” I found this guy at a music shop back in California in the late 90s and really liked the sounds, but once I stopped working with music it just went into storage and it’s been sitting there for the last decade. It seemed a shame for something like this to sit on a shelf for the rest of its life so I thought I should give someone out there a chance to properly use it.
I pulled it out last week and gave it a basic cleaning and it sounds great for the most part but there are 4 keys that need some work (I hear electrical activity in the headphones but no actual synth sounds). I don’t know if it’s something simple like a more thorough cleaning or if it requires actual repair.
This 61 key synth is notable for being the first appearance of Roland’s “Ensemble” effect and has a split keyboard with separate voicing for Bass and Treble sides.
It was built inside its case so the lid opens and is removable, but the bottom half is always there.
The synth is boxed up and ready to ship and is safely wrapped in large bubble wrap with kaizen foam on each end to protect the sides. For the box itself I took a 48x16x16 box and cut it down so it would fit this synth exactly. I spent an hour or two packing it so I’m fully confident that this synth will be safe during shipping.
Electrical or Functional Flaws:
4 keys (noted in the second picture: C, D#, A#, and E), make a slight electrical sound through headphones but don’t play the organ’s sounds. I don’t know if they just need to be cleaned or if there’s a hardware issue that needs to be addressed. It’s an extremely simple synth so repairs should be pretty manageable.” Link
“Roland Rs 101 Strings synth, vintage 70′s. Powers up and about half the keys work, some better than others, some make little or no sound. About half work fine and the other functions of unit seem to be ok , case is in good condition. I don’t know a lot about this, it was left to me, I am a guitar player.” Link
” Vintage Roland RS-101 Strings Full Polyphonic Keyboard (61 keys) (Made in Japan). All keys are working. All sliders working. All toggle tab switches are working. Could use professional servicing of keyboard contacts. Build HUGE clusters of sound with full polyphony! Sounds great through a wah pedal or active filter processing.” Link
“A VINTAGE ROLAND STRINGS RS-101 SYNTHESISER
NO IDEA IF THIS WORKS – THIS IS BEING SOLD FOR SPARES OR REPAIR
QUITE A BIT OF WEAR TO THE EXTERIOR.
APOLOGIES FOR SUCH A BASIC DESCRIPTION I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT OLD SYNTHESISERS
I LIST ALL ITEMS FOR FRIENDS WHO HAS A HOUSE CLEARANCE COMPANY AND THEY WANT THIS ITEM TO RUN ITS COURSE SO – NO – BUY IT NOW PRICE.
THIS WAS PART OF A RECENT HOUSE CLEARANCE CONTENTS AND IS UNTESTED” Link
“Hi there! You are bidding on a vintage Roland RS-101 analog synthesizer in good cosmetic and perfect working condition. This unit was just gone through by a master technician, and it sounds and functions like a dream. This early Roland keyboard has got to be one of the best vintage analog synth values out there – keyboardists and collectors have yet to drive the price up too dramatically, so here’s your chance to pick this beauty up for a great price with this No Reserve auction.” Link
“Hi there! You are bidding on a vintage Roland RS-101 analog synthesizer in good cosmetic and perfect working condition. This unit was just gone through by a master technician, and it sounds and functions like a dream. This early Roland keyboard has got to be one of the best vintage analog synth values out there – keyboardists and collectors have yet to drive the price up too dramatically, so here’s your chance to pick this beauty up for a great price with this No Reserve auction. ” Link
“here are two vintage string synths that are rather hard to come by
both synths are not currently working the 101 was suffering power problems but this is from faulty connections the transformers have been tested and are working the rs-101 is in a well used state but has worked ok for me in the past until the connection problem.
the rs 202 was given to me as a thank-you for an 18th i arranged after noticing it in a corner apparently they were going to tip it and so i more than happily took it off their hands it had only one problem a dead note which i just avoided when using until i was told it was a simple fix and so both synths were taken to be looked at by a friend of the family who was a former electrician. however after a first look they were left in pieces and i have been told he no-longer has the time to fix them the 202 now has disconnected wires inside and so doesn’t make a sound but a simple fix
unfortunately there are screws and bolts missing from both and i will look for them but they will be cheap enough to replace
once fixed these synths will be worth allot more than i ask for them and i saw a single faulty 202 go for £240 (dead keys)
i would love to get them working again but as i don’t have the time or money to get them working i feel it is better to sell them to someone who could repair them ” Link
“Roland RS 101 String synthesizer it trun on have no ida how to use it in a caecase the lach is missing on one side ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“Vintage Roland RS-101 String Synthesizer in great shape. Everything is functioning!! An amazing warm string sound!! Case is in great shape too! All sales final.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“here is a Roland rs 101 String Synthesizer, is in good cosmetic condition, half of the keys produce sound the other half don’t also the tune knob does not affect the sound , also the case pins are broken you can still close the case as you can see in the pic number 3 being said it is sold as is for parts and not working condition.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
” This synthesizer is in overall very good physical condition and powers up but it is sold as is with no returns because a few (5 or 6) of the keys do not produce sound. I am not an expert so I do not know why the keys do not work but it has been in storage for awhile so maybe some of the contacts need to be cleaned? The sliders and knobs all work smoothly. Keys look good and feel good when played.
The outside of the case has some normal wear. The hinges on the back of the case are missing but the lid does stay on when carried. You will want to add some new hinges.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“Roland rs-101 in amazing shape and perfect working order
item is in amazing cosmetic shape (as pics can attest) and everything functions exactly as it should
sliders move nicely and tabs rock smoothly
there are blemishes/discolorations on the middle A and B keys at the bottom of each key (can be seen best in the 10th pic down)
it’s missing 1 of the bottom 4 feet (easily replaceable)
auction include rs-101 and rs-101 manual printed from the internet
A NOTE ABOUT RS-101′s…….
a lot of people ignore the rs-101 and go straight to the rs-202 for the ensemble effect
what few know is that the rs-101 DOES have the Ensemble effect, it’s just permanently engaged whereas on the rs-202 you can turn it off (sounds horrible) or turn it up a degree to Ensemble II (sounds cheesy)
because of this few people appreciate the RS-101 but it sounds as lush and complex as the rs-202 or the rs-09 and as opposed to the rs-09 there’s FULL polyphony” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“It’s built-in to a suit-case style housing which made it easily portable. This particular model shows signs of age with scratches and an led that won’t light up…but that being said.Thing sounds awesome. ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“Here is a Roland RS-101 string synthesizer I bought as a restoration project. Got all the keys working and replaced the internal fuses, but never did any more than that. Needs cosmetic work, and needs the key contacts to be cleaned: it currently has two intermittant keys. I am selling this as a project or for parts. Still has its’ original Roland case and music stand as pictured. Really interesting late seventies keyboard with point-to-point wiring and a sound all its’ own.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“This is a Classic Roland RS 101 String Machine Synthesizer. It is in great working condition and everything works fine. It sounds beautiful!
It features a treble and bass side with its own controls. You can make the bass end sound very brassy or stringy along with the treble side. It also features vibrato and sustain effects.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“This thing is in amazing shape. I think is the cleanest synthesizers I have owned. It also produces great sounds. I simply own way too many synthesizers and I need to get some of them out of the studio. ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“ROLAND RS-101 STRING MACHINE KEYBOARD SYNTHESIZER.
THIS IS FRESH BACK FROM A £120 SERVICE. SO ALL IS WORKING AS SHOULD, SLIDERS, BUTTONS, KEYS ETC.
THIS IS THE FIRST ROLAND STRING SYNTH AND HAS AN INCREDIBLY WARM UNIQUE SOUND.VERY SEVENTIES.
THE BOX IS QUITE WORN AND THE LATCHES NO LONGER LOCK. SEE PICTURES.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“verkaufe mein Analoges Stringensemble von Roland RS-101 incl. Kofferdeckel in einem sehr guten Zustand. Alles funktioniert.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.