” Great tool to have, make great music this is a Roland RS 505 synthesizer that’s almost 40 years old in working condition has a couple of chips on the woodwork and some sliders have static but other than that has all the buttons levers switches complete,I can FaceTime you to give you a demo and most importantly runs on 117v so 110v&120v so you don’t need a step down transformer “ Link
It’s in great working shape: fully functioning – every key, slider and knob. Some faders are dusty, and make a crackling sound when moved (the cuffoff fader is perfect and does not crackle).
For the time that I’ve had it, I’ve always been gentle with it, and put always put on a dust cover when not in use. This is the 117V American model.” Link
” This one is in a beautiful cosmetic condition and it comes with a original case
The string section works good
It has some noise on volume noise when is move also some other knobs have a little bit of noise
The bass and the synth section have one of the F keys stuck ” Link
Minor cosmetic damage, functions great though…I just don’t use it anymore.” Link
Roland RS-505 Analog String/Bass Synth circa 1979 in excellent condition.
Serial # 911959
Comes with the original music stand (rare) as shown, dust cover and the correct power converter from 100V to 120V.
Shows very little wear, (easy 9/10 condition) and works perfectly, and was serviced by This Old Synth within the past year. (re-capped power supply, cleaning & tune up). This is THE definitive flagship Roland string synth and the bass tones are amazing as well. Ethereal, lush, and the pure analog tones here.” Link
The Paraphonic is a very well made vintage sounding machine consisting of 3 sections, strings, synthesiser and bass which can be played independently or simultaneously. The keyboard can be split in the middle. The string and synth sections have upper and lower key function and the bass lower key only. The keyboard is 49 note (4 octaves) which is expandable to 7 octaves. All three sections can have vibrato or 3 levels of ensemble added. It is fitted with an external audio input (mono) to allow another synth through the Ensemble chorus function. The performance control section provides volume, tune, glide and pitch bender controls.
The synth is in very good condition with all functions working faultlessly. There is a small rub to one end panel and small scratches on the top which can be seen in the photographs. It is to full UK specification 220-240v.” Link
“Rare vintage find. 70′s era Roland Paraphonic 505 synthesizer…the last analog synthesizer Roland made. Outstanding sound quality, excellent condition. Recently cleaned and tuned by British audio in Nashville. Ready to go.” Link
“For sale is a rare/vintage great sounding Roland RS505 Paraphonic String Synthesizer. I am the original owner/bought this brand new many years ago. It has had no use/been stored in a closet for about the last 25 years or so. I hooked up both audio outputs and went through every switch and slider and it sounds/works great. The keyboard itself has no broken, cracked, or bent keys and every key makes contact without any noise/static. There’s only one slider(the synth/string balance slider) that I noticed some static on when it was moved, especially towards the upper range of the slider. I could hear no other static in any of the sliders/switches. I would guess a simple cleaning with the proper cleaner should fix up the issue though I make no claims on this as I’m not a tech.
Physically I would consider it to be in decent condition, especially given its age. No cracked keys or buttons, all the slider caps are in place, etc. The bottom of the keyboard has the most scratches. Note the bottom is made out of wood. I took many pictures/different angles/parts of this keyboard for you to judge the condition for yourself.” Link
“in excellent condition, works perfectly
very little wear as you can see on the pics. only thing worth mentioning is the small nick in the left wood side (see picture)
all keys, sliders & buttons work smoothly as the synth has been completely gone through by a technician
interior was cleaned and everything that had to be changed was!
truly stunning piece of synth history. wonderful sound.
love this synth but need money for other projects. my loss is your gain!” Link
“Unit functions as designed…There are 2 of the plastic slide pieces missing…” Link
Superbly built and highly flexible string synth with LFO and envelope control over the filter and splittable high and low string sounds. A bass section with independent controls and three versions of Roland’s classic Ensemble (Chorus) circuit.
From the same family as the VP 330 Vocoder synth but with an extra synth section instead of the vocoder.
1 VCO per section (Bass, Synth and Strings)
Filter with Cut Off and Resonance in string section
VCA – ADSR in Synth. AD in Bass section
Great glide section for controlled portamentos
External input into the Ensemble circuit so that the Paraphonic can act like a Dimension D.
49 Keys” Link
“Selling off my beautiful but neglected very rare 1978 Roland Paraphonic 505 Synthesizer. Immaculate condition. Very minor blemishes. Plays and sounds fantastic, no issues whatsoever. Strings sound warm and very vintage, like an Arp Solina but with a Synth and Bass section that can all be mixed however you like. Really a great synth all around. Tired of seeing it go to waste. Trimming down to bare essentials now. No case but I’m an expert packer. Check my feedback Check it out on vintagesynth.com or sonicstate or synthmuseum. A rare find in the States. ” Link
“Stops, & variable slider controls for: LFO, Vibroto, early Famous Roland Chours l-ll-lll, Envelope A-B, Bass and Synth combining, Envelope A-D-S-R, W/ After- a Pitch up or down as well as 2ND touch, Lower & upper LFO & Envelope-cut-off FRQ W/Resonance..Along W Strings -Release and attack…Add the Time variable from Short to Long decay, Pitch up and Down, as well as Global tuning!…… Direct OUTPUTS: Synth-Bass, LMH levels, Stereos, Triggers and Gates, Pitch and VCF! Ins are: Sustain ped, Pitch control , “WOW Lot a VERY CQQl stuff ” ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
Great condition, works 100%.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“You are bidding on a very rare Roland RS-505 Paraphonic Strings. This is a much sought after analog synth. It functions extremely well and has amazing flexibility and sound. Enormous sounding growling bass, airy strings, vibey tones all around. The synth section has four waveforms (selected by the large white buttons) and its own VCF with cutoff and resonance sliders, VCA ADSR sliders and LFO features. The Bass section has three preset bass sound types to choose via the big red buttons. It has its own VCA Attack and Release sliders and Vibrato controls. The String section has two String preset sounds – selectable via the big green buttons – and other features borrowed from the RS-202.
Sounds from the three tone sections can be blended for interesting results and the built-in Ensemble chorusing effect really warms, thickens and lushes up the sounds! The Paraphonic 505 also features an external audio input (mono) so you could run another synth through the quadruple-BBD Ensemble chorus. A new little performance control section to the left of the keyboard provides convenient volume, tune, glide and pitch bender controls. Similar to the ARP Omni, the Paraphonic 505 is considered one of Roland’s finest string synths of its era.
There are a few very minor issues with the exterior of the keyboard: several of the sliders are bent (and can be easily bent back), one slider has the grip piece missing (pictured), and one slider has the metal band missing on from the grip, also one foot is missing from the bottom. Other than those small issues there is very little wrong with it. Few to no scratches and really clean looking.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“For sale here is the legendary Roland RS-505 Paraphonic Synthesizer. This amazing synth is in excellent mechanical and cosmetical condition. It has been completely serviced by a professional. All capacitators and regulatros,etc. were replaced by new ones, all faders, knobs, contacts were cleaned and treated, and it has been calibrated. Also the in- and outside, as well as the keys were cleaned. The power supply has been modified for use with 220 V. Besides some minor scratches on the back of the synth, and a small piece of wood that was torn of the left wooden panel, this synth looks excellent. As a nice extra, the original Roland RS 505 case is included. Besides some scratches on the botton, it looks very good. All the locks are still functioning and the inside coating still looks very good. Inside is also carries the original music stand, which can attached on top of the RS-505″ Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“THE ITEM FOR SALE IS A ROLAND 505 PARAPHONIC STRINGS SYNTHESIZER. THE PARAPHONIC 505 IS CONSIDERED ONE OF ROLANDS FINEST STRING SYNTHS OF ITS ERA. IT HAS A 49 KEY BOARD, FULL POLYPHONY, AND COMBINED STRINGS, A POLYSYNTH SECTION, AND A BASS SECTION. ITS KEYS ARE SPLIT DOWN THE MIDDLE TO ASSIGN DIFFERENT SOUNDS TO THE LEFT AND RIGHT SIDES OF THE KEYBOARD.
THE SYNTH SECTION HAS 4 WAVEFORMS AND ITS OWN VCF WITH CUTOFF AND RESONANCE SLIDERS, VCA ADSR SLIDERS AND LFO FEATURES. THE BASS SECTION HAS 3 PRESET SOUND TYPES AND ITS OWN VCA ATTACK AND RELEASE SLIDERS AND VIBRATO. THERE ARE OTHER FEATURES.
SOUNDS FROM THE THREE TONE SECTIONS CAN BE BLENDED FOR INTERESTING RESULTS, AND THE ENSEMBLE CHORUSING EFFECTS LUSHES IT UP. MANY OTHER FEATURES- CHECK OUT THE SYNTH MUSEUMS ON-LINE, ALSO CHECK OUT YOUTUBE.
ITS IN REAL GOOD CONDITION, AND WILL BE PACKED VERY WELL AND SHIPPED FREE TO THE LOWER 48.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“I have some odds and ends to get rid of from my dads house.I have tried to take good pictures and will describe what i know or can see.BUT i don’t know much and you should ask if you need to know something.All pictured goes.So this auction (NO BUY IT NOW),is for the a nice, vintage Roland Paraphonic 505 keyboard.I plugged this into an amp and tried every lever , key and switch, they all altered something.I do not play anything, but enjoyed playing with this keyboard. It is in good condition ,keys are all working as they should, and it shows some wear & tear / use ,to the outside finish ,from some road / band use” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“In 100% working order, functionally tested. Buyer will enjot the ancient Roland strings sound.
Technicallyt cared for items long life and to keep great orignal sounds (electrolytic capacitors, voltage regulators and some other components are refreshed).
In good cosmetic order, please request high-res pix to see details.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.