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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ROLAND M-SE1 STRING ENSEMBLE SYNTHESIZER SOUND MODULE / MSE1

ROLAND M-SE1 STRING ENSEMBLE SYNTHESIZER SOUND MODULE / MSE1
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£146.65
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ROLAND M-SE1 STRING ENSEMBLE SYNTHESIZER SOUND MODULE / MSE1
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LOT FOUR KINGSTON 256MB COMPACTFLASH CF MEMORY CARD COMPACT FLASH Tested

LOT FOUR KINGSTON 256MB COMPACTFLASH CF MEMORY CARD COMPACT FLASH Tested
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£16.27
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LOT FOUR KINGSTON 256MB COMPACTFLASH CF MEMORY CARD COMPACT FLASH Tested
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MT-90S Midi Music Player Sequencer USB Roland USB Flash Drive + Tune1000 - MT90S

MT-90S Midi Music Player Sequencer USB Roland USB Flash Drive + Tune1000 - MT90S
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£130.15
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MT-90S Midi Music Player Sequencer USB Roland USB Flash Drive + Tune1000 - MT90S
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Roland SOUND EXPANSION ORCHESTRA M-OC1 SYNTHESIZER Sound Module MIDI /USED

Roland SOUND EXPANSION ORCHESTRA M-OC1 SYNTHESIZER Sound Module MIDI /USED
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£61.71
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Roland SOUND EXPANSION ORCHESTRA M-OC1 SYNTHESIZER Sound Module MIDI /USED
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Roland Juno 106 "Polar" Restored and Upgraded Analogue Synthesizer

Roland Juno 106
Current price:
£999.99
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Roland Juno 106
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Roland GAIA SH-01 Synthesizer

Roland GAIA SH-01 Synthesizer
Current price:
£459.00
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Roland GAIA SH-01 Synthesizer
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korg microkorg synth Arpeggiator, psu Synthesiser, Vocoder mic manual

korg microkorg synth Arpeggiator, psu Synthesiser, Vocoder  mic manual
Current price:
£199.99
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korg microkorg synth Arpeggiator, psu Synthesiser, Vocoder  mic manual
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General music SK880 88 weighted keys workstation synthesizer / Great condition

General music SK880  88 weighted keys workstation synthesizer / Great condition
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£585.17
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General music SK880  88 weighted keys workstation synthesizer / Great condition
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Roland SC-880 64-Voice Synthesizer

Roland SC-880 64-Voice Synthesizer
Current price:
£90.00
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Roland SC-880 64-Voice Synthesizer
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Waldorf Rocket Hybrid Digital Analog Synth Synthesizer, used

Waldorf Rocket Hybrid Digital Analog Synth Synthesizer, used
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£157.52
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Waldorf Rocket Hybrid Digital Analog Synth Synthesizer, used
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Korg MS2000BR Analog Modelling Synthesizer

Korg MS2000BR Analog Modelling Synthesizer
Current price:
£310.00
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Korg MS2000BR Analog Modelling Synthesizer
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Yamaha MU100R Synthesizer Sound Module

Yamaha MU100R Synthesizer Sound Module
Current price:
£380.00
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Yamaha MU100R Synthesizer Sound Module
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Korg Electribe R Mkii ER-1 RARE DRUM SYNTH MACHINE

Korg Electribe R Mkii ER-1 RARE DRUM SYNTH MACHINE
Current price:
£195.27
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Korg Electribe R Mkii ER-1 RARE DRUM SYNTH MACHINE
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Technics SX KN2000 Digital Keyboard Workstation Synthesizer KN 2000 Synth w/case

Technics SX KN2000 Digital Keyboard Workstation Synthesizer KN 2000 Synth w/case
Current price:
£389.90
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Technics SX KN2000 Digital Keyboard Workstation Synthesizer KN 2000 Synth w/case
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Din Sync VCF303 : Eurorack Module : BRAND NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]

Din Sync VCF303 : Eurorack Module : BRAND NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Current price:
£214.80
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Din Sync VCF303 : Eurorack Module : BRAND NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
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ARTURIA JUPITER-8V SOFTWARE SYNTHESIZER (DIGITAL / DOWNLOAD) - AUTHORIZED DEALER

ARTURIA JUPITER-8V SOFTWARE SYNTHESIZER (DIGITAL / DOWNLOAD) - AUTHORIZED DEALER
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£64.43
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ARTURIA JUPITER-8V SOFTWARE SYNTHESIZER (DIGITAL / DOWNLOAD) - AUTHORIZED DEALER
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CEM3360 CEM 3360 curtis dual VCA Oberheim Moog Roland

CEM3360 CEM 3360 curtis dual VCA Oberheim Moog Roland
Current price:
£32.55
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CEM3360 CEM 3360 curtis dual VCA Oberheim Moog Roland
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Moog Sub Phatty 25 Key Analog Synthesizer LPS-SUB-001 LPSSUB001

Moog Sub Phatty 25 Key Analog Synthesizer LPS-SUB-001 LPSSUB001
Current price:
£650.26
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Moog Sub Phatty 25 Key Analog Synthesizer LPS-SUB-001 LPSSUB001
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CEM3328 CEM 3328 curtis vcf Oberheim Moog Roland

CEM3328 CEM 3328 curtis vcf Oberheim Moog Roland
Current price:
£19.53
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CEM3328 CEM 3328 curtis vcf Oberheim Moog Roland
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ROLAND GR20 GUITAR SYNTHESISER

ROLAND GR20 GUITAR SYNTHESISER
Current price:
£88.00
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ROLAND GR20 GUITAR SYNTHESISER
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Roland SR-JV80-11 Techno Collection Expansion Board for Roland JV XV XP

Roland SR-JV80-11 Techno Collection Expansion Board for Roland JV XV XP
Current price:
£64.44
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Roland SR-JV80-11 Techno Collection Expansion Board for Roland JV XV XP
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Open Box Demo Moog 500 Series Ladder Filter

Open Box Demo Moog 500 Series Ladder Filter
Current price:
£389.90
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Open Box Demo Moog 500 Series Ladder Filter
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KORG microKORG XL synthesizer/vocoder

KORG microKORG XL synthesizer/vocoder
Current price:
£300.00
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KORG microKORG XL synthesizer/vocoder
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Q960 Sequencer Controller Analog Module - Synthesizers.com modular dotcom MU

Q960 Sequencer Controller Analog Module - Synthesizers.com modular dotcom MU
Current price:
£572.80
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Q960 Sequencer Controller Analog Module - Synthesizers.com modular dotcom MU
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Q172 Quantizer Aid Analog Module - Synthesizers.com modular dotcom MU

Q172 Quantizer Aid Analog Module - Synthesizers.com modular dotcom MU
Current price:
£93.73
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Q172 Quantizer Aid Analog Module - Synthesizers.com modular dotcom MU
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Q106 Oscillator - Synthesizers.com modular dotcom MU

Q106 Oscillator - Synthesizers.com modular dotcom MU
Current price:
£146.46
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Q106 Oscillator - Synthesizers.com modular dotcom MU
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Q174 MIDI Interface Analog Module - Synthesizers.com modular dotcom MU

Q174 MIDI Interface Analog Module - Synthesizers.com modular dotcom MU
Current price:
£171.84
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Q174 MIDI Interface Analog Module - Synthesizers.com modular dotcom MU
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Korg MS-20 Kit

Korg MS-20 Kit
Current price:
£911.27
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Korg MS-20 Kit
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Doepfer A-100P6 Eurorack Powered Case Modular Synthesis

Doepfer A-100P6 Eurorack Powered Case Modular Synthesis
Current price:
£364.51
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Doepfer A-100P6 Eurorack Powered Case Modular Synthesis
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High speed PCMCIA 8mb Flash memory card for Alesis synthesizer store samples

High speed PCMCIA 8mb Flash memory card for Alesis synthesizer store samples
Current price:
£64.44
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High speed PCMCIA 8mb Flash memory card for Alesis synthesizer store samples
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RARE KURZWEIL RM4-26 VINTAGE ELECTRIC PIANO ROM 4 K2600XS/K2661/K2600RS/K2600

RARE KURZWEIL RM4-26 VINTAGE ELECTRIC PIANO ROM 4 K2600XS/K2661/K2600RS/K2600
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£188.76
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RARE KURZWEIL RM4-26 VINTAGE ELECTRIC PIANO ROM 4 K2600XS/K2661/K2600RS/K2600
Seller: eBay

VST-AU JUNO-106 Editor [Editor/Librarian for Roland JUNO-106 / HS-60]

VST-AU JUNO-106 Editor [Editor/Librarian for Roland JUNO-106 / HS-60]
Current price:
£48.81
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VST-AU JUNO-106 Editor [Editor/Librarian for Roland JUNO-106 / HS-60]
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VST-AU Mopho Editor™ [Editor/Librari​an for the Dave Smith Instruments Mopho]

VST-AU Mopho Editor™ [Editor/Librari​an for the Dave Smith Instruments Mopho]
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£48.81
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VST-AU Mopho Editor™ [Editor/Librari​an for the Dave Smith Instruments Mopho]
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Roland EP 6060 - ULTRA RARE - Analog Synthesizer - JUNO family. 1982

Roland EP 6060 - ULTRA RARE - Analog Synthesizer - JUNO family. 1982
Current price:
£84.00
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Roland EP 6060 - ULTRA RARE - Analog Synthesizer - JUNO family. 1982
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Arranging Techniques for Synthesists

Arranging Techniques for Synthesists
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£14.65
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Arranging Techniques for Synthesists
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Q175 MIDI Interface Aid Module - Synthesizers.com modular dotcom MU

Q175 MIDI Interface Aid Module - Synthesizers.com modular dotcom MU
Current price:
£84.62
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Q175 MIDI Interface Aid Module - Synthesizers.com modular dotcom MU
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Yamaha CS6x Control Synthesizer. Manuals, leads, flightcase. Great Condition.

Yamaha CS6x Control Synthesizer. Manuals, leads, flightcase. Great Condition.
Current price:
£250.00
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Yamaha CS6x Control Synthesizer. Manuals, leads, flightcase. Great Condition.
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KORG M1 SYNTHESIZER

KORG M1 SYNTHESIZER
Current price:
£175.00
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KORG M1 SYNTHESIZER
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Grayscale Synapse CV Breakout Module for Analog Four! NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Grayscale Synapse CV Breakout Module for Analog Four! NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£81.36
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Grayscale Synapse CV Breakout Module for Analog Four! NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Snazzy FX Ardcore Expander Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Snazzy FX Ardcore Expander Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£116.51
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Snazzy FX Ardcore Expander Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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RETRO SYNTH T SHIRT SYNTHESISER DESIGN OMNI S M L XL XXL

RETRO  SYNTH T SHIRT SYNTHESISER DESIGN OMNI S M L XL XXL
Current price:
£9.00
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RETRO  SYNTH T SHIRT SYNTHESISER DESIGN OMNI S M L XL XXL
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Death By Audio Robot - 8 bit Pitch Transposer Pedal

Death By Audio Robot - 8 bit Pitch Transposer Pedal
Current price:
£208.29
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Death By Audio Robot - 8 bit Pitch Transposer Pedal
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4ms Modular Row 45° Angle Adapter! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

4ms Modular Row 45° Angle Adapter! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£44.91
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4ms Modular Row 45° Angle Adapter! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Future Retro ORB MIDI Control Voltage Gate Trigger sequencer Sequential Source

Future Retro ORB MIDI Control Voltage Gate Trigger sequencer Sequential Source
Current price:
£358.00
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Future Retro ORB MIDI Control Voltage Gate Trigger sequencer Sequential Source
Seller: eBay

Arturia MiniBrute Analog Synthesizer 25 Key Mini Brute

Arturia MiniBrute Analog Synthesizer 25 Key Mini Brute
Current price:
£253.20
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Arturia MiniBrute Analog Synthesizer 25 Key Mini Brute
Seller: eBay

Brilliant New Roland Gaia Synthesiser Still boxed with Software

Brilliant New Roland Gaia Synthesiser Still boxed with Software
Current price:
£300.00
Type:
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Brilliant New Roland Gaia Synthesiser Still boxed with Software
Seller: eBay

4ms ROW POWER 30 (white) - Eurorack Modular Synth

4ms ROW POWER 30 (white) - Eurorack Modular Synth
Current price:
£77.46
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4ms ROW POWER 30 (white) - Eurorack Modular Synth
Seller: eBay

Roland D-50 Synthesiser

Roland D-50 Synthesiser
Current price:
£160.50
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
14
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Roland D-50 Synthesiser
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VINTAGE SYNTHESIZERS by Mark Vail

VINTAGE SYNTHESIZERS by Mark Vail
Current price:
£16.24
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VINTAGE SYNTHESIZERS by Mark Vail
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RC CIRCUIT BENT 'Om MACHINE' ECHO ATMOSPHERE ORGAN DRONE EFFECTS SYNTHESISER

RC CIRCUIT BENT 'Om MACHINE' ECHO ATMOSPHERE ORGAN DRONE EFFECTS SYNTHESISER
Current price:
£75.00
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RC CIRCUIT BENT 'Om MACHINE' ECHO ATMOSPHERE ORGAN DRONE EFFECTS SYNTHESISER
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Yamaha PLG PLG150-AN 150 an FULL SET ! RARE Yamaha motif es Mint FAST WORLD SHIP

Yamaha PLG PLG150-AN 150 an FULL SET ! RARE Yamaha motif es Mint FAST WORLD SHIP
Current price:
£325.45
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Yamaha PLG PLG150-AN 150 an FULL SET ! RARE Yamaha motif es Mint FAST WORLD SHIP
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VINTAGE 1970'S CRUMAR ORGANIZER 2 HAVEN 61 SYNTHESIZER / ORGAN

VINTAGE 1970'S CRUMAR ORGANIZER 2 HAVEN 61 SYNTHESIZER / ORGAN
Current price:
£299.00
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VINTAGE 1970'S CRUMAR ORGANIZER 2 HAVEN 61 SYNTHESIZER / ORGAN
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Roland E-15 Synthesiser

Roland E-15 Synthesiser
Current price:
£295.00
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Roland E-15 Synthesiser
Seller: eBay

micro korg synthesiser / vocoder limited edition in red

micro korg  synthesiser / vocoder limited edition in red
Current price:
£249.00
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micro korg  synthesiser / vocoder limited edition in red
Seller: eBay

OBERHEIM OBX SYNTHESIZER - 8 VOICE

OBERHEIM OBX SYNTHESIZER - 8 VOICE
Current price:
£4,650.00
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OBERHEIM OBX SYNTHESIZER - 8 VOICE
Seller: eBay

Gakke ANALOG SYNTHESIZER SX-150 MARK Ⅱ Otona no kagaku, brand new JAPAN

Gakke ANALOG SYNTHESIZER SX-150 MARK Ⅱ Otona no kagaku, brand new JAPAN
Current price:
£8.14
Type:
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Gakke ANALOG SYNTHESIZER SX-150 MARK Ⅱ Otona no kagaku, brand new JAPAN
Seller: eBay

L-1 2180 VCF Multimode Filter Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

L-1 2180 VCF Multimode Filter Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£169.24
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L-1 2180 VCF Multimode Filter Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Seller: eBay

Rare!! TWO BOOKS _ THE A-Z OF ANALOGUE SYNTHESISERS – Peter Forrest - Moog etc..

Rare!! TWO BOOKS _ THE A-Z OF ANALOGUE SYNTHESISERS – Peter Forrest - Moog etc..
Current price:
£95.00
Type:
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Rare!! TWO BOOKS _ THE A-Z OF ANALOGUE SYNTHESISERS – Peter Forrest - Moog etc..
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Koma Elektronik BD-101 BD 101 Gate Delay Pedal! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Koma Elektronik BD-101 BD 101 Gate Delay Pedal! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£246.70
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Koma Elektronik BD-101 BD 101 Gate Delay Pedal! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Seller: eBay

Liivatera Sample and Hold + LFO Eurorack Synthesizer Module

Liivatera Sample and Hold + LFO Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Current price:
£96.99
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Liivatera Sample and Hold + LFO Eurorack Synthesizer Module
Seller: eBay
 

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