“For Sale a compleet and rare England EMS Synthi AKS synthesizer , with touch sensitive and no longer availiable keyboard , this unit comes out of a studio invironment and is superclean ! It’s in full working condition and cosmetics also in very nice condition , not mint but very good !! all patchpins are presented , also keyboard and power connector included. found serial number on bottom 421 .” Link
“es, this is /that/ VCS-3, the instrument used by Delia Derbyshire, Pink Floyd (e.g., “On the Run”), Jean Michel Jarre, Todd Rundgren, Hawkwind, Roxy Music, King Crimson, and The Who–just to name a few.
If you’re interested in bidding on an instrument this pricey, then it is because you know what it truly is: /priceless/.
This particular VCS-3 (see pictures) has the following cosmetic problems: some of the knobs are missing their brass covers and one of the matrix pegs is missing. The fool who owned it before me added some kind of portamento button to the keyboard, so I’m just writing the keyboard off (i.e., not really factoring it into the price). The keyboard /does/ work, however, and I’ll include my homemade Jones connector in with the lot…
The VCS itself works fine, v/oct control of each VCO, envelope trigger, etc., using the connectors in the back. I’ve only been able to explore this instrument a little: sufficed to say, every parameter sounded to be working (the reverb is especially interesting, very “Radiophonic workshop” sounding).
The thing is too special for words, but I just can’t afford to sit on it now, supposing their may be someone out there willing to pay top dollar for a rare piece of musical history…” Link
This Putney is actually a VCS3a because it’s an early model, serial number 321.
Fascinated with the electronic music of the day, I purchased it and the keyboard new in 1969.
Here is what is right with it:
● Considering its age, It’s in very good condition. This package also includes the original patch pins, power cord, keyboard cable and vinyl cover.
● All the silver knob inserts are intact.
● The internal electronics are original. I have never had the synth or keyboard calibrated.
● I powered up the unit and checked the keyboard and all modules, matrix holes and pins, pots and verniers for basic functionality before having it professionally double boxed for shipment. In going through and listening to each module, I was reminded why I wanted the Putney in the first place. Its voice is unique and wonderful. Of course each oscillator’s pitch still drifts as much as when the unit was new. The keyboard needed to be “exercised” a bit before all its contacts functioned.
Here is what is wrong with it:
● Both reverb springs are in the reverb tank. One is still functioning, but the other is disconnected and lies loose.
● As is evident in the pictures, some of the wooden slots that hold the hardboard panels on the bottom and back of the main unit’s case have split off. I believe this happened while the synth was loaned to a friend. I never received a good explanation as to why. However, the panels still mount securely.
● Both internal speakers function, but one has a torn paper cone and sounds distorted (see photo)” Link
I don’t know what to say to really ‘hype’ the auction.
I ordered the Synthi and VCS3 in the 1990′s having never really seen or used them. EMS Robin Wood called me and asked if I was still interested 13 years later when they were ready in 2013. I gave them a shot – they are built well and sound very good – they are just not what I will use at this time. They are basicly brand new.
Please see photos for list of FACTORY MODS.” Link
“Up for auction is my 2013 EMS VCS3. This VCS3 was ordered in the 1990′s and delivered in 2013. It is basically as new. Why is it up for auction? Both VCS3′s and SYNTHI’s are very rare. Before I ordered one I never touched one in ‘real life’ only saw photos in books. When my time came up on the order list – I said ‘yes’ given it would be my only shot! After using it for a few months – it is not for me – and rather than collect synth trophies I want to pass it on.” Link
Comes with cable to hook up to a Synthi or VCS3.
EXCELLENT condition! Works PERFECTLY!!!!” Link
I acquired this approx ten years ago. It’s in very nice condition. All is functional, except I think oscillator 3 needs some attention as it doesn’t seem to track properly. It’s 30-40 years old so has some scratchy pots. I make no guarantee about this lovely machine.” Link
” Some chip are missing and few wire are disconnected but if turn on the Synth the Matrix working and the led flashing correct but not sound go out… The Springs and rubber of keyboard are missing … The key are ok” Link
Serial number 4197
Comes with Patch sheets, Pins, Power lead and documentation.” Link
“This is a 100% original Synthi A with a TKS keyboard/sequencer. They both JUST ARRIVED from the headquarters of EMS at Truro, Cornwall and were thoroughly refurbished and been taken care of, by Robin Wood HIM-self!!” Link
“UP FOR AUCTION IS THE TRULY HISTORIC EMS (Electronic Music Studios) VCS3 MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MADE IN ENGLAND CIRCA 1972/1973. THIS HAS BEEN WELL CARED FOR BY A RECORDING STUDIO FOR SEVERAL YEARS. THIS IS A RARE MUSEUM-CALIBER PIECE – IT WAS THE FIRST AFFORDABLE MODULAR SYNTH. THIS WAS ONE OF TWO OF THESE UNITS THAT WAS ORIGINALLY PURCHASED NEW BY OBERLIN COLLEGE DIRECTLY FROM EMS. PURCHASED BY PRODUCER FROM THE COLLEGE IN 1993. SCARCE TO SAY THE LEAST.
TOTALLY ORIGINAL AND UN-RESTORED – MECHANICALLY SOUND.
SERIAL NUMBER 382
AS WITH ALL OF OUR OLD MUSIC EQUIPMENT, THERE ARE NO WARRANTIES OR RETURNS OFFERED.” Link
“EMS keyboard + sequencer Synthi KS serial number 4998KS. This is the famous keyboard that is usually used with the Synthi A portable synthesizers. The full systems is well known as Synthi AKS. Otherwise it can be used too with the VCS3 synthesizers as it uses the same connector.
The unit is in excellent working condition. The cosmetic is very good for the age, but it’s not in mint condition as it’s very vintage item. You can see in the photos the scratches and marks of the unit.” Link
Great cosmetic and working condition.
Auction includes Main unit, power supply, sensor, manual and assorted Soundbeam newsletters and documents.
This is why EMS quit building Synthies!” Link
“THIS IS AN ORIGINAL EMS SYNTHI E from the seventies not a reproduction one. its in very good condition and very rare to find. i am in europe and will ship worldwide at buyers expense” Link
“Everything works. Comes with the somewhat harder to find foot pedals. 2 slider caps not original – fell off at some point – but I can give you 7 of the ones that weren’t replaced if you want to match them. Packaged in a black plywood case (no lid). I bought this in the UK some time ago and was told it was a “prototype” model from EMS, which accounts for the case, however, I do not know whether this is true. It would not be difficult to repackage in the event you want to make a fancier case for it. One of the first multi-effects boxes. IIRC used by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd in “Live at Pompeii.” Effects basically include distortion, ring modulation with LFO, octave shift, phase, vibrato, wah and some other things. What’s best about it is the interaction effect you can get between the various settings. If you have an AKS or a VCS3 this would make for an interesting outboard combination. Or, if you’re into noise, this will create a caterwauling wall of sound. Or if you just want to get some radical guitar effects. ” Link
3 prestopatch guitar, keyboard, battleship.
Metal stand ( don’t know if original )
The mod for lfo sync ( to be installed )
Manual + patch sheets for preset
1 original patch sheet
2 power chord
Little suitcase to fit the extra” Link
new & in perfect condition
If you’re looking at this auction you probably know the uniqueness of this legendary instrument.
This is one of the last 40 EMS Synthi’s ever to be produced. I’ve spent more than a decade on the waiting list for it.
New orders are no longer being accepted as the Spartanite briefcases essential to the Synthi design are no longer available.
In other words, according to the manufacturer, this unit is among the last handful of Synthi’s ever.
This instrument was meticulously hand-built and precision-calibrated earlier this year by Robin Wood of EMS himself.
It’s in absolutely perfect operational and cosmetic condition. It’s also the only truly new Synthi I’ve ever seen on eBay.
I placed my order for this Synthi with EMS in the UK in 2001. It was finally delivered in early 2012. A few years after placing my order I got impatient and had the chance to buy an older Synthi A, so at the moment I actually have two units. The two are almost identical but the older one has more sentimental value to me, having owned & played it for almost 10 years. After long deliberation I’ve decided to sell this new one.
In terms of design, compared to the 70′s units, the only differences I’ve spotted are a squarish attack button instead of a round one (the new design is an improvement over the older one, which was much harder to push down), and the fact that the label on the briefcase now reads “EMS Cornwall” instead of “EMS London” (the company moved). The operating voltage is still switchable between 110v and 220v via a switch inside the briefcase.
In terms of sound, comparing this to my 1970′s Synthi I hear no differences in sound character or response; it has all the unique sonic character that Synthi’s are legendary for, while at the same time being perfectly calibrated and sounding exactly as its designer intended. I’ve had the chance to try out several Synthi’s over the past 15 years, and this sounds exactly like the older units, but without the inevitable scratchiness of used instruments.
This is a Synthi A, not an AKS. That means it comes without a keyboard in the lid of the briefcase; those were only available in the 70′s.
It can of course be controlled by an external CV keyboard, or by MIDI with a suitable MIDI-to-CV converter.
This is a “MkII” Synthi A, with a matte aluminium front panel, and output rows on the pin matrix. ” Link
” EMS Pitch To Voltage Converter
Amazing unit… oscillator sounds cool, tracks very well, good control – Rare and Classic.
Had this unit for just over a year and it’s had some great use but over the last couple of months I haven’t needed it, as I am getting P2V from the MS20 these days.
Originally, these units came in wooden cases but this one’s case has been removed a while ago, before it came to me.
Sorry to see it go but I need the cash!
I got this from a very reputable seller in the Netherlands who had it properly serviced before the sale, so it’s all working as it should.” Link
“For Sale a EMS Synthi AKS (rehberg) synthesizer , it’s in very good condition and full working condition , no cracking pods and patch pannel works fine , pins are OK , well i only have it for 2 months , i trade it for some other equipment but it isn’t the sound i’m use to , it’s not musical enough , it’s compleet cased with keyboard + cable , a handfull of patchpins , also MIDI included , its a external BOX and cables to connect at the EMS , also a CV-GATE connection with 1volts/oct , not 1,2 volts like EMS uses. I also have the original manual , the midi box is with german discription on , the vc-gate option is english , ” Link
“This Synthi A is from the first owner.
Machine is in good cosmetic and working order,
because this was not used for about 30 years some pots with little noise.” Link
” Up for sale is a (1) very rare EMS Soundbeam MK1, distance to voltage converter. The EMS comes with its sensor and the power supply adaptor and is optical in good condition. Someone wrote some letters in the case and on the sensor, but overall it looks very good for its age. It works perfectly! The serial number is: 1085.” Link
This is being sold for parts or repair because we do not have the special power cable needed to test this, so we cannot verify that it is in proper working condition.
It has scratches on it and normal signs of its age, but overall it is in very good condition (see pics).
Picture #8 shows the model number and serial number.
Includes a folder with xerox copies of servicing instructions with schematics, and some spare parts (see last pic).
Note that we are also auctioning the keyboard for this synthesizer separately.” Link
This is being sold for parts or repair because we do not have the cable needed to test this, so we cannot verify that it is in proper working condition.
It has scratches on it and normal signs of its age, but overall it is in very good condition (see pics).
Picture #10 shows the model number and serial number.” Link
“In very good condition.
And working 100%.
Patch cords and 100-240V AC adapter included. ” Link
“The Mighty EMS Vocoder System 2000, with 16 bands in excellent condition and 100% fully functional. It looks beautiful. This is the series II, black version with rack ears, handles, dual LED meters and in USA voltage. I am the original owner and it has less than 50 hours on it. I kept it turned off and disconnected from wall power when not in use. I have owned most of the top vocoders with exception of the EMS 5000 and the EMS line of vocoders sound better than all of the rest in terms of raw character. The EMS 2000 has an electric punch to it that others don’t have and it’s sibalance is excellent too. To me it sounds better than the Moog/Bode vocoders and definitely better than the Sennheiser VSM-201. The Sennheiser is smooth but lacks that electric punch. Electronically in terms of filters and envelopes, the EMS 2000 is close to identical to the EMS 3000 and EMS 5000. Only difference is that the 3000 has the same 16 bands/filters/envs but with attentuators and the 5000 has 22 bands and patch panel. The S/N ratio is better on the 2000 than the 3000 perhaps due to not having the attentuator circuits installed. Sure digital vocoders can do cool things, but when you hear an EMS 2000 analog vocoder with a monster Moog or Oberheim synthesizer along with vocals, some analog reverb and tube preamp…piped into a very powerful sound system, well, lets just say…..you will definitely never forget it. This item will be professionally packed, fully insured and shipped via FedEx.” Link
“The is a rare, legendary analog synthesizer favored by a long list of pop and experimental musicians. Chances are you are looking at this auction because you know what this unit is and what it can do. There are many compelling reasons why it is coveted by musicians and producers alike, not the least being the rich textures you can create with it.
This particular VCS3 MKII was once in a synthesizer museum in Great Britain. I acquired it in 2000, and it has lived in my smoke-free studio and been treated very well. Works wonderfully as both as as synth and as an effects processor. Along with the Synthi AKS, it is probably one of the most versatile instruments I have used in the past 25 years.
This instrument includes an external gate input modification for MIDI/CV applications, but no other mods have been added because I did not feel the need for them. EMS has an variety of mods they can perform for you so I would recommend contacted Robin Wood for a list.
The VCS3 will ship worldwide in a custom-made flight case by A&S Case Co. out of Los Angeles, CA. It is extremely rugged and was used during international tours with the instrument. ” Link
“This is a rare and historic synthesizer. It was one of the earliest Putneys made in 1969, Serial #193. It is in excellent condition, hardly a scratch anywhere. All three boards were recently serviced and calibrated by Robin Wood at EMS in England. Electrolytic capacitors have been replaced, envelope maximum decay time tweaked up to 45 sec., Osc3 increased slow frequency range. Apart from that, everything is original, no modifications have been made. The matrix pins are all white – this is how the early Mark I Putneys came. Even the AC plug is still original. The pin matrix surface itself looks like new.
It sounds absolutely wonderful. I have tested all functions / matrix combos to the best of my ability and everything works, including the envelope light.
Includes original Ionic Industries VCS3 manual (“…The synthesizer for the seventies…”) which contains many patch diagrams. It looks to be mostly the same as the “official” EMS VCS3 manual.
Rear and bottom panel are missing but they are just pieces of hardboard, easy to replace. Also as you can see from the pictures, many of the silver knob caps are missing but are also easy to replace.” Link
“This is a rare EMS Synthi A.
It was previously owned by Boz Burrell (Bad Comapny / King Crimson /etc.) and formed part of his collection of sythesisers that he used to hire out for studio use. The unit has been built into a sturdy wooden case to make it more sturdy than the original plastic briefcase, althought the lower part of teh plastic case is, I think, still attached. The wooden case itself is a bit scuffed as you can see but it does protect the unit well.
It was modified by EMS themselves with some of the standard mods that they did for several of their customers (see pictures).
It is in full working order. Boz gave it to me in 1990 when I was working for him as a sound engineer. I was helping to clear some of the older instruments he had and expressed an interest in this so he said I could have it. A few of teh capacitors have been replaced as has one of the power transistors which has been fitted with a heatsink.
I have used it myself in a couple of theatre productions in Germany and then we used it onstage for a while with my own band, That Legendary Wooden Lion.” Link
Essentially the same instrument as the legendary EMS VCS3, and sometimes known as the ‘Portabella’, the Synthi A is a self-contained, analogue modular synthesizer system, literally built into its own (genuine!) Spartanite attache briefcase! This is a very rare original working example of one of the most revered, fantastic, and ultra portable synthesizers ever made.
Firstly, there’s a little bit of background information on this which might possibly help me in my quest to sell it: this particular Synthi A was originally a end of tour gift to Mike Hall, Erasure’s keyboard roadie, in 1992 – he is still the current owner, and I am now selling this on his behalf, sold as seen.
I’m sure that most people looking at this listing know all too well what a wondrous thing it is that I’m selling here, and perhaps are aware of how incredibly rare it is to find a genuine, working example of a Synthi A these days. There’s absolutely tons of info around on this machine, which is easy enough to come across on the web via a well placed Google search or two, so there’s no point in me lazily copying/pasting or just replicating any of that.” Link
the original EMS Soundbeam 1 (master)
much more to it than a simple theremin, the EMS Soundbeam allows for very small and very big moves to control the sound of any synthesizer attached. moving a little finger or dancing around a room, swaying your body, just about anything is possible.
there are numerous ways the SOundbeam will respond to your movement, depending on which preset you pick.
there’s the Master module, the sensor, a tutorial video and the manual.
it is very rare and particularly in this condition. its basically new. i bought it for a project, but never got around to it. it’s been taken out of the box to test it (it works just fine), that’s it.” Link
“Here is the chance you’ve been waiting for! For sale is an incredible rare EMS Synthi A with DK1 keyboard, the classic vintage analog synth as used by Brian Eno, Pink Floyd and many more. This Synthi is in great cosmetic condition and fully functional. A few scruffs/sticker residue on the outside case, but the inside looks near mint and very clean. Serviced 5 years ago by the original manufacturers in the UK and barely used since. It’s been very well taken care of. Includes the DK1 cricklewood keyboard which adds a whole range of possibilities and control. Also comes with the lid and complete with all the pins plus 9 extra pins, keyboard and power cable. Runs off 220-240v but step up transformer is included to use in 110v countries. Sounds incredible, I have owned many vintage synths and this one is the coolest and most unique. Amazing EMS sound you need to hear to believe, can get very raw, and with the patchpin interface it gets you to come up with sounds you’d never get otherwise. See pictures below for more details.” Link
This very rare EMS Vocoder 1000, from the same company that brought you the Synthi AKS and VCS3. This amazing sounding analog vocoder, perhaps the most intelligible ones out there. It has a very nice tone, and most importantly, you can hear what you’re saying without having to keep changing the settings. Jean Michel Jarre, Pink Floyd plus many others in 1970-80′s used them extensively, and this model was used as the sound of the robots on Battlestar Galactica and in early Dr Who episodes. The 1000 has a very similar design to the 2000; except for a few changes (they moved some of the sockets to the front panel etc). This unit is in good condition and as far as I can tell, still fully functional. I’ve used it for recording at home and it works great, mixed with the keyboard and mic, to give you the authentic sound of the 1970’s Vocoder. ” Link
Pitch to Voltage Converter
Random Voltage Generator
Vintage Originals from the 70-ties, Unique and FUN!!
This auction is for 2 vintage original EMS modules. Very rare units sold as accessoires to the Synthi AKS and VCS3 synthesizers but can be used with other (modular) synths and studio environments. Creative tools derived from the infamous Synthi 100 studio synthesizer. These 2 work well and have been gone over by a pro tech about a year ago. Super. What I like to mention is that the front panels have been filed off a few milimeters at the left and right ends. Probably to make them fit in better a rack. As you can see in the pictures this is not visible when rack mounted. The case is included.” Link
“For sale is an insanely rare EMS Vocoder 1000, from the same company that brought you the Synthi AKS and VCS3. If you’ve seen Battlestar Galactica you’ve heard this vocoder as the voice of the Cyclons. An amazing sounding analog vocoder, perhaps the most intelligible ones out there of the Moog / Bode / Sennheiser VSM201 / Roland VP330 SVC-350 / Korg VC10. It just has a very nice tone to it, and most important you can really hear what you’re saying without working too hard at it. The 1000 is very similar design as the 2000. In excellent shape and fully functional. I’ve tried almost all of the ones out there, and if there was one go-to vocoder to use, this one would be it. See pictures below for more details. Don’t miss out on this awesome classic! ” Link
An IEC power inlet has been installed on the back, and it currently runs on 115V with a standard IEC cable (not included).
Cosmetic condition is concurrent with age and is as shown in photos. One anodized knob cap is missing.
Sold as-is.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.