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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