Roland SH-1000 Project Machine

“Roland Sh-1000 Vintage 1970s Analog Mono Synthesizer – Condition is poor. The unit does power up but beyond that I have not tested. The unit has been sat in an abandoned recording studio and will fully servicing before use. It might also be useful for spares. Apart from the poor condition it seems to be undamaged otherwise.

Thanks for looking.

I am liquidating an old recording studio and will have, or will be listing a number of vintage pro recording tools and studio accessories. I have a lot of older MCI equipment, some of it very rare, most of it in pretty poor condition, untouched for some 20 years!” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland SH-1000

“Every knob and paddle work as they should!
Keyboard is in great condition.
Very few scratches and or dings for this vintage 1973 Synth.

Look at the Photos. This is a real collectors synthesizer!

This was my frist synthesizer. I now design and build customer synthesizers (Artisan Electronic Instruments)
I dissembled and cleaned this baby inside and out. I replaced a knob and paddle switch, tighten up all the bolts and nuts to bring her up to fully working condition. But After I put it all back together, two key contacts could still use a bit of cleaning. Crap. They work, but are a bit touchy. I didn’t want to open it again. But, really, this thing is in great condition.”
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Roland SH-1000 Project Machine

“Vintage Roland SH 1000 Synthesizer Powers On / No Sound / Rare Monophonic 1974. Condition is “Used”.

Powers on, light turns on. No sound. I wish I could tell you more than that, all the keys are in good shape. All the knobs move the way they should. I haven’t tried to get it diagnosed. Hoping it’s an easy fix for someone who knows more about synths and is ready to make their Eno masterpiece. ”
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Roland SH-1000

“Roland – SH-1000

Analogue Monophonic synthesiser

July 1976

Made in Tokyo , Japan

***Near mint*** studio use only.

Also included :

Original SH1000 Box

Original glass Roland music stand

Original SH1000 sample sound Roland synthesis booklet. ” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland SH-1000

“Incredible vintage synthesiser. The SH-1000 was the first compact synthesiser produced in Japan, and the first synthesiser produced by Roland. My SH-1000 was manufactured in Sept 1974 (I’ve included a photo of the serial number for reference).

This one turns on and produces a good sound, but will require some professional maintenance to get it back up to full studio quality. There seems to be some glide/sustain between keys which can’t be turned off and will need fixing. As far as I can tell, buttons/switches are otherwise working ok – but again I’d recommend professional maintenance to ensure everything is back to 100%.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland SH-1000

“Incredible vintage synthesiser. The SH-1000 was the first compact synthesiser produced in Japan, and the first synthesiser produced by Roland. My SH-1000 was manufactured in Sept 1974 (I’ve included a photo of the serial number for reference).

This one turns on and produces a good sound, but will require some professional maintenance to get it back up to full studio quality. There seems to be some glide/sustain between keys which can’t be turned off and will need fixing. As far as I can tell, buttons/switches are otherwise working ok – but again I’d recommend professional maintenance to ensure everything is back to 100%.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland SH-1000

“Up for sale is a Roland SH-1000 Used Synthesizer Keyboard, For Parts Or Repair, you get exactly what’s in pictures, for parts or repair, AS-IS. This was bought at a storage unit sale and sorry I know very little about vintage Synthesizer Keyboards therefore I am selling as seen in pictures and as I bought it. Here’s what I do know; I plugged a cord into the outlet on the synthesizer and plugged the other end into a receiver’s mic access. I turned it on and got it to play all the individual instruments on the far right side, and all seem to function as they should. Some played extra notes, but I think they’re supposed to do that, but not sure. There are 3 keys that are missing / broken, 2 far left and 1 in the middle all still can be turned on and off.
That was all that I tested,
other than that, all switches, knobs, etc, turn smoothly, as they should.” Click here to search for synths on eBay

Roland SH-1000

“Roland SH-1000 vintage synth, Roland’s first synthesizer, and supposedly the first keyboard synthesizer made in Japan. In good shape, missing one knob, has one knob missing the silver top, wood has wear, and there are some scratches (see pictures), but has all the selector tabs, and everything works as it should. Does take about 20 seconds to warm up when switched on before it produces sound, I’ve been told that’s typical, but wanted to make that clear. Can be operated as a preset synthesizer with the 10 preset tabs, or you can create your own sounds using the waveform selection tabs and assorted modifiers. Has vibrato and tremolo with a choice of two waveforms, white and pink noise, random note generator, portamento, note glide, filter controls, ADSR, and an octave selector switch. Sounds very good, can create some great sounds due to the ability to select multiple waveforms/octaves at the same time.” Click here to search for synths on eBay

Roland SH-1000

“here im selling a roland sh 1000 in very good condition for its age
usually these synths are covered in rust wood chipped stronlgy they can be very out of tune and switches missing

this example is in extremely nice condition the metal part has no rust or rough marks the wood only minor scratches
all knobs are original and fully working the volume knob has tiny but of plastic rimm missing see pics
it even has the adjustable see thru plastic leggs still in place as these are almost always missing ” Click here to search for synths on eBay

Roland SH-1000

“Roland Sh-1000 Monophonic Synthesizer. Condition is Used. This is a beautiful Roland synthesizer. The first synthesizer roland made in Japan. It sounds wonderful. Everything seems to work good. All tabs and sounds work good. However, I am not an expert so item is being SOLD AS-IS WITH NO RETURNS.” Click here to search for synths on eBay

Roland SH-1000

“ALL of the keys (Black & White) Trigger properly producing ALL of the sounds associated with the keyboard (Both preset and Waveform created). Some of the Sliders are a little hard to slide in particular the sliders for the Cut-Off Filter & Resonance which don’t seem to produce much change. Also, some of the POTS are a little scratchy and one or two of the Tab Switches may be a little loose and need some tightening. Other than that the keyboard seems to be in relatively GOOD Condition But, Still given its age (stated above) I must sell this AS IS due to the fact that electronic parts in a Vintage Keyboard like this tend to just ‘go’ pretty suddenly and without any warning.

As you can see my penchant for all things black led me to paint all of the white keys black rendering the keyboard extremely Striking and Unique! ”
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Roland SH-1000

“Roland’s first synth EVER, truly a museum piece.

All keys, knobs and sliders work well for an almost 50 year old device, although service could potentially improve its function.

Minor cosmetic wear and rust, as shown in the pictures.

It’s missing the pitch knob.” Click here to search for synths on eBay

Roland SH-1000

“This thing sounds cool as F$#K!!! I have other synths and keyboards and have not used this on a track in years… I think it should be yours now!!!
ONCE AGAIN THE CONDITION DISCRIPTION!!!! All Keys, Controls and Switches FUNCTION!!! One Paddle selector switch on the front panel is broken off but does function. Some knobs are gone…. Overall it needs a good cleaning and some love. Needs a new left side. That had been missing since I received it.”
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Roland SH-1000

“This unit is cosmetically pretty clean apart from some obvious nicks, dings, and chips that one would expect of a synthesizer of this age. Please check photos as I’ve tried to point out the main blemishes.

Unit has been thoroughly checked and is nearly 100% fully functional with some minor crackling of pots and switches here and there . . . this is a 46 year old synth after all. All knobs, switches work and feel solid and keyboard triggers reliably. The following are minor things I noticed while testing that should be mentioned . . .

White/pink noise switch can be a bit fiddly at times, but is mostly no problem.

Portamento can be a bit dodgy in terms of pitch tracking sometimes. . . again, mostly no issue.

The C# key in the middle octave sticks up slightly higher than adjacent keys. It triggers just fine and feels good to play, but is uneven compared to the rest of the keyboard. Please see photo.

I am not 100% sure if the VCF ADSR tab is working properly. When engaged, the ADSR does not effect it. The VCF ADSR pot will simply produce a positive offset to the cutoff frequency regardless of how the envelope is set. However, when both the VCF & VCA ADSR tabs are engaged, then the filter will respond to the envelope controls as you would expect. I believe this is the proper behavior considering there’s only a single envelope, but I’m not 100% certain. You’ve been informed.”
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Roland SH-1000

“Roland SH 1000. Good Physical condition, Minor Faults. 1973.. Condition is Used. Dispatched by courier 3 working days, collection welcome.

Roland SH 1000 Synthesizer, 1973, first Roland synthesizer, with original hard case and music stand.

The synth is complete although a few of the knobs are loose and some are damaged. It’s about 99% operational, all of the pre-sets work, as does the proper analogue control bit and it could easily be used as is, however, there are a couple of issues, the pot marked ‘sine/square rate’ in the mod.gen section and the tremelo amp. mod. pot, are stuck, as far as i can tell everything works as it should and it seems likely to me that it’s just the pots themselves that need replacing or even just freeing up. ”

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Roland SH-1000

“ROLAND SH-1000 mono analog synthesizer for parts doesn’t power vintage. Condition is For parts or not working. Worked last time it was used a few years ago been stored doesnt power on now. Fot parts or repair if possible but i dont know ifnit is”
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Roland SH-1000 Project Machine

” This listing is for a vintage Roland SH-1000 Synthesizer. The power light does come on when the switch is flipped with but we do not know if it is working so it is being sold for parts or repair. It is in fair condition with age appropriate wear including broken parts per the pictures shown, and is being sold as-is without return privileges. It has a slight musty odor from being stored in a basement. Thank you for looking.”
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Roland SH-1000

“Here’s a beautiful Roland SH-1000. There are some obvious signs of age because this is Roland’s first synthesizer and is almost 50 years old.
Completely functional. All sliders, pots and switches have been cleaned. No scratchy noises!”
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Roland SH-1000

“Here’s a beautiful Roland SH-1000. There are some obvious signs of age because this is Roland’s first synthesizer and is almost 50 years old.
Completely functional. All sliders, pots and switches have been cleaned. No scratchy noises!”
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Roland SH-1000

“Here’s a beautiful Roland SH-1000. There are some obvious signs of age because this is Roland’s first synthesizer and is almost 50 years old.
Completely functional. All sliders, pots and switches have been cleaned. No scratchy noises!

No reserve.” Click here to search for synths on eBay

Roland SH-1000

“Here’s a beautiful Roland SH-1000. There are some obvious signs of age because this is Roland’s first synthesizer and is almost 50 years old.
Completely functional. All sliders, pots and stitches have been cleaned. No scratchy noises!”
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Roland SH-1000

“Great candidate for restoration- ROLAND SH-1000 mono analog synthesizer – tested for power-on only, on others test was done

No broken or missing keys
Pitch knob is missing
3 machine screws on bottom is missing-see pic #4
Pictures part of description
Selling for part only, as non-working”
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Roland SH-1000

“THIS IS IT!
Roland (solely a Japanese company at this time) came up with this VERY nice basic analog synth in 1973. This was THE sound that made the Steve Miller Band “Fly Like An Eagle” album an immortal classic. I can remember being completely astonished the thing got the sounds it could in a completely easily-portable package- you could (still can) play this comfortably on your lap. It couldn’t do all that a mini-Moog could (signal routing is essentially fixed), but it had other features like NOTHING else that small and lightweight at the time.

Everything I can think of (as an experienced keyboard guy), I checked.
All the keys work.
The oscillators all work.
All VCF functions work.
Portamento and noise generators all work fine.
The VCF stage has some internal noise, much more than new, obviously, so it functions as a feedback oscillator when the Q is set high- this, to me, isn’t a bug, it’s a feature, and a fun one.

One of the “tablet” style switches was broken off, but still perfectly usable, I kludged up an extension to make it easier to actuate- there are a bunch of old home organ models that use the same type of tablet (not Yamahas, though, which is what’s sitting here at the shop and easy to get to)

Serial #255385, I haven’t been able to pin down DOM from that yet.”
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Roland SH-1000

“Having a tidy up of my home studio so reluctantly selling this old classic synth that i’ve owned for 30 years. It’s in great condition for its age and never gigged.

I’ve set quite a high reserve as i’ll only part with this beauty at the right price ”
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Roland SH-1000 Project Machine

” Needs some TLC! Powers up and produces sound, but has random sounds/waveforms in addition to the preset chosen. I’m told this is due to old capacitors which are allowing voltages to leak through, instead of blocking them as it should. The only other thing I noticed was a little dust in the faders which makes a temporary scratching sound when they are first moved, which can be easily cleaned. A couple minor screw holes in the wood end panel where someone apparently attached it to an organ. It includes a plastic music stand which attaches to the top. This is being sold as part of an estate liquidation. No manual or literature is included.” Click here to search for synths on eBay

Roland SH-1000

“Everything I can think of (as an experienced keyboard guy), I checked.
All the keys work.
The oscillators all work.
All VCF functions work.
Portamento and noise generators all work fine.
The VCF stage has some internal noise, much more than new, obviously, so it functions as a feedback oscillator when the Q is set high- this, to me, isn’t a bug, it’s a feature, and a fun one.

One of the “tablet” style switches was broken off, but still perfectly usable, I kludged up an extension to make it easier to actuate- there are a bunch of old home organ models that use the same type of tablet (not Yamahas, though, which is what’s sitting here at the shop and easy to get to)

Serial #255385, I haven’t been able to pin down DOM from that yet.
Here’s a really good demo of the capacity of this instrument:
TvwFQf8D44U at youtube (in case the url is a problem).” Click here to search for synths on eBay