“Selling the legendary TR-808 here. It’s a 220v model but I’m selling it with a 110v step down transformer so it can be used in the US. Like most of these vintage machines, this unit has a few unresponsive 16 step switches, but this does not prohibit programing because these steps can still be engaged with the “TAP” button. It can also use a new clap/maracas switch. Other than that this unit is in tip top condition and sounds amazing. All other buttons, switches and pots are like new with no scratches. The battery compartment is clean as a whistle and the body is great cosmetic condition, showing normal wear & tear for vintage piece of gear.” Link
Check out my close-up pictures for the minor wear details. This unit is over 30+ years old and has been in a flight case for the last decade in a smoke free environment. There are only a few light surface scratches but other then that this drum machine would be in near MINT condition. There is still factory clear plastic film on the name plate on the back that displays the serial number. It has been fully tested and ready to create beats in your studio. The flight case will be included. The unit will be shipped in it and double boxed.” Link
“Up for auction is a RARE Vintage 1984 Roland TR-808 Computer Controlled Rhythm Composer, a few light surface scratches and blemishes. There are two buton covers missing but this in NO WAY effects the performance of the unit. It works perfectly by pressing the buttons. It has been tested and is fully functional.
TR-808 is a classic drum machine and a collectors item.” Link
“Unit has only been used in studio/smoke-free environment and it is in excellent condition. Flight case custom made by 5 Star Cases to perfectly cushion the 909 with extra room for wires, cables additional FX pedals etcThis machine has been treated with love & care.” Link
“Very good condition for a machine that was madeover 30 years ago. Minor scratches on front face and scratches on side panel. The top control panel is in great condition with almost no signs of wear. Every thing is in working condition however, a few of the buttons need to be pressed firmly to respond and some of the pots are scratchy. This is a 220volt model but a stepdown/stepup adapter is included so this machine can be played anywhere in the world.” Link
“This unit is great working condition and very good if not great cosmetic condition. There are 3 of the knobs that aren’t perfect (see pictures) but nothing that affects how the machine operates. It could use a thorough cleaning as some of the nobs give a ‘scratchy sound’ when turned up or down.” Link
“A classic drum machine using analog synthesis to create its sounds. With a pure quality, closer to the sound of the CR-series of Roland drum machines rather than it’s popular successor, the TR-909. Used often for R&B and hip-hop, dance and techno music. Booming bass , crisp snares are all part of the 808 and its famous sound. 16 drum sounds.
Condition: Top middle – paint rubbed off. Otherwise in great condition, especially considering it’s age!” Link
Up for auction is a one and only Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer – vintage classic analog drum machine!
Included are the manuals and pattern sheets – COOL!
Nothing quite sounds like a 808! It is simply AMAZING!
MADE IN JAPAN SERIAL#: 062439
This 808 is in FANTASTIC, MINTY cosmetic and PERFECT working condition!
All knobs and buttons work as they should. No issues whatsoever. Battery compartment is clean.
The 808 is the king of all drum machines. All of the emulators, samples and new groove boxes coming out are good in their own right, but absolutely nothing is the same as the real thing. There’s the 808 and then there’s everything else. Quit dreaming and get one! You’ll never look back!” Link
SERIAL # 145358
The TR-808 is truly one of the most classic of all drum machines. It uses analog synthesis to create its sounds which gives the sounds such a pure quality. The TR-808 has become the signature beat box used in most R&B and hip-hop, dance, techno music and it is the undisputed king of Trap music. Booming bass kicks, crispy snares and a distinctive cowbell sound made famous in the 1980′s are all part of the 808 and its famous sound.
This unit is great working condition and very good if not great cosmetic condition. There are 3 of the knobs that aren’t perfect (see pictures) but nothing that affects how the machine operates. It could use a thorough cleaning as some of the nobs give that ‘scratchy sound’ when turned up or down. ” Link
“Up for auction is a VERY RARE Vintage 1980′s Roland TR-808 Computer Controlled Rhythm Composer in Excellent condition with slight patina giving it more of that Vintage look and feel that everyone is looking for.
The TR-808 is a classic drum machine that uses analog synthesis to create its sounds. The sounds have a very pure quality. The TR-808 has become the signature beatbox used in most R&B and hip-hop as well as a lot of dance and techno music. Booming bass kicks, crispy snares and a distinctive cowbell sound made famous in the 1980′s are all part of the 808 and its famous sound.
These drum machines sound amazing through a set of good speakers. IT CAN NOT BE DUPLICATED ON ANY OTHER EQUIPMENT !
It’s 16 drum sounds include the famous boomy low kick, snappy snares, low/mid/hi toms, low/mid/hi congas, rimshot, claves, hand clap, maracas, cowbell, cymbal, open hihat, closed hihat and accent. All of the sounds can be edited and/or tuned and have individual outputs.
I have owned this drum machine over 20 years and it has been tested and is fully functional. There are slight paint scratches around the cymbal level knob which have been made good (not me, the previous owner)” Link
“I’ve finally decided to part with my beloved 808 to buy some other dearly needed gear. It’s been lightly used in the past 10 years and I’ve owned it since the early 90s. It has the wear and scratches you would expect from an instrument of its vintage but is fully functioning.
Serial #:072747″ Link
“Up for auction is a RARE Vintage 1984 Roland TR-808 Computer Controlled Rhythm Composer in Excellent condition with slight patina giving it more of that Vintage look and feel that everyone is looking for. (see close up pictures below for details). Only a few light surface scratches and blemishes are keeping me from saying this machine is in MINT condition.
This is by far the Cleanest and Best TR-808 on the market. Museum display quality! This is a collectors item! The factory clear plastic protection film is still on the name plate. This machine is only 30 years YOUNG and is ready for another 30 years! If you’re looking for a TR-808 that is ready to GO without the need for any expensive service, this is the machine for you. It has been tested and is fully functions and ready for custom beats to be made. ” Link
” This listing is for a vintage Roland TR-808 drum machine with built-in MIDI. All functions have been tested and in good working order. It has a 220V power cord, so if you are in the United States, you will need a step voltage convertor. Includes operation manuals. Local bidders welcome to take a listen at my studio in Hollywood.” Link
“Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer Vintage Drum Machine owned by Greg Hawkes of The Cars. This unit has sat unused for quite a while. I’ve installed fresh batteries and everything seems to be working well. The only issue I’ve noticed is that the start/stop switch sometimes is unreliable, but I’ve also noticed that if I press on the left side of the switch (see pic.) , it works every time. Real analog goodness! Original owner.” Link
A classic. There’s nothing like the real thing. I’ve had this one about four years now. Never gigged.
It’s in seriously nice shape. I only buy gear that is.
I’m including new switches for you and the Kenton midi kit.
You can keep it clean or have your tech install midi.
No returns. Know what you want.
It’s vintage analogue kit and this isn’t Guitar Center.
I’ve recently been making music commercially and haven’t been using it.
Furthermore, I’m back in school; I expect it will just be sitting here.
This box should be getting used!
I’ve made tons of trax with it.
Your turn!” Link
“Up for sale is a used, working and in generally great condition TR 808 drum machine. It was taken to The Analog Lab about a year ago for a cleaning and I’ve had no problems with it at all since I purchased it. Sounds great. Needs no further introduction.” Link
this one HAS BEEN MIDIFIED so it will be a bliss to use with your DAW or sequencer
the voltage is 110V” Link
“Good condition for an instrument of this age. Some dust and wear on the pots, which manifests itself as a crackle while you sweep through the range of a pot. If like me you want the 808 for studio use – then there is no issue. If you want to have the 808 on stage and sweep through decay and tuning settings straight from the analogue pots then do you should factor in a service to clean these pots. All of the above really goes without saying, but some of you may be new to vintage gear so I mention it for you guys. All of the sounds on this instrument sound beautiful. Link
Legendary Roland TR 808
MIdi I/O via Kenton Pro Kadi (Fitted Professionally at Kenton UK)
Serial No: 62360
Kenton Pro Kadi Included
Includes Manual (print out) & Plastic Cover!
Up for auction is a one and only Roland TR-808 – vintage classic analog drum machine! Included is the factory plastic cover.
Nothing quite sounds like a 808! It is simply AMAZING!
This 808 is in FANTASTIC cosmetic and PERFECT working condition!!! (see pics) showing only minor signs of wear. No issues whatsoever.
“The 808 is the king of all drum machines. All of the emulators, samples and new groove boxes coming out are good in their own right, but absolutely nothing is the same as the real thing. There’s the 808 and then there’s everything else. Quit dreaming and get one! You’ll never look back!” Link
” I have for sale a vintage Roland TR-808 that has been professionally upgraded with an internal MIDI interface! No bulky ugly outboard MIDI interface box with a nasty wall wart power supply. The MIDI interface installed is simply tacked onto the circuit. There has been no invasive cutting of the circuit board, and if you want to, the MIDI interface can be easily removed and the drum machine can be set right back to stock condition. The MIDI instalation was completely non-destructive. Look at the pictures to see what the interface looks like. Included is the original switch with it’s cable if you want to set it back to stock.
This is the all time classic hip hop drum machine that you still hear in hip hop productions today! This tr-808 sounds excellent, and with the built in MIDI interface it is easier than ever to sync up to a computer. I have been syncing it up to Ableton Live and it is rock solid, and sounds so good. The sync switch has been replaced with a three position switch, and all you have to do is set it to the middle position for MIDI to be implemented. It’s very easy to turn MIDI on. With the MIDI interface you can start/stop the internal sequencer of the tr-808 from your computer sequencer, AND you can trigger all the individual sounds on a keyboard at the same time while it’s running! You can also use the TR-808 as a sound module if you don’t want to use it’s built in sequencer. If you want to use the TR-808 in DIN sync mode all you have to do is simply switch it to input or output in the back. This is by far the best MIDI interface available for the TR-808, and it has been very well engineered. You can change the MIDI parameters through SYSEX commands, and it is easy to do. Included are all the MIDI manuals, a CD along with a MIDI cable that came with the kit.” Link
I got this Classic Drum Machine about 5 years ago in High School from my Dad. I had hopes to make great music with it, however I never took the time to figure out how to work it and just stuck with the computer programs I was use to.
Functionally, I have made it actually produce sound about 3 times when I first got it, but when I tried to use it the other day I could not get it going. The lights come on and all, but I have not a clue why I can not work it. I admit I only hooked up one audio output but I think it should still work. The battery holder is still screwed in and attached on the bottom. The Machine may just need a little service but I do not want to get into that.
Cosmetically the machine is missing (two) Knobs and has some slight spots of rust, as seen in the photo. This is due to it’s old age.” Link
Functionally, it is in perfect working order – DIN works, as well as all functions. The battery holder in the back has been replaced with a new one by Wes Taggart at Analogics. He serviced this machine and said that there were no signs of any battery leaks at any point in it’s life, and that nothing needed replaced as it was in perfect working order! He cleaned the machine and tested the functions to make sure it was all ok.
Cosmetically there machine is in great shape. There is the faintest sign of slight rust coming in on the side, as seen in the photo, but no brown rust has surfaced on the machine itself. This is due to it’s old age. All knobs, buttons, pots and everything else are intact and none of them are scratchy or noisy.” Link
” This listing is for a vintage Roland TR-808 classic drum machine. All functions have been tested and completely serviced by Forat Electronics. Local bidders welcome to take a listen at my studio in Hollywood.” Link
“The most iconic and sought after drum machine of our time: The Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer. Unit powers up, lights up, and plays. I don’t know how to program it, but I did get all the sounds to play using the “tap” button. The preprogrammed sounds were responsive to all the knobs. While I don’t understand what they do, the switches light up and work in that there is a definite change in the patterns being played when I toggle them. The start/stop, tap buttons may need to be cleaned as they work but sometimes you need to hold down or hit more than once. I don’t know how to program in a pattern to test it’s being sold as-is. Even through my headphones that famous 808 kick drum bass sound is huge! It’s true that the software versions don’t even come close” Link
I want to describe this Roland in depth so this might get a little long. This 808 is basically in the same shape as it was when I bought it about nine years ago. I will describe it cosmetically first and please check out the pictures.
-The tempo and measures knobs are missing (both work)
- The start/stop button is missing (works)
- The number 13 button is missing but the switch works
-The number 15 button was replaced at one point but doesnt match the number 14 and 16 (switch works)
- There are several screws missing on the bottom panel
- The right front corner of the plastic molding has a crack (see pics)
- The snappy knob for the snare drum is missing the white inlay but works
- There are some minor nicks and scratches but overall this is a good looking 808
Overall the machine functions great but there are a couple of minor issues that would have to be addressed.
- The number one tactile switch has to be pressed a little harder to make it turn on/off. I guess that
it would have to be replaced in the future.
- The number 3 and number 7 buttons are a little loose when pressed but the switches work
- The start/stop works, but if the button is replaced, the whole switch would need to be replaced as well
because the cross shape part of the switch is worn and would not provide a good mounting surface.” Link
” Roland TR-808 owned for 30years, in studio use, all pots /output /knobs working as intended, never dropped but some wear from normal used on paint, original manual and CD of service manual” Link
“ROLAND TR-808 MIT MIDI, MIDI-Edit KNOPF – Midi IN, Midi Thru, Clock EXT/INT,1A Erstbesitzer,mit schutzfolie!für sein alter wie neugerät!
die tr-808wurde im SYNTHESIZER STUDIO BONN gekauft und Midi wurde da auch eingebaut.
gerät wird versichert versendet mit ups oder dpd!
bitte zahlen sie mit paypal,
versand in deutschland kostenfrei!” Link
” selling a clean Roland TR-808. It was recently cleaned and serviced. Its as good as new!! knobs and triggers are perfect.
Cosmetically in very good shape. Only obvious blemish is a scratch on the black paint just next to the start/stop button, and 1 button top is missing the low-tom volume knob.
Again, there are no issues AT ALL with this drum machine. Will last you decades more… Works perfectly and syncs perfectly to an MPC or DAW with the KORG KMS-30 Midi/Din-Sync box that I am including for free. The KMS comes with the special DinSync cable, power supply and manual.” Link
“For sale is a vintage Roland TR-808 analog drum machine. This TR808 sounds amazing and looks in near Mint shape. Really fantastic, very very clean. Fully functional and well cared for in my smoke free home studio. Comes with Kenton Kadi midi, which costs quite a bit to install and the Kadi unit itself costs $300. The Kenton Kadi works great and is amazingly simple to use (unlike the Kenton red button midi which is a bit more complicated). See pictures below for more details. Included is TR808, Kenton Kadi, kadi cable, power supply for kadi unit and kadi manual as well. This is the dream 808 setup if you want midi functionality and the classic sound to rock with. Or course you can still use this unit as a normal 100% functional stock TR808, the Kenton doesn’t effect it’s normal functionality at all. If you want to go into Kenton mode you just flip the switch and you can trigger midi notes via any midi sequencer. Don’t miss out!” Link
“You are bidding on our Roland TR-808 Vintage Analog Drum Machine (TR808) in excellent condition. We are the original owners, users and caretakers of this splendid piece of technology. As you can see from the pictures this TR-808 is in great shape: No dents, missing screws, mods (mods? Midi wasn’t even created when we were rocking with this baby) or major scratches. And yes, it works great, sounds great. Notice you’ll even get the original box (though it is missing its top flap…for easy access), the original plastic protector/overlay, and the original styrofoam holders. This is a unique opportunity. Don’t miss out. ” Link
Unit serial number 310882
Item is used and in a good working condition
All functions ,buttons ,knobs and outputs works fine
Sound is clean while playing programming or ideal.
Few individual drum volume knobs can be bit noisy while being twisted and may need simple switch cleaning.
Current 110V” Link
” Sie bieten hier auf eine absolute Rarität dem ROLAND TR 808 Rhythm Composer. Die Audiogeräte stammen alle aus einem Nachlass daher kann ich leider nicht beurteilen ob das Gerät defekt ist oder nicht! Bitte beachten Sie dies bevor Sie bieten! Handbuch und Netzteil sind dabei.” Link
“This listing is for a vintage Roland TR-808 classic drum machine. Unit is in very nice condition and works perfect. ” Link
“Chances are if you’re looking at this auction then you know what it is. The classic drum machine that defined the sound of hip-hop, and acid techno. This is the nicest unit I have ever seen. I am the second owner, as it sat in the original owner’s closet for over 30 years. It was recently given a clean bill of health from tech genius JL at the National Music Centre here in Calgary. It only has a couple of minor scratches, and a very small scuff on the left end cap. Everything on this unit works flawlessly. ” Link
“This Auction is for a used Roland TR-808 Drum Machine. One of the most iconic pieces of Hip-hop music to date, the legendary TR-808. All the pots and switches work as intended, nice and smooth the way its suppose to be. There are some signs of wear from love and use of this machine. A few scratches on the face of the unit, also near one of the screws. Cosmetic marks that do not affect the performance of this killer instrument. The TR-808 has been opened up to have all 16 buttons exchanged for better closed Tactile switches. This is simply the functioning unit under the button everything else has been left original. This will extend the life of the machine for years to come to make sure you will always get the quality beat. The mods were done by a professional and have been tested to make sure everything still functions properly, and it sounds amazing. Crisp functioning buttons; pots; and switches, exactly what the beat doctor ordered. This machine was also thoroughly cleaned. This Auction also includes two step pads for use in controlling the TR-808; also the manual for it, which was printed off the internet. These machines are getting more rare every day so if you’ve been waiting to get your hands on one, wait no longer” Link