“AKAI AX73 6 Voice Vintage Analog Synthesizer (1986)
In Excellent Condition, Tested, Fully Functional – missing lowest C key
Units is CLEAN, All knobs, faders, wheels, buttons & keys trigger and are fully responsive. All ports and jacks fully functional.
Akai AX73 Analog Synthesizer (power cable attached)
6 voice VCO Analog Synthesizer based on Curtis CEM 3394 chips, produced in 1986. Photos are of the actual unit.
I’m the second owner of this classic and had it fully cleaned inside and out summer of 2016. All keys professionally lubricated, new 3V battery, display nice and bright.
I intended to perform the 6 stereo channel mod on the sampler DIN input, but just never had the time. The lowest C key needs to be restored, however the trigger contact is fully functional and has never been an issue.
Sounds just as beefy, heavy and thick as when I got it. The top panel has adequate room to accommodate desktop synth modules or an array of fx pedals.” Link
” Working Vintage Akai Model AX-73 Poly Synthesizer Keyboard also in very clean condition.” Link
“Wonderful 6 VCO Analog Poly Synth, great sound from Japan via Toledo, Ohio, Detroit and Arizona. . . .. Only reason I am selling her is i have no space (see last pic) Metal case shows wear, plate above pitch bend and mod wheels is loose. Manufactured in 1986. This is a large, heavy synth, guaranteed not DOA, no returns-will be shipped fed ex or ups, professionally packed with insurance and signature confirmation. ” Link
” Akai AX73 analogue synth for sale that has developed a fault….No reserve!
Since my last listing, have sorted dead key problem, but now Autotune is not working” Link
@ 25 September 2012, Comments Off
“This ANALOG keyboard has always worked until I plugged it in about a month ago. It powers up but the led isn’t quite right and there is audio coming out…. Well some keys don’t work. I don’t know how to fix it so I’m just going to sell it. I loved these keys and hate to see them go. It may just be an easy fix,I sadly don’t have the time to invest in fixing the unit. ” Link
@ 11 September 2012, Comments Off
“Used Akai AX-73 in very good working condition. I purchased this synth from ebay several years back and never gave it much use, opting for the AX-60 instead. This has the same analog oscillators and analog filters but with more keys, and laborious menu control. It is made of solid steel, and painted rad retro grey. It is very heavy.
Unit powers up and plays. Lcd screen is clearly readable without cracks or blemishes. Some of the patches sound better than others so you’ll have to learn to program this manually, which I do not know how to do since I tend not to use menus.
The lowest C key is stuck – see photo. There are holes and some glue residue above the pitch bend wheel. It came to me like this and does not interfere with operation. The volume fader knob is missing but the fader still works fine – see photo.
Overall there are no major dents or problems that I am aware of. I did not give this much use, in fact it has been in storage. It could probably use a good cleaning, and I’d be happy to dust spray and deoxit at the buyer’s request. Otherwise you will receive it noncleaned as I received it, in fully playable condition. Printed or PDF manual available upon request.” Link
“This listing is for an Akai AX-73 vintage analog digital synthesizer. The unit is 100% functional with the usual minor scratches, no major dings and is still in great cosmetic shape as well. Still has a sticker from our band that you can remove.It will come exactly as shown below in the pics . Will also include a keyboard stand. It has been tested and is good working order. ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“This is a very capable 6 voice synth with true analog filtering for some lovely fat sounds. It comes with decent MIDI functions, no need for a Midi-CV convertor and easy integration and use in today’s modern studio.
It’s in excellent condition considering it’s 25+ years old and comes complete with original user manual, parameter guide and power lead.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“This is an Akai AX-73 synthesizer. It is a polyphonic synthesizer with fully analog VCOs and VCFs. Great sound and underappreciated compared to the Roland Juno/Jupiter synths of the mid-80s era. This one needs to be retuned (the tune knob on the back works but the voices are out of tune with each other.) I believe it needs a factory reset / patch reset but the battery is fine and there is no leakage/damage to the internals. My guess is a memory reset could fix this but it’s been so long since I’ve worked with it that I don’t have the manual or the info on how to do this.
***IT WORKS except for the voices being out of tune with each other, so technically I have to sell this as “for parts or not working” but it is working for the most part.***” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
@ 27 September 2011, Comments Off
“This is a VINTAGE item and it has some wear. It plays great except the volume slider needs to be cleaned (lots of static and skipping when it’s moved). Seven of the black keys are damaged and seem to be held in place with an adhesive (they work fine and unless you open the case you can’t tell which ones) see pics for examples. There are 99 voices in the memory bank but they are not all original, at this time I do not know if it is possible to ‘reset’ to the original memory banks or if the data would have to be reloaded. The AX sounds awesome but really could use a good internal cleaning from someone who knows what they are doing.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“YOU ARE LOOKING AT A GREAT GREAT KEYBOARD AND AMPLIFIER….THE KEY BOARD HAS ONE OR TWO KEYS THAT STICK BUT OVER ALL ITS IN GOOD CONDITION….THE AMP IS IN PERFECT WORKING ORDER…..SO IF YOU WANNA USE THE TWO TOGETHER OR PLUG IN WHAT EVER YOU WANT…” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“This rare Akai analog synth makes some amazing sounds: fat warm basses, rich pads, screaming leads. Unique among synths of the period Akai devised a proprietary connection so you can route an Akai sampler (S612, S900, S950) through the synth’s 24db analog filter (VCF) to make samples richer and more interesting. (Akai cable required.)
Six voice analog synthesis with one oscillator per voice, which can be combined in different modes for fatter sounds, including a great mono mode with all six oscs stacked up. Great with portamento! The VCA offers a standard ADSR envelope shaping. LFO for modulation, as well as onboard chorus. It has a unique auto-tuning control to stop the oscillators roaming in the heat.
This machine was produced while analog technology was being hastily superseded by digital synthesis but offers the best of both worlds. It even has MIDI so it can fit into a modern computer driven studio. Great retro sound!
The synth has seen some gigging in its time and isn’t in pristine condition: some of the keys in the top two octaves for example have seen better days (see pics for details) although they’re still playable. Of course, hitching it to a MIDI set-up means you wouldn’t need the original keyboard. The metal and plastic case has inevitable scratches and a stupid Warner Bros sticker near the bottom octave. I’ll leave that for the buyer to remove.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“The Akai AX-73 uses the CEM3394 ‘synth on a chip’ like the AX60. The sound is different though. I think the 73 is more refined sounding. It’s cursor entry but it’s got the larger velocity sensetive keyboard. I guess it’s the only one with dynamics other than the SCI Multi-trak so as is typical in the analog world there are trade-offs. But this and it’s VX-90 rack version are solid sounding analog synths. Those real VCO’s VCF’s and VCA’s give you a signal path uninterrupted by the sterile domain of digital. Highly recommended for someone who has need for a machine they can use in conjunction with a computer as a controller PLUS have a real analog synth on tap to mix with virtual synths or feature in your productions.
This one is cosmetically ok with a couple small scratches. One of the sides I repaired but if someone wants something without that minor cosmetic issue I actually have another side from a scrap unit I could stick on it and will do so if you ‘buy it now’. As always with Sound Doctorin’ you’re buying a unit that should anything fail, I’ll do what I can to help along the way**(see note). I will only per sey warranty that the unit works on arrival and if not contact me and we’ll discuss repair options. If you immediately instead run to paypal then you’ll wind up paying the return shipping as is their policy and I won’t fuss with it. It has only happened once but I just want to warn people that it’s cheaper to avoid causing *me* more trouble when I’m already trying to help you. Shipping is always risky on these old things so let’s work together if anything comes up. Not create meaningless work.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“This 1984 Classic MIDI synthesizer is rare and fully functional in excellent condition. Both Wheels work great and all the presets are fine. This keyboard is known for classic fat analog synth bass and other vintage keyboard sounds. Everything is in like new condition.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“As you can see in the pics, there is a bit of paint on the botton and some scrapes and faded numbers on the top. Otherwise in GREAT condition.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“Selling my Akai AX-73. Synth works as it should and sounds great. Body/paint has some scratches and some griptape residue on bottom…nothing that affects it except for appearance. A few of the buttons require a little more pressure than the others but otherwise totally work fine.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“listed is a AKAI AX73 PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMMABLE POLYPHONIC SYNTHESIZER. item is in excellent working condition. no missing keys or buttons. very well kept. comes with the stand.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“For sale, a used Akai Ax-73 analogue Synth. There are a few minor scratches on the surface due to it’s age.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“hi today you are bidding on a used Akai professional polyphonic snythesizer. in excellent condition as you can see in the pictures also from the pics you can see that there are no buttons missing,damage,dents, dings or anything. works perfectly, this is a very nice piece. it comes with a lot of different cables (mic,input jacks,etc.)” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“RARE AKAI AX 73 ANALOG DIGITAL, IN GOOD FUNCTION CONDITION, BUT IN BAD COSMETIC CONDITION, LOOKS LIKE SOME ONE DROP IT, SO HAS BOTH SIDES DAMAGED, I TESTED THE UNIT AND POWERS ON FINE, THE DISPLAY IS PERFECT, READS CLEAR AND STRONG, ONE KEY IS NOT WORKING THE LAST HIGH KEY, EVERY OTHER KEY WORKS FINE, AND EVERY FUNCTION ON THE BOARD SEEMS TO WORK FINE, I HAVE BEEN USING IT LIKE THIS AND YOU CAN PRODUCE AMAZING SOUNDS, THE FILTERS SOUNDS FAT AND WARM, THIS IS A HEAVY KEYBOARD SO SHIPPING COULD BE A LITTLE EXPENSIVE. ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
: THE AX73 IS IDENTICAL TO THE RENOWNED AND MUCH SAUGHT AFTER AKAI VX90 EXCEPT THAT IT HAS THE ADDITIONAL KEYBOARD, OTHERWISE, THEY ARE THE SAME SYNTH. THE FRONT PANEL AND REAR CONNECTIONS ALSO BEING THE SAME ON BOTH UNITS. I WILL INCLUDE A COPY OR PDF OF THE ORIGINAL OPPERATORS MANUAL AS WELL.
THE BOARD IS IN VIRTUALLY PERFECT CONDITION, NO OPPERATIONAL PROBLEMS AND, MAYBE A COUPLE OF UNNOTICEABLE MARKS ON THE OUTSIDE.
I HAVE 3 OF THESE AND HATE TO LET THIS GO, BUT FOR NOW, I MUST. I AM SELLING THE BEST ONE .. THE ONE ON TOP OF THE RACK IN THE PHOTO SHOWN” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“AKAI AX73 AX 73 AX-73 ANALOG SYNTH 6-VOICE ANALOGUE SYNTH *RARE* – EXCELLENT CONDITION – WORKS PERFECT – US ONLY ON THIS SYNTH” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“akai ax73 ,6 note polyphonic analog synthesiser.
fully working ,couple of very light marks on top panel.
makes a good master midi keyboard.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“Good working order, fully serviced before listing. Few small marks.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.