ARP 1613 Sequencer

“ARP 1613 sequencer, In excellent working condition, original 1970’s (I think 1976-77) made by ARP in the US, it has been used in a recording studio for the last 25 years and has been regularly maintained and serviced (power supply rebuilt, high quality trimpots and sliders all replaced three years ago), everything works smoothly and accurately and it is a joy to use, it can be synchronised with a simple audio cliick into the trigger/gate input as well as the usual trigger/gate voltages. The cv quantiser can be used externally, there are so many ways to use this unit, it always has rock solid timing and very accurate tuning, I’ve owned this for over 30 years and it has always performed faultlessly, will be sad to see it go.
Complete with the original manual (should be 36 pages, but unfortunately pages 17-20 are missing from the middle of the book, however I have found a copy of this manual online and reprinted these missing pages..)
This is an original 240 volt model made for the european market, it can be easily changed over to US 120 Volt internally.
Cosmetically there are a few marks and signs of use (it is nearly 50 years old!) but no serious scratches or dents etc, the dark wood end sections are in good condition.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

ARP Sequencer

“Behold a vintage synth classic! This is an ARP Sequencer Model 1613, and chances are you already know what it is and what it does or you wouldn’t be looking. The ARP Sequencer was so cool, these days it’s getting cloned!

This is a little like the synth version of the classic car field’s “barn find,” except it was NOT ever stored in a barn or outside or in a shed…no, this all original unit has been stored in a safe hobbyist home studio environment, smoke free, since it was purchased from its first owner in 1981. After that it mostly sat on an Ultimate Support rack and for the last ten years on a shelf.

Model 1613

Serial Number 16130253 (0253)

Included: Original User Manual

US power cord built in

The good news is that this is not a “Lazarus Project.” The unit powers up and clearly it works. Tested with a “drifty” ARP Axxe and Arturia Microbrute. I can “step” through a sequence and hear the connected synth’s sound. However, there are some minor problems – for instance, I believe the slider contacts need cleaning. When stepping through the sequence, you get the same tone no matter where the sliders are located (maybe I’ve forgotten something!). All the LEDs light up and blink perfectly in sequence and random mode, with one exception – I think the Clock LED is out. All the slider caps are present and accounted for. There are NO broken sliders or loose jacks.

Physically, the unit is in outstanding shape for its age. There are a few scratches on the bottom panel, there is a small ding on the lower front (not the operation panel), and there are some weird pry marks underneath (see photos). There is an inch-long scrape on one wooden side panel. It’s missing 3 of the 4 rubber feet. That’s pretty much it on the negatives.

A good cleaning under the hood should revive this cool piece of synthesizer history. I hate parting with it, but I would love to know it’s headed to a loving new home where it can make music once again. I have no doubt that a tech-minded collector, hobbyist, or pro will be thrilled with this piece of ARP synth history. Selling AS IS with no returns.”
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