“Vintage 1978 Roland Compurythm CR-78 rhythm / drum machine in excellent condition. There was a sticker on the bottom and there is some residue left after the sticker was removed. See the picture. All the buttons and levers are there. There are dozens of rhythms and beats and you can customize them to your liking. You can get a lot of information off Wikipedia about this machine. Serial number is 780664. Included is a Owners Manual downloaded from the web.” Link
“ROLAND WS-1 WRITING SWITCH PROGRAMMER FOR ROLAND CR-78 CompuRythm CR-78 drum machine. We are the original owners of this device, as my dad bought this in the late 70′s/early 80′s while he was still on active duty in the US Navy. He thought he would get retire from the Navy, and then open his own music studio in San Diego. He never did it though, so this VERY RARE vintage Roland professional music industry device & several other items are now being sold off by his heirs. I will be listing other rare vintage professional music industry devices here on Ebay as well. Like I stated earlier he never opened his music studio, so this Roland WS-1 programmer & the other devices he bought were never used. It’s in XLNT (brandnew) condition still, but it’s original Roland owner’s manual has been mis-placed though. ” Link
“Im selling a Roland CR-78 drum machine.
It is in very good condition and works fully, has been used in a studio since the middle of the eighties by an older man.” Link
“This one is in excellent cosmetic condition and is working 100%. As you may know, this was Roland’s first programmable rhythm machine. It will come with the hard to find WS-1 Write Switch (used to program patterns).” Link
“Everything works. Cabinet shows a bit of light wear and it’s missing one knob and a slider cap- easy and inexpensive to replace.” 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: COMES WITH CONTROLLER PROGRAMMER AND FOOTSWITCH / SERVICED” Link
“I am the second owner of this CR-78, i bought it five years ago and have used it in a studio. there are a few nicks and smudges on the vinyl covering but this thing is in really great shape. it sounds great and has been serviced 3 years ago. We have a tech at our business so if you would like anything done to this machine we can work out mods or upgrades.” Link
“I will post better pictures soon, but what we have here is TWO CR78 drum machines both with battery acid burns on the main board, this burns the circuit traces under the battery and prevents the machine from working. Let this be a lesson to change the rechargeable battery in your CR78!!!!!
One machine is totally complete and assembled with acid burns on the main board where the battery would have been (the leaky battery has since been removed) but other than that looks sharp with minor wear. The face and back are REALLY clean looking and the black tolex has minor wear. IF you have the skills to replace burnt traces and replace a few bad caps or chips (just speculating) you will have a really nice CR-78. I do not know what caps or chips are good NO attempt has been made to repair this by me. The previous owner took it to a lame organ/accordion store in the 90s for repair without success. They removed the leaky battery and handed it back to him with a shoulder shrug.
I am kind of burnt out on dealing with techs and I live really far away from anyone competent. I am not a tech or very technical but I have owned enough of these since the 80s to know this one is complete with all components and connections in place but will need work.
The other machine has a bad acid burn on the main board and is nearly complete except for the outer wood box. I had it in pieces for a while (see pictures) but now it is nearly assembled. The A/B switch is sheered off and the power chord is cut. This machine is missing a few of its knobs and slider caps (I have a few I will include but not all) and is disassembled. It is missing what appears to be one or two caps on the main board, but is more or less complete. It was obvious when I got this one it was mid repair when someone just gave up. The previous owner got it from a repair shop that went out of business abruptly.
One reason I was holding onto these machines is that CR-78 drum machines are very easy to swap parts on. If you have one in bad shape with scratches all over the face, a bent back panel (the backs bend easily when you drop these or ship them without proper packing), a missing switch, or broken or missing outer box it’s nice to have some parts around! The other reason I was holding onto these was the hope I could find someone who could repair the burns and I could have two CR-78s! I do have the second wood box for the CR-78 that is missing it in the pictures, but it has been broken down/disassembled so a local carpenter could try and recreate it. I will forward it to the winner of the auction if they want but it will have to be at a later date. The box will have to be re-assembled using wood glue etc. I also have a photocopy of the original service manual that I will include. ” Link
“Here we have my favorite drum machine. The CR-78. I sold another one from my collection in 2011 and received glowing feeback for it. I love these machines and know them inside and out. I have collected a few of these over the two decades I have been involved in music.
If you are looking to experience the sonic richness and musicality of the CR-78 it is important to get one that has been checked out and has a new proper battery. The original batteries will eventually leak after 30 years, burning circuit traces underneath them. The new replacement batteries of the same design will NOT leak and will last another few decades with no need for replacement. In order to use a different style battery you have to modify your machine and I wanted to keep mine original. The entire point of the original batteries is that they are rechargeable and charge whenever the machine is plugged in. Modding your machine to accept a non-rechargeable battery never made since to me. It’s a mod done by people because the original style batteries were not available for many years. NOT because the current proper replacement batteries have any issues. They are used by hospitals and the military.
This machine has a new proper hospital grade battery recently installed and was completely serviced before the old original battery had a chance to leak or do any damage, This is a really nice CR-78 with a few signs of wear on the original black vinyl covering. You can tell by looking at the face of the machine, the back, and the insides it has really been taken care of and always kept in a climate controlled environment.
All the knobs and sliders move smoothly. The machine has had gentle use and has recently been serviced so everything functions, looks, and feels fantastic. There is NO smoky or musty smell. It is a really nice machine. I tried to photograph it at many slightly different angles to try and highlight any flaws. The only real noticeable wear is on the case. The rest of the machine is really clean and all original. This is the first version of the CR-78 with the brown circuit boards like the Jupiter 4. I noticed that the early machines from 78/79 seem to have the brown circuit boards. Then it seems in late 79 they move to the green PCB circuit boards with traces. This is just an observation after owning so many CR-78s over the years. ” Link
” I recently acquired this ROLAND CR-78 Drum Machine at a local garage sale. The unit appears to have been sitting for several years.. it was covered with dust. It is missing tempo control knob, balance end knob and has a slightly bent shaft on the program control knob.I have not attempted to deep clean it. The controls will need to be cleaned, the volume control is dirty so when it is attenuated the signal is a little bit crackley. The unit powers up and seems to work as advertised as a drum machine. I have not attempt to test any of the inputs on the back.. just the low/hi outputs which function. I have not tested nor do I know how to test the programming controls. (as I am novice to this machine). The other controls seem to work as advertised such as start/stop, volume, balance, add voice but at the very least would need to be cleaned and or may have issues that are not evident to me. I am offering this unit as/is.. What you see is what you get. The cosmetics are not perfect but not bad, no major dings, dents or scratches. The vinyl covering is coming a little bit loose on one corner, the other corner has a very minor ding. I am all but certain you will want to service this drum machine. It may need repairs.. I am basically offering it to you the buyer as found… I have not done anything short of dusting this unit off. It looks to be a great candidate for a restoration. There are no guarantees or implied warranties. This is completely as/is as found. I don’t want there to be any confusion on this… The unit powers up, and makes drums sounds I will guarantee this much.” Link
The old rechargeable Ni-cad battery (that has the potential to leak as it ages) has been replaced with a new non-rechargeable Lithium Ion battery that will not ever leak, it will simply stop storing patterns when it dies. There is no evidence of past leakage on the board, it was perfectly clean inside. The old RAM has been replaced by NOS RAM chips and socketed for easier future replacement.
Cosmetically it is in super excellent condition, what most people would describe as mint. If you get in really close, though, you can see hairline cracks on a few of the rubber/plastic slider tips and a very small dimple in the tolex on the lower front lip of the case.
Most importantly, it functions perfectly. All knobs, sliders and switches turn and engage smoothly with no issue, it really feels like it just came off the factory floor. This is the CR-78 only with attached original power cable, no footswitches are included for programming but you can really use any off the shelf footswitch (or analog trigger source, like a modular synth or sequencer) to program it, nothing special is needed. I was using a Korg SQ-1 gate output to program it, I just hooked the CR-78 trigger output up to the SQ-1 sync input and the SQ-1 Gate output to the CR-78 Write input. It worked very well!” Link
“Up for sale is a (1) vintage Roland CR-78 CompuRhythm machine. This one is in near mint condition (see photo’s) and in perfect working order. Great analog drum sounds for in your studio! It’s a 220V version and the serial number is: 925172.” Link
“Metal beat! The Roland CR-78, is it the best drum machine of all time? It is definitely a distinctive and revered instrument, notably providing the backing for countless electronic innovators. This one is very clean, with very good looking tolex for its age, only a little scratch on the logo on the panel, and a little oxidation on the jacks. This machine is fully functional and sounds tremendous. This classic rhythm box includes the Future Retro Swynx (with TRS to stereo TS cable), a Midi/Din Sync converter box which also adds time divisions, swing, and write switch capability for user programming. ” Link
” Roland CR-78 For Sale. Other than missing 4 white plastic lever covers, this machine works perfectly.” Link
“Here we have a very nice CR-78. This one was recently serviced and recapped, also got a fresh new backup battery. Famous drum box as used on “Vienna” by Ultravox, “Heart of Glass” by Blondie, “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins and many others!
Very good condition, only few signs of age. Ready to play…♫♫
Please have a look at the pictures and see for yourself. Please check my 100% positive, music/synth/studio related feedback. I’m a serious and professional seller AND packer. ” Link
Everything seems to work fine except the programmer section. The track one and four lights come on and off, no patterns play from it, this section needs repair.
So it being sold as is, but not doa.” Link
The unit appears to be working fine to the best of my knowledge, all the rhythm patterns play fine with the buttons and switches appear working. I was able to program some simple patterns using a generic footswitch too. Maybe a slight scratch noise on the sliders, which could do with some adjustment/servicing.
Cosmetically its in reasonable condition for its age as you can see. There is a bit rust on the faceplate with some wear marks here and there as pictured, but nothing too major I suppose. All the parts seem to be there in place. I’m including plenty of pictures so you can see exactly how it looks.” Link
“Hallo, Sie bieten auf einen defekten CompuRythm CR-78 ist runtergefallen danach ging nichts mehr- geht nicht mehr an. Vielleicht kann man es wieder Reparieren- keine Ahnung deshalb defekt. Kein Umtausch.” Link
“Nice example of this classic beat box in good condition and perfect working order. Just had a full service with James Walker at Synth Repair Services – PAT-tested for electrical safety. Modified with a tempo fine-tune control and handy carry handle. Great history – belonged to John Hudson/Mayfair Studios and used on classic recordings including the Visage album” Link
“This thing is killer! Unfortunately, life happens and I need to part with some gear. A little rough cosmetically, some wear and tape residue. I’m sure if you’re so inclined you could clean it up pretty nicely. Other than that she’s good to go, I’m sure you know what this thing is capable of if you’re looking! ” Link
Original 220-240 Volt machine. Manual included!
This particular one is fully serviced and in perfect working order.
Super clean inside and out, no leaky battery or any past battery acid damage inside on the circuit board(a common problem with these).
All the analogue sounds and voices work perfectly, even the programming section works properly…it’s nearly always broken on these usually due to the ram needing replacement. No scratchy sliders, bad buttons or anything else.
This particular one also benefits from having a Roland Din-Sync connection on the back. Very useful!
Physically in superb condition, with only a few minor marks on the wooden case.
A truly amazing and iconic sounding drum machine that’s been used on many hit records over the years!” Link
No missing sliders/caps – all original
The re-chargeable battery has been replaced a year ago
Used in non-smoking studio only
As used on countless hit records like:
Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight
Blondie – Heart Of Glass + Atomic
OMD – Enola Gay
Ultravox – Vienna …
I’ll also throw in a self made MIDI Clock to clock pulses interface so you can sync it to your sequencer
Please note that i’m unable to supply additional information about that interface other than that it worked fine for me” Link
“Offered is a lovely CR78. A unique sounding analog drum machine. Works great, sounds really nice, a refreshing palette of tones from the other classic roland beatboxes. Come with a roland footswitch with the correct polarity to allow programming of sounds realtime onto 4 tracks along with the built in patterns.” Link
In working order.
Vintage sought after model,looks all complete,all the knobs and switches intact.
Case in good condition,but some dust and stains from storage.
Been in storage,in a dry cool place.
I plugged this machine into the mains and an amp,the beats are working fine,the switchs change the beats and tempo etc.
I don’t know how to use the “programme” part,but I assume that part works.
From a house clearance of all old hi-fi and music gear.
I don’t know a great deal about these,but the beats worked fine,different beats cha,rock etc all worked when connected to an amp.” Link
“Unit works perfectly as tested with adapter (didn’t test batteries). Please see photos for cosmetic condition details” Link
“Roland CR-78 CompuRhythm. MINT! This is a rare opportunity to buy a nearly perfect vintage Icon. I am the original owner of this Roland and bought it new. This is the later version with black textured vinyl (and not the hokey wood grain the early units had). It was used exclusively in my home Midi studio I had at the time, and was never used professionally or subjected to cigarette smoke or temperature variations. It has been stored for the past 12 years or so. As such, it is without a doubt the cleanest, most original example you will ever find (see pics). Even the original NiCd battery is intact and still working, again shown in the pics. I would replace it, as they tend to leak over time. But I did not want to change anything about the original condition it is in…that is for the next lucky owner to decide.” Link
“For Auction is a CR-78 Analog Drum machine / Rhythm box, Black casing, all buttons & switch caps present, excellent condition machine of 36 years, from 1978. Before I get to general descriptions I will highlight what is different about this machine. The internal battery has been replaced and there was no leakage from the old one when this occurred, the machine is in great shape inside and out. The programming section works perfectly and is expanded by the modification. There is a switch added on the back by the Write Input Jack. When in normal position, the stock CR-78 write input works, you can use a WS-1 programmer, a foot pedal for non quantized input, or the new CHD CR78-PGM programmer which includes midi fuctionality. http://www.chd-el.cz/index.php?id=435 The reason for the switch it that you can’t just patch a trigger or gate into the write input as it stands, and I wanted to program it from TR-808s, 606s, MPC’s etc. So the switch engaged will make the CR-78 accept the triggers from a drum machine or gates from a midi to CV interface” Link
“.Everything seems to be working except the Programmer lights do not go on.It may need a new Battery or was never programed but as you can see from the pictures there is no leakage or damage.” Link
“I bought the CR-78 from a dealer in Brighton a couple of months back. This was used on a few of our new tracks and was purchased just for the project. We found two small faults: the toggle switch for A+B is missing but functions correctly however it can be easily fixed if you have an end to a spare switch to screw in. We used a small pencil to move the switch up and down easily. I was advised by Synth Centre in London that the fill-in button does not activate. There is a small spring inside the switch that has come free/lose. I cannot open it up myself, Synth Centre will charge for the time to open it up (approx. £66) so I’d suggest you do some DIY to resolve it. To be honest we’ve never used the switch in recording and is a bit of a useless feature as you can tweak on the fly using the faders. If you know this unit then you’ll know what I mean. No knobs or caps missing. There are some small marks to the unit nothing major (see photos) Everything else has been tested and all functioning correctly. This truly is an iconic piece and sad to see it go but needs must. ” Link
“I have a really special place in my heart for this beauty, but it’s not getting any use so I need to pass this on. Up for sale is a 100% fully functional Roland CR-78. I bought it from Germany from a guy who’s grandfather passed away. It is in very very nice cosmetic condition!
All the sliders, buttons, and dials work like it just came out of the factory. There are very few minor blemishes on the CR-78. The front faceplate looks almost perfect. There is a small crack in the rubber on one of the sliders (barely noticeable). This is the wooden version (not Tolex). I took the wooden case off and carefully painted the wood matte black. The paint job looks great, and could easily be restored back to the way it was if you prefer the wood look.
When I first got this I had the battery replaced from a professional. The old battery was dead and fortunately did not leak at all. The programmer works perfect, and lucky for you Future Retro just made a sweet piece of gear called “Swynx” for $180 USD that you can use to program your own patterns on the CR-78….” Link
GOOD COSMETIC CONDITION AND FULLY WORKING OFCOURSE…
NO TRACK DAMAGE FROM LEAKING BATTERIES LIKE MANY SUFFER FROM !
240V UK POWER !
WONDERFUL PERCUSSION SOUNDS THAT ARE SO USEABLE ! THERE ISN’T A BAD SOUND IN THIS !” Link
“Excellent physical and functional condition. I’ve had this for several years and have had no problems whatsoever. The rear of the machine does have noticeable wear, but this seems typical. There are also some minor blemishes from normal use.
This CR-78 is in great shape and would make an excellent addition to your studio or collection.” Link
“This auction is for a Roland CR-78 vintage analog drum machine in good cosmetic and fully working condition. There are some minor blemishes from normal use. (Please see the pictures for details.) Also note that this is a 220V unit, but it’s being sold with a step-up transformer for use in the US.
The drums sound clear and loud, the buttons are all immediately responsive, and the indicator lights are working great as well. The switches, sliders and knobs are all in good shape, and even the custom pattern memory is still operational. All front panel functions have been tested and everything checks out.
The rear panel inputs and outputs are also working fine and although I don’t have the TS-1 pedal for writing the custom patterns, it is possible to use the Write jack with a momentary footswitch, such as a sustain pedal. (There are YouTube videos available that show how to make your own patterns this way.) In practice, it’s somewhat difficult because your timing has to be very accurate as there is little or no quantization.
The power cord has been replaced because it used an Australian power plug that was having trouble maintaining ground contact with the step-up transformer. (The ground is essential for keeping hum out of the audio.) Now the cable uses a normal US IEC power plug, however it still needs to be plugged into the step-up transformer for 220V operation.
This CR-78 is still in great shape and would make an excellent addition to your classic drum machine collection.” Link
Die Geräte sind gebraucht und teilweise längere Zeit nicht benutzt. Aufgrund der Menge der Geräte kann deren Funktion nicht im einzelnen geprüft werden. Daher Verkauf ohne Gewährleistung.” Link
ROLAND COMPU RYTHM CR 78
(nur normale Gebrauchsspuren und
der Rythm AB-Schalter unten rechts fehlt (Metallstift),
der Schalter selbst läßt sich aber hin- und her bewegen)
technisch einwandfrei ” Link