Roland JD-800

” Acquired from original friend who is a close friend. He bought it new from Guitar Center back in the day. Just serviced few months ago, updated power supply, replaced few button switches, key assembly was disassembled, and key weights removed, no more red glue. Reset to factory settings/sounds.

Minor marks, scratches but overall it is still in very good condition. Fully functional, tested and works great! Inludes a nice hard foam case, power cord, & manual. ” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland JD-800

“My beloved Roland JD-800 is reluctantly up for sale. It’s in fantastic condition, it was serviced just over a year ago and the famous red glue issue has been solved by an experienced tech with no issues whatsoever.

The synth comes with both original manuals!” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland JD-800

“My beloved Roland JD-800 is reluctantly up for sale. It’s in fantastic condition, it was serviced just over a year ago and the famous red glue issue has been solved by an experienced tech with no issues whatsoever.

The synth comes with both original manuals!” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland JD-800

“Sadly parting ways with one of my favorite synths, the JD-800. Second owner. Serviced to prevent red glue issue. Comes with original power supply, downloaded full PDF manuals, Rock Drums expansion cards. Screen is bright and clear. All buttons, keys, and sliders work perfectly, all lights work. Few slight blemishes as noted in photos: some “hand rubbing” wear above “JD-800″ script (on the ridge below Tone buttons), very slight. Few minor scratches on right hand end cap. Always studio kept and never gigged with.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland JD-800

“Roland JD-800 in great cosmetic condition overall, but not fully functional. It’s had the predictable ‘red glue’ issue, and whilst I’ve done my best to clear up what had oozed out of the keys, some of it had got onto the green pcb contact strip under the keybed and some of the traces are now compromised meaning around a dozen keys towards the upper end do not sound. This may be able to be fixed if there is a way to mend the traces, or replaced if a new pcb contact strip can be sourced. Other than this, there are a few tact switches that can require an extra push or two to engage so could do with replacing, and there are occasionally ‘jumpy’ sliders so these could all do with a clean out, but they are not crackly to operate. It can be fully controlled from a MIDI controller keyboard / via a DAW and sounds edited as normal on the unit itself. Both original manuals included. ” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland JD-800

“Roland JD-800 Digital Synthesizer From Japan, this has some sticky glue or something on it, there are metal bars glued under some keys. There are scratches and dings on this. It will come with the Keyboard and carrying case. Nothing else. Tested to power on and plays sound. Sold as is.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland JD-800 Project Machine

“I stopped playing live 2 years ago and have since decided to sell off a lot of my gear. I purchased this JD-800 used off Ebay in very late 1999 (see scanned pics of the original listing; the reserve wasn’t met, but the seller offered it to the first person who responded afterward, which was myself….allegedly I’m the 3rd owner of this unit).

This unit powers up and produces sound, but is not fully playable in its current condition. At the forefront it suffers from the infamous red epoxy glue issue that many JD-800’s are unfortunately known for. A few keys sound, but for the most part the keybed doesn’t work. Also, the patch/bank buttons, arrow cursor buttons, and data transfer buttons at far right are inoperable. However, the other buttons, sliders, knobs, and pitch bend/modulation lever do work.

A couple months ago I had this unit at Winston Electronics (an authorized Roland service location) in St. Louis. The tech disassembled the unit to drop the control boards to clean the sliders, boards, jacks, and pots. Also, he said the battery is still good in this unit, so he didn’t change it. He did say the capacitors on the board are starting to fail, but that the unit can still be controlled with sliders and pots.

This JD comes with a case I purchased many years ago from New York Case Company (formerly Long Island Case Co., and Discount Distributors)….it’s plywood and metal with 1/2” foam lining, single handle, and two latches. Also comes with power cable and “Owner’s Manual II – Reference”….it didn’t come with an “Owner’s Manual I – User’s Guide”, but one can be downloaded for free from Roland’s website.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland JD-800

“The original keybed suffered from the infamous red epoxy glue issue. I replaced it myself back in 2016 with a new-old stock JD-800 keybed I purchased directly from Roland the year before, which I was very lucky to get while they still carried them. This new keybed has definitely given this synthesizer a brand new life. It was only used for occasional bar-band gigging from 2016 to February 2020, which was the last time I played live, and it gave me no problems whatsoever. As you can see from the pics, this new keybed correctly has black epoxy glue under the keys.

In addition to this JD-800, the following items are also included:
1 road case made from metal and plywood, with 1/4” lined foam, 1 handle, and 2 briefcase latches. I purchased this many years ago from New York Case Company (formerly Long Island Case Co. and Discount Distributors) in Holbrook, NY
2 Yamaha FC-5 sustain pedals (used, but working)
1 Roland EV-5 expression pedal (used, but working)
1 power supply cable
1 extra power supply cable (which doesn’t seat too well to the back of synth, but it does actually work…it may need to have the metal tabs in the cord spaced further, not sure…the other power cable fits just fine)
1 JD-800 Owner’s Manual I (User’s Guide)
1 JD-800 Owner’s Manual II (Reference)
1 JD-800 Sounds & Basic Operations manual. A very handy book that was originally published at the time the JD’s were first manufactured. I would think this publication is ultra rare nowadays. It’s easy to follow and contains settings for many sounds you can try on your own
1 JD-800 original product brochure. Again, these are probably hard to find also and are very cool and informative
1 JD-800 Turbo Start (from the old Roland “Fax Back” days)
1 JD-800 Service Notes (a copy I printed off the internet)
1 JD-800 keybed (the original I took out when I installed the new one in 2016)
A couple months ago I had this unit serviced by Winston Electronics in St. Louis (an authorized Roland service location). The tech was unable to put the unit in diagnostic mode using the factory button-press combination, so he ran through the tests individually and the unit tested OK. He changed the battery, disassembled the unit to drop the control boards to clean the sliders, boards, jacks, and pots. He reassembled and tested, and it tested OK. I will say he did a really nice job cleaning the boards under the sliders, which tended to accumulate dirt and dust over the years.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Lot of 2 Roland JD-800

“I stopped playing live 2 years ago and have since decided to sell off a lot of my gear, which I’ve been doing lately. This time around it’s my beloved JD-800’s. I’m the original owner of the unit with serial # AD02681, I purchased it new in 1993 from a place called Goodman Music in Los Angeles, which is probably long gone now. The other unit, serial # ZC55166, I purchased used off Ebay in 2000 (allegedly I’m the 3rd owner of that one). In both cases I digitized the receipts back in 2017 and can provide them to the purchaser upon request.

Everything that’s included in this listing would be great for well-seasoned JD-800 users, whether it be for recording, gigging, or spare time enjoyment, and yet equally great for beginners just starting out. Also included are the following (in no particular order):

Case for each synth, made from metal/plywood, with 1/4” lined foam, both made by New York Case Company (formerly Long Island Case Co. and Discount Distributors) in Holbrook, NY
2 MIDI cables (one very long, the other rather short/standard length)
3 Yamaha FC-5 sustain pedals (used, but working)
1 Roland EV-5 expression pedal (used, but working)
1 piano style sustain pedal (used, but working)
2 power supply cables
1 extra power supply cable (which doesn’t seat too well to the back of synths, but it does actually work…it may need to have the metal tabs in the cord spaced further, not sure…the other power cables fit just fine)
Littlite accessories…the velcro strips on the front panel of each synth are for when I used to use Littlites, which I stopped using years ago but left the velcro there. Included are the goosenecks and a couple spare bulbs, but it needs new bases and transformer plugs, as these went missing over the years…I’ll leave it to the buyer’s discretion whether they choose to use these or not
3 SL-JD80-05 Brass Section ROM card sets…2 of these are used (I kept one in each of my JD’s), the 3rd is still sealed new (the CD case on the latter is a little cracked on the edge, so I’ll include another jewel case). I used this sometimes hard-to-find ROM card set primarily for the first patch, “Trump’s Section 1”, which to me is the best brass section sound I’ve heard in a keyboard (and I’ve played several over the years)
6 Roland M-512G ROM cards. I’ve tested all these and they definitely work. I’m including new batteries to complement these also. I have pics showing before/after testing each one, which I can provide upon request (I could only upload 12 pics in this listing). There’s some Sharpie writing on several of the boxes, which I’ll leave up to the buyer to remove or write over, whichever they prefer, not a big deal
5 Roland M-256E ROM cards. Same as above. I’m including new batteries with these also
1 Roland M-512E ROM card. Same as above (except no Sharpie writing on this particular card, unlike the 256’s). I’m including new batteries with this card as well. Note: This card and the M-512G’s have the same exact functionality. The only difference is the G’s use a different circuit board/chip, a little larger battery (CR2032 instead of CR2016), and there’s a battery housing on one end of the card (see pic), whereas the E’s have the battery inside the card itself, which allows the card to sit flush all the way in the data card slot. However, the G’s “snap”/”click” into place in the data card slot for a more secure fit, which I prefer more over the E’s, since sometimes the E’s and the 256’s have to be re-inserted a time or two until it “catches” and is readable by the synth…it’s nothing to do with the card slot or the cards themselves, it’s just the physical/mechanical nature of one vs. the other. Another note: I have my own patches on many of these 256/512 cards, but will initialize them at the buyer’s discretion if they prefer, or they can have the sounds, it doesn’t matter to me
1 JD-800 Owner’s Manual I (User’s Guide)
2 JD-800 Owner’s Manual II (Reference) (the JD I got in 2000 didn’t have the first manual, only the second)
1 JD-800 Sounds & Basic Operations manual. A very handy book that was originally published at the time the JD’s were first manufactured. I would think this publication is ultra rare nowadays. It’s easy to follow and contains settings for many sounds you can try on your own
1 JD-800 product brochure. Again, these are probably hard to find also and very cool and informative
1 JD-800 Turbo Start (from the old Roland “Fax Back” days)
1 JD-800 Service Notes (a copy I printed off the internet)” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland JD-800

“The skinny: The keyboard ribbon cold solder joint is toast so the keyboard DOES NOT WORK. NO, it does NOT suffer from any sticky-keys. Never did. Still doesn’t. Pic shows how everything is solid, no melties anywheres. If you can butcher the proper ribbon from another Roland, you’re golden.

Everything else works. As a MIDI device it’s wonderful. Just too big for my studio right now.

Comes with 3 notebooks that are copies of the Reference manuals and User Guide along with an extra Guitars & Brass card along with the two Drums/Percussion cards as pictured.

NO CASE.

NO INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING.

SHIPPING will be determined after the sale so please get to me your shipping address asap. From Washington to New York was hovering in around $150-$200 after pro-pack and shipping. Shipping rates are insane right now which all of you know. IGNORE EBAY’S SHIPPING PRICE.

Sold AS-IS. Was working as per this listing date.

NOTE: JD-800s are NOT meant to run with the vol FULL UP. You will hear trailing distortions (barely noticable) when the sound ends which I thought was an issue. It’s not. Apparently they all do this so don’t run max vol. Half your vol and increase your gain at the mixing board. I only mention this as I initially thought there was something wrong with this but after checking with other owners, it’s common.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland JD-800

“Up for sale is a pretty hard to find Roland JD800 Synthesizer. This synth is held in very high regard as Roland’s best modern synth. At the very least its Roland’s best synth made in the 90’s for sure. If you’ve heard about the iconic JD990 Rack module.. this JD800 is what that module is based off of.. This is the O.G. for sure.

I bought this synth from Syntaur recently as I live very close to them. Syntaur if you’ve never heard of them is a mega synth store.. they have a huge collection of vintage and modern synths.. they restore them and sell them.

On this particular JD800.. they fixed that crazy problematic “red glue keybed” issue.. No longer with this JD800 be subject to that issue. They also cleaned all contacts and all faders.. leaving this JD totally fader jitter free. If you have been waiting for a JD to crop up without these major JD issues.. this is the one. They also repaired a few keys. NOTE.. The side plastic end cap is cracked.. that’s how they got it, that’s how i got it. I don’t think it will incur any further damage ( get worse ) BUT it should be stated that it may crack a little more in transit so if that is an issue with you, please do not buy.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland JD-800

“A classic from the godfathers of sound synthesis.
Brimming with super duper sounds, either use as a single channel module or setup a ‘performance’ to grab the pure power of this machine.
Built in effects and multi-outputs as you would expect form this era of loveliness.

What is it? It’s a great synthesiser from the 90’s with a really good collection of sounds on board.. and, the main bonus feature of this bad-boy…it has sliders and knobs and things so you can easily change the sound in real time!! Great therefore for live work and also the data from these moves can be captured as midi in your DAW for a ‘real feel’ performance.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland JD-800

“Roland JD 800 Professionally Rack mounted. Clean and working. The original keyboards for these JD-800s had a red glue that ran down and stopped the keys movement. A studio in NY had the keyboard removed and this rack mount unit built . All the sliders work audio is great. Just plug in a midi wire from a controller. ” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland JD-800

“This JD is in great shape and sounds absolutely fantastic. It has a few scratches and dings as expected(see pictures) but looks great. Red glue has been removed and everything works as it should. Ships with very nice new road case.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland JD-800

“This unit never left the studio. 2 issues: 1) the right end cap mounting screws were broken in shipping when I originally bought the synth from Dave Way. The end cap itself is NOT broken on the outside…just the plastic mounting screws internally broke. 2) This unit has several sticky keys and contacts that are not working. It will require a new contact strip and the sticky keys that will not depress be fixed. Apparently this is an issue with JD-800s. The “brain” works perfectly… the keyboard & contacts need service. ” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland JD-800

“Roland JD-800 Programmable Synthesizer w/Original Hardcopy Manuals and power cable – SUPER CLEAN condition, but the keys are starting to stick again. I had it cleaned around 2018 from the ‘red glue’ syndrome. Alas, roughly 24 of the keys are starting to stick again. HOWEVER, I must say, the rest of the features of this unit would classify it as somewhere between GREAT to NEAR MINT condition. Please check the photos. It’s really so clean, and still sounds amazing. Display is crisp and seems strong. Never used live or in any travel situation, always used in a composer’s private music studio. I am the second owner, and it’s just been sitting, covered, in my studio for about 5 years now. Quick test just now and the presets, buttons, and sliders seem to all function just as designed and seem just like new. Again, this keybed is suffering from the red glue / epoxy syndrome, so please make sure you know about that before you bid.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland JD-800

“Roland JD-800 Vintage Programmable Synth with Two Original Manuals Pro Sounds.

Selling this amazing bit of kit as reducing space.

In great condition, has some great pro sounds installed in place of some of the no so good original presets.

Kept some of the great original presets though but really the fun is in the depth of programming, which is a very organised if process, rather than clicking through loads of menus.

Supplied with two Original manual and a great pro sounds guide.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland JD-800

“This unit never left the studio. 2 issues: 1) the right end cap mounting screws were broken in shipping when I originally bought the synth from Dave Way. The end cap itself is NOT broken on the outside…just the plastic mounting screws internally broke. 2) This unit has several sticky keys and contacts that are not working. It will require a new contact strip and the sticky keys that will not depress be fixed. Apparently this is an issue with JD-800s. The “brain” works perfectly… the keyboard & contacts need service.

The original owner was Dave Way, the four-time GRAMMY Award-winning engineer and producer with dozens of gold and platinum records. Way’s recordings include leading artists including Pink, Christina Aguilera, Ringo Starr, Shakira, Michael Jackson, Spice Girls, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, Gwen Stefani, Foo Fighters, Toni Braxton, Boyz II Men, and many more.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland JD-800

“I am the only owner of this keyboard and have always taken good care of it.
It is clean and sounds great. It’s very versatile, and makes coming up with original flavors for your tracks a lot of fun with all the hands on control that you have. If you are a producer, programmer, or just like to make new sounds for your libraries, it is a great addition to your toolbox.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland JD-800

“This unit was kept in very good shape. Bought it brand new in 1991. Never used for performance just studio work. It needs a new contact ribbon and it has a few sticky keys from the “Red Glue. It is missing a couple of screws from the bottom. I really hate to get rid of it, but I can’t find the parts. I’m selling it as is !!! Comes with power cord and sustain pedal. ”
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Roland JD-800

“Roland JD-800 Polyphonic Synthesizer, fully working. Collection only.

I’m the 2nd owner of this JD-800 and it’s only had studio use. All functions and features have been tested and are working. The last photo shows when I gave the unit a full overhaul in 2017, which included cleaning the numerous sliders and replacing the internal battery.

There are some scuffs and 2 small cracks on the case, otherwise this unit is in very good working condition. I know it’s a cliché on eBay, but I’m really reluctant to sell this synth. I’ve spent many an evening lost in the ethereal dreamscapes the JD-800 can take you on, but I can’t justify the space it takes up in the studio anymore.

The orange backlight on the display is working fine, it hasn’t come out on the photos due to the sunlight in the room.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland JD-800

“This unit never left the studio. Perfect condition except for the right end cap mounting screws were broken in shipping when I originally bought the synth from Dave Way. The end cap itself is NOT broken on the outside…just the plastic mounting screws internally broke. I think they can be glued and refastened. The original owner was Dave Way, the four-time GRAMMY Award-winning engineer and producer with dozens of gold and platinum records. Way’s recordings include leading artists including Pink, Christina Aguilera, Ringo Starr, Shakira, Michael Jackson, Spice Girls, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, Gwen Stefani, Foo Fighters, Toni Braxton, Boyz II Men, and many more.”
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Roland JD-800

“Condition – This unit never left the studio. Perfect condition except for the right end cap mounting screws were broken in shipping when I originally bought the synth from Dave Way. The end cap itself is NOT broken on the outside…just the plastic mounting screws internally broke. I think the can be glued and refastened. The original owner was Dave Way, the four-time GRAMMY Award-winning engineer and producer with dozens of gold and platinum records. Way’s recordings include leading artists including Pink, Christina Aguilera, Ringo Starr, Shakira, Michael Jackson, Spice Girls, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, Gwen Stefani, Foo Fighters, Toni Braxton, Boyz II Men, and many more.

Case is included!!!” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland JD-800

“Roland jd-800 **Great condition**. Was Repaired 5 Years ago, No Red Glue / issues! Kept in Smoke Free Studio. Fully functional & works great! Breaking down my studio – I love this synth However it is just collecting dust as it’s rarely used.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland JD-800

“Roland jd-800 **Great condition**. Was Repaired 5 Years ago, No Red Glue / issues! Kept in Smoke Free Studio. Fully functional & works great! Breaking down my studio – I love this synth However it is just collecting dust as it’s rarely used.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland JD-800

“Roland jd-800 **Great condition**. Was Repaired 5 Years ago, No Red Glue / issues! Kept in Smoke Free Studio. Fully functional & works great! Breaking down my studio – I love this synth However it is just collecting dust as it’s rarely used.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland JD-800

“Roland jd800. Condition is “Used”.

From the keyboard collection of producer David M. Allen (The Cure, Human League, The Sisters of Mercy, Neneh Cherry, Gianna Nannini, Wire

The entire keyboard strip was replaced 5 years ago, This was the design weak point about the JD800″ Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland JD-800

“Visible cosmetic damage to the case, it received the damage from the last time it was shipped. Everything still works as it should. A few cosmetic scratches on the front panel. The LED is clean and not scratched. The last A# black key doesnt rebound, the grey key pad maybe the issue. But the key works. The back panel could be removed and re-bent. Everything works, leds work, sliders and knobs work as they should.

Comes with a power cord and 70$ value 256 mb memory card.

The synth has been thoroughly cleaned with qtips and dusted.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland JD-800

“Used Black Roland JD-800 Progamable Synthesizer keyboard with cord and cover. Condition is “Used”. Shipped from US, one owner ever. It used to belong to my father who passed away on February 1st. I don’t have the space to keep it sadly since it’s rather bulky and I already have another keyboard. It turns on just fine and all buttons work but after testing it it does seem to have an issue with connecting to an amp but nothing a repair shop shouldn’t be able to fix. I don’t have a way to test of headphones work but it was working perfectly the last time I played it in January and it hadn’t been touch between then and testing it at guitar center.” Click here to visit listing on eBay