” VINTAGE EML Electrocomp Synthesizer Model 101. Out of Electronic Music Labs in Vernon Connecticut. This is number 431 out of 1000 made. I’ve ran it through my amp and tested the keys. They are all working and do not stick. I’ve also tested every knob, oscillator, envelope and filters and modulators, ALL of the knobs and switches work, and I’ve fooled around with it enough to make every switch and knob change the sound and frequencies. It’s all very well and in good working condition. There are some slight scratches on the wooden case (as seen in pictures). The leather strap handle has been replaced with rope and electrical tape (which works fine as a handle). There are two definitive defects. One being the side latch top being broken and a chunk of the wood was taken with it *pictures*. This does not really effect the case being closed fully. Its still fine to carry around and about without opening up, and also when you set the synthesizer up, the latch can still be clamped on both sides. The other defect is the input from the keyboard part to the main board. It’s plugged into it. But indefinitely. Someone has taken the liberty of drilling a hole next to the actual input and has it plugged in somehow behind the main display board. I have not taken it apart to look. It works fine the way it is. You just can’t take the two separate pieces too far from each other because they are attached by the input cord. *see pictures*. It should make for a pretty simple fix but there will be that new hole in the display/control board.” Link
An extremely rare treat from the ongoing estate sale in South Florida
This is a unique one of kind item, I am not going to give you specs or who used this, you know what this is !
Unit is in very good condition
Manufacture date June 1974
Serial number 475
Original Owners Manual
Blown up copies of internal circuit diagrams from EML
Keyboard was opened and key contacts were cleaned, all keys work well, keyboard feels good.
There are three modifications done to the unit. See Pictures. I have researched them on line and found no match.
The unit was opened and the mods were inspected internally. They were all obviously done professionally , what they actually do is a mystery to me, but knowing this keyboard collectors reputation, they probably are a plus
I programmed some of the sounds from the users manual and they sound as intended.
The carrying handle is missing.
I have tested this unit to the best of my abilities and it seems to be functioning as intended.” Link
“JIMJAMSVINTAGEMUSIC brings you this Electrocomp EML analog synthesizer model 101 serial number 273, A very early one. Very nice cosmetic condition, a few light scratches on the cabinet and alittle seperation on the edge joints but very solid. The face plate is excellent with no missing print and no discoloring from use. The knobs are all original as is the electronics. Item powers up and creates some interesting sounds. There is some pots that are scratchy and will need cleaned. I have had two arp 2600 repaired and sold in the last 6 months, I am going to leave the reapairs done by the buyer this time. The synth should be gone over by a tech because of age and is a wonderful candidate for restoration.” Link
Condition: no chips or dents, no scratches, all original, keys are even with no yellowing, all latches are rust free, handle in good shape
Shipping: will be wrapped and secured with styrofoam and multi boxes.” Link
ANY NOTABLE COSMETIC OR FUNCTIONAL ISSUES WILL BE NOTED BELOW IN RED.
THE PHOTOS THAT ARE SHOWN ABOVE ARE OF THE ACTUAL ITEM YOU WILL RECEIVE.
NOTE: MODIFIED WITH PITCH BEND & MOD WHEEL / CUSTOM SOLID WALNUT CASE WITH CURLY MAPLE INLAY / ALL NEW HARDWARE / COMPLETELY RESTORED FROM TOP TO BOTTOM WITH BRAND NEW KEY BUSHINGS!” Link
Also including original operation manual, copied schematics, and the midi/cv converter in this listing.
Handle has separated at the stitching on ends. Handle is still sturdy and works but I would advise not to use it. Minor edge wear- please see photos
CV/GATE mod allows the included Kenton Pro-Solo to control 4 oscillators in perfect tune, and other cv function via MIDI. Hence, KB1 (and glide) pitch CV is disabled on the 101, to allow external control monophonically.
If used without the Kenton:
The 101’s keyboard does work monophonically on osc 3 and 4, scaling perfectly. There are additional keyboard outs added to the panel, and it appears as though when CM3 out is routed back into the CV jack it would control KB1 cv (and of course successive cv’s if selected), but I haven’t been able to make this work as scaling is off. (1.2 v/octave may play into this, as perhaps it was scaled to be controlled from a 1v/octave synth).
KB2 and all other functions are in working order, working monophonically from its own keyboard.
Once again, when controlled by midi, everything works as you would expect. The knobs added for the mod control pitch coarse and fine, with a switch for INTERNAL/EXTERNAL CV. Gate is triggered on both envelopes, or one if you want. Kenton adds glide and extra LFO frees up another oscillator for pitch. Route to OSCs and or filter CV, etc. This is a powerful combination..
As you may already know, this is a complex instrument and requires some degree of understanding.
My items are 100% as described- please see my seller ratings.
Kenton Pro-solo. all additional cords, original EML 101 operation manual with sound settings, etc. will ship in a second box. ” Link
This is the increasingly impossible to find, Electrocomp EML-101 Synthesizer. This specific one is of the cleanest specimens you’ll likely come across. All functions work as one would expect. This machine is stable, has been kept in a smoke-free studio environment. There are no yellowed keys, no pot issues, no patch point issues, and very little in terms of physical defects. There are but one or two surface scratches, and the handle is missing; it’s also got the engraving of the school this once was located.
The keybed is level, and 100% functional, all patch points work as expected, and all modules operate as expected. This machine has had no modifications performed.
It will be professionally packaged and shipped via insured carrier to your location.” Link
“THIS EML 101 ELECTRO COMP SYNTH WAS TRADED IN OUR STORE IT IS IN WORKING CONDITION REALLY RARE ..SOUNDS GREAT WE TESTED IT ALL KEYS WORK AND THE KNOBS ALL WORK ..VERY ORIGINAL SEE PICTURES ..” Link
The synth has been recently serviced, which included a keyboard clean and rebushing, a number of pots were disassembled and cleaned, the synth was tuned and calibrated to specs.
The front panel is in exceptional condition, with all printing clean and complete, chromework nice and bright and no wear to the panel around the pots. All pots move smoothly and are crackle free.
The wood veneered cabinet is in fabulous condition with minor marking only.
All keys are clean and aligned and contact correctly.
The length of the connector cable between the base and top units can be shortened by feeding this back into the base unit. The synth will be dispatched with the visible cable shorter than pictured.
This is a 110v model so is sold with a small wall plug style step down transformer.” Link
” Working condition, all keys active, patch cables for varied sounds, extreme sound out of this unit. Case has several scratches and missing handle. All latches work. I don’t know how to use this synth but what I did play was awesome!! I will post a video soon. If you are looking at this unit, you already know about it. Much info on the web for it. You know it’s a rare vintage find. Item sold as is.” Link
“Allow me a moment to modulate my own horn about this synth before you read the specs and other drivel I copied from some boring on-line source to fill in the blank spaces. After all, if you know about the EML 101 and what it is capable of doing, who cares if Weezer uses it or not? The truth is this synth is da bomb! Totally unlike an ARP/MOOG/KORG or other analog beastie from back in the day. It’s also one of the few that hasn’t been re-synthesized into an algorithm of one’s and zero’s. Why is that? Maybe you just can’t duplicate the authentic sound of an EML? Or maybe you just have to hear it in person. And since there aren’t that many that come up on eBay that are in great sounding shape, this is your opportunity to own a piece of sound sculpting history. I would label the sound as “industrial meets laboratory equipment.” Not to mean the sound is clinical, but that it does have a unique voice that is very different than ARP or MOOG. The unit was last calibrated about 10 years ago and stays remarkably in tune. You need to tweak the VCO tuning with the keyboard scaling. But once set it will stay there for weeks on end. You can play one finger four note chords. Now how cool is that? ” Link
“Hello! I’m selling my EML 101 which was serviced 3 months ago by Ed Miller of Synthesizer Repair here in Los Angeles. The synth works and sounds incredible. It’s one of the sickest and nastiest sounding analogs ever made. It does not disappoint anyone who uses it. I just gave the 101 a full test drive and it is 100% fully functional. The item is used and is being sold as is. There is some cosmetic wear and tear on the case as you can see, since it’s over 30 years old. I’ve keep the synth in pristine condition, and pampered it as much as possible. I’ve owned the unit for over 10 years now and when I purchased it, some of the plastic knobs are not original. This didn’t bother me, but I wanted to mention it. The 101 has been set to a 1volt per octave standard, instead of the original 1.2 volts per octave. This allows you to use it with other analog gear / CV converters. . Also, there is an common internal modification on the 101. That the gate input triggers both envelope generators, not just #1. This allows for greater flexibility when sequencing. And I’ll throw in the Kenton Pro Solo for free, so you’ll be able to sequence the 101. I hope this synth finds a great home where it will be cared for. ” Link
“Up for sale is a classic EML Electrocomp 101 semi-modular synthesizer. I will spare you too many details of the functionality of this particular model other than to say that it has more flexibility than an ARP 2600 which sold at a similar price point during the original manufacture although the ARP now commands a much higher price due to it’s name recognition. With the EML, you are getting a less utilized and therefore more unique sound palette, as well as more oscillators and modulation options.
All of the features of this particular unit are working properly, although I do believe it could use some servicing. All of the synthesizer functions seem to work although I am not sure if it is holding tune properly, and some of the pots could stand to be cleaned. I had planned to take more time learning to service this synthesizer, but money problems lead me to the necessity of liquidating items. You can see there is a bit of damage to the wood veneer, most notably on the right side. The handle is a bit worn and could stand to be refurbished, although the main weight on the handle is supported by a metal chain which seems to still be pretty solid.
Also included with the synth are a slew of documents, including sales material, patch templates, technical documents and schematics. This unit has had a couple of modifications made and these are outlined in the schematics.” Link
“I’ve thought about selling this gem for a while, and it turns out i just need some other stuff more. This is a very cool piece, but I don’t find myself using it near as much as it should be used. It should be used regularly by a devotee to its particular function. I sent it to Wes Taggart in the summer of 2012, and paid $850 to have it completely gone over, every aspect of it perfect, from the keyboard bushings to the pots cleaned and a complete calibration. It is now 100% perfect. It comes with a bound reprint of the manual, one of the best written and entertaining manuals every written…it makes it easy to comprehend what this machine is doing, in electronic and artistic terms. The case is in decent shape, with some odd and end nicks here and there, and I replaced one of the latches. The handle is worn but secure. ” Link
“Keys are a bit sticky. They all work, but some of the movements are so smooth.
The release part of the EG affects pitch.
-That’s it, I think! It’s a weird quirky machine. There maybe other minor things I havent spotted.
There are no unusual parts inside so it would be cheap to service.” Link
Rather than list all of the EML101 specifications which are easily available online, I’d like to describe this particular synthesizer. I am the original owner and purchased this instrument in the mid-1970s. I went up to Vernon Connecticut, met Norman Milliard who was one of the owners of EML and picked up my instrument from the factory. I was intrigued with the amount of engineering that went into the construction of this instrument. For example, the way the instrument is constructed, the unit folds into itself to make a carrying case. So much of the engineering and construction was well thought out and was superior to what existed at the time. As a music educator, I used this instrument for demonstrations only. I have retired, and the instrument has been sitting in my house not being used and regrettably I must sell it.
Everything on this instrument is original. It is in working condition but because of its age and lack of use, some refurbishing is going to be required. The following are some examples of what would be required:
The original handle is deteriorating and doesn’t feel very secure (this means replace it if you’re set on using it. There are some typical rusty spots on the external metal hardware. Three of the original rubber feet are missing. There are some light surface scratches on the outside of the case and a small chip (or two) – check the pics. Several of the Alan – Bradley controls are going to need cleaning. I am sure that some additional internal cleaning on the keyboard will be required but all keys are level and play well / feel fine. These examples should give you some idea of what this instrument might need.
I will include a good amount of literature, too numerous to mention it all.
The owners manual of course is included as well as original patch diagrams sheets. Also included are factory directions such as tuning the oscillators as well as mods that the owner can make. The two mods I made were the addition of a switch to separate the high filter and low filter to create a band reject filter, and a separate external sampler input.
Most important is the inclusion of the schematics for the electronic circuitry. This wasn’t easy to obtain, but at the end of EML’s run, thankfully they were willing to give up the schematics to an owner who was truly appreciative of all the work that went into designing this incredible instrument” Link
NOTE: There is are numerous dings as well as a missing handle. The keyboard connect cable was also replaced with a 5 pin DIN style connector. It looks like there was a factory modifcation done as well adding 3 additional audio inputs.” Link
” Very rare and hard to find vintage analog synthesizer, particularly in this condition. Beautiful silver face panel and wood case.
Faceplate could be cleaned up a bit more, by removing all the knobs and being able to clean behind them. It works perfectly. There were 2 pots that were dirty. Because they’re sealed pots, I took it to Switched On Austin and they have cleaned the 2 pots to solve that problem. They have also checked out the EML 300, it works fine, the keypad needs to be used a bit as it’s a bit intermittent from lack of use.
This is the model with the rare factory pitch wheel installed. photocopy of the original brochure, operation manual, calibration procedures and schematics. ” Link
“This is an extremely rare vintage Electronic Music Labs EML 101 Electrocomp Synthesizer. Cosmetically it has a couple small scratches, dings, and Smudges, but overall very good shape for something from the 60’s! I played it for over an hour, and everything seems to be working correctly. It has a few sticky, scratchy keys & controls as to be expected, but it appears that all keys/controls work. Fantastic sound & sonic possibilities. I had a hard time walking away from it!” Link
“This is the ELECTROCOMP SYNTHESIZER MODEL 101. The synthesizer is in very good cosmetic condition, aside from some minor scratches, the old carrying handel and small ding on the outside (see pic). The unit came from a Local University Music Department auction & was recently removed from service in full working condition. It powered up just fine.
The auction includes the synthesizer & an old printed schematic (showing some knobs preset markings).” Link
“Electrocomp EML 101 synthesizer with 400-401 expander module also electrocomp synthesizer 200-300. in great original condition with all patch cords. cases are in great shape with original latches and handles. Very rare complete set bought new in the 70’s and have only been used in a studio since then I am original owner. ” Link
“The unit was last calibrated about 10 years ago and stays remarkably in tune. You need to tweak the VCO tuning with the keyboard scaling. But once set it will stay there for weeks on end.” Link
“For sale is a EML 101 Synthesizer. I bought this fom a guy that worked at Guitar Center. It was gone over and is near dead mint. Enclosed is a manual that I put in a binder w/ other eml material and patch cords in compartment. I changed the knobs but the originals are in a bag enclosed.” Link
“This one is in beautiful cosmetic condition and working 100%. It has just come back from being serviced/restored by Kurt Stewart and Wes Taggart and needs nothing. The original case was pretty thrashed so I had a new, custom cherry wood cabinet built and installed by Analogics. As you can see, this cabinet/case looks beautiful and in my opinion much better than the original. The synth and keyboard will be packaged separately and will arrive in the condition stated. Buy with confidence!” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“Hello, please examine the following for auction: one EML Electrocomp 101 Analog Modular Synthesizer. Circa 1970’s. Great condition, with the usual outer case dings and missing handle. Rare synth that makes some amazing sounds… some Moog like, some beyond. Used by Pere Ubu and others, Google for some history. Everything seems to work fine, and there are some additional factory upgrade mods that are uncommon, such as the pitch wheels on keyboard and the XLR interface. I am not a keyboardist, but have used the 101 for soundscapes and it is amazing in the depth and complexity of sounds it can produce.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“Everything works and in VG+ cosmetic condition as depicted with slight scratches front back top bottom sides. Handle still present but clasps or singes affixing top to bottom removed, evidently at one point it closed up like a suitcase.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“EML ElectroComp 101 analogue duophonic synthesizer. An opportunity to own a rare vintage EML 101 in excellent original ‘collectors’ condition – only 1000 were made and this was originally sold on 11 November 1974 based on the log kept by ex-EML founder Dale Blake.
I bought the EML from Tone Tweakers in the USA in 2008 where it had been fully serviced. It’s in extremely good condition and is all original apart from the leather handle (which I replaced with one very similar to the original), and the four rubber stick-on feet on the bottom. EML built their instruments from military grade components and they last very well.
The EML 101 has four VCOs two of which can double as an LFO. The VCOs can be swept from triangle through square to saw. It has a lovely and characterful 12db VCF which sweeps continuously from LP through BP to HP and, contrary to some reports, will self-resonante a little. It also has a great modulation control sweeping through AM to RM.
The EML 101 sounds nothing like its contemporary rivals from ARP and Moog and has a character of its own – edgy but huge, with a lot of bottom end. It’s capable of duophony as well. There are lots of modulation possibilities, including S&H. It’s semi-modular and audio and CV can be used interchangably when using patch cords. It’s also possible to tune the EML 101 to tunings other than 12 semitones per octave.
Please note that EML used a system of 1.2v/octave (so 0.1v per semi-tone) which, apart from the lack of practical interface, means it’s not compatible with any other analogue synths, but who cares when you’ve got four VCOs! Please also note that the EML-101 runs on US voltage (110v) so requires a step-down transformer for use in the UK/EU.
The EML 101 is built into its own wooden case and the synthesizer is attached to the keyboard by catches. I will include a copy of the original manual.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
The EML 101 hails from the beginning of portable synthesizers. EML started out as a small US competitor to Moog and Arp in the early 70’s. The 101 is a FOUR oscillator duophonic semi-modular synth. The sound is perhaps most comparable to early Oberheim, but the overall design encourages experimentation (the limits of which were pushed, most notably, by Allen Ravenstein of Pere Ubu).
This 101 is in very good cosmetic condition. It works perfectly and looks good despite missing two case latches (that fix the synth to the keyboard when open) and having a broken leather handle (it will be 40 years old next year). This 101 has been fully tuned and calibrated by Switched On Music Electronics. It works and sounds incredible.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“This EML-101 is in beautiful shape for a used item of its type and age, working great and sounding great! It’s in better shape than most or all EML-101s we’ve seen. It would be in perfect shape if it wasnt for the following minor issues: The original handle is deteriorating and doesn’t feel very secure ( this means replace it if you’re set on using it). Two of the original rubber feet are missing. Finally, there are some light surface scratches & two parts of the wood that covers the outside of the case is missing as you can see – check the pics . This EML-101 is in exceptional shape and should make anyone looking for an EML101 very happy.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
This unit is in 100% perfect operating order. It is a 9/10 aesthetically ( see picture for small chip off of the corner laminate which was already there when I purchased it a few years ago )” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“Selling off my EML 101 (Electronic Music Labs). This thing is extremely unique, I also have a minimoog and several other vintage synths and none of them come close to covering the eml tone! It is an amazingly vintage sounding synth (don’t know how else to describe it!) I also have a 200 and they are great in combination (might be willing to part with both if you want to make me a good offer on them. This thing has 4 oscillators, a multimode filter, 2 envelopes, an amp modulator/ringmodulator and several other things, not to mention it is patchable!
The thing has a few nicks here and there but nothing major. It comes with the original manual and soundcharts/patch charts and even has the factory mod of the mod wheel which can be patched into any parameter for more control! The thing is super flexible and amazing!! Folds up into a compact carrying case with its handle still intact.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
Both are in great condition; even cosmetically they look great. They turn on when plugged in but I don’t have to operating knowledge to know how well they work–would be sold ‘as is.'” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“I’m selling my EML Electrocomp 101 in excellent condition, unfortunately. Sign of the times I guess! This particular EML 101, from what I can gather, is factory modded at the request of the original buyer. It has what I would consider to be almost a bowling ball swirly color scheme and design as you can see in the pictures. It also has the factory mod wheel installed. I’ve asked questions, searched the net and this seems to be one of a kind. Functionally it is perfect, everything works like a charm. Two of the oscillator control mode knobs overturn but you obviously tell what setting you are on… an easy fix for someone who is tech-savvy. All patchpoints are fully functional. Cosmetically it’s gorgeous, with the exception of a ding in left side as pictured and also it’s missing the handle, otherwise the cabinet is awesome considering it’s age. Face and keys are bright, all the graphics are perfect! It’s definitely a score whether you’re a player or a collector. ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“Electrocomp EML101 synthesizer , it’s similar to the ARP 2600 in the way of working not by sound , it’s play’s without patching and can by patched to create a sound/modulation. it’s not so big as the ARP 2600 , much smaler and compleet cased with keyboard. it’s 110 volts unit , it’s in very good condition with wear on the case , as you can see on the pictures.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
Cosmetically- The veneer on the cabinet does have some scratches and a couple chips here & there, but overall it still looks good. All of the latches have been replaced, most of the screws have been replaced, and it has new Switchcraft washers & nuts.
Internally- Apart from repairing any problems, the unit has been disassembled and cleaned, all potentiometers & switches have been cleaned, the power supply has been recapped and it’s been fully calibrated. The keyboard was also disassembled & cleaned, and has new bushings so the action feels great.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.