“My family and I are the original owners of this wonderful Drum Machine. My father bought this Drum Machine directly from Roger Linn himself. It has been recorded on many wonderful records. I just don’t use this unit anymore and would like to find a good home for it with someone who understands it’s value and legacy. It’s is in excellent condition but needs to be serviced. It turns on and the pads play but it does not sequence at the moment. I would recommend a service and update overhaul at Forat Electronics. I have an ATA flight case that needs to re-foamed, which I can take care of if needed. I prefer local pickup as shipping this delicate unit can be risky. This is a rare piece in excellent condition that just needs some love from Bruce and Ben Forat.” Link
“This one is in beautiful cosmetic condition and working 100%. It has just come back from having a lot of service and some restoration done by Bruce Forat. As some of you may know, Bruce is an expert with this kind of stuff. This model is a rev 2, serial #00282. It ready to be used and needs nothing. I will be including a “rimshot” chip for you Prince fans.” Link
“For your consideration is this vintage 1981 Linn LM-1 Drum Computer drum machine. This particular example, serial 00029, was amongst the initial batch of 35 to be produced, which were famously completed in Roger Linn’s own home! This beyond rare, incredibly desired, and amazingly iconic artifact is equally deserving of a museum display as it is a special section in the finest studio. With approximately only 500 LM-1s produced between 1980 and 1983, they have since become incredibly scarce and especially famous for being the preeminent digital drum machine featured on recordings by; Michael Jackson, Prince, Peter Gabriel, Kraftwerk, Kurtis Blow, Devo, Elton John, Don Henley, and many more. With an original price tag of $4,995.00, and an exclusive client list that reads more like an announcement of nominated Pop, Rock, and R&B artists for the 24th Annual Grammy Awards of February 1982 than a group of guys that want the same drum machine, it has since become near impossible to find one, let alone, buy and own one. Perhaps more relevant and applicable now than ever, this is the drum machine that started it all, and just like all great vintage equipment, it has achieved a permanent place in music history.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
Made in USA c.1980
Serial no. 206
WIRED FOR 240v
If you are reading this you will probably know that these are extremely rare and sought after machines. Only a small number were made (around 500) and bought at the time (almost exclusively) by rock royalty. LM-1s were used by influential musicians and producers on some landmark recordings.
This example is in good cosmetic condition. The wooden side cheeks are good with only minor dings and marks. The rest of the machine shows some marks but I would say they were commensurate with age. It retains all original sliders, switches and knobs. They seem to function properly.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“Here is your chance to bid on Steve Hackett’s Linn drum LM-1 serial no 102 in good working order 240 vac(despite the fuse rating label) model. Were you one of the 4 non winning bidders who bid over £750 on the ‘needs servicing’ model that sold on Ebay last week for £870? If so now’s your chance to get one you won’t have to spend lots of money on.This one was used by Steve during the eighties most notably on ‘Cured’ I think, It’s been safely sitting in Storage now for some time now and we need to clear some space so it’s time for someone else to have fun with it.The only issue of note is no manual.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
1982 Linn LM-1 – SN# 446 (out of 600~)
- I have moved the tuning pots from the rear of the unit onto the front panel where the panning switches used to be. The pan switches set the sound hard left, hard right or centre so they weren’t too useful anyway.
- I have purchased matching Kilo knobs for the front tuners which should turn up in the post any day now and will be included (68 USD).
- This is one of the later Rev3 models which has extra filters on the bass etc and sound better according to Bruce Forat (Prince has Rev2 and 3 units). Also this has the better buttons which stick out and can be replaced (the final Rev3 units had buttons there were not as nice and couldnt be replaced).
- On the back there are two switches, one which changes the kick from LM-1 to LinnDrum kick and another that changes the tamb to a sharp splashy snare (these are both 32bit LinnDrum chips so you can put any singular chip from a LinnDrum in there).
- There is also a third switch that doesnt seems to do anything plus a parallel port that connects up to the front buttons and was most likely used to trigger the Linn externally.
The thing that made this unit so special is that it was the first ever programable drum machine that played digital samples of acoustic drums. Back in the early 80s drummers feared for their careers as they because popular because anyone could program their own drums now. With a price tag of $3995 – $5500 only studios could afford to own one.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.