Used to be For Sale: Synthesizers

Update 2/28/20: Tidying up an old blog.  This used to be my For Sale page but I have nothing for sale anymore, and if I recall, I never sold anything directly through this page, so it’s just a record of something I did a long time ago at this point, like a notebook from an English class or something.  I do still have quite a cast of synthesizer characters hanging around though, many need work.  Maybe I’ll do some writing.

This isn’t a business – it’s a hobby.  While you can bring them all home, feed them and make them feel loved, you can’t keep them all.  The keyboards listed here have been cleaned up by me in most cases and are worth considering.  If I can’t handle a repair I send it out.  Prices are generally on the realistic end of average auction prices and negotiable to a small extent.  I’ll list stuff on the high side if I really don’t want to sell it, but can be swayed.  I’m always open to trades/partial trades.

Prophet 600.  Just serviced.  9 out of 10 condition.  New wood cheeks.  A better synth than it’s given credit for being.  Pic soon.

Moog Opus 3.  As nice as the last one I had.  Neat uncommon string and brass machine from moog.  Pic soon.

Arp Omni.  Had to describe.  It’s cut out a time or two since it was serviced.  All new caps and a handful of new CMOS chips.  All functions work.  All sliders are clean and static free, but it’s just still a bit glitchy.  Perfectly fine for use in a studio. Very nice looking unit. Pic soon.

Roland Juno 6.  One owner synth.  Very lightly used and in 10 out of 10 like new condition with original owners manual.  Never been opened -functions perfectly.  Pic soon.

Roland Juno 106 + MSQ100.   Your usual rehab 106 with cleaned voice chips and some new sliders thrown at it.  Perfectly functional, complete and a solid 8 out of 10 cosmetically.  Every bit as good a synth as they say.  Pic soon.

Yamaha DX7.  One of those time-warp pieces that you only find at church rummage sales.  Includes sustain and volume pedals, and 4 cartridges.  Stunning condition.  Pic soon.

Sequential Circuits Drum-Traks. Cool sounding drum machine in great shape.  You start sounding like Prince pretty fast with this.  Relatively high price means I don’t really want to sell it. VSE. 

Sold but not forgotten:

Moog The SOURCE.  Rare late model with separate S-Trig in/out, Sequencer Sync in, and separate 1/4″ jack cassette interface in/out.  Membrane and coder wheel function perfectly.  Keybed is very clean with new key stop felt.  Wood is tired, there are some scratches on aluminum case, mostly on lower front edge -you wont feel bad about modifying this one for the Encore MIDI kit.  These are much better synths than they are given credit for being. VSE.  SOLD  $1400.

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Roland RS-09 version 3.  A clean example of a very fine string synth.  Chorus effect is not to be missed!  All slider caps etc are correct.  Some very light scratches on panel.  Great late night headphone keyboard.  VSE.                                     SOLD  $450.

Sequential Circuits Prophet 600 project.  Got this with all the chips removed -you know -the CEM3340, CEM3372 etc.  The big money chips.  Not really worth it to fix BUT if you have either a cache of chips or a beat Prophet 600 this may be good for you.  The key bed, touch panel, boards, switches and all look really good.  Comes with a new pair of wood ends/screws.  VSE   SOLD                                                         $300.


Akai AX80.  I didn’t think it was all that great.  Looked great.  Functioned perfectly, but wasn’t that great.  SOLD

Gibson Clavioline. That Telstar sound.  Some scuffs and scratches but overall in excellent condition for a synthesizer from the 1950’s.  I don’t have the matching amp so I can’t test it but judging by how clean it is, a recap should see this ready for action.  I have come up with plans to power this and provide for 1/4″ instrument jack without the amplifier this is supposed to work with.  My write up here and the Soundonsound write up of the Clavioline.  SOLD                                                                                                    $500.

Sequential Circuits Six-Trak.  Small, powerful 6 voice Poly Synth with Midi and not the most user friendly programming.  Has that great Sequential sound -hard to not like it.  Serviced by Greg including the latest ROM loaded.  Lettering has worn off in a few places. Has new mahogany side panels and a one of my new screw sets. VSE SOLD        $475.

Akai AX-60.  Exceptionally clean example -better than new with Walnut side panels.  All sliders etc present.  Sounds amazing.  $500 sold!


Feedback on the sale from VSE: “Had a great transaction with “Perfectdefect”. He conducted very thorough tests, provided a mountain of photos, and even did video demonstration. When it came time to put the board in the mail it was here the next day. Very pleased. A+!”

Alesis Ion.  I think it must just have been too much for me.  I played with it a lot but it never really worked for me.  Condition is as good as you could hope for.  Comes with original owners manual.    SOLD.

Feedback on the sale from eBay: “excellent ! AAA+++”

Realistic MG-1 by Moog.  Surprisingly good and capable synth that looks like a toy.  Check out the Automatic Gainsay Youtube series on it if you don’t believe me.  This one is in like new condition with the foam/goo removed and comes with the original owners manual.     SOLD.

Feedback on the sale from eBay: “Excellent seller. A 30-year-old item arrived in mint condition!”

Yamaha SK30.  Heavy duty, good sounding and frankly under appreciated.  This one was in as new condition with all sliders and knobs present.  SOLD.

Feedback on the sale from eBay: “Very positive experience. Product came as described. Highly recommended seller.”

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