“If you’re looking at this auction, you probably have some idea of how awesome the AX-80 sounds. If not, check out youtube for demos. This is an analog 8 voice polyphonic synth from 1984. It has midi but being an older synth doesn’t have the midi capability of newer synths. This synth is in 100% working condition. All keys, leds, membranes, midi, and inputs/outputs work as they should. The keyboard has cosmetic blemishes that came with the synth when I purchased it in 2010. One key has a minor chip, the side panels have damage, and there are screws missing on the back panel.” Link
All the screens are bright and functional, the button pads and keyboard work fine and all the oscillators are working and in tune.
This is a fantastic synth with a great sound and musical filter.
Programming sounds is super easy through the 5 VFD displays, a bit of a hidden gem among synthesisers in my opinion.
Fully working.” Link
“When testing through headphones, 5 white keys and 3 black keys do not work. The rest seem to work okay. A couple of keys are partly broken and a corner of the unit has some damage. It is sold as-is with no returns offered!” When testing through headphones, 5 white keys and 3 black keys do not work. The rest seem to work okay. A couple of keys are partly broken and a corner of the unit has some damage. It is sold as-is with no returns offered!” Link
the outside is not perfect but its ok . but this does not affect the functionality. the buttons are working perfectly are all new but the outside of the surface is cut please check photos to see the details
it has warm sound with cem filter and vcos” Link
This keyboard is well used with some scratches and scuffs. There is chips on the corners of the keyboard.
Please see pictures!
The item is in overall good working condition.” Link
AKAI AX80 PROGRAMMABLE POLYPHONIC SYNTHESIZER
THE ITEM IS MISSING SOME BUTTONS
IT POWERS ON AND MOST OF THE KEYS WORK
THERE IS RATTLING INSIDE WHEN YOU MOVE THE KEYBOARD
SOLD AS IS FOR PARTS !!!!”
“The AX80 is the first pro-keyboard produced by Akai, released in 1984. It’s an eight-voice programmable analog synthesizer with a full 61-note keyboard. Two analog oscillators per voice plus a sub oscillator provide the basis of its punchy analog sounds that can be described as similar to a Roland Juno 106. Very good bass, brass, synth sounds, and effects are possible. The keyboard is in great condition for being 30 years old. The only issue I have found is the 5 LCD screens that show a visual example of the parameters do not work. This does not affect any sort of navigation or functionality of the keyboard. It is a perfectly working keyboard that sounds incredible.” Link
” Up for sale is an AKAI AX80. It is fully serviced and in great condition. All buttons and functions are in perfect working order. There is one corner panel with chipped paint, but still in great cosmetic condition.
This piece of equipment sounds amazing.” Link
“Up for auction today we have a Akai AX80 Keyboard Synthesizer. This synthesizer belongs to a dear friend of mine that has fallen on had times. He hasn’t played it in a few years. I got it out of storage for him and am tring to sell it. I pluged it in and it came on and seemd to work. I pluged it into a guitar amp and tried all of the keys and scrolled through the edit control up and down. Everything appeared to work as i think it should have. I’m not a keyboard player. The screens all seemed to be working. Of course it isn’t perfect, has some corner damage on each side. It was also apparent to me that the knobs aren’t original as they don’t even really fit. But they did function. Tried the pitch bend and modulation and they were working as well. To the untrained eye it appears to just need a little TLC. I have done my best to show and describe the keyboard, if you have any questions just shoot me a e-mail and I’ll try my best. Thanks for looking!” Link
“AKAI AX -80 in great working condition. All membrane panels rebuilt and soldered direct, new Curtis chips (Prophet 600, OBX) Sounds amazing. All issues have been resolved. Data wheel has been rebuilt and works perfectly. Mod Wheel and Pitch assembly brand new rebuild. Comes with original case but it has a tear in one end, can be stitched.
All working otherwise, storage and memory work perfect. All MIDI flawless. PLEASE BE AWARE!!!! It is vintage, NOT meaning cool and trendy BUT old and delicate! There is the possibility of it developing issues on its own during shipping – you’ve been advised! Local pick up is preferred but shipping will be done in the most careful and secure of ways possible. There will be NO RETURNS. ” Link
Unit needs repair & a good cleaning on the inside.” Link
“Lights and LCD bar graphs light up when turned on. No cables to further test unit. Unit has scratches, dust, marks from usage and storage. ” Link
” Up for sale is an Akai AX80 in fully functional condition. All key contacts were cleaned as well as the battery replaced within the past year. It’s a pleasure to play with a great feeling keybed and offers many usable sounds. The worst part about it are the blemished end caps which could be restored or covered if you have the urge. It looks great in the studio and is sonically amazing! Here’s a video that shows all of the functions, voices etc. are working properly.” Link
“Here’s an awesome Akai AX80, in fully functional condition and sounds amazing. All key contacts were cleaned as well as the battery replaced within the past year. It’s a pleasure to play with a great feeling keybed and offers many usable sounds. The worst part about it are the blemished end caps which look much worse in the pictures accented by the flash. These could be restored or covered by someone if they have the urge, I never really cared since it looks great in the studio and is sonically amazing!” Link
“Great sounding Akai AX80 Synth. Been in my studio for years. Full disclosure: 3 of the 5 screens of the synth work intermittently if at all (shown in the last picture), and editing buttons 20-32 do not work. It has black Duct tape covering the name of the synth in 4 places as to hide its identity in live performance (secret weapon), aside from 3 live performances its been working and tracking in my studio for years. Well worth the investment to bring it up to snuff I’m sure as it has a very unique sound.” Link
“Akai AX80 synthesizer keyboard in good condition. Was purchased at an estate auction. Lights up and seems to be in working condition but unable to test completely. ” Link
“Item is tested in perfect working condition. Cosmetics are considered “Good” to “Great” condition considering it’s age. Original owner has some markings to dictate his channels. Some scratches from age.” Link
“AKAI AX -80 in great working condition. All membrane panels rebuilt and soldered direct, new Curtis chips (Prophet 600, OBX) Sounds amazing. One issue that doesn’t affect the use is the data wheel goes in and out, but the + and – keys do exactly the same thing and work perfect. Data wheel can be found and replaced easily, just have no time to do it. Mod Wheel and Pitch assembly brand new rebuild. Comes with original case but it has a tear in one end, can be stitched.
All working otherwise, storage and memory work perfect. All MIDI flawless.” Link
Everything else works well
There is tape on the power cord but has never had a problem with loss of power or anything.
Good cosmetic condition
A couple scratches but nothing too significant” Link
“This auction is for an AKAI AX80 Programmable Polyphonic Synthesizer Keyboard. From what I can tell everything works fine. There is a large chip on the right side of the keyboard missing. ( There is a guy on ebay selling wood panels that go on the side, that may help?) Also some of the indicator light plexi pieces that show the LEDS, are crooked or pushed in a little. All keys work fine! Nice unit other than the things mentioned. ” Link
“AKAI AX80 1980′s Synthesizer. Refurb. Everything works. It is the one in the photo. The panel looks good but the end blocks are a somewhat worn.” Link
Comes with original manual.” Link
“The keyboard is in perfect working order, but has a few cosmetic defects, such as scratches on the left and right end pieces. The keyboard, top control surface and rear panel are all in excellent condition.
The keyboard comes with a rugged and perfectly fitting Calzone case. The keyboard and case will be shipped inside a heavy cardboard box for further protection. USPS Priority Shipping to buyers within the United States is free.” Link
“KEYBOARD IS IN MINT GOOD WORKING CONDITIONS, WHERE YOU SEE THE TWO STICKERS KEYS SEEM NOT TO FUNCTION BUT ITS FIXIBLE. WORKS GREAT WITH NEW GENERATION EQUIPMENT BEEING FROM 1985 AND WORKING GREAT IN 2015 WITH LOGIC AND PROTOOLS AND GARAGE BAND, INCLUDING MIDI SO COULD USE WITH NEWEST SOFTWARE ONLINE” Link
“Has slight damage to the back end cheeks. Only minor cosmetic issue” Link
“This is a great vintage instrument. I was knocked out by its wonderful condition. The original owner clearly kept this in the original case whenever it was not in use. Just some scratches on the bottom where it was placed on & off a keyboard stand. All the pads & wheels are working great. No issues with this puppy.” Link
“Here’s another piece from my studio collection that I’m selling off. Although this has been with me for some time, I really haven’t played it that much. I did play with this AX80 for about a half hour prior to listing it and everything seems to function properly. It uses 16 analog dco oscillators at 2 per voice and 8 analog curtis 3372 rev.c filters of the same design used in the prophet T8. All the buttons work, the pitch bend and assignable mod wheel work, and all the keys trigger and feel nice to play. The 96 patch memory is full of awesome vintage sounds. This is a recommended item and it would make a wonderful addition to any studio. Cosmetically it shows some of it’s age with scratches (especially on the display cover) and wear (please view the photos). It appears to have been outside a studio a some point and has marks on the keys.” Link
“Still working in great condition although it has 4 broken keys and is missing 1 key. This is a great slave unit.” Link
“This auction is for One(1) mostly working Akai AX-80 Programmable Polyphone Synthesizer. This synthesizer has some electrical issues as well as some cosmetic issues. The OSC-1, OSC-2 and the VCF LCD screens do not lite up. The “Control” knob is missing but I believe that it still functions. The “Pitch Bend” +&- selectors spring is loose but I believe the electronics still work, and I am also not positive if the Modulation control works. All other buttons and controls function properly.
One of the black keys is finicky, it works well on some settings and will not on others. This key has blue tape on it in the photos. Approximately 5 of the first white keys from the left have gray paint spots on them as well as the 8th key from the left, but none of that paint effects the functionality of the keys or the electronics. The rest of the cosmetic issues are normal wear scratches and marks.” Link
will ship in a monster tough case! check my feedback. sold as is due to vintage age. Case alone was over $200 new! it’s a heavy synth with case!” Link
“AKAI AX-80 Synthesizer. Great condition.” Link
” Missing a few keys, and 2 keys not working. Can adjust about the first half of parameters. Needs some tender love and care. Makes some tasty sounds! I hate to let her go.” Link
“Selling this vintage Akai AX80 true analog synth. Pure 80′s retro sound. Excellent condition but no original box or manual.” Link
” Over all in good shape so some wear and a lot of scratches on the bottom.
Comes with carry case. It doesn’t have factory sounds on it.” Link
8-Voice Monster Analog Synth from the 80s.
Exceptional condition cosmetically and functionally!” Link