LinnDrum LM-1

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

Came into stock: 

October 2021.

Service Status: 

Full health-check by KSR was carried out in late October 2021, but a detailed service will be carried out once the unit is sold, which will add around 14 days the to the post-sale completion.


This rare and highly sought after drum machine carved out a stellar reputation back in the early 80s, and was used on many of the worlds biggest hit records.  A fine reputation, and well deserved, for one of the first sample based players on the market.  The LM-1 It offers twelve 8-bit percussion samples, which can be individually tuned: kick, snare, hi-hat, cabasa, tambourine, two toms, two congas, cowbell, claves, and hand claps, all of which can be assigned within the stereo field from the front-panel toggle-switches.. The machine also introduced features quantisation, shuffle and the ability to chain patterns.

This LM-1 has come to us from the son of the original owner who died some years ago, so the drum machine had not been in use for a while.  Kent at KSR gave the LM-1 a check over and found everything to be working well, but a full service will be carried out post-sale on this.

We recored a quick demo to show the LM-1 working, so you can see this by clicking the link below:

Visually, the LM-1 is in very good cosmetic condition, with only a few marks to the painted surfaces, and the woods does have a patina that’s consistent with an instrument of this age, so it’s not been restored or modified in any way.  The slider-caps that are fitted to the LM-1 are not originals, and in our option, are badly fitting, so the LM-1 would benefit from a full replacement set of either the correct factory style LM-1 style caps or something more suitable for the slider tops.  All other controls fitted are factory correct.

Operationally, this LM-1 all seems to work perfectly, but as mentioned above, a full service will be carried out by KSR post-sale. The cost of the servicing is included in the sale price. This will add a couple of weeks to post-sale process, plus ordering in the packaging for shipping it takes about 10 days anyway (if required), so please allow for this time for getting everything ready when placing your order.

As you might have seen from the pictures, this LM-1 only operates on UK/EU 220~240V so does not have an externally switchable power supply, so you will need a step-up transformer to use it in the US or Asia.  

We do have the original user manual supplied with this, but it’s tatty and worn, but is still a useful document. Also, a UK 3-pin IEC mains cables is provided with the LM-1 as well as a dual 1/4 inch jack to RCA cable. 

As the instrument is being Brokered through RL Music, it will be sold with a full 3-month warranty and we can ship worldwide.

Packing & Shipping: 

We can ship this instrument worldwide, although the packing, shipping & insurance costs are not included in the sale price below, so are subject to quotation.  There may be some short delays in getting the packaging materials produced for shipping as they are custom ordered for the specific dimensions of each instrument.  We are happy to discuss your requirements so please email us if you have any questions on the logistics and/or need a quote.

Sales Price: 

£6,800 GBP – This is now SOLD, listing update on 3rd November 2021 @ 17:35

As this is a brokered sale, VAT is not applicable on the sale of this LM-1 to UK buyers, however, packing & shipping/insurance is subject to VAT @ 20% should you need the goods shipped to you.


This LinnDrum LM-1 is available for sale now.

Click on the thumbnail for a higher resolution photo of the actual LM-1 for sale.  If you require specific pictures not already featured of the instrument then please contact us so we can try and accommodate your request but there may be a short delay in getting this done for you as the instrument is currently in secure storage.