“Here we have a true synth-oddity: an EMS Polysynthi.
Not noted for its richness of timbral expression, but certainly one of the weirdest and rarest synths around, and this particular Polysynthi is one of the most collectable too, as it has a rather interesting history behind it.
I’ll start with the history lesson first – I’m selling this Polysynthi on behalf of it’s owner, Mike Hall, who used to be synth technician for the previous owner of this eccentric electrical item, a certain Mr. Vincent Clarke of Basildon – former founder member of Depeche Mode, and Yazoo, and currently with Erasure.
Mike bought the synth on behalf of Vince in 1990 from the latter day Mr EMS himself Robin Wood (a scan of the letter from Robin confirming which is included in the photos in this listing) but he literally ended up rescuing it from Vince’s rubbish skip, after having been both surprised and shocked to hear Vince claim it was ‘the worst sounding synth ever made’ and had decided to get rid of it. Mike was to be its saviour, and he whisked it away to the safety of his abode – this Polysynthi has subsequently been used by fellow Mute Records artists Komputer (previously known as I Start Counting) who’ve borrowed it from Mike occasionally, as indeed have I for my own musical exploits.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“Designers: Peter and Rose Zinovieff, (Delay by David Cockerell)
* Four Octave keyboard with Aftertouch.
* Four Octave Oscillator Bank.
* Noise and External input with envelope follower.
* 2 x VC LFO.
* 2 x VC ADSR.
* 2 pole/4 pole VCF.
* VC Analogue Delay(This was the original design for what is now the ElectroHarmonix Memory Man)
Less than 30 built.
This is a very special, obviously rare synthesizer. It is in excellent condition. I purchased this from Sonic Boom of Spacemen3 and Spectrum(I can provide proof/put you in touch to confirm this if it means anything to you). I had it serviced by a very well known EMS tech in August 2007. There is no serial number on this unit but Sonic was told that it was #1 when he bought it back in the mid 90′s. Cosmetically, the biggest issue is that the plastic frames around some of the switches are gone. I never spent any time looking for these but I imagine that they are difficult/impossible to find. There are small tears in the tolex covering. All switches and pots are working 100%. The only thing worth mentioning is that during the shipment of this from the UK to San Francisco, the C key got pushed in about 2 millimeters and will rub against the C# key when pushed all of the way down. I’m sure that it would be a simple fix for anyone, but it never bothered me.
Questions are welcome. I can post/send more photos upon request to any interested buyer.
Shipping this synth will be very expensive(it is very large) and due to its rarity, I will only have it professionally packed. If the buyer is on the west coast of the US, I would offer to drive/personally deliver it within a reasonable distance. To get an idea of how much it will cost, I provided some info in the shipping details(below), based on an estimate of the size of the box with packaging.
Payment must be made through payPal within three days of the end of the auction. Then, once it is shipped, I will send the buyer a receipt for the packing/shipping charges, and a second payment will be made.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.