Roland System 700

Came into stock: Available from RL Music from 16th April 2018

Restoration Status: KSR will commence full restoration on the system from w/c 23rd April 2018. The (estimated) time to completion is between 5 to 7 weeks.

We probably don’t need to make much in terms of introduction here, but with there only believed to be 40 System 700 ever made, then you will appreciate this instrument was scarce even when it was in manufactured during the period of 8 years from 1976.

As electronic musical instruments go, this is considered by many to be the Holy Grail of synthesizers, and is without any doubt, amongst the very best designed and built analogue modular synthesizers ever made. It’s not for us to just extol the virtues of such an outstanding instrument because the worlds most accomplished synthesists have proven the capability of these beautiful creations in their music, so we’ll just talk here about this particular example that’s available for sale.

Provenance

This System 700 has only very recently been purchased from its original owner in Japan. The owner purchased it new from Roland and had it kept in their home all that time, and although they could not recall the exact date it was bought, it was certainly around 40 years ago. The incredible instrument has been imported directly into the EU from Japan and is now being offered by RL Music for sale.

Condition

Upon arrival at RL Music, we checked over the system and found it to be 100% intact with all the controls, ancillary hardware (including all lids), knobs, sliders caps, switches, keys, cables etc., all to be present and correct. The condition of the Tolex covering on each and every Block is excellent, and the anodised control surfaces & screen print on each individual module to be superb, with only minimal wear…remarkable!

There is a small scuff on the sequencer panel, and some of the anodising on certain modules has oxidised due to age, but otherwise, this is a close to perfection as is possible, and the dream of most of us to own.

The functional condition of each and every function of the modular system has not yet been tested as Kent Spong of KSR will be undertaking a full restoration on this shortly, but we have checked it at a higher level and are satisfied this machine lives and is awesome!

The restoration will entail a full strip-down and rebuild of every single module from scratch, so several weeks work of meticulous cleaning, testing, calibrating and power conditioning. More on the restorative work will be reported on once this has been completed, but Kent at KSR has a lot of experience working on the Roland System 700 technology, so we know this instrument will be in superlative condition once completed.

Configuration

This is a standard configuration system, so has not been modified from its original factory specification:

Block 1-Main Console (sn: 590069)
This is the Heart of the System, and it contains all the basic modules necessary for a professional system. It has 3 x VCO, 2 x VCF, 2 x VCA, 2 x LFO, 2 x ADSR EG, Noise, Ring Mod, Voltage Processor, S/H, Envelope Follower, Integrator (Lag Processor), Mixer, 2 X 5 multiples, Headphone Monitor Module, and an Output Module, which includes Stereo VUs, a six-position test-tone, Phase Shifter, Spring Reverb, and voltage controlled Panning. Most common module connections (power, cv, gate) are made internally for easier patching.

Block 2 – Keyboard Controller (sn: 630116):
The 61-key two-voice Keyboard with Portamento and Pitch-bend controls.

Block 3 – Sequencer (sn: 800097):
This offers 3 x 12 step sequencer with Pulse Shaper, Clock Oscillator, and Series / Parallel output sections – considered one of the best analogue sequencers ever made.

Block 4 – VCO Bank (sn: 800002):
6 x VCO, a dual ADSR envelope generator, LFO, Sample and Hold, 2 x 5 Multiples, and a small Mixer.

Block 5 – VCF/VCA Bank (sn: 800003):
2 x VCFs, 3 x VCAs, 2 dual ADSR envelope generators, 2 x 5 Multiples, and a Gate Delay.

Block 6 – Interface/Mixer (sn: 780089):
A Frequency-to-Voltage Converter Interface, a VCA, 9-channel Audio Mixer, and a Multimode Filter.

Block 7 – Phase Shifter/Audio Delay (sn: 800001):
A 2-channel Phase Shifter and a 2-channel Audio Delay, 4 input Analog Switch, Envelope Follower, Integrator (Lag Processor) and a 2 x 5 multiple.

The System 700 is a professional grade instrument, with a price tag to match back in the late 1970s, and recent specialist auction prices show that these have risen very sharply in price. Demand has always been very high for anything System 700 related, either in the Lab Systems or separate Blocks being sold, but finding a full system is exceptionally rare.

Post-restoration by KSR, this System 700 will be sold with a 6-month warranty and will be ready to ship worldwide. A quote for custom packing (by us), shipping & insurance to get it to you will be produced upon request. Delivery by us (in person) is possible for most UK destinations – prices subject to address.

This beautiful behemoth of a synthesizer runs on 110V. We are not supplying any 1/4” jack audio cables with the sale, and unfortunately, the original owners manual was not supplied to us, but we do have a high-quality version in PDF which we will include in the sale.

This is one serious music machine and words simply can’t describe the power and potential for infinite sound creation possibilities. There is such a lot to say about this legendary and beautiful modular system but we just haven’t enough room here on our website so please call or email us to discuss your requirements.

Price: £POA

Availability: This Roland System 700 is available for sale now and can be reserved on deposit (20%).

We have taken a pre-restoration picture of the actual System 700 for sale, for your enjoyment, so please click on the thumbnail below. Post-restoration, we will organise detailed and numerous high-res pictures of the instrument, and upload them here, unless it is sold in the meantime.

 

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Moog System 55

We are Brokering this instrument for and on behalf of our UK customer

Came into stock: Arrived at RL Music in April 2017

Restoration Status: A full cosmetic and operational restoration by KSR has already been carried out (completed in 23rd August 2017), so this Vintage Original System 55 is ready for sale now.

Remarks: We have been granted a unique opportunity here as these Vintage Original Moog System 55 (with RA Moog 950 Keyboard & Garage) are super rare instruments, and highly sought after. We weren’t given a lot of detailed background information on this system other than the last owner purchased it from a well known Moog collector in Italy several years ago. The Italian musician/collector used this system as a part of a larger Moog Modular set-up, which explains why the configuration is not quite late 1970s factory stock.

Our client (the current owner) had commissioned KSR to undertake a full system-wide overhaul of the entire instrument, to prepare it for sale. The restoration included refinishing all the cabinets as well, so the fit & finish on this 40+-year-old Moog is sublime, and of course, it works flawlessly.

This is THE mother of all synthesizers and although there are a plethora of analogue instruments in modular format to choose from these days (which is wonderful), nothing will hold the mystique, power and sheer collectability of an original Moog. These Vintage Moogs come with very strong & proven investment potential, so aside from being outstanding music instruments, they keep giving in other ways also.

The System 55 was the last of the great “walls-of-Moog” and this system being from around 1976, represents the most stable and reliable in terms of module build versions. This particular System 55 has clearly been lovingly cared for, for 40+ years.

Notes on the cosmetic condition:

All cabinets and control surfaces on the main synth sections are in excellent and original condition. The RA Moog 950 keyboard & Garage have their original wood cabinets which are also in excellent condition, although all the cabinets do have a few signs of natural ageing and use, however, the keys are undamaged, having an even colour. The module faceplates themselves are in excellent condition (as are the internal circuits) but there are inevitable signs of some wear from around the locating screws, although this is something we would expect to see in a modular system of this age.

The top cabinet did not come with a rear-enclosure board fitted. Many modulars of this age do not have rear-covers, but KSR have offered to manufacture and fit one if the buyer of the system would like one fitted. There would be no charge for this, but the top cabinet would need to go back to KSR to have that carried out.

We would rate the whole system as 9 out of 10 cosmetically – collector grade.

Notes on the restoration:

An IEC socket was fitted as standard on these late 70s systems. The power-supply has been completely reconditioned, it runs on US 110V or EU 220V, although set on EU 220V whilst here in the UK of course.

All the 1/4 inch jack-sockets have been replaced with high-quality Switchcraft® panel mount sockets to improve connectivity. KSR implemented this upgrade with the owner’s permission as 40+-year-old sockets can be very intermittent in connection, regardless of cleaning, and this can be very frustrating for users of voltage controlled/audio systems like these.

Each and every module and been tested, cleaned & calibrated, and where necessary, any decoupling (power regulation) caps replaced. The 950 Keyboard has been stripped and completely overhauled, with every key cleaned, and the key-bed & contacts cleaned.

All Cinch-Jones S-Trig connectors cleaned/deoxidised.
Wiring loom integrity checked.

Other than the items noted above, no components that affected the sound character of the Moog were replaced (or needed to be in fact). We retained the original knobs though as these are a major cosmetic component to the aesthetic of this authentic vintage instrument.

Thousands of pounds have been spent on the restoration work which has taken Kent Spong of KSR, over 3 months to complete.

Module configuration as follows:

Top Cabinet
1 x 914 Fixed Filter Bank
1 x 992 Control Voltages
1 x 904A Low Pass Filter
1 x 904-C Filter Coupler
1 x 904B High Pass Filter
1 x 904A Low Pass Filter
3 x 902 VCA
1 x 993 Trig & EG Voltage
5 x 911 EG
1 x 911A Dual Trigger Delay

Bottom cabinet
2 x 921A Oscillator Drivers
6 x 921B Oscillator
1 x 921 Voltage Controlled Oscillator
1 x 961 Sequencer Interface
1 x 960 Sequencer
1 x 962 Sequential Switch

3 x CP3A Mixer Control
1 x CP2 Multi Func
1 x CP8A Power Switch

RA Moog 950 Keyboard Controller

We were not supplied with any 1/4 inch jacks or cinch-jones S-Trig cables, although Synthesizers.com can supply these from new (recommended) here: http://www.synthesizers.com/qmse.html

Unfortunately, no original user instruction or service documentation provided with this Moog System 55.

This Vintage Original Moog Modular System 55 is sold with a full 6 month (return-to-dealer) warranty covering all T&M.

Price: £POA

Availability: This Vintage Original Moog Modular System 55 is available for sale now.

Pictures below of actual System 55 for sale. Click on the thumbnails for a high-resolution photos.

 

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Studio Electronics C...

We are Brokering this instrument for and on behalf of our UK customer

Came into stock: Available from RL Music from 6th November 2017

Restoration/Servicing Status: KSR to service once sold, and prior to shipping to the new owner.

Remarks: Not a vintage synth, but the Studio Electronics Code 8 has a mighty reputation and is a proper discrete-built analogue poly synth – a serious pro-audio instrument, and a modern classic without any doubt.

This CODE 8 was purchased new buy our client in 2013 from sxpro in London, and was fitted with the 8 x Arp 2600 Filters and the 8 x CS80 Filters upgrade options. It has never been racked, and has sat in his smoke free home studio in the UK since with very little use, hence the decision to sell it to fund new projects.

The synth is in perfect operational and the main control surface is in mint cosmetic condition, as you would expect for something 4 years old, although there are some marks on the large printed logo on the top of the instrument. We will have the synth fully checked over post-sale. It will be supplied with the original owners manual and retail box (as pictured).

As with all Brokered Sales, the synth will be fully serviced post-sale before it’s sent to its new owner. We do this to ensure that the instrument leaves us in perfect operational condition, and it is backed up by our full warranty to give the new owner complete peace of mind. The servicing is carried out as a priority once the sale has been completed, and although it will delay shipping/delivery by a short time, we know from experience that customers are happy to wait.

This CODE 8 is sold with a 3 month RL Music warranty and runs on either 110V or 220V.

Price: £4500 GBP – price includes the 8 x Arp 2600 and 8 x CS80 Filters.

Availability: This CODE 8 is available for sale now, and can be reserved on deposit (20%).

Pictures of the actual CODE 8 for sale (customer supplied) are below.

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Arp 2600C

We are Brokering this instrument for and on behalf of our UK customer

Came into stock: Arrived at RL Music on 15th February 2018

Restoration Status: A full service by KSR has already been carried out (completed in February 2018), so this Arp 2600 is ready for sale now.

Remarks: We have a remarkable opportunity for you to own a true one-off example of what is considered to be one of the finest vintage synths ever made – the Arp 2600, but with a lot of extra added value. The ‘C’ is for Custom!

Standard Arp 2600 features: Semi-normalised – 3 VCOs (4027=1), 4 pole Lowpass VCF (4012), VCA, Ring Modulator, 2 EGs, sample & hold Noise, Mic Preamp, Spring Reverb, Voltage Processor and Four Octave Keyboard….the list goes on. This is an Arp 2600 (2600P V3.0). There is no Keyboard controller included with this sale.

What is different about this Arp 2600?

Wood Cabinet: As you can see from the pictures below, our client decided to have a custom Walnut cabinet made (by Lamond Design) in 2017 for the synth, replacing the original plywood/tolexed case. the cabinet was hand-made by Ross Lamond and finished (stained and waxed) by Kent Spong at KSR. The results are sublime, and as far as we know, this is unique…stunning! All the metal hardware was also replaced with the black anodised fittings to the case. KSR spent 4 days carrying out this highly skilled work.

Metal Control Panel: The main control panel has been stripped, repainted and screen printed to produce an ‘as new’ finish. This is expensive and very time-consuming work and the panel restoration was completed at the end of 2017. KSR had to strip down the Arp completely so the panel could be sent away for the cosmetic treatment, so the synth has been fully rebuilt by KSR and serviced – around 50 hours work in total (not including the cabinet refinishing work).

Modifications by CMS (Phil Cirocco): Our client commission CMS in the USA to carry out some mods on this Arp 2600, so here is a list of what’s been done to this synth:
>Variable octave switches and pot for all 3 VCOs, range of 2 octaves
>Sync switches 2-3, 3
>17″ reverb tank upgrade
>1/4″ input and outputs (main in/outs)
>Upgraded PSU – running EU 220V
>All sliders were chemically cleaned and lubricated, VCO trimmers replaced
Our client spent over $2000 USD with CMS for these modifications in 2017 – to find out more about CMS then please click this link: http://www.discretesynthesizers.com/arptronics/arp2600.htm

Our client has invested thousands of pounds on having this Arp 2600 prepared to such a high standard and it certainly stands out as a unique and stunningly beautiful example. The sales price does reflect the investment made and quality of the finish, the technical preparation by two of the industries leading vintage synth specialists, and finally, the warranty sold by RL Music on this instrument. We think it’s fair to say that there’s a fair amount of extra value with this machine.

This custom rebuilt Arp 2600 operates on EU 220V. it’s sold with a 6-month warranty. Included in the sale is proprietary Arp power-cable, and we will also include a PDF copy of the user manual.

Price: £8500 GBP.

Availability: This custom rebuilt Arp 2600 is available for sale now.

Pictures of this Arp 2600C are below – high-res pictures available on request.

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Korg Trident Mk1

We are Brokering this Korg Trident Mk1 for and on behalf of our UK client.

Came into stock: Available from RL Music from 20th March 2018

Restoration/Servicing Status: KSR will fully service this post-sale.

For those of you who are unsure of what this machine is let us tell you that it is one of the very last best kept vintage analogue secrets left in the world. This is an SSM technology based – Synth, Brass and String Machine and packed full of modulation, voicing and timbre controls as well as onboard effects in the form of an absolute killer Flanger and beautiful Ensemble. Simply…It’s gorgeous!

Being a Korg, the build quality of this 1980 produced synth was very high, a testament to the fact that it’s still working perfectly, all the original controls are intact and it’s built like a tank.

This Trident has been in our client’s ownership for many years and kept at home. The operational condition is remarkably good, and the synth only needs a general service, which we will carry out post-sale for the new owner. The cosmetic condition is also good for its age, with the main control surfaces only showing what we would expect to be reasonable wear for a nearly 40-year-old instrument.

The wood cabinet does show has some inevitable wear & tear, but we have not applied any restorative work to it to keep the sales costs down. The price below has been agreed with our client to reflect the condition, and the Trident Mk1 represents the best value example in the world…by far!

The Trident is sold with our standard 3-month warranty and runs on EU220V voltage. We will also include a copy of the owners manual (PDF).

Price: £2100 GBP.

Availability: This Korg Trident Mk1 is now SOLD on reserve as at 21st March 2018.

Click on the thumbnails for higher resolution photos of actual synth.

 

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Arp 2600 Tonus &...

We are Brokering this Arp 2600 Tonus & 3604-p keyboard for and on behalf of our UK client.

Came into stock: Available from RL Music from 20th March 2018

Restoration/Servicing Status: KSR will fully service this Arp 2600 post-sale.

We present the stunning and iconic early-1970s Arp 2600 semi-modular which contains the sought after (and so-called) pre-lawsuit Moog 4012 style filter. This instrument is around 45 years old and just looks and sounds absolutely amazing.

This very early Arp 2600 Tonus, with original 4012 Filter + 3604P Keyboard controller, features: Semi-normalised – 3 VCOs, 4 pole Lowpass VCF, VCA, Ring Modulator, 2 EGs, sample & hold Noise, Mic Preamp, Spring Reverb, Voltage Processor and Four Octave Keyboard….the list goes on

We previously sold this actual Arp 2600 Tonus back in 2009 to our client we are Brokering it for, so it’s great to see the synth back again looking so beautiful still. The ‘Total Restoration’ work restoration was also carried out in 2009 on this Arp, and covered all cosmetic and operations aspect of the synth, details as follows:

Notes on the cosmetic condition:

The control surfaces/panels on the synth & keyboard were stripped, repainted and screen-printed. The Tolex covering and bright-work was in need of restoration (as is common on the old Arp systems), so KSR re-Tolex’d both units, and replaced all the exterior nickel-plated components. The Keys on the 3604-P were in good shape, so where kept original to retain that authentic vintage ageing across the key-bed.

Notes on the restoration:

Aside the repainting, screen-printing, re-Tolexing and replacement of the exterior brightwork mentioned above, the operational restoration on the 2600 was extensive, and mostly all Arp 2600 systems we see these days need this level of attention. KSR had undertaken a complete ground-up rebuild of the electronics with full test and calibrations and PSU rebuild etc. Each and every slider was split apart, cleaned and rebuilt, every jack cleaned & tested, and a system-wide check of all connectors, and solder joints etc. The keyboard was stripped an completely overhauled, and new busting fitted etc. Where possible, all the original parts were retained to ensure continuity and authenticity but some ageing components like power conditioning caps have been replaced, but only were absolutely necessary.

In the last 9 years since the Arp 2600 was restored by us, the synth was used and kept at home with our UK client, who has taken great care of it. The cosmetic and operational condition is perfect and the same as the day we handed it to them.

This is a fantastic opportunity to buy one of the most iconic vintage synths ever made, and the price has been agreed with our client to keep it very competitive, and incomparable to any Arp 2600 being sold anywhere in the world right now…it’s a Total Restoration RL Music vintage synth, after all!

The original 3604P keyboard is useful, and is a historically correct partner for this model of 2600, and has had a modification to the output connector as you can see in the pictures. KSR actually implemented the DIN socket mod, which is a much more reliable connection than the propriety Arp block connector which was always a weak link in the chain we have found. in reality, the 3604-P offers limited access to the extensive inputs into the main synth, so to get the most out of the 2600 we would recommend using a multi-channel Midi to CV device like the Kenton Pro-2000 which can give you 3 note polyphonic control if needed. We can supply a Kenton Pro-200 but is not included in the sales price below, so please ask us for prices.

These outstanding synthesizers are hard to find in decent condition, so here is a rare opportunity to own a superb fully professionally restored example that will only appreciate in value and add something special to your studio.

Supplied with all (restored/Tolexed) lids and DIN CV/Gate interconnect cable. The Arp runs on EU 220V via a standard IEC power connector. We will also supply an Arp 2600 owners manual (PDF).

As with all Brokered Sales, the Arp 2600 will be fully serviced post-sale before it’s sent to its new owner, although this synth really only needs a ‘health-check’ as it’s in such good condition throughout. We do this to ensure that the instrument leaves us in perfect operational condition, and it is backed up by our full 3-month warranty to give the new owner complete peace of mind. The servicing is carried out as a priority once the sale has been completed, and although it will delay shipping/delivery by a short time, we know from experience that customers are happy to wait.

Price: £7990 GBP.

Availability: This Arp 2600 Tonus is now SOLD as at 23rd March 2018.

Click on the thumbnails for higher resolution photos of actual synth.

 

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EMS Synth A Mk2

We are Brokering this instrument for and on behalf of our customer

Came into stock: October 2017.

Restoration Status: A full service by KSR has already been carried out (completed on 1st November 2017), so this instrument is ready for sale now.

We’re delighted to be able to offer an EMS Synthi A Mk2 to our customers who want to experience a vintage EMS but don’t need the extra expense/facility of the KS (Keyboard/Sequencer) that the AKS model offers.

Identical to the Synthi AKS (synth) in sound & operation, the Synthi A is the ultimate portable synth, packaged in the same Spartanite case and offering the endless programming possibilities through the matrix panel interface. EMS originally named the Synth A the “Portabella” which followed the naming conventions of its early synths like the “Putney (VCS3 Mk1)” and Cricklewood (DK1) keyboard etc.

The EMS Synthi A was first brought to the market by EMS the same year as Moog launched the Model D Minimoog to the world – an auspicious year for synth fans indeed! This example we are offering for sale is a later revision, an Mk2, and was manufactured during the Datamonics company ownership period which would have been between 1979 to 1982. The Mk2 Synth A is usually identifiable but the power-conditioning components used internally, but the metal silver anodised panel is another way to quickly identify them, as the earlier (Mk1) versions were usually painted (white), although there may have been some cross-over.

Provenance
Our client literally rescued this Synthi A from a London school back in the late 1990s who were throwing it out, and the synth bears the marks of this being a genuine educational tool for children. You will see from the anodised metal panel that it was been hand-inscribed with “ILEA” and other markings. Most people in the UK would recognise that as meaning “Inner London Education Authority” – so this synth has faithfully served fresh young minds in its time, and perhaps even enthused a few (like we were back in the day) to take their love of synthesis further into adulthood….bravo!

Our client has used this instrument regularly since the 90s and even gigged with it for a few years in London, so this synth is not a ‘glass-case’ collector’s item by far, but to many people that brings its own appeal and means it has a genuine evidenced history & story to tell.
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At some time in the life of the instrument, an IEC power socket was fitted to the synth. The implementation is good. We assume that the use of the usual proprietary EMS power-cable was a problem for the school as these easily get lost, so someone fitted the IEC to it.

As this instrument is nearly 40 years old, and quite commonly, it did not come to us any significant service history from our client. We commissioned KSR to carry out an extensive ground-up overhaul to bring it up to a perfect operating specification, whilst ensuring its authenticity is preserved as much as possible. Electronic instruments of this age need a deep level of restoration, but we approach this kind of work sympathetically.

The restoration time & resources invested into this instrument by KSR include:

>Strip-down of panels & Spartanite case.
>Spartanite case deep-cleaned, re-finished & all hardware cleaned.
>Control Panels deep-cleaned.
>Every control component (potentiometers/switches/matrix panel), cleaned & lubricated
>Power-Supply re-capped & calibrated.
>Full system-wide calibration & soak-test.

The above restorative work is the minimum we asked KSR to carry out as they would all need this level of attention due to their age, but In addition to the above, the following work can also be carried out by request. This is a costed option, so is not included in the sales price listed at the bottom of this page:

*VCO stabilisation modification implemented in line with EMS guidelines = £400 GBP

*This Synthi A comes with a full complement of matrix pins, although to be honest, these original 38-year-old pins are well past there best so we would recommend you also purchase a brand new (full) set of matrix pins (supplied from EMS) for = £250 GBP

Our client did not ask us to get get the panels re-anodised/screen-printed as they always felt it’s history was an intrinsic part of the life of the synth, so it comes as it was used and intended for – an educational instrument in the 1970s with a genuine provenance. However, if you prefer to purchase this Synth A and then want to have the panels refinished (re-anodised/screen-printed) to look like new, then this is possible of course, so please contact us for a quote to have this carried out.

This instrument operates on EU 220V. The instrument is sold with a 3-month warranty from RL Music and we will also include a user manual in PDF format and a UK-plug IEC power cable.

Price: £7200 GBP.

Availability: This Synthi A Mk2 is now SOLD on reserve as at 28th March 2018.

Pictures of the actual EMS Synthi A Mk2 for sale are below.

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Moog Source

We are Brokering this instrument for and on behalf of our UK customer

Came into stock: Available from RL Music from 1st March 2018

Restoration/Servicing Status: KSR have fully serviced this in February 2018, so it’s ready for sale now.

Remarks: We’ve not had a Moog Source in for a while so it’s been great fun diving into this machine again and hearing that distinctive vintage Moog sound. The 16 memory storage was quite a departure for Moog back in 1981 as they had not previously offered patch storage on a mono synth before, and the modern membrane panel design was also revolutionary for Moog at that time. It’s a super sounding machine and has a great many fans, but with prices going up in recent years it’s ‘value’ has been under pressure somewhat, so we are pleased to offer this example at an amazing price!

Moog Source: model #341 BX, S/N 2237X.

Our client, the owner of this Moog Source, purchased it in 1985 and it was used regularly until the late 1990s in his studio, after which it was stored away in its flight-case for a few years. It was later brought out in 2012 and used again up until 2015, so has been a reliable and trustworthy synth for decades.

The synth is in perfect operational condition and has just had a full service from KSR. Cosmetically, this is certainly not a collectors machine but it has been in regular use for most of its life, showing signs of expected wear and some marks to the control surfaces, but most importantly, the membrane, controls & keys all work perfectly and are undamaged – as you will see from the pictures we have taken (below). The price reflects the cosmetic condition, so has been agreed with our client to represent the best value Moog Source you can buy in the world today and they want a new owner to enjoy the amazing sound and character that this vintage Moog offers.

This Moog Source is sold with a 3 month RL Music warranty, runs on EU 220V and is supplied with its original hard-copy owners manual.

Price: £1490 GBP.

Availability: This Moog Source is now SOLD on reserve as at 6th March 2018.

Pictures of the actual Moog Source for sale are below.

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EMS Synthi 2013

We are Brokering this instrument for and on behalf of our UK customer

Came into stock: Arrived at RL Music on 21st February 2018

Restoration Status: This nearly new EMS Synthi A is in perfect working condition and KSR have already given it a ‘health-check’ in the last couple of days, so this instrument is ready for sale now.

We’re delighted to offer a rare chance to buy a recently manufactured EMS Synthi A that Robin Wood at EMS only assembled in October 2013 (we have a copy of the original receipt). This Synthi A has also been fully modified by EMS with a suite of upgrades (done at the time of manufacture). As many of you know, the waiting list to buy one of these exquisite machines from Robin has been running at around 12 years, but we spoke to him recently and he confirmed that production is now finishing due to the Spartanite cases no longer being available.

This late 2013 model (serial number 45643) sounds identical & works the same way a vintage Synthi does, plus it has all the advantages of being a nearly new machine! It’s immaculate as you would expect and works flawlessly. This instrument has only had 2 owners since 2013, this first only having it for a couple of months (unused) before emigrating and selling it to our client. Our client found it did not suit their own style of music, so it’s barely had any use at all so it needs to find a new home.

A note of the EMS implemented Mods:
Oscillator Synth on Osc2
Voltage Controlled Shape Osc1 & Osc2
Filter mode switchable 18/24 db/oct
Filter ‘unslew’ switchable on filters CV
Buffered external gate input

Included in the sale (pictured below):
Original EMS Synthi User Manual
Proprietary EMS power-cable
Full set of Matrix Pins
2 x Matrix pin-to-3.5mm cables
Cinch-Jones-to-3.5mm loom

This instrument operates on EU 220V. The instrument is sold with a 3-month warranty from RL Music.

Price: £7990 GBP.

Availability: This Synthi A is now SOLD on reserve as at 28th March 2018.

Pictures of the actual EMS Synthi A Mk2 for sale are below.

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EMS RVG

We are Brokering this vintage EMS module for and on behalf of our EU customer

Came into stock: Arrived at RL Music on 15th February 2018

Restoration Status: A full service by KSR will be carried out post-sale.

Remarks: An extremely rare vintage EMS ancillary studio module – the Random-Voltage-Generator, mounted in its original Afrormosia Wood case.

What is it, and what does it do?
The RVG produces a staircase type of output, the ‘steps’ of which occur randomly, but whose voltage range and time variance are controllable. The proprietary ‘facilities cord’ (pictured below) provides links all the outputs to a Synthi ‘A’ or VCS3, delivering VI to Input 1, V2 to Input 2, and Trigger to Attack.There is a very informative page on the ‘Old Tech – Vintage Synthesizer’ website that covers the RVG in some depth, so please click the link below to learn more:

http://www.oldtech.com/synth/EMSRandom1.html

As you can see from the pictures below, this RVG is in really nice 100% original condition with only some small signs of wear, as you would expect from a 45-year-old device. It’s is sold with a 3-month warranty and runs on EU 220V using the proprietary EMS power-socket (power cable supplied), and also included is the aforementioned proprietary ‘facilities cord.’

As with all Brokered Sales, the RVG will be fully serviced post-sale before it’s sent to its new owner. We do this to ensure that the instrument leaves us in perfect operational condition, and it is backed up by our full warranty to give the new owner complete peace of mind. The servicing is carried out as a priority once the sale has been completed, and although it will delay shipping/delivery by a short time, we know from experience that customers are happy to wait.

Price: £1300 GBP.

Availability: This EMS Random-Voltage-Generator is now SOLD as at 22nd February 2018.

Picture of actual RVG for sale below, so please click on the thumbnails for higher resolution photos.

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EMS PVC

We are Brokering this vintage EMS module for and on behalf of our EU customer

Came into stock: Arrived at RL Music on 15th February 2018

Restoration Status: A full service by KSR will be carried out post-sale.

Remarks: An extremely rare vintage EMS ancillary studio module – the Pitch-to-Voltage Converter, mounted in its original Afrormosia wood case.

What is it, and what does it do?
The principal function of the PVC is to convert an audio input into a DC voltage whose value is proportional to the pitch of that input signal. There is a very informative page on the ‘Old Tech – Vintage Synthesizer’ website that covers the PVC in some depth, so please click the link below to learn more:

http://www.oldtech.com/synth/EMSPtoV1.html

As you can see from the pictures below, this PVC is in very good 100% original condition. It’s is sold with a 3-month warranty and runs on EU 220V using the proprietary EMS power-socket (power cable supplied)

As with all Brokered Sales, the PVC will be fully serviced post-sale before it’s sent to its new owner. We do this to ensure that the instrument leaves us in perfect operational condition, and it is backed up by our full warranty to give the new owner complete peace of mind. The servicing is carried out as a priority once the sale has been completed, and although it will delay shipping/delivery by a short time, we know from experience that customers are happy to wait.

Price: £1300 GBP.

Availability: This EMS Pitch-to-Voltage Converter is available for sale now.

Picture of actual PVC for sale below, so please click on the thumbnails for higher resolution photos.

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Memorymoog LAMM

Restoration Status: Full restoration & upgrades were completed by KSR in September 2015 – this Memorymoog LAMM is in perfect working condition, but KSR will subject it to a ‘health-check’ post-sale, and it will also be sold with our 3-month warranty.

Remarks: This Memorymoog LAMM comes from our own RL Music Vintage Synth Collection, so has been part of our own in-house catalogue for a few years. As if being a LAMM was not enough, we have invested, with no expense spared, into having a Silent (Fanless) PSU solution fitted and a custom handmade wood cabinet..this is a really very special example guys!

The Memorymoog is an outstanding analogue polysynth that is unique and unrivalled in sheer power and character. Moog did something amazing creating this beautiful instrument, and they pushed the technology of the day to its limits. But then, Lintronics developed an amazing upgrade to deliver arguably the most powerful vintage analogue polysynth ever, and a synthesizer that sits perfectly in a 21st Century production environment.

More info on the Lintronics LAMM implementation can be found by clicking this link: http://www.lintronics.de/lamm.html

Having a Memorymoog in stock alone would be special enough but these Lintronics versions are highly coveted. The cost of implementing the LAMM upgrade is near the actual supply cost of the donor machine these days, plus factoring in the waiting time to have it done by Rudi means getting hold of these very special versions is almost impossible. We’ve seen demand for LAMM Memorymoog go through the roof in recent years, what with top music professionals buying them up, and this trend is only ever going to go one way, so this should be viewed as a rare opportunity to own your own and a rather special one at that.

Bespoke: Custom Zebrawood (Zebrano) Wood Cabinet
In 2015, we commissioned Ross Lamond, of Lamond Design, to hand build a replacement wood cabinet for this Memorymoog out of Zebrawood. The finishing to the wood was completed by KSR (stain & wax) and the results created a truly one-off finish…a unique instrument which looks stunning!
http://www.lamonddesign.co.uk/index/

Upgraded: Synthtaste PSU Fitted.
We purchased a Synthtaste PSU for this Memorymoog in 2015 which KSR fitted to the synth for us. This upgraded PSU removed the needs for the noisy mains-powered fan that the Memorymoog uses, so this is now silent and much lighter! The Synthtaste PSU is also thermally efficient and low energy, so very much a modern power supply and worth the several hundred Euros it the cost to buy it and have it installed.
http://www.synthtaste.de/moog.html

Features summary for this Memorymoog LAMM:

The LAMM upgrade on this particular model was carried out Rudi at Lintonics in the 2000s and is running v3.1 Lintronics Software.
The LAMM was additionally pro-restored by KSR in Sept 2015.
The serial number on this Memorymoog (a ‘Standard Mk1’ version originally) is #1290x
The Memorymoog is an EU 220V system.
Custom Zebrawood cabinet handmade by Lamond Design (for RL Music) in 2015.
Synthtaste Silent PSU solution supplied & installed by KSR in 2015.

Documents included with the synth are:

Moog Owners and service manual (pdf)
Moog Technical service information manual (pdf)
Lintronics user manual (pdf)
Moog Memorymoog sound-charts (pdf)
LAMM sound bank collection ( 21 full banks ) – SysEx format

Our RL Music Vintage Synth Collection LAMM is sold with a 3-month warranty and runs on EU 220V via the normal IEC connector (UK cable/plug type will be supplied).

Availability: This custom finished & upgraded Memorymoog LAMM is now SOLD as at 19th February 2018.

Price: £13990 GBP.

Pictures of the actual Memorymoog LAMM are below – higher resolution images available on request.

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Moog System 12

‘Rare’ doesn’t come close to describing how few and far between these vintage original Moog Modulars are these days, and owners are simply hanging on to them whilst all the reissues from the new Moog company are making their transition into the market. The fact remains that savvy owners truly appreciate the historic value of these genuine ‘Bob Moog’ manufactured instruments, and why this lineage is what really counts at the end of the day, both emotionally, historically and commercially speaking – certainly in investment terms.

So why are we selling this beautiful Moog Modular System 12?

Well, this example comes from the RL Music private collection and has been fully professionally restored in 2015. We are releasing this for sale as we already own 3 other vintage Moog Modulars, and would like to raise some capital for some new vintage modular projects we have planned for this year, so here is a golden opportunity for someone looking to own a genuine piece of synthesizer history.

There is a considerable volume of material written about the amazing Bob Moog and his ground breaking synthesizer designs from the 60s and 70s. Also, we all appreciate the outstanding sonic capabilities of these amazing instruments and why Bob Moog’s synthesizers changed the world, but to cut to the chase, here are the facts about this System 12 we have for sale.

Background history that we have:

The Moog System 12 unit has serial # 1039 and features some early ‘RA Moog’ modules from the time the Moog factory was located in Trumansburg, NY, and some modules with the later ‘Moog Music used after the move to Williamsburg. This is actually quite normal for these models as the assembly/manufacture date was around the early 1970s, so there would have been some RA Moog modules still available to use when assembling these systems. This puts an approximate age on this System 12 at 44 years old…not bad!

In the 1970s this System 12 belonged to the synthesist Jan Ternald of the Swedish psychedelic rock band Älgarnas Trädgård. After that, it ended up for unknown reasons in a small demo studio in Stockholm where it was left unused and forgotten until it was found and purchased by the last owner in 1984 (of whom RL Music purchased it from in 2015). It was mounted in custom-made flight cases in 1989 to allow touring and live performances. The original live setup also included two Mini Moogs, both stripped of the keyboards and mounted as rack modules, and an oscilloscope + a guitar tuner.

The system was then located in a recording studio in Stockholm, Sweden, and used in numerous productions until 1999. The last owner bought the System 12 to London In 2010 where it was located in the studio of an audio design company – it was continuous use (and professionally maintained) until it was sold to RL Music in 2015.

Modifications of note:

The two 921B oscillator modules have at some time prior to 1984 been modified by replacement of the original potentiometers with 10-round precision pots.

An IEC socket was fitted sometime during the lifetime of the System 12 to enable the system to be used in the EU. The power-supply is rated to 220V, so it’s possible it was produced for the EU market by Moog, but we’re fairly sure that these systems were supplied with the standard 3-pin US power-socket from the factory back in the early 70s, so the IEC socket is more useful for EU users.

The System 12 arrived at RL Music without its original lid (lost over the years), so we have had a new one manufactured by Lamond Design, and then the whole system has been re-tolexed, with new nickel-plated hardware fitted by KSR in the UK to finish off.

All the 1/4 inch jack-sockets have been replaced with high-quality Switchcraft® panel mount sockets to improve connectivity. We decided to implement this upgrade as 44-year-old sockets can be very intermittent in connection, regardless of cleaning, and this can be very frustrating for users of voltage controlled/audio systems like these.

Configuration Top to bottom:

903-A Random Signal Generator (RA Moog)
907 Fixed Filter Bank (RA Moog)
904A Low Pass Filter
911 Envelope Generator (RA Moog)

921A Oscillator Driver
921B Voltage Controlled Oscillator
921B Voltage Controlled Oscillator
921 Voltage Controlled Oscillator
994 Multiples (RA Moog)
902 Voltage Controller Amplifier (RA Moog)
911 Envelope Generator (RA Moog)

CP3 Mixer
- Reversible Attenuator
Controller Output
Trunk Lines
Power

Restoration notes:

Our vintage Moog restoration expert, Kent Spong of KSR, undertook an extensive ground-up restoration on the System 12 during 2015. Other than the items noted above in the ‘modifications’ paragraph, no components that affected the sound character of the Moog were replaced (or needed to be in fact). We retained the original knobs though as these are a major cosmetic component to the aesthetic of this authentic vintage instrument.

We will service this System 12 prior to shipping to the new owener, so please expect a hort delay of up to 2 weeks post-sale before it can be shipped out.

This Moog Modular System 12 is sold with a 3-month warranty and mentioned above, runs on EU 220V. We will include a selection of (used) 1/4 inch jacks with the sale if needed, but we do not have any spare cinch-jones cables, although Synthesizers.com can supply these from new here – http://www.synthesizers.com/qmse.html

We will ship this Moog worldwide, so please ask us for a packaging & shipping quote for your preferred destination address.

Price: £12990 GBP.

Availability: This Moog Modular System 12 is availble for sale now and can be reserved on deposit (20%).

Picture of actual System 12 for sale below, so please click on the thumbnails for higher resolution photos.

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Elka Synthex Mk3

Servicing Status: Full restoration was completed by KSR in October 2015 and has just had a full ‘health check’ in November 2017.

Restoration ETA: Ready for sale now!

Remarks: A truly immaculate condition example of the late version (Mk3) Elka Synthex – with factory MIDI.

This has to be one of the finest analogue polysynths ever made and was used by all the top artists of the 80′s, especially JMJ. Built-in 4 track sequencer 8 voice polyphonic, twin oscillator 24 dB/octave low pass filter 6 & 12 dB/octave bandpass filters 12 dB/octave high pass filter. The specification doesn’t tell you that this is a silky smooth performer, and in the right hand,s can deliver an almost polyphonic modular experience…just an amazing machine.

The overall condition of this Synthex is truly outstanding/pristine and comes from our own RL Music Vintage Synth Collection, so has been part of our own in-house catalogue for more a few years. This Synthex has most definitely been treated with love and care throughout its life and the cosmetic condition reflects this.

KSR had undertaken full restoration on the operational side in late 2015, as well as re-finishing the cabinet (strip, stain & wax) – every aspect of the synth was been addressed, including re-capping and deep-cleaning all the controls etc., so the synth plays beautifully. The recent health check found no issues.

Runs on EU 220V, and sold with a full 3-month warranty.

Price: £8500 GBP.

Availability: This Elka Synthex is now SOLD as at 4th December 2017.

Pictures below of actual Synthex Mk3 for sale. Click on the thumbnails for a high-resolution photos.

 

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2 Voice Pro

We are Brokering this instrument for and on behalf of our UK customer

Came into stock: Available from RL Music from 10th November 2017

Restoration/Servicing Status: KSR to service once sold, and prior to shipping to the new owner.

Remarks: Not a vintage synth but it’s a hand-built analogue synth that comes from a strong vintage heritage and masterfully reissued by the original designer – Tom Oberheim. The 2 Voice Pro is a beautiful and faithful recreation of Tom’s classic SEM based synth, but with a modern twist to deliver a cracking little analogue synth.

This Tom Oberheim 2 Voice Pro was purchased new by our client in July 2015 (imported in from the USA from the retailer Analog Haven) and has sat in his smoke-free home studio in the UK since with very little use, hence the decision to sell it to fund new projects.

The synth is in perfect operational condition and is in near mint cosmetic condition, as you would expect for something 2 years old, but it has been in use so it’s not brand new. We will have the synth fully checked over post-sale for prudence, but this is a fully working and immaculate instrument. It will be supplied with the original owners manual and retail box (as pictured), plus IEC power cable and some 3.5mm jacks that came with the synth.

These are a limited production run model and set to rise in value once all production has ceased, so this is a good opportunity to save a considerable sum against the cost of buying a brand new one today.

Sound On Sound magazine featured an in-depth review of the 2 Voice Pro, written by one of the most knowledgeable & experienced synth reviewers on the planet – Gordon Reid. Please click the link below to read the article:

https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/tom-oberheim-two-voice-pro

There’s also another fantastic review by greatsynthesizers.com which is also worth a read, plus they include some sound samples at the end of the article, so please click the link below to read this article:

http://greatsynthesizers.com/en/test/oberheim-two-voice-pro-the-analog-dream-synth/

As with all Brokered Sales, the synth will be fully serviced post-sale before it’s sent to its new owner. We do this to ensure that the instrument leaves us in perfect operational condition, and it is backed up by our full warranty to give the new owner complete peace of mind. The servicing is carried out as a priority once the sale has been completed, and although it will delay shipping/delivery by a short time, we know from experience that customers are happy to wait.

This Tom Oberheim 2 Voice Pro is sold with a 3 month RL Music warranty and runs on either 110V or 220V (adaptive PSU).

Price: £3300 GBP.

Availability: This 2 Voice Pro is no longer available for sale – last updated on 8th April 2018.

Pictures of the actual 2 Voice Pro for sale (customer supplied) are below.

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Memorymoog Plus

We are Brokering this instrument for and on behalf of our UK customer

Came into stock: Arrived at RL Music in September 2017

Restoration Status: A full system-wide operational restoration by KSR has already been carried out (completed in 1st November 2017), so this Memorymoog Plus is ready for sale now.

Remarks: We present the epic Memorymoog Plus (Factory MIDI & Sequencer version), in excellent cosmetic condition and only just fully overhauled to top operational condition. The Memorymoog is a truly outstanding analogue polysynth that is unique and unrivalled in sheer power and character but sounds nothing like 6 Minimoogs, in spite of internet lore.

Provenance
This Memorymoog has been privately owned by a musician since the mid-nineties and was at that time, based in Berlin. This Memorymoog was used principally in the production deep underground techno, thus demonstrating the versatility of these hugely capable instruments.

The owner had the synth flight-cased and stored for a few years, so prudently decided to commission KSR to undertake a ground-up operational restoration to bring the Moog up to pristine operational condition, ready for sale though RL Music.

KSR has considerable experience working with this unique model and have implemented a number of critical VCO stabilisation and power regulation improvements which should see many years of reliable service ahead. For a full breakdown of what’s been covered then please email us for more details.

Only light cosmetic restoration has been carried out on the cabinet (light stain & waxed) as it was in great condition already, and deep-cleaning to all the exterior surfaces. The only item we need to note is that the original Moog ‘sequencer/MIDI’ text plate that sat over the MIDI & I/O sockets on the back of the synth is missing. We would grade this is “extremely good original condition – 8.9 out of 10 cosmetically.’

This second iteration of the Memorymoog, the ‘Plus’, came fitted with rudimentary MIDI (note on/off only), and an onboard sequencer. If more modern & sophisticated MIDI CC control is required then we can supply and fit a new Kenton MIDI kit for the new owner – subject to quotation. Please email us for details on this if an updated MIDI system is required to be fitted post-purchase.

The Memorymoog featured in the following Youtube demo was supplied by RL Music in 2014. The artist, known as Mr Firechild (www.firechild.se), produced this excellent track on the actual synth not long after he received the synth from us. If you are in any doubt about how stunning beautiful sounding these synths are, then listen to this (click the link below):

https://youtu.be/rmN9KaBILQ8

This Memorymoog Plus operates on EU 220V, although it was originally a 110V system – KSR modified it during the overhaul. it’s sold with a 3-month warranty. Included with the sale is a UK IEC Power-cable, and also an original bound Memorymoog user manual.

Price: £7990 GBP.

Availability: This Memorymoog Plus is now SOLD as at 10th December 2017.

Pictures of the actual Memorymoog Plus for sale are below.

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