEYBOARD
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ROLAND GR-1 EXPANDED GUITAR SYNTHESIZER SYNTH W/POWER SUPPLY CABLE MANUAL

ROLAND GR-1 EXPANDED GUITAR SYNTHESIZER SYNTH W/POWER SUPPLY CABLE MANUAL
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ROLAND GR-1 EXPANDED GUITAR SYNTHESIZER SYNTH W/POWER SUPPLY CABLE MANUAL
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Alesis 8 Megabyte EuroDance QCard for QS Series Synths

Alesis 8 Megabyte EuroDance QCard for QS Series Synths
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Alesis 8 Megabyte EuroDance QCard for QS Series Synths
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Malekko 8NU8R Eurorack Synthesizer Module

Malekko 8NU8R Eurorack Synthesizer Module
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£47.55
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Malekko 8NU8R Eurorack Synthesizer Module
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Malekko Richter NOISERING Eurorack Synthesizer Module

Malekko Richter NOISERING Eurorack Synthesizer Module
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Malekko Richter NOISERING Eurorack Synthesizer Module
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REON Beatnic Mountain Analog Monosynth Synthesizer BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

REON Beatnic Mountain Analog Monosynth Synthesizer BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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REON Beatnic Mountain Analog Monosynth Synthesizer BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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ROLAND SH-201 **MINT Condition**

ROLAND SH-201  **MINT Condition**
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ROLAND SH-201  **MINT Condition**
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Analogue Solutions Leipzig-S Synthesizer Sequencer! CLEAN B STOCK! AUTH DEALER!

Analogue Solutions Leipzig-S Synthesizer Sequencer! CLEAN B STOCK! AUTH DEALER!
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Analogue Solutions Leipzig-S Synthesizer Sequencer! CLEAN B STOCK! AUTH DEALER!
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Analogue Solutions Leipzig-S Leipzig S Synthesizer Sequencer! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Analogue Solutions Leipzig-S Leipzig S Synthesizer Sequencer! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Analogue Solutions Leipzig-S Leipzig S Synthesizer Sequencer! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Rare ARP Omni Vintage Synthesizer Synth Keyboard FREE SHIPPING in the USA

Rare ARP Omni Vintage Synthesizer Synth Keyboard FREE SHIPPING in the USA
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Rare ARP Omni Vintage Synthesizer Synth Keyboard FREE SHIPPING in the USA
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MFB Drum-05 Snare Drum Eurorack Synthesizer Module

MFB Drum-05 Snare Drum Eurorack Synthesizer Module
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£104.02
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MFB Drum-05 Snare Drum Eurorack Synthesizer Module
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Pro Modular ProModular CEX CLOQ Expansion Module BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Pro Modular ProModular CEX CLOQ Expansion Module BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Pro Modular ProModular CEX CLOQ Expansion Module BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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♫ Roland JV 1010 64-Voice synth MIDI jv1010 synthesizer compact keyboard module

♫ Roland JV 1010 64-Voice synth MIDI jv1010 synthesizer compact keyboard module
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♫ Roland JV 1010 64-Voice synth MIDI jv1010 synthesizer compact keyboard module
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01/W O1/W Soundcard XPC-13 POP PERFORMANCE

01/W O1/W Soundcard XPC-13 POP PERFORMANCE
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01/W O1/W Soundcard XPC-13 POP PERFORMANCE
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Novation Lanyard Novation Lanyard RARE RARE

Novation Lanyard    Novation Lanyard    RARE    RARE
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Novation Lanyard    Novation Lanyard    RARE    RARE
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BLUE LANTERN FM JOYSTICK CONTROL MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

BLUE LANTERN FM JOYSTICK CONTROL MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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£66.80
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BLUE LANTERN FM JOYSTICK CONTROL MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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Korg EXB-PCM06 PCM07 Orchestral Collection Expansion Board Triton

Korg EXB-PCM06 PCM07 Orchestral Collection Expansion Board Triton
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£112.34
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Korg EXB-PCM06 PCM07 Orchestral Collection Expansion Board Triton
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Roland XV-5080 Synthesizer Sound Module XV5080 Rack Synth

Roland XV-5080 Synthesizer Sound Module XV5080 Rack Synth
Current price:
£314.44
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Roland XV-5080 Synthesizer Sound Module XV5080 Rack Synth
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ROLAND SR-JV80-06 DANCE EXPANSION BOARD/Worldwide Shipping

ROLAND SR-JV80-06 DANCE EXPANSION BOARD/Worldwide Shipping
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£64.79
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ROLAND SR-JV80-06 DANCE EXPANSION BOARD/Worldwide Shipping
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Yamaha Motif ES Rack Sound Module

Yamaha Motif ES Rack Sound Module
Current price:
£356.64
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Yamaha Motif ES Rack Sound Module
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ROLAND SR-JV80-10 BASS AND DRUMS - SYNTHESIZER EXPANSION BOARD/SOUND CARD

ROLAND SR-JV80-10 BASS AND DRUMS - SYNTHESIZER EXPANSION BOARD/SOUND CARD
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£83.50
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ROLAND SR-JV80-10 BASS AND DRUMS - SYNTHESIZER EXPANSION BOARD/SOUND CARD
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6U 104HP EURORACK POWERED RACK CASE EURO RACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER HOUSING

6U 104HP EURORACK POWERED RACK CASE EURO RACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER HOUSING
Current price:
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6U 104HP EURORACK POWERED RACK CASE EURO RACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER HOUSING
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ROLAND SR-JV80-09 SESSION - SYNTHESIZER EXPANSION BOARD/SOUND CARD

ROLAND SR-JV80-09 SESSION - SYNTHESIZER EXPANSION BOARD/SOUND CARD
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£89.07
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ROLAND SR-JV80-09 SESSION - SYNTHESIZER EXPANSION BOARD/SOUND CARD
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EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER+DRUM MACHINE SYSTEM WMD/DELPTRONICS/SYNTHWERKS/ELBY

EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER+DRUM MACHINE SYSTEM WMD/DELPTRONICS/SYNTHWERKS/ELBY
Current price:
£1,085.55
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EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER+DRUM MACHINE SYSTEM WMD/DELPTRONICS/SYNTHWERKS/ELBY
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LELL ROTOTOM RARE VINTAGE SOVIET ANALOG EFFECT PEDAL (Ussr,synth,russian,lel`)

LELL ROTOTOM RARE VINTAGE SOVIET ANALOG EFFECT PEDAL (Ussr,synth,russian,lel`)
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LELL ROTOTOM RARE VINTAGE SOVIET ANALOG EFFECT PEDAL (Ussr,synth,russian,lel`)
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RETRO SYNTH T SHIRT SYNTHESISER DESIGN NOISE S M L XL XXL

RETRO SYNTH T SHIRT SYNTHESISER DESIGN NOISE S M L XL XXL
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£9.00
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RETRO SYNTH T SHIRT SYNTHESISER DESIGN NOISE S M L XL XXL
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EML Electrocomp 101 Analogue Synthesizer near mint condition

EML Electrocomp 101 Analogue Synthesizer near mint condition
Current price:
£3,999.00
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EML Electrocomp 101 Analogue Synthesizer near mint condition
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novation mininova 37 key synthesizer

novation mininova 37 key synthesizer
Current price:
£159.00
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
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novation mininova 37 key synthesizer
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Moog Little Phatty Stage 2 Analog Synthesizer

Moog Little Phatty Stage 2 Analog Synthesizer
Current price:
£799.00
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Moog Little Phatty Stage 2 Analog Synthesizer
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ROLAND JV1080 64-VOICE SYNTHESIZER MODULE, Boxed, 12 MONTHS WARRANTY!

ROLAND JV1080 64-VOICE SYNTHESIZER MODULE, Boxed, 12 MONTHS WARRANTY!
Current price:
£250.00
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ROLAND JV1080 64-VOICE SYNTHESIZER MODULE, Boxed, 12 MONTHS WARRANTY!
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RARE POLYVOX POLIVOKS VINTAGE ANALOG SYNTHESIZER +SAMP CD ARP MOOG !

RARE POLYVOX POLIVOKS VINTAGE ANALOG SYNTHESIZER +SAMP CD ARP MOOG !
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£582.52
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RARE POLYVOX POLIVOKS VINTAGE ANALOG SYNTHESIZER +SAMP CD ARP MOOG !
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Nalbantov USB Floppy emulator Windows 7 for Roland~See Video~

Nalbantov USB Floppy emulator Windows 7 for Roland~See Video~
Current price:
£121.85
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Nalbantov USB Floppy emulator Windows 7 for Roland~See Video~
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Korg Kaossilator 2 Synthesizer

Korg Kaossilator 2 Synthesizer
Current price:
£88.98
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Korg Kaossilator 2 Synthesizer
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ROLAND JV-1080 CLASSIC MULTI TIMBRAL SYNTHESIZER SOUND MODULE JV1080 SYNTH

ROLAND JV-1080 CLASSIC MULTI TIMBRAL SYNTHESIZER SOUND MODULE JV1080 SYNTH
Current price:
£179.95
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ROLAND JV-1080 CLASSIC MULTI TIMBRAL SYNTHESIZER SOUND MODULE JV1080 SYNTH
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KORG monotron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer

KORG monotron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer
Current price:
£39.99
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KORG monotron Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer
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Clavia Nord Micro Modular Analog Modeling Synthesizer - fully boxed with manual

Clavia Nord Micro Modular Analog Modeling Synthesizer - fully boxed with manual
Current price:
£102.00
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
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Clavia Nord Micro Modular Analog Modeling Synthesizer - fully boxed with manual
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Korg Volca Keys Analogue Synthesiser with Step Sequencer

Korg Volca Keys Analogue Synthesiser with Step Sequencer
Current price:
£119.99
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Korg Volca Keys Analogue Synthesiser with Step Sequencer
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