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 available for sale now and can be reserved on deposit (20%).

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

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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: £4999 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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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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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, a 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 additional to 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: £10,500 UK Pounds

Availability: This Synthi A Mk2 is available for sale now.

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

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Rhodes Chroma

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

Came into stock: September 2017.

Restoration Status: A full service by KSR has already been carried out (completed on 11th October 2017), so this Chroma is ready for sale now.

Remarks: We’re are delighted to be able to offer you this rare Rhodes Chroma from our current stock list. This particular example being customer-owned is in very good and all original condition throughout.

This customer owned machine does NOT have the CC+ CPU upgrade so is priced accordingly, but the restoration work we commit to in preparing these machines for sale remains the same regardless.

This particular example came to us from a UK customer. The Chroma had been owned & used by their family member – Kwame Kwaten from D-Influence, and he played it on Funky Times, Hypnotise and Hold On. D’Influence is a British production team and acid jazz band. You can hear these tracks in the following links (audio only):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRFIpaHALxg Funky Times

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEhGZI_eLes Hypnotise

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQUpgS4Uk4A Hold On

The Chroma needed a full overhaul, which KSR has meticulously carried out, and additionally treated all the cosmetics like the (lighter coloured wood grain) wood cabinet and other surfaces. The Chroma’s laminate front-panel is in very good condition across the main control surface with only some minor cracking showing around the left-hand side screw-points (see pictures below). The now re-finished wood cabinet itself is in great condition, and shows a nice aged patina, with only the front left-hand corner with some damage of note.

You can see for yourself from the pictures we took (below) that the cosmetic condition is remarkable for a 35-year-old instrument, and we would grade this as “very good original condition – 8.5 out of 10 cosmetically.’

KSR, our vintage synth restorers, have gone through the entire system in great depth on the Chroma to ensure everything is 100% perfect operationally. At some point in the synths life, a heat-sink was added to the rear of the instrument – this is actually not such a bad thing to have, and had been implemented well.

The patches already loaded onto the synth are really nice as well and show the current owner (our client) has a deep understanding of how to properly programme these beautiful sounding vintage synths.

The Chroma is a very well loved and supported vintage model within the synth community. Chris Ryan has an excellent website dedicated to the model which has been an excellent source of knowledge and support generally: rhodeschroma.com

This Rhodes Chroma is sold with a 3-month warranty and operates on EU 220V. User & service manuals can be sourced from the rhodeschroma.com website as mentioned above. This Chroma is also supplied with its original dual-pedal controls (pictured below).

Price: £6500 GBP.

Availability: This Rhodes Chroma is available for sale now.

Pictures below of actual Rhodes Chroma for sale. Click on the thumbnails for a high-resolution images.

 

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Yamaha CS70M

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

Came into stock: September 2017.

Restoration Status: A full service by KSR has already been carried out (completed on 11th October 2017), so this CS70M is ready for sale now.

Remarks: We’re excited to be able to get hold of this really lovely condition CS70M as they really are quite magnificent synths for a whole number of reasons. These were proper old-school designed hybrid digital/analogue systems made between 1981 and 1984, and it wasn’t long after these came out that the DX7 was introduced, which seems hard to believe really.

The CS70M has for many people been overlooked, or perhaps overshadowed by it’s bigger brother – the CS80, but this instrument has ascended in popularity among aficionados, and we know this synth is highly sought after by those who truly appreciate it.

6 Voice, dual channel (stereo), aftertouch, 30 memories, ring-mod, chorus & Leslie effects, lowpass, highpass, and bandpass VCF, fully programmable and with a 4 channel polyphonic sequencer etc.

Those in the know will already tell you that this is one of the finest analogue polys ever made and a work of audio art in its own right. It shares most of the same technology as the CS80 and many of the characteristics and tonal qualities as well. The other big ‘Hello’ is also the fact you can get really close to the CS80 sound for a lot less money…this makes it even more appealing considering the price.

The UK owner we are selling this magnificent machine for has owned it for over a decade and the synth has been in regular use during that time, with periodic maintenance carried out to keep it in top workmen order. MIDI has already been retrofitted to this CS70M, which adds a lot of value when integrating into a modern studio setup.

The cosmetic condition of this example is extremely good overall with only light user wear & natural aging to the control surfaces. The faux wood laminate cabinet it in very good order with only a couple of spots where this has been worn. We would grade this is “very good original condition – 8.5 out of 10 cosmetically.’

Operationally, our trusted ‘Yamaha CS Series’ restoration experts – KSR have already carried out a full service on the CS70M, so it’s 100% perfectly working and ready for its new owner.

There are a few demos on YT of these but we like this rather ambient-noodling one from ‘MoreAnalog’ because it demonstrates nicely how the CS70M has the CS80 vibe we are talking about: https://youtu.be/1_jy9ERBTPs

This CS70M is sold through RL Music with a 3-month warranty and can operate on US 110V or EU 220V. Also, we can supply a PDF photocopy of the user manual, and of course, the proprietary Yamaha power-cable.

Price: £6990 GBP

Availability: This CS70M is available for sale now.

Pictures below of actual Yamaha CS70M for sale. Click on the thumbnails for a high-resolution images.

 


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Oberheim Matrix 12

We are Brokering this Matrix 12 for and on their behalf of a UK client

Came into stock: Arrived at RL Music in September 2017.

Restoration Status: KSR have already fully undertaken a full service of the synth in September 2017.

ETR (estimated time from restoration): Available for sale now!

Remarks: These wonderful vintage synths are so hard to find these days in really nice cosmetic condition, so when an customer contacted us about selling their much loved (home use only) example, we jumped at the chance. This particular Matrix 12 is a US manufactured version which has the (factory option) ’12-individual outs’ fitted, and has the keyboard Aftertouch system installed (velocity was standard on all versions).

The Oberheim Matrix 12 offers a deep programmable architecture for those of you into tweaking but can also be a very user friendly hands-on preset machine with quick access for live use. This means they sit between that digital and analogue medium perfectly and are arguably the best of the hybrid technology of the mid 1980’s.

Once you’re familiar with the comprehensive programming interface of the Matrix 12 you have one of the most powerful analogue systems ever made. The M12 was the last of the old Oberheim analogue synth technology, was beautifully designed and a powerhouse of thick analogue goodness that was tragically lost from just about every synth made after, when we all decided that the DX7 was the future!

This Matrix 12 operates on EU 220V & US 110V, and is supplied with a bound photo-copy of the user manual…very handy. As with all our synths, the Oberheim is sold with a 3 month warranty.

Guide Price Post-Restoration: £4990 UK Pounds

Availability: This Matrix 12 is now SOLD as at 5th October 2017.

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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 systems-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 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, but 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 owners 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 effected 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

Unfortunatley, 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: £65000 GBP

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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Memorymoog

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

Came into stock: Arrived at RL Music in May 2017

Restoration Status: A full system-wide operational restoration by KSR has already been carried out (completed in 23rd August 2017), so this Memorymoog is ready for sale now.

Remarks: We present the rare and epic Memorymoog (standard Mk1 version with no MIDI), in excellent cosmetic condition and only just fully overhauled to top operational condition.

This Memorymoog has been in private ownership for some years, with home use only although not used in some time, so the owner had commissioned 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.

Although no cosmetic restoration has been carried out other than deep-cleaning to all the exterior surfaces, the cosmetic condition is 100% original and very good indeed, as you can see from the pictures below.

This first Memorymoog version from Moog did not come with MIDI, and this example has not been retrofitted during its lifetime, so if MIDI 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 MIDI 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 operates on EU 220V. it’s sold with a 3-month warranty. Included with the sale is a UK IEC Power-cable, and we will also include a PDF copy of the user manual.

Price: £7490 GBP.

Availability: This Memorymoog is now SOLD as at 27th September 2017.

Click on the thumbnail for higher resolution photo of the actual Memorymoog for sale.

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Roland Jupiter 8

We are very delighted to present our forthcoming immaculate & fully restored Jupiter 8 (14 bit) which we are confident to say, will be the best condition example for sale in the world.

Came into stock: June 2017

Servicing Status: ‘Total Restoration’ currently underway by KSR & other service partners.

Remarks: We’re delighted to be able to offer what we consider to be one of the finest analogue polysynths ever produced – the Roland Jupiter 8. This JP8 is currently going through to an extensive ground-up restoration and will be immaculate both cosmetically and electronically. We have also supplied & are having fitted, a brand new Kenton MIDI retro-fit kit to this machine, so this JP8 also has significant MIDI control access via Sysex.

For more info on the Kenton MIDI kit functionality then please click the following link:

http://www.kentonuk.com/kcurrentmanuals/JUP85000.pdf

As many of you will know, we occasionally undertake a special project restoration work for these models that covered extensive operational and cosmetic restoration to bring them up to the highest possible standard, we term this ‘Total Restoration.’

The Total Restoration work produces an almost factory new looking machine as all the metal the panels have been stripped and re-sprayed & screen-printed, and the aluminium end-cheeks re-anodised. All the electronics have been completely overhauled by KSR, key-bed refurbished and even a brand new new perspex display etc.

This is the highest level restoration we can offer for these wonderful vintage synthesizers, costing over £2500 to implement. With eBay prices for average condition examples (not restored) sitting between £7300 to £8000 GBP from sources around the world, you can appreciate the difference in value to what we are offering here.

RL Music has developed this highly specialised treatment for the Jupiter 8 as professionally prepared instruments of this standard are in such high demand from customers with ultra-high expectations of quality. You will not find any other business around the world offering anything close this level of restoration for an historic/vintage synthesizer.

We purchased this Jupiter 8 from a UK owner who had owner it from new, and it had resided in the owners UK home studio, and although it played perfectly, it was showing signs of natural wear to the control surfaces, hence we decided to give it the full TR treatment.

This Jupiter 8 is a 14 bit version (serial #242xxx) and as mentioned, has been retro-fitted with a brand new Kenton MIDI kit. It is a EU/UK 220V system. We will also supply a PDF copy of the owners manual.

The Jupiter 8 is a professional grade historic/vintage instrument. This is a, A++ Collector Grade example that’s going to be highly sought after, especially because it is an RL Music restored & supplied instrument. This is a truly beautiful synthesizer to own and play, plus is also has very strong investment potential, so if you have been holding back for the right JP8 to come along then we recommend this one to you.

Sold with our extended-TR RL Music 6 month return-to-dealer warranty (all parts and labour covered), plus 12 months free telephone phone/Skype support from KSR

The Total Restoration work takes about 3 months to complete, and we are about mid way through the process at the moment (as at 3rd July 2017), so we estimate this Jupiter 8 being ready in around 6 weeks time.

Price: £POA* – This Jupiter is is now SOLD on deposit as 18:44 on 3rd July 2017.

*To avoid skewing the second hand market prices (eBay or Reverb etc.) with this unique opportunity, we’ve left this as a POA only.

Availability: This Total Restoration Roland Jupiter 8 can be reserved on deposit (20%) now please call or email for out price guide for this instrument.

Sample picture of the last TR JP8 sold below – more pictures to follow once the restoration work has been completed.

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Yamaha CS80

This CS80 is currently located at our restoration partners – KSR in Surrey, UK.

This CS80 is one of two exemplary condition examples that we own on in our private vintage synth collection. We are looking to fund some exciting new projects going forward, so have decided to release one of these CS80 to public sale.

The CS80 we are offering for sale could be considered among of the finest examples in the world. It is still a 40 year old instrument with its original keys & buttons etc., but the restoration work invested into it, plus the modifications listed below, mean this is a very special machine, and we have produced only a small number of these very high-level restored examples in the last 15 years for discerning customers around the world.

The CS80 has already been fully cosmetically and operationally restored (Level 2) by KSR. Only RL Music get the ‘’Level 2’ restoration as this includes a much higher level of detailed restoration by KSR, including a full key-bed restoration and point-to-point cabling/solder-contacts integrity checking for the entire loom etc. The Level 2 operational restoration normally costs £3000 GBP. We’re pleased to confirm this CS80 already had this work applied of course, and is included in the sale price.

The following work has been implemented:

The restoration comprises (not limited to) the total replacement of all the old CMOS Logic IC’s, all of the dual op-amps, voice card, and power supply capacitors & transistors. In addition to this the TKC circuit board, which controls the polyphonic after touch of the CS80, is fitted with a set of bypass/decoupling capacitors for each IC to greatly reduce the chance of failure of the touch response circuit. To cap this off, a full calibration is then performed (voltages to within within 3 decimal places). The actual list of work is huge, and changes out several hundred components,  and includes a 7 day burn-in test period/stress testing.

In addition, RL Music purchased a matched set of VCO for the CS80 about 5 years ago, so the synth has a beautiful set of late production version IG-series VCO ICs. The full set would cost around £2500 to £3000 to source these days, that’s if you could even find them (unlikely), but we’re pleased to confirm this is included in the sale price. The original earlier production version IG-IC’s from this CS80 (production serial #12xx) were rotated into our spares during the restoration (not for sale).

All the RL Music supplied CS80s are serviced/restored by the world renown CS80 expert Kent Spong of KSR (Kent Spong Restorations) in London. Sound on Sound magazine (SOS) did an interview article on Kent, which you can find here:

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jun13/articles/kent-spong.htm

Warranty provided on this CS80:
The CS80 is sold with a 6 month warranty as standard which covers all parts and labour and telephone/Skype technical support. KSR also provide full 12 month after-sales technical support for the CS80 by phone, email and Skype post-warranty. KSR are world renown CS80 experts and currently support several hundred CS80 around the world for professional musicians/studios and enthusiasts etc.

Upgrade Option Fitted -1:
If Midi is required on the CS80 then we are normally able to supply and install the Kenton Midi retrofit Kits for an additional £850 GBP. We’re pleased to confirm this CS80 already has a brand new MIDI kit fitted, and the supply and installation is included in the sale price.

Upgrade Option Fitted – 2:
Total-Restoration Upgrade
All aspects of the CS80 cosmetic presentation are addressed including re-tolexing all the exterior (and lid), re-painting and screen printing all control surfaces. This work normally takes up to 12 weeks to complete.  For more information on what is included in this ultimate upgrade option then please call or email us for details. The Total-Restoration Cosmetic Upgrade Option costs £3000 GBP. We’re pleased to confirm this CS80 already had the Total-Restoration Cosmetic Upgrade applied, and is included in the sale price.

Upgrade Option Fitted – 3:
Solid wood surround (in Oak) beautifully hand crafted by Lamond Design, is normally supplied for an additional £750 GBP. We’re pleased to confirm this CS80 already has a solid Oak surround fitted, and is included in the sale price.

Upgrade Option Fitted – 4:
KSR have designed the special modification for the CS80 (The Cascade Unison Mod ) so that if you press a single note then you get all 16 VCOs but if you press 2 notes together then it’s 8 voices per note..then 4 notes its 4 VCO’s per note etc etc. Thus meaning that it’s a kind of polyphonic unison, and offers new creative control of the powerful sound the CS80 delivers. Nearly all CS80′s we have sold in the last few years have had these fitted and it definitely adds great sonic value with no impact on the systems reliability or longevity. The Cascade Unison Mod costs £850 GBP. We’re pleased to confirm this CS80 already has a Cascade Unison Mod fitted, and is included in the sale price.

Items of Note on this CS80 for sale:
Most CS80′s have lost their ‘Pedals, Music Stand and Legs’ over the years, so we are unable to supply these original accessories to the new owner, and this example for sale does not have any either. However, this CS80 does come with the original lid, which has been re telexed of course. We will supply a copy of the owners manual on PDF.

The CS80 has been safely kept in our secure storage for a while, so well be asking KSR to go over the instrument in detail once it has been sold & secured on deposit. The service/health-check will only take a short time, but included in this pre-shipping preparation will be a system-wide calibration & test.

This CS80 operates on EU220V, but can be converted to US110V if required (subject to quotation).

We can have the CS80 professionally packed (custom crated) and shipped pretty much anywhere in the world (subject to quotation).

Price: With ‘average to tatty’ cosmetic condition, and fault ridden examples of CS80 selling on eBay for £17,000+ GBP, we are inviting offers for this superlative example, so please email us with yours.

Availability: This CS80 is now SOLD as at 7th June 2017.

Picture of the actual CS80 for sale below. We took these in-situ at the KSR workshop on 31st May 2017, where the CS80 currently is available to demo (upon request). More pictures to follow shortly.

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Roland Jupiter 6

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

Came into stock:  17th March 2017.

Restoration Status: A service by KSR has already been carried out (completed in May 2017), so this Jupiter 6 is ready for sale now.

Remarks: The current owner has used this synth in his home studio for over a decade, and had regular maintenance done on the synth to keep it in the best operational condition possible. The cosmetic condition is very good for a 34 year old synth, and we would grade this as a 8.9 out of 10 cosmetically, although there are some signs of wear, most notable marks can bee seen in the collage picture provided below.

You will notice easily that this JP6 is actually fitted with custom made wood end-cheeks. These actually look pretty good we think, but if you prefer the factory look then the original aluminium end-cheeks are also supplied (as per the picture below).

The Jupiter 6 has been a hugely popular polysynth since its arrival in 1983, and offers aficionados that beautiful vintage polyphonic analogue Roland sound for very reasonable cost, certainly when compared to its sibling, the Jupiter 8. Prices for these models in recent years has seen a significant uplift as vintage polysynths are getting more and more rare to find in good condition, so now is the time to invest into one.

This example has not had any modifications from it’s factory spec. This is often important for buyers who prefer to either leave them as stock, or upgrade them according to their own needs & budget, depending on what solutions may be available (Europa).

The Jupiter 6 is a professional grade vintage instrument that’s only ever going to become more sought after and rarer, so here is your opportunity to buy and superb example, fresh from the hands of a master synth restorer, and fully guaranteed.

KSR Service notes: KSR have carried out a full service of this JP6 which includes, but is not limited to:

>New memory battery
>PSU fully power-conditioned.
>System-wide calibration
>Clean of all pots, switches and key-contacts
>Re-loaded factory Patches.

Runs on EU 220V and is supplied with a PDF copy of the Roland owners manual.

Price: £2990 GBP.

Availability: This Roland Jupiter 6 is now SOLD as at 8th September 2017.

Click on the thumbnail for higher resolution photo of the actual Jupiter 6 for sale.

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Oberheim OB-Xa

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

Came into stock:  17th March 2017.

Restoration Status: Full overhaul by KSR has already been carried out in April 2017, so this OB-Xa is ready for sale now.

Remarks: The OB-Xa is without doubt one of the defining polysynths of its time so understandably has a huge following of enthusiasts wanting to have that massive Oberheim sound in their own studio. Although similar to the OB8 in look,the architecture differs internally, and sonically it delivers a thicker/fatter sound that just makes it a more interesting proposition to its fans, and it’s certainly a lot heavier.

The current owner has used this synth in his home studio for over a decade, and had regular maintenance done on the synth to keep it in the best operational condition possible. The cosmetic condition is very good for a 36 year old synth, but does show reasonable signs of wear to the controls surfaces an some key-tops. We would grade this as a 8 out of 10 cosmetically, and the price below has been agreed with our client to reflect the condition.

This OB-Xa is an 8 voice system which KSR has just fully overhauled for us so it’s in 100% perfect in operation. This example has the 120 program memory upgrade fitted, as well as a Kenton MIDI kit – all good to go!

KSR Service notes:KSR have carried out a full overhaul of this OB-Xa which includes, but is not limited to:

>Keyboard bushing replaced & key contact system fully cleaned.
>New memory battery
>PSU fully power-conditioned.
>System-wide calibration
>Clean of all pots & switches
>Re-finished the wood end-cheeks (stripped, stained & waxed).
>Re-loaded factory (120 program) Patches.

Here’s a really good YT demonstration from a friend of ours – Marko Ettlich (RetroSound) of the OB-Xa: https://youtu.be/RsgSUPE4E7I

This OB-Xa operates on EU 220V and/or US 110V. it will be sold with a 3 month warranty. Included with the sale is a UK IEC Power-cable, and we will also include a PDF copy of the user manual.

Sales Price: £3990 GBP.

Availability: This Oberheim OB-Xa is now SOLD as at 21st July 2017.

Click on the thumbnail for higher resolution photo of the actual OB-Xa for sale.

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Korg PS3200

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

Came into stock:  3rd March 2017.

Restoration Status: KSR to service once sold, and prior to shipping to the new owner. This PS3200 is in perfect working condition, but the servicing work is standard on all our vintage synths for sale, although it is more akin to a ‘health-check’ on a instrument of this fine condition.

Remarks: We are delighted to present a very rare opportunity to own a true vintage classic – the Korg PS3200. Our client has not owned the Korg for more than a few years, but it has been well cared for in their own home studio during their ownership. Prior to this the Korg was owned by UK synth collector. The cosmetic condition of the control panels & original wood-veneer cabinets for both the synth & the PS-3010 48-key Polyphonic Keyboard Controller are very good, with only minimal wear for an instrument of this age, and operationally it’s perfectly working. The PS3200 has clearly been very well looked after throughout its 40 year life, and likely regularly serviced as well, although we will carry out a further service on the synth for the new owner.

A couple of items of note:
There is a the non original knob on the PS-3010 Keyboard. The original Korg potentiometer is intact, so we can only assume at some time in the past, the large Korg control knob has been lost and replaced with the one you can see in the pictures below. Also, the battery cover at the rear of the synth is missing. Not huge problems in the scheme of things, but we’re just noting these for full disclosure.

The PS3200 is a fully polyphonic, 16 memory semi-modular system incorporating divide-down technology driving 2 VCO’s and micro tuning ability. The technical specification aside, this instrument defines the word “ambient” and has the most wonderful warm, rich and characterful sound that any vintage polysynth can deliver….a truly unique machine.

The semi-modular nature of the PS3200 provides some fascinating routing options for “polyphonic” sound design, and the remote keyboard offers a number of performance features within the CV/Gate domain.

This PS3200 operates on US 110V, but comes with a EU 220V converter – it will be sold with a 3 month warranty. Included with the sale is the original PS-3001 60-pin locking connection cable, and of course the proprietary power-cable. We will also include a PDF copy of the user manual.

Sales Price: £10900 GBP.

Availability: This PS3200 is available for sale now, and can be reserved on deposit (20%).

Click on the thumbnail for higher resolution photo of the actual Synthi AKS for sale.

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