“Up for sale is my PPG Wave 2.3 synthesizer. I bought this within the last year with the intention of repairing it but will be moving to California due to a job opportunity and am consequently selling. The synth isn’t in great shape but is still very cool with the possibility of one day getting it running again. There are a few keys missing from the key bed and a few knobs and push buttons missing from the front panel. The power supply has been removed. The boards are otherwise all there and are pictured. However, it appears that a few chips have been removed from the boards as can be seen in the pictures. Please refer to the pictures for what is and what isn’t included in the synth. ” Link
Comes with a clean and seldom used flight case (also in excellent condition) and extra back-light panel (!) (This unit is still using the original backlight!) Also included is the original manual and a CD containing just about every PPG technical document ever published, along with an updated manual PDF, SYSEX libraries, schematics, etc.
Note that I have restored all the original patches using the original SYSEX file. This is as close to a brand new unit as you’ll find.
The unit is fully 100% functional and has been upgraded to the latest v.8.3 OS chips from Virtual Music.
The unit has a few minor blemishes and has a slight “bend” to the left corner, but otherwise is in excellent condition. You would be hard pressed to find one in such great shape or working condition.
As this instrument has the original (non) velocity and slightly “sticky” keyboard, using the MIDI IN will achieve midi velocity (!!!) as this unit contains the latest OS chip, plus SYSEX support, among other improvements.
Little known fact about the Wave 2.3 is that you can easily switch into 2.2 mode for a whole new set of patches. The Wave 2.3 is also multi-timbral with 8 individual outs. It sounds AWESOME and is a joy to use, I will miss it. ” Link
“Classic analog poly synth in good condition – check out the high quality photos I uploaded. Keyboard was re-bushed 2 years ago by a friend of mine, but he did not level out the keys. It is still very playable. Missing a few knob caps which can be purchased from Virtual Music in Vienna.
Due to how the voice boards are affixed inside the synth, I will ship this via motor freight strapped to a pallet (in a box, of course) within the contiguous US and Canada (email your postal code for freight quote). Overseas bidders will need to email me their complete address for LCL freight quote. I’ve been shipping gear worldwide since the early 90s and never had anything damaged.” Link
“Classic analog poly synth in good condition – check out the high quality photos I uploaded. Keyboard was re-bushed 2 years ago by a friend of mine, but he did not level out the keys. It is still very playable. Missing a few knob caps which can be purchased from Virtual Music in Vienna.” Link
Now is your chance and it may be your one and only chance!
The EVU is basically a PPG 2.2 with the 2.3 voice boards in a rack format. You have all of that glorious PPG sound, lose the bulk and mushy keyboard, and gain pan and level controls for all 8 voices.
This EVU has been well cared for, has the Virtual Music 8.3 OS upgrade, which gives it a much more responsive MIDI capability along with a host of additional features. If you’re not familiar with the OS update, check out a summary here.
The EVU has a switch for 115/230 so it can be used easily in most countries by simply flipping the switch. A compact rack format with all the controls on the front gives you a lot of creative control. You can use the stereo outs, individual voice outs, or a mix and pan the voices around the stereo field as needed.
These units in any condition are rare, and to find one with MIDI and the updated OS is ultra rare. Don’t sleep on this opportunity.” Link
Power supply caps / regulators
Card connectors replaced with gold plated (clears up a lot of potential issues with ppgs)
Virtual music O/S 8.3 chips installed
etc etc. I’m sure there’s actually more – if you really want the details, ill dig out the paperwork.
Part of these works have been done here (beast uk) and part have been done by James (synth repair services) – James is more familiar with the Wave than I know I’ll ever be! : ) ” Link
“A lovely piece of history in ridiculously good condition for a keyboard that has toured the world. (see flightcase pics) that has not been used for quite some time so it’s sadly time to part company.
Was serviced prior to last use by Andy Thomas, the original UK importer of PPG equipment and was in fine voice, but as it has been off power for so long it will need you to sit down, get to know her and get her singing again – in my opinion the true joy of vintage kit!
This one is completely original, we chose not to upgrade her as we wanted to keep her true, but upgrades are really simple should you so wish, and there is an enthusiastic community globally for what is a really unique keyboard.” Link
“ppg wave 2.3 with midi scrates to top of unit where other gear has been stacked but never bothered me realy. as its such a rare synth nowdays and they will only continue to go up in value. just been fully serviced in august and used twice since then just don’t have time to play these days so reluctantly selling to a new home. recapt power supply new keyboard busses original sounds and cleaned switches and pots throughout. plays great and those endless wavetables makes this such a great synth full midi 240v power v6 os swichable 2.2 to 2.3 so the best of both keyboards” Link
“ppg 2.2 wave with factory fitted kenton midi retro fit .” Link
“Actually, I don’t even know if it’s working or not because you need a full system with a PPG Wave 2.2 or 2.3 to use it and I don’t have one so I am selling this more as a collectible vintage museum piece (which is how/why I bought it). Don’t expect it to even work. Just look at it in your studio. It’s amazing.” Link
“PPG Wave 2.3 in very good condition. Some wear and scratches on the black portions and the blue control surface is almost perfect. Blue LEDs have replaced the 3 original red ones (this is easy enough to restore, if you wish). LCD works except, the backlight recently went out. Everything else functions and plays perfectly!” Link
This synth was serviced this month (April) by Ed Miller here in Hollywood. It is now in great working condition, no problems or issues. This is quite rare I guess, they only made a few thousand of these over thirty years ago.
This belonged to a friend of mine who passed away. I believe he had owned it for about 20 years. It needed to be cleaned and otherwise tuned up, because I don’t think he had played it much in the past decade. Now it works just fine. It was not carried around to gigs, so it was not moved much.. and does not have a case. I do not know who originally purchased it in the 80s. It does have a light odor of cigarettes, that continues to fade.
This has been tested by a friend of mine both before and after the tune up, and now it has no problems. I’ve tried to take pictures to show the condition and inputs. Let me know if there is something specific I’ve missed. If you have technical questions, I can probably get an answer for you.
If you buy one of these, you need to turn it on every couple weeks. They have a battery inside, like an old 90s computer, that holds the software that makes it operate. If the battery runs down, the software has to be reloaded by a specialist.” Link
“The unit for sale is in very good shape with only very little wear. This PPG 2.3 is the best we had seen so far it looks and plays like almost new.You probably won’t find a better one than this 2.3.This 2.3 is a rare late revision with much better keyboard, different blue finish and with original PPG power-supply switchable from 110V-220V (!)Due to the complexity of this instrument we have decided to get it serviced by the worldwide leading expert in PPG.Virtual Music ; Mr. Alexander Guelfenburg fully checked and serviced this PPG 2.3″ Link
This synth was serviced in October 2013 by Ed Miller here in Hollywood. It is now in great working condition, no problems or issues. This is quite rare I guess, they only made a few thousand of these over thirty years ago.
This belonged to a friend of mine who passed away. I believe he had owned it for about 20 years. It needed to be cleaned and otherwise tuned up, because I don’t think he had played it much in the past decade. Now it works just fine. It was not carried around to gigs, so it was not moved much.. and does not have a case. I do not know who originally purchased it in the 80s. It does have a light odor of cigarettes, that continues to fase.
This has been tested by a friend of mine both before and after the tune up, and now it has no problems. I’ve tried to take pictures to show the condition and inputs. Let me know if there is something specific I’ve missed. If you have technical questions, I can probably get an answer for you.” Link
Designed to work with the PPG wave 2.2
Fully refurbished by James Walker of synth repair services, unit is sold as fully working.
Sale includes cable and os disks, this is a PPG waveterm A but it has the 5 1/4″ disks that the waveterm B uses.” Link
PPG Sonic Carrier 1003
Sehr , sehr selten , da nur ca. 10 Stück davon gebaut wurden
Eine einmalige Gelegenheit , so ein ultra seltenen Synthi zu bekommen
Soweit ich weiss hatten 1977 Tangerine Dream einen .
Ich habe zwei davon , nun soll dieser hier abgebildete nun verkauft werden .
Optisch ist er sehr schön !
Er funktioniert wieder einwandfrei , habe ihn repariert und teilweise überholt (neue Elkos und diverse Cips. )
Da alles auf 70er Jahre Technik (TTL + Opams usw. ) basiert , auch noch in 20 Jahren im Reparaturfall sicher noch sehr einfach zu reparieren .
Mir fehlt die Zeit und Lust dazu
Keine Garantie , da 1978 abgelaufen sowie Privatverkauf aus Sammlung
Bei Zahlung mit Paypal , versende ich den 1003 erst , wenn das Geld wertmässig auf meinem Bankkonto eingegangen ist .Dieser Zusatz ist aus Sicherheitsgründen zwingend erforderlich” Link
“PPG Wave 2.3 Perfectly Working Condition. Version 8.3 ROMs are installed. Comes with hard case, cable, version 8.3 manual and version 6.0 ROMs. A very rare vintage synthesizer, especially in this condition. Beautiful and warm sound.
Professionally serviced a few years ago. VCFs were adjusted and the stability issue was fixed. There are scratches and nicks but overall in excellent condition. The keyboard doesn’t have any sticky keys (This maybe a later version of keyboard).” Link
Mit dem neustem Bestriebssystem V8.3!
Tolle Features wie z. B. der Sound/Datentausch zwischen dem Waldorf PPG Software Synthesizer und dem PPG WAVE. SYSEX Daten via MIDI.
Der WAVE 2.2 v8.3 kann mit Hilfe der virtuellen Waveterm Software (HINWEIS: Nicht Bestandteil dieser Auktion!) Samples und neue Wavetables abspielen! Diese SOFTWARE ist nicht Bestandteil dieser Auktion!. Quelle aus Internetrecherche.” Link
This is a Waveterm A in the Waveterm B enclosure.
This is as per the factory upgrade to the 5 1/4 disc drives.
Serial number WT0200
Waveterm come with Data Cable.
Supplied with small Library from 1984 (the year not the film)
Unit is 110V and 220V selectable.
So far most of the systems are working however there seems to be a problem with the sample play back. We suspect that the operating systems disc may be corrupted.
At present the Waveterm is being tested by one of the top UK Synth techs and I will provide more info as it comes in.” Link
Gerät wird mit Original Systemdiskette geliefert , optischer Zustand , siehe Bild .
Gerät ist komplett , es fehlt nichts , ausser der kleinen Seitenwange ,rechts an der Tastatur (aus Alu )
Ich habe nicht viel Zeit im Moment um mich drum zu kümmern ………wenn’s nicht verkauft wird , werde ich es wohl irgendwann mal selbst reparieren
In einer anderen Auktion , biete ich passend dazu auch noch eine Library an
Leider keine Garantie oder Rücknahe , da Privatverkauf als reines Bastlerobjekt oder als Ersatzteilträger !” Link
“For auction is my PPG (Palm Products GmbH) Wave 2.3, circa 1984. The unit is in good operational and physical shape (see photos) with some scratches commensurate with its age. It has been carefully stored for around 20 years in a climate-controlled studio, and has been maintained over the years by John “JL” Leimseider of Cantos/National Music Centre, Kevin Lightner, and within the last month by Ed Miller of Synthesizer Repair Service. The software was updated in the mid-1990s to support MIDI sysex and other enhancements. It comes with the original factory manual, power cable, and both foam and aluminium card spacers.” Link
” WOW!!! NO RESERVE!!! This unit has been tested and looks and sounds MINT!!! No manual, power cord included. PRICED TO SELL!!!” Link
” Here we have my PPG Wave 2.3 Keyboard/Synth in heavy duty flight case. Wave 2.3 (1984-1987) – 16 oscillators (two per voice), 12-bit resolution, dual modulation wheels, SSM 2044 VCFs, 8-part multimbrality.
The PPG Wave could be connected to multiple peripheral PPG components simultaneously, such as a ‘smart’ keyboard controller (PRK), 8-voice expansion units (EVU), and a sampling/editing/sequencing wave computer (Waveterm). Collectively, this setup was referred to as the “PPG Wave System”, which was intended to compete with the Fairlight CMI.
Powers up however, UNTESTED ITEM. It may need software loading on a floppy disc. I am selling on behalf of a friend and have no idea on answering any technical questions.” Link
“Straight out storage is a 1980s PPG Wave 2.3 analog Synth. I have plugged it in and I get sounds then there is none. I have opened the top and found a burn on the small curcuit board along side the transformer pic 12. Other than that it looks like it has never been tampered with and will need to be gone through by a qualified tech. The pictures tell the story ” Link
This is a 1980s PPG WAVETERN scope or screen that shows wave patterns of the Wave 2.3 Synthesizer I think. It is straight out of a storage unit and I plugged it in and nothing so its either broken or I dont know what Im doing as I am not a keyboard player or do I know anything about this item. I just find them. Comes with the power cord and the patch cord. ” Link
“This is a 1980s PPG EVU EXPANSION VOICE UNIT part of the Wave 2.3 Synthesizer that is in my other auctions. It is straight out of a storage unit and I plugged it in and nothing so its either broken or I dont know what Im doing as I am not a keyboard player or do I know anything about this item. I just find them. Comes with the power cord. ” Link
This is the “brains” of a PPG Wave 2.3: Classic vintage 8 voice wavetable synth; digital oscillators for complex waveforms; warmed up with rich analog filters [8x Curtis SSM 2044 VCF chips], designed by Wolfgang Palm, used by famously by David Bowie, The Fixx, Trevor Horn, Jean Michel Jarre, Art of Noise, Rush, Depeche Mode, Gary Numan, Robert Palmer, Psychadelic Furs, Talk Talk, The Cars, Ultravox, Steve Winwood, Rush, Stevie Nicks, Thomas Dolby, Pet Shop Boys, Mike and the Mechanics, and Stevie Wonder.
However the buyer should know:
This unit predates MIDI [was built between 1982-1984] and will require a technician to complete the build we started for the MIDI to EVU converter, as planned here: http://www.hermannseib.com/english/synths/ppg/midiretro.htm
All of the parts, veroboard circuit, and new OS ROMs are included.
The unit will work directly a PPG Wave via an active PPG Bus, but DOES NOT work with MIDI until you or a technician complete the included veroboard circuit.
Sale includes the following:
(1) PPG EVU Expansion Voice Unit: 4u rack module with 8 independent outs, volume & pan controls; PPG Bus I/O, Tape SYNC I/O and Pedal input
(1) Current Virtual Music 8.3 PPG OS ROMs mounted on veroboard circuit & processor board €80.00 Value — Allows PPG to respond to SYSEX control for remote editing of sounds
(1) Old PPG 3.0 ROMs
THIS ITEM IS 30 YEARS OLD, WELL MAINTAINED OVER TIME, BUT IS SOLD *AS IS* AND SELLER WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY RETURNS ON ITEM.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
Aus Studioauflösung verkaufe ich ein PPG-System. Es ist das klassische System bestehend aus PPG Wave 2.3 Synthesizer (ein aufgerüsteter 2.2, komplett bei PPG upgedated mit MIDI und beleuchtetem Display) und Waveterm B.
Beide Geräte funktionieren sehr gut, der Waveterm besitzt eine fast neue Röhre, leuchtet hell und klar. Die Laufwerke sind in Ordnung.
Die komplette Library und alle Kabel sind natürlich dabei. ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
This is a project that I have not yet had the opportunity to get around to. My loss could be someone’s great gain as I dont believe it would take much to get the Beast from Germany roaring like a Lion again!!!!!!!!!!
Should be worth $5000 to $6000 US in working condition.
My guess, maybe $200 to $400 to repair
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Needs a tube monitor which are available new for about $65 US.
Does it power up? Powered the unit up today and the disk drive light comes on.
What does the display show when it powers up? disk drive light
The front and backpanel is bent, has it the Waveterm been dropped? Not sure as I purchase as a spare some years ago, Im sure the can be straighten out.
The RESTART button is missing, why? Purchased as is, should be able to buy one from a PPG resource or electronics store.
The front panel handles are missing, why is that? I just found them in my storage so the front panel handles are INCLUDED.
Is the flight case included? No, I have shipped a fairlight to Japan this way with no issues
Did you install the fan on the backside and if so, why? That’s how the unit came.
I do believe all the cards are there
The unit did come with communication cable does not come with the unit but I’m sure you can have one made or buy one for little money.
I can make a copy of some boot disks that I have from another waveterm B” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“Adding the rackmount Waveterm computer terminal to the PPG system provides even more control and more features, sampling being the main one. The original Waveterm A provided 8-bit sampling, while the ‘improved’ Waveterm B offered the dizzy heights of 12-bit sampling. The maximum sampling time, however, is extremely short — three seconds at a pretty grungy sample rate! But the 24dB filters can treat the samples, so that even though the original samples might be crap, you can do a hell of a lot with them.
Sadly, the Waveterm has no user-friendly WIMP environment. The entire user interface consists of an 80-column text display with two rows of buttons beneath the monitor screen. These act as 10 programmable soft keys, and the display prompts you as to their functions at any particular time. To the right of the case are the two vertically-mounted 5.25-inch floppy disk drives.
Below the disk drives are two knobs: the left one looks after the screen brightness, while the other sets the input level. Audio input is via a 3-pin XLR socket, with a switch to change impedance from mic to line level and a little red LED indicating input overload. A small button marked ‘Restart’ lets you reset the computer whenever it decides to do something on its own — ie. crash!
The rear of the Waveterm features three connectors: the ‘communications buss’ connects the Waveterm to the Wave, while two smaller connectors handle a printer and a QWERTY keyboard.
On power-up, the Waveterm checks its communication buss to see what is connected to the system. The disk drives are of the dedicated variety — the left drive must contain the system disk and the right drive the data disk. If you put the wrong disk in the left drive, pressing the Restart key with the correct disk in the drive is the only way to recover! Once the master disk has booted, you’re presented with the communication management screen, or Page 0, as it is also known.
From Page 0 you can load up the eight voices with samples or wave compound files (wavetables). Unfortunately, this is one of the places where the names have been changed to confuse the innocent. The Waveterm refers to the memory locations where these files are stored as memory banks 0 to 7 (1 to 8 in computer jargon). Just to confuse you, these are completely different from Banks A and B in the Wave!
The rightmost function key is misleadingly labelled ‘Help’. To call up the help files for each function key, you have to press the Help key twice in succession. The first time you press Help you are actually taken to the File menu. From here you can copy; make a new disk; merge samples together; get, store, delete and list files. This is where the Waveterm is really grim. The only way to recall and save files is by entering a combination of highly descriptive digits like ‘T023′, ‘T201′, ‘T803′ etc. Thankfully, the PPG library disks have a whole 80 columns of characters to describe them (OK, 75 if you remove the filename).
Pressing the Page function key followed by a single digit takes you to the selected page (screen), where you can carry out various functions. Waveterm pages are provided for computing waves, creating wavetables, inputting transient sounds (sampling), editing events (sequencing), and so on.
This Unit comes with Boot Disks but I believe require some maintence to get it running. Anyone that has some technical savy should be able to bring this Dream Synth back to life. That being said this unit is being sold as is.” Link
“This hard to find keyboard has been in a smoke free studio for years in an airtight case. It was recently serviced in Staten Island by Almarc Engineering. The PPG is being sold AS IS. Everything mechanically is in working order and it starts up. It needs work done on the digital side. All parts work just cleaned and serviced. Keys will have to be straightened but they are all working. You can hear the Oscillators working when correct code is punched in. ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
” This listing is for a new PPG Wave 2.3 keyboard assembly. The connector pins that connects it to the main board were slightly damaged in storage but everything else is good to go (it would be a simple fix or replacement using the connector from your current keyboard.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
” This classic PPG 2.3 is in good condition for its age and is working perfectly. Comes with genuine owners manual. ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
” The classic PPG 2.3 in good condition for it’s age and working perfectly. Comes with genuine owners manual.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
Item has been professionally serviced by specialist:
Keybushings have been replaced with a full new set.
Keycontacts haven been cleaned, keys cleaned ad straightened.
All potmeters haven been open cleaned and properly lubed.
Lithium backup battery has been installed and factory presets loaded.
This PPG has MIDI retrofit (EES)
Machine sounds very authentic, raw 8bit waves with analog CEM filter…..
As far as PPG products is concerned, it does not get any better than this!
Comes with copied manual and copy of factory sounds on cassette.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.