Synthacon Mk2

We are Brokering this instrument for and on behalf of our client in the USA

Another ultra-rare version of this amazing vintage synthesizer, the Mk2 Synthacon is a truly outstanding mono-synth that is on of the worlds best kept synth-secrets.

The Synthacon is a 3 VCO system that uses a diode based 2-pole resonant low/band/highpass VCF, and simple but clever modulation routing that gives this machine true sonic magic. The resonance power does not diminish thought the filter range – stunning!. The specs don’t really tell you anything really as it’s all about the sound and complex possibilities.

The Synthacons were designed and hand made by Nyle Steiner himself. The were produced under the synthesizer company called Steiner-Parker, which was a small business working out of Salt Lake City in the mid 1970s. The Steiner-Parker business was a jointly owned by Nyle, Dick Parker and a third partner. More info Nyle here:

There were essentially 2 versions of the Synthacon – we also have a immaculate Mk1 for sale at the moment, but we present here the duophonic Mk2 version, which is distinctive in its black-face livery.

This actual instrument has just gone (Nov 2015) through a complete professional cosmetic & operational restoration in the USA, so is sold with a full warranty. Here is a summary of the work completed:

Power supply rebuilt, all capacitors replaced (circuitry, audio, PSU), all controls cleaned (pots, jacks, switches), replaced fuse, replaced trigger button, replaced all switch-nuts, keyboard completely rebuilt (buss-bars + j-wire polished, all pivot points re-lubed, new bushings), and completely calibrated. Also has new keys, new screws, new handle, new walnut wood cabinet, and new knobs.

This Mk2 Synthacon is in outstanding cosmetic condition, but there is a mark in the VCO 3 section that you can see from the pictures. We mention this for full disclosure, but the panel has been left completely original to retain its authenticity, although this could be restored by us in the UK if preferred (a costed option – please enquire).

These instruments were all hand made, and the design & construction of the synth reflects that (genuine) boutique feel to the synth, but the heart of it all is the sound and flexibility of this unique machine. A true masterpiece of simplicity and power in such an unassuming package. A synth for the connoisseur you might say.

We all appreciate that there are a small, but very distinguished, list of vintage synthesizers that transcend all logic, commercially speaking. Why indeed we should would want them so badly is sometimes difficult to explain, but electronic music instruments from Buchla, EMS, Serge, and many vintage Moog synths etc., are all held in high regard for being something special…vintage in fact (by definition). The Synthacon is in this special group of exotic vintage electronic music technology.

The Synthacon Mk2 is based in the USA (runs on 110V), so the cost of shipping, and any applicable import duties are not covered in the advertised sales price below. For a quote to ship it to you the please contact Richard at RL Music directly to discuss your requirements etc.

Guide Price: £8490 GBP.

Availability: This Steiner-Parker Synthacon Mk2 is no longer available for sale, this listing was updated in November 2015.

Pictures of actual Synthacon Mk2 for sale are below (client supplied), so please click on the Thumbnails for higher resolution photos.