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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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

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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EMS Synthi AKS

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

Came into stock:  23rd January 2017.

Servicing Status: Full restoration by KSR has already been carried out in February 2017, so this Synthi AKS is ready for sale now.

Remarks: A fabulous opportunity to own your EMS Synthi AKS, and very early model is excellent condition.

We checked the serial number to get the the manufacturing date with EMS, and Robin Wood confirmed the Synthi AKS was made in December 1972.

At some time the past, the Keyboard-Sequencer unit was modified with the vents you can see in the pictures. We did ask EMS about this and Robin said this was not a factory mod, but he acknowledged that the voltage regulators that sit under these vents do get quite warm in operation. The owner honestly can’t remember having this modification done, but it looks okay actually, and obviously does not effect the operation in any way.

These iconic and truly amazing pure analogue music instruments are in great demand by professional users, and prices are being driven up fast on the second-hand market around the world, so now might be a good time to invest in one before they become ‘Vintage Buchla or RA Moog Modular’ prices.

This EMS Synthi AKS did come from the owner with a partial set of worn Matrix pins, which we have used to picture it with, but the pins are in need to replacing to ensure a reliable contact within the matrix panel, so we have purchased a brand new set from EMS which will be supplied with the instrument, and are included in the sales price below.

As this Synthi AKS is 45 years old, and did not have any significant service history, we asked KSR to carry out an extensive ground-up restoration to bring it back to its former glory, 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 & all hardware cleaned.
>Control Panels deep-cleaned (vary carefully).
>Every control component (potentiometers/switches/matrix panel), cleaned & lubricated
>All three Vernier dials replaced (EMS supplied parts) but original potentiometers retained.
>Power-Supply re-capped & calibrated.
>Brand new Matrix Pin set (from EMS).
>Full system-wide calibration, test & soak-test.

Inevitably, there are some parts that will needed replacement (mostly ageing capacitors). We always work alongside EMS technical guidelines to ensure we can keep the authenticity of these 45+ year old synths intact, so no components that would effect the sound will be changed unless we absolutely have too, and even then, we will only source NOS parts from the same production era.

The above restoration work is the minimum we asked KSR to carry out on the Synthi AKS, 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 prices listed at the bottom of this page:

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

This Synthi AKS operates on EU 220V or US 110V (switchable) – it will be sold with a 3 month warranty. Aside the new set of Matrix Pins included, the original Cinch-Jones Synthi-to-KS cable is also included with the instrument.

Sales Price: £12,500 GBP.

Availability: This Synthi AKS is now SOLD as at 21st March 2017.

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

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EMS VCS3 Mk1

We are Brokering this VCS3 Mk1 “The Putney” for and on their behalf of our UK customer.

Restoration Status: Restoration has been completed by our Service Partner – KSR (Kent Spong Restorations) on 22nd September 2016.

Remarks: So how about owning an early 1970s Mk1 Putney – one of the most sought-after synthesizers in the world! We very rarely have these in stock, and having a 45-year-old historic music instrument in our possession is always an honour and privilege.

This iconic, and historically important, synthesizer comes from a time when the whole concept of electronic music instruments was in its infancy. This VCS3 would have been made around the time that the first Minimoog appeared to the world, and only a few years after the first Moog modular was created for musicians…wonderous times indeed for electronic music.

We are Brokering this amazing instrument for our UK client, a music teacher (retired), who had acquired it from college music department disposal some 30 years or so ago, and the VCS3 had been kept boxed up by the owner and unused in all that time. Upon first inspection, KSR noted that the VCS3 was in great condition internally, so it has been well maintained during it’s working life as an EM education tool in the 1970s. The overall condition is very good in fact, so post-restoration this will present beautifully, although there is a serial number etched into the rear-panel (photos will be supplied to show this), it’s at the back and quite normal to see on these education supplied synths. Many VCS3 from this period come from education establishments, so it adds really interesting provenance and context we think.

As this VCS3 Mk1 ‘Putney’ has been in storage for quite a while, we had asked KSR to carry out an extensive ground-up restoration to bring it back to its former glory, whilst ensuring we preserved their authenticity at the same time. Electronic instruments of this age need a deep level of restoration, but we approach this kind of work sympathetically.

The time & resources invested into this instrument will include:

>Strip-down of every component, panels, cabinet
>Original wood cabinet sympathetically re-finished by hand (preserving patina).
>Control Panels deep-cleaned (vary carefully).
>Every control component (potentiometers/switches/matrix panel) stripped, cleaned & lubricated
>Power-Supply re-capped & calibrated.
>Brand new Matrix Pin set (from EMS).
>Brand new power cable (from EMS).
>Full system-wide test & calibration.

The above restoration work is the minimum we are investing into the instruments.

In addition to the above, the following work can also be carried out by request. This is a costed option, so would be added to the sales prices listed at the bottom of this page:

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

As mentioned above, we have already purchased a brand new (full) set of matrix pins, supplied from EMS, for this VCS3, and a new power cable. The new matrix pins will ensure a strong continuity of contact in the Matrix Panel.

Inevitably, there are some parts that will need replacement (mostly ageing capacitors). We always work alongside EMS technical guidelines to ensure we can keep the authenticity of these 45+-year-old synths intact, so no components that would affect the sound will be changed unless we absolutely have too, and even then, we will only source NOS parts from the same production era.

Also, we have not replaced the original cabinet, or get the panels repainted/screen-printed, so both instruments are kept 100% original. However, if you prefer to purchase this VCS3 MK1 and then want to have the panels refinished (repainted/screen-printed) to look perfect then this is possible of course, so please contact us for a quote to have this carried out.

As you can see from the pictures, The presentation is excellent considering this synth is 45 years old, and it offers an excellent investment if you have been looking for a ‘keeper’ for your own collection.

Price:

Mk1 VCS3 ‘The Putney’ = £10,900 GBP.

Availability: This EMS VCS3 MK1 Putney is now SOLD as at 29th March 2018.

Click on the Thumbnails for higher resolution photos of actual synth for sale.

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Arp 2600 & 3604...

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

Came into stock: August 2016.

Restoration Status: KSR have already fully undertaken a full overhaul of the Arp 2600 + 3604-P Keyboard ( completed in January 2017), so both items are ready for sale now.

Remarks: We have been given a unique opportunity here as this Arp 2600 + 3604-P Keyboard are owned by the son of the late Johnny Arbiter, who many of you will know, was the owner/operator (post 1990) of the famous Turnkey music retail business in London. Johnny died in 2003, and much of the collection of vintage keys that formed part of the Turnkey studio museum passed to his son, Dan Arbiter – our client.

We weren’t given a lot of detailed background information on this Arp 2600 System, but it was certainly in the Turnkey collection for some years (post 1990), although kept in storage since around 2005, hence our client had commissioned KSR to undertake a full systems-wide overhaul of both instruments, to prepare them for sale.

We’re confident that this version is a 2600P V3.0, manufactured between 1972 to 1974.

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.

Contains (see picture below):
Original Arp (Moog lawsuit) Filter for this model (encapsulated) 4012
VCOs are original (all encapsulated but no markings) will be Arp 4027-1
Ring Mod is 4014
VCA is 4019

Noted Modifications:

The LED modification on each VCO basically tracks the waveform pulse, so you have a visual reference on the speed of the oscillator, although at higher frequencies this LED becomes constant of course, but the lower the frequency then it’s actually quite useful, especially in darkened studio. The 1/4″ jack output modification about the pan-outs is just a mono-out socket, so handy if you want to take a mono signal straight out to a desk or outboard without needing an adaptor from the 3.5mm sockets.

Notes on the cosmetic condition:

The control surfaces/panels on the synth & keyboard are in very good original condition, so it was decided not to have these cosmetically restored, in order to keep them original. The Tolex covering and bright-work was in need of restoration (as is common on the old Arp systems), so KSR have re-covered both units, and replaced all the exterior nickel plated components. The Keys on the 3604-P were in good shape, so again, where kept original to retain that authentic vintage ageing across the key-bed.

Notes on the restoration:

Aside the re-Tolexing and replacement of the exterior bright work mentioned above, the operational restoration on the 2600 is extensive, and mostly all Arp 2600 systems we see these days need this level of attention to be honest. KSR have 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. 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.

Around a £2000 GBP has been invested into this restoration, and most certainly worth with every penny, as a fully working Arp 2600 is still one of the best modular synths ever made, and as relevant to making music with today as it was 40+ years ago, with many pro-studios today using one as their ‘go-to synth.’

This vintage work of electronic art is now in fantastic condition throughout. It is supplied with its original paired monophonic 3604-P keyboard. Having the keyboard is useful but it has limited access to the extensive inputs into the main synth, so to get the most out of any Arp 2600 we would recommend using a multi-channel Midi to CV device like the Kenton Pro-2000…which we can supply but is not included in the price (ask us for a quote).

These instruments have become very hard to find in anything approaching even below average condition these days, 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. The provenance also adds something special to this system, so it’s genuinely part of synth lore.

This Arp 2600 + 3604-P Keyboard are sold with a 3 month warranty, and runs on EU220V. Both units come with their lids, and CV/Gate & Power cable. We are able to supply a copy of the user manual (PDF).

We can ship world-wide, so please ask us for a packaging & shipping quote for your preferred destination address.

Price: £7500 GBP.

Availability: This Arp 2600 + 3604-P Keyboard are now SOLD as at 6th February 2017.

Picture supplied below are of the actual Arp 2600 + 3604-P keyboard, but more high-res pictures will be available shortly.

 

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muSonics Minimoog

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

We are very pleased to be able to offer an early muSonics Minimoog which are highly prized and rare models. These early Minimoog versions differ from the mainstream production versions (post 1973) in that they exclusively used the much fabled ‘RA Moog’ circuitry, metal-etched control panels (with more detailed incremental graphics), Walnut cabinets, squared back panel, clear perspex pitch/mod wheels.

The generally accepted wisdom on actual numbers of the muSonics Minimoogs manufactured suggest there were only around 150 or so ever made. There is an informative website dedicated to the Minimoog serial number history and registrations here:

Lords of the Mini
http://monsite-orange.fr/MiniMoog/page1/index.html

The serial numbers around this era were written with ink on the back sticker. This number has worn off, but by looking at the numbers on a couple of the boards inside it show that this unit is in the higher 128X range which would be correct as it was made in Williamsville, NY.

This actual instrument has just gone through a complete professional cosmetic & operational restoration in the USA, so is sold with a full warranty, but below is a summary of the work carried out by a professional vintage synth restorer.

Notes on the Cosmetic Restoration:
The original walnut cabinet was unfortunately beyond restoration, so a brand new one was commissioned for this Minimoog, This muSonics has a new set of knobs (from the original company that supplied Moog back on the 1970s), all new keys, a re-anodized back panel, new Switchcraft washers & nuts and all of the external black anodized screws have been replaced. The original lamp style cord has been retained.

The restoration has not been extended to include changing the etched metal front-panel work as it was felt that this cosmetic component was key to the ‘look’ of the Minimoog, so this remains original, although does of course show signs of age, but it’s still in very good condition for a 43+ year old instrument.

Notes on the Operational Restoration:
The Moog has been completely disassembled and cleaned, all electrolytic capacitors replaced (all boards/rectifier board, power supply), all switches burnished & cleaned, all potentiometers have been replaced ((including the modulation + pitch controls)) with brand new ones, all trim pots replaced, all edge card connectors re-soldered, has a new set of matched precision octave resistors and both noise generator transistors replaced – everything tightened. the keyboard has been completely rebuilt with new stand-offs, new keys, new key bushings, all pivot points on the keyboard re-lubed, the buss-bars burnished, keyboard leveled, new cable ties & clamps, and the synth has been fully calibrated (power supply, A440, octave switches, oscillators and vcf).

Please Note:
The MuSonics Mini is based in the USA (runs on 110V), so the cost of packing & 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: £10,600 GBP.

Availability: This stunning vintage muSonics Minimoog is no longer available for sale now – updated 17th September 2017.

Picture of actual MuSonics Minimoog for sale below, so please click on the Thumbnails for higher resolution photos.

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EMS DK2 Keyboard

Came into stock: November 2016.

Remarks: A very good condition example of the vintage EMS DK2 Analogue Keyboard Controller for the Synthi & VCS3. Manufacturing date for this will be around 1973, so at least 43 years old.

This DK2 has just been subjected to a complete service by Robin wood at EMS in October 2016 (service receipt available), and KSR have just completed some light cosmetic restoration to the wood cabinet (wood case stripped, re-stained and wax finished by hand).

This DK2 can be described as ‘good original’ cosmetic condition, although there is some inevitable wear to the screen-print on the control panel. The DK2 is 100% fully operational having just had THE master EMS technician service the unit.

The DK2 has two independent channels of CV, these can set to different modes, and the keyboard has its own built in VCO for modulation options, plus as “Dynamic Channel’ output. You would connect the DK2 to the Synthi or VCS3 via the Cinch-Jones keyboard interconnect cable, and additionally, a second 1/4 inch jack cable for more control options via the ‘input channel 2’ on the synth.

The ‘Dynamic Channel’, brings into play the DK2s 37 note velocity-sensitive keyboard. This means the velocity action sends a separate control voltage. This would commonly be used for aptitude control, providing you set the matrix-patch on your Synthi or VCS3 to operate that way. The ‘Dynamic Channel’ can actually be set to control almost any facility on the Synthi or VCS3…which is what these amazing synths are all about really.

If you need it, We are able to supply the Cinch-Jones keyboard interconnect cable to run the DK2 into either a Synthi or VCS3, price upon request.

Sold with a full 3 month warranty.

Price: £1850 GBP.

Availability: This DK2 is now SOLD as at 22nd February 2017.

Pictures below of actual DK2 for sale. Click on the thumbnails for a high resolution photos.

 

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Korg MS10

Came into stock: 6th October 2016.

Remarks: We purchased this ‘as-new’ condition Korg MS10 from a UK customer. The cosmetic condition is collector grade – immaculate, and is 100% fully operational.

The plan we had with this museum quality MS10 was to potentially start building a full collection of MS series instruments for the ‘RL Music Collection,’ but we’ve been diverted from that mission for the time being, so the little MS10 is being opened up for sale.

This particular example is an EU220V model, and is fitted with a UK plug. The Korg will also be supplied with all the (new) coloured patch-cables as pictured. Also, the last owner had purchased some Walnut end-cheeks from Lamond Design, so we are including these with the synth.

This Korg MS10 sold with a full 3 month warranty.

Price: £590 GBP

Availability: This Korg MS10 is now SOLD as at 26th October 2016.

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Korg MS20 (vintage)

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

Came into stock: 12th Aug 2016

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

Remarks: With all the variety of Korg MS20 now available it’s easy to get confused about which is the one to have, but the fact remains that the original 1970s MS20 is still the ‘real deal’ and a much coveted full sized semi-modular system with true vintage authenticity. The pleasure of owning an original/vintage analogue synthesizer can’t be understated just because Korg reissued it, but all the new MS20 variants have certainly fired up everyone’s imagination, which has to be a good thing for analogue fans.

Second hand prices for the ‘vintage Korg MS20’ had seen a reduction in the last couple of years, but we are starting to see a strong recovery for the vintage originals, so now is the time to consider buying one, especially a really nice one!

This example we are Brokering is a stunning condition example, which was imported from its homeland in Japan, so operates on 100~110V, and importantly, has the original Korg 35 filter IC. There have been no modifications to this synth, and as you can see from the pictures, it’s in museum/collector grade condition.

As with all Brokered Sales, the Korg MS20 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 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: £1150 GBP

Availability:  This Korg MS20 is no longer available for sale.

Picture of actual Korg MS20 for sale below(customer supplied), so please click on the Thumbnails for higher resolution photos.

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1972 Minimoog

We are Brokering this very early (1972 manufactured) Minimoog for and on behalf of our UK client

Came into stock: Arrived at RL Music in July 2016.

Restoration Status: KSR have already fully undertaken a full service of the Moog in September 2016.

We present you with a 1972 manufactured Minimoog – one of the very first production models under the Moog Music Inc. company, which still used circuitry of the preceding RA Moog designs & technology.

We’ll start by telling you that this Minimoog offers a unique opportunity to access the fabled RA Moog sound, at a price that would be impossible otherwise. RA Moog modules like the 904A are selling for upwards for £3K GBP alone these days, so you will appreciate why we feel that this instrument is a genuine bargain.

The Minimoog itself has been heavily modified over its life, so is not a collector or museum piece by any stretch, but it delivers something very special in sound that all Minimoogs made subsequently just can’t sonically match.

So what is this Minimoog all about?

As all the PCB’s are RA Moog, this Minimoog has the fabled & early designed matched transistor ladder filter. It has its original clear perspex mod-wheel housing. The main control-surface metal facia had been replaced at some time with a later plastic version. The control knobs look original and are all quite worn, as are some of the switches and pots. The cabinet is not the original one, but is well made and in excellent condition, although the ‘Minimoog’ labels that should adorn the front & rear are missing. There are holes drilled into the rear-panel, and there is even an LED modification that indicates when voltages are being transmitted – we have no idea of the purpose of the mod, neither does the owner as he inherited it that way. The keys are worn & discoloured, and the key-bed itself is worn, but working. There is no serial number ID for this Minimoog that we could find, although that is not uncommon for these first Moog Music Inc. production models.

So, there’s a lot that’s been done to this Minimoog which, with today’s eyes, would seem slacriligeus, but this synth has been well used over its 44 year life, and….fully works. This synth would suit anyone wanting access to the best sounding analogue circuits ever made, whilst understanding the synth is not a show piece, but bragging rights for having an RA Moog driven Minimoog is pretty cool we think.

This could be a fantastic restoration opportunity for someone with the time to take it on, and being fundamentally an RA Minimoog, it’s certainly worth it, but we are just Brokering the synth for our client who wants to move it on and not invest into it. The UK owner has had it for over 20 years, and purchased it from another UK owner back in the 90s, but prior to that we have no history on the synth.

We were given the original metal facia (very worn), and (broken) cabinet by the owner, so these will be included in the sale. You could certainly have the facia restored if you wanted, so that’s worth considering if you’re thinking of taking this on as a project rebuild for the future.

KSR have given the Minimoog a full service, so it’s 100% fully working (it sounds amazing) and sold with our standard 3 month warranty.

Price: £2890 GBP.

Availability: This very early Minimoog is now SOLD, as at 29th September 2016.

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Yamaha CS30

We are Brokering this Yamaha CS30 for and on their behalf of a UK client

Came into stock: Arrived at RL Music in August 2016.

Restoration Status: KSR have already fully undertaken a full service of the synth in early September 2016.

Remarks: We present this pristine condition, rare & mighty monosynth from the classic Yamaha CS series of Synthesizers.

A hugely capable synth with complex routing facilities and the excellent CS filters for real exploration of what electronic music is all about. This is a full-on and proper synth for some serious work and an inspirational instrument with a lot of tools for sound creation.

The built in 8 step sequencer really makes this synth special and is one of only a few vintage synths that featured this very useful facility. There are a useful amount of inputs for control including CV/Gate so you can hook her up easily to a Midi to CV converter. There is also an external-in for running external signals (modulation sources) through the synth. This all just adds up to a beautifully thought out and well executed design.

This CS30 has only just been fully serviced and is sold with a 3 month warranty. This CS30 runs on EU220V.

The condition is up there with the best we have ever seen and is certainly ‘collector grade’ in quality of cosmetic finish, but equally and every-day useable synth for any musician.

Price: Was £1490 GBP

Availability: This Yamaha CS30 is now SOLD as at 19th September 2016.

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