Powertran Transcendent 2000

“ETI POWERTRAN TRANSCENDENT 2000 ANALOG SYNTH by TIM ORR of EMS

Model used by New Order and Joy Division

Complete with filter pedal, construction notes PDF, and “Sequencer Loops” CD

A very rare opportunity to pick up an excellent condition ETI/Powertran Transcendent 2000 synth.

This unit is in excellent cosmetic condition and internal condition, mostly working and will benefit from a thorough service by a professional. Circuit diagrams and construction notes included as a PDF.

The T2000 was sold only in kit form and this unit has been very well constructed (see interior photo) with a nice style of large knurled control knobs chosen, and unusually a small Roland style knob added to what is usually just the stump of a potentiometer for overall tuning.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Powertran Transcendent 2000

“Powertran Transcendent 2000 Analogue Synthesizer. Monophonic, so not possible to play chords on the keyboard. Testing this unit leads to the conclusion that a bit of setting-up and calibrating is required.

A home built kit from 1978, it has been working in the early days and put to good use. Now left unwanted and unused.

The original construction article with full instructions to build and calibration is supplied. Not all components used in the construction are as specified and the power cord and switch have been replaced by a Euro-style input socket and cable is supplied. The main printed circuit board, metalwork, cabinet and keyboard are the origanals as supplied by Powertran.

A known problem is that a few of the contact spring sets to the keyboard are out of alignment and I presume to be fixable. One of the wooden side panels has been split and badly repaired by my younger self (Shame on me) see image.

Although not shown on the images, the metal base plate is included” Click here to search for synths on eBay

Powertran Transcendent 2000

“Well built example in decent cosmetic nick, all original knobs, original transfers intact, some scratches on the end cheeks.

Pots and switches cleaned and lubed, functioning perfectly. The keyboard tracks well, some keys need a little encouragement to engage. Incredibly stable tuning given the vintage. Intermittent tracking issue with the 3 lowest keys, seems to resolve after a decent warm-up. Filter works well in BP and LP modes. Be VERY careful with the resonance. ” Click here to search for synths on eBay

Powertran Transcendent 2000


– Pots and keyboard connections have recently been cleaned, but it does have a few issues in line with its age
– Some of the pots have a bit of crackle, especially the VCO level control. Would be quite straightforward to replace
– The top C# key does not track pitch correctly. It will play the note value of whatever key was last pressed. I guess there is a broken connection somewhere which could be tested and fixed
– Apart from that, it plays and sounds great. The panel, woodwork and keyboard are all in great cosmetic condition for a 40 year old synth” Click here to search for synths on eBay

Powertran Transcendent 2000 Project Machine

“Rare Joy Division sounding Transcendent 2000, not in currently working condition. The unit was in transformation to being made into a rack model from a keyboard, since 3 of the keys do not work. Photos of the keys are included and the power cord was removed to install a 110v power supply for use in the U.S. You can continue to work on it for a rack or desktop model, and that would actually be a beautiful synth.
It worked find otherwise, and 3 keys got damaged in the transit, so I searched the internet of a gent in England who turned his keyboard model into a rack for portability. You don’t really need the keys if you install a midi panel and use a modern keyboard controller.
Anyway, this is the job for someone to continue working on this already made kit when it was purchased, or use it to enhance your already working Transcendent 2000 for parts. Either way it’s worth it!”
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