Moog Liberation

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

Came into stock: 

January 2022.

Service Status: 

A full health check by KSR was carried out in December 2021, and a full service will be carried out post-sale.

Remarks: 

A genre of instrument reserved for only a few who can pull off looking cool on stage, but a few did. Moog came out with the liberation at the turn of the 1980s with something actually quite beautiful.  It’s heavy, yes, but it’s got the Moog Rogue synth architecture, so sounds very Moog and punchy.  

These are very rare machines in 2022, and finding one that’s not been ‘restored’ in some way or another is even rarer, so we’d call this example a ‘survivor’ that’s 100% original in every detail.

Background:

Our client, the owner of this Liberation, has owned it for over 30 years and purchased them as he was simply a fan of the instrument and the association for the music they were played on back in the day.  The owner is not a professional musician, so the Moog has been kept in his home this last 3 decades and appreciated and admired as a unique piece of music instrument history.

Condition:

The cosmetic condition of both the keytar and the external interface (PSU & CV/Trigger hub) is very good, so we would rate both units as 8/10. The inherent problem with trying to keep a lacquered black surface on the keytar in good condition is always challenging, but we’d say the ‘cabinet’  has weathered the last 40+ years really very well indeed.  You can see from our pictures that the surface is in good order, with only one noticeable crack in the lacquer near the neck, but it’s not structural.  The lacquered can of course be restored if needed, but we feel the value in this vintage instrument is in its originality, so best left as is.

All the original controls, slider-caps, knobs are intact and everything still looks fresh and bright.  The interconnect cables are all present and in good condition, and looking at all the components of this instrument as a whole, you can easily see it has never been used outside the home environment since new. It’s a super condition example that would make anyone a proud owner.

Health-Check & Servicing:

As mentioned above, this Liberation has been through the hands of Kent at KSR back in December 2021, so he has gone through the entire operation of both the keytar & interface to check their readiness for sale.  Aside from some cleaning of the pots and sliders, and the key contacts, the Liberation is in very good operational condition.  We will have the PSU re-capped, a final clean and calibration covered off in the post-sale service, so please allow at least 2 weeks delay once the Moog is sold before we can effect a hand-over to the new owner, or shipping it etc.

This Moog Liberation operates on EU220V, we will supply a UK 3-Pin plug type IEC cable.

Packing, Shipping, Insurance and Warranty: 

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.

As the instrument is being Brokered through RL Music, it will be sold with a full 3-month (return-to-dealer) warranty, covering all parts and labour.

Sales Price: 

£3,390 GBP

As this is a brokered sale, VAT is not applicable to UK buyers, however, the packing & shipping costs are subject to VAT @ 20%, should you need the goods shipped to you.  The Taurus 1 can be available for collection from us directly in the South of England (Reading, Berkshire).

Availability: 

This Moog Liberation is available for sale now.

Click on the thumbnail for a higher resolution photo of the actual Liberation 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.

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Crumar Stratus

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

Came into stock: Available from RL Music from February 2020.

Servicing Status: A health-check has been carried out by KSR but we will have it fully serviced as a priority once the sale has been completed.

Remarks: This is a rare instrument in 2020, and an unusual Organ/Strings combo that brings something different to the table at a time when the world was dominated by big Prophets, OBs and Jupiter polysynths in the early ’80s.

It’s a CEM based 6 note polyphonic analogue system that employs two DCOs that are then distributed through dived-down ICs.  This architecture would have been used to keep the costs down, so you can see the Stratus was aimed at the consumer market. It sounds really nice, warm and very vintage in character, and is still very affordable today.

As you can see from the pictures below, the cosmetic condition of the panels and faux wood are excellent on this 35-year-old machine, and the Stratus still has its original gig-bag and three overlays. There are some small marks to a couple of the key-tops and minor scuffs here and there, but we think you will agree, it’s a fine example and certainly the best condition Stratus we have ever seen.

We think the Stratus is cool and a low-cost way of reaching into that vintage sound, that early ‘80s electronica vibe, and offers musicians something different socially when the current generation of cheap synths are all sounding the same in a world that is full of replicants.  

This Stratus is sold through RL Music with a 3-month warranty and can be shipped worldwide. The synth operates on EU 220V via an IEC socket, power-cable supplied (UK plug fitted).

Demos are available by appointment only.

Packing & Shipping: We can ship this worldwide, although the packing & shipping cost is not included in the sale price below, and is subject to quotation.  We are happy to discuss your requirements so please email us if you have any questions on the logistics.

Update – 4th November 2021:

This Crumar Stratus has been in storage for a while now so will need a proper check by our tech, and may need some service-related work carried out before we can ship it.  As this is a Brokered sale and not our own instrument, we would need to apply a charge to service the unit for the buyer, so please bear this in mind if ordering the Stratus.  If you would like to understand the potential costs of servicing then it’s best to contact us directly to talk it through.  In addition, any servicing work will add up to 14 days on top of the time it will take between the sale and being able to get it ready for shipping or collection.

Price: £750 GBP.

Availability: This Crumar Stratus is available for sale now!

Click on the thumbnails for higher resolution photos of the actual Stratus for sale.

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Farfisa Polychrome

We are Brokering this Polychrome for, and on behalf of, a long standing UK customer

Came into stock: In Stock and available – 29th April 2013.

Restoration Status: Recently fully serviced (2012) but KSR to service once sold & prior to shipping to new owner.

Remarks: An ultra-rare instrument from the Italian Farfisa company from 1978 – the Polychrome. It’s a combo synth/strings/organ/vocal, and percussive instrument, that is not like anything coming out of USA or Japan at that time (Korg Trident/Arp Quadra etc). There are believed to be only a couple of hundred ever made, so certainly rare.

Fully polyphonic using octave-divider technology, and features an inbuilt analogue Phaser and Ensemble for effects. Particular fame was the chorus section, which many comment as being the most beautiful sounding of all analog synths from these era and reason enough to want to own one.

Another great feature of the keyboard is what Farfisa call the “Touch Brilliance” operation. This provides 3 aftertouch settings to control the Chorus Section and all the tone colours for; Electric Guitar, Brass, Reed and Strings. It’s a nice ‘Touch’ so to speak and offers a level of playable control that really makes this instrument sing.

The keyboard is supplied with its original Farfisa Carry Bag, legs and music stand….very nice!

This particular example is in excellent condition as you can see from the pictures, and was very recently fully overhauled, so in 100% perfect operational condition. We will ask KSR to go over the instrument for a final check prior to shipping to its new owner, once sold/

Guide Price Post-Restoration: £2500 GBP. ***PRICE REDUCTION***

Availability: This Polychrome is now SOLD as at 10th October 2013.

Click on the Thumbnails for higher resolution photos (customer supplied).

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Yamaha SK30

This item is due in Stock

Came into stock: Due at RL Music 16th December 2012

Restoration Status: KSR will undergoing full restoration once in receipt of instrument from RL Music (by w/c 17th December 2012)

ETR (estimated time from restoration): January 2013

Remarks: Another really rare find which is in great condition, and a pretty serious piece of kit from the amazing Yamaha CS series on the 70s.

The SK30 is a 7 voice Polysynth that also featured Organ and String section – a Combo Synth. A feature rich synth of it day, with aftertouch as well for modulation options – it’s Yamaha’s answer to the Moog Opus 3 or Arp Quadra. Much of the technology, design and layout is shared with all the other ‘CS’ series of that time including the CS70M etc. The Polysynth is pretty punchy and the distinctive ‘CS’ resonant filter makes this a unique sounding instrument….al la CS50/60/80.

This SK30 operates on EU 220V.

Guide Price Post-Restoration: £845 UK Pounds

Availability: This SK30 is now SOLD as at 9th November 2013.

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Crumar Stratus

This item is currently being restored