Roland TR-909

“Vintage Roland TR-909
comes as seen
will need some servicing
2 prong power cord is NOT included

well age and used as seen

the drum machine powers on and all rhythm triggers working except the MID TOM Buttons
the Mid Tom sounds are working when you use the pattern play mode.
the cartridge bay was not tested.
the tempo display does not light up – the Tempo dial does work
the volume and other small adjusting knobs appear to be working – the Mid tom ones cannot be tested” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Roland TR-909

“Roland TR-909 Vintage Rhythm Composer Analog Drum Machine in great condition . All knobs and buttons seem to work correctly, tested to the best of our ability, we can not test all in’s and out’s here at the shop. This is in great condition for it’s age, there is some small bumps in the finish bottom left hand corner and the bottom part of the top. The battery holder can be a easy fix with some tape.” Click here to search for synths on eBay

Roland TR-909

” Works very well. Of course, over the years it has worn into what it is today. Everything works well on it. There is some static that presents itself sometimes among 2 or 3 instruments but it’s only on those volume knobs. Typically it is caused from dust. It is an amazing machine !”
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Roland TR-909

“This TR-909 unit was once owned by Skinny Puppy and, previous to that, the one and only Kraftwerk. Considering the enduring influence of both of these groups, it really deserves to be in a museum. It’s been in my possession since 1994 and has never been outside of the studio. While I would love to keep it around for trusty grooves (and as a conversation piece), my interests have changed. It should be in the hands of someone more dedicated to the keeping the techno mojo flowing.

It’s in top shape except for one technical issue: the internal memory has stopped working. A technician traced the problem to a faulty CMOS chip, the repair of which would be relatively straight-forward. In the meantime, patterns can easily be saved to a cartridge (such as the M-16C or M-64C), if need be. In any case, I’m building up beats live most of the time and consider this the quintessential mode — see Jeff Mills ‘Exhibitionist’.

Voltage is currently set for 120V. This can be changed internally to 220V or 110V by switching taps on the internal power transformer. Comes with owner’s manual and annotated service manual in a hard binder. Shipping will be insured and the unit will be double boxed.” Click here to search for synths on eBay

Roland TR-909

“Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer Analog Drum Machine TR909 TR 909 Vintage.

This unit was recently given a complete review by an audio repair shop and everything was found to be working perfectly. No scratchy pots, everything is in perfect working order. This is coming out of my smoke free studio and this is my every day percussion source, so no surprises it’s in perfect working order.

This unit does have a couple of minor nicks if you look at it with a magnifying glass but is easily the best condition of any TR-909 I have come across so far.

Please note:

I’m also including a Doepfer MSY3 midi-to-dinclock adapter and a 3ft and 10ft midi/din cable so you can just plug and play this into your existing setup!”
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Roland TR-909

“If you are looking for a vintage Roland TR-909 that works excellently and you will be able to depend on to function for years to come, you should consider this guy.

It has been serviced by a professional competent tech and all features and functions work great. The knobs move smoothly and quietly, all outputs work, every function has been tested and it is ready to make tracks.

It is in good cosmetic condition with some minor cosmetic defects. It has a few light scratches, scuffs, and indentions here and there.

It has some very mild wear along the front edge in one spot where the paint reacted with the black rubber of a keyboard stand (not noticeable), some mild wear to the plastic ends, but this machine still looks sharp.

It comes with it’s original, printed in Japan, manual and the correct cartridge. It also includes it’s original two prong power cable.

The battery compartment is acid corrosion free. I replaced the double A battery holder and foam during it’s last servicing.

This has the version one EPROM and is a pretty early machine serial number 382,026. I have never had a midi timing issue. Replacing the EPROM to upgrade to version 4 is major surgery since it is not a socketed EPROM so I never bothered. Something to think about is the majority of tunes that made the 909 famous were done with version 1 and 2 EPROMS. This was my reasoning for not upgrading. Another mystery to me is the serial number system of the 909. I have NEVER in all my life (I am old) seen one with a serial number below 381,500. Either way this 909 functions and sounds GREAT. I could listen to the kick from this machine all day long. ”
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Roland TR-909

“1980s Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer (Drum Machine). No issues. Works perfectly. All buttons and knobs work as they should. Well cared for and maintained by Bruce Forat.

**Also a very special mod by Bruce so I can have Rom Version 1 and 4 (Rom version 4 does not allow a factory reset). He made a switch in the battery compartment (see photo). The best of both worlds. You can switch between Rom version 1 so you can do a factory reset and Rom version 4 for midi timing correction. This machine is probably a one of kind. This mod does not effect the sound at all. It’s a costly upgrade.

See photos for cosmetic condition. Comes with power cord and a copy of the owners manual.

High serial number which will have all the Roland revisions to the 909. Great sounding machine. ”
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Roland TR-909

” 1980s Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer (Drum Machine). No issues. Works perfectly. All buttons and knobs work as they should. Well cared for and maintained. See photos for cosmetic condition. No Mods. All original.

Comes with a copy of the owners manual and power cord. Rom version 1 (this version does factory reset).

The only thing worth mentioning is the eraser head size scrape at the very top front (again see photos).

High serial number with all Roland revisions that were made throughout those years. Power house kick drum. Great sounding machine.

Smoke free home. ”
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Roland TR-909

“Vintage – 1980s Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer (Drum Machine). No issues. Works perfectly. All buttons and knobs work as they should. Well cared for and maintained. See photos for cosmetic condition. Comes with a copy of the owners manual and power cord. Rom version 1 (it does factory reset). Any weirdness you see with the red display screen is just reflection in the photo. There are no flaws with it.”
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Roland TR-909

“1980s Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer (Drum Machine). No issues. Works perfectly. All buttons and knobs work flawless. Well cared for and maintained. See photos for cosmetic condition. Comes with a copy of the owners manual and power cord. Rom version 1 (this version does factory reset).”
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Roland TR-909

“The original and highly influential – Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer Drum Machine! This piece of kit is so highly regarded for good reason, still sounding fantastic and relevant to this day.

The TR 909 is fully working and has been very well looked after, cosmetically looking lovely and clean also. Includes power cable.”

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Roland TR-909

“This TR-909 is fully functioning and ready to change hands. The screw mounts for the left side panel are broken and I’ve used tape to keep it in place over the years. It came this way from the previous owner and although OEM side panels can be cheaply sourced from a Roland SBX-80 or custom built wooden ones would work all the same, tape worked just fine for my purposes. To be completely thorough the individual outs are not fully volume consistent, adjusting the gains on the mixer channels to match desired levels (or the volume pots themselves) is necessary. This is true of vintage analogue drum machines in general and comes down to personal mixing preferences. This is a non-issue function wise with the TR-909 itself. Happy bidding” Click here to search for synths on eBay

Roland TR-909

“Good condition. Fully functional. Comes with power cable. I am listing it at a lower price than most others on eBay, because it has light stains on the surface (which can probably be removed with the right product) and the power adapter it comes with is not the original one.”
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