“YAMAHA DX-1 Synthesizer with A/B cartridges Up for sale is my pristine YAMAHA DX-1 Synthesizer with A/B cartridges. I have owned this beautiful work of art for over 20 years and have not put many hours on overall on this uniquely distinctive and visually stunning keyboard.. It use to belong to a famous Boston based composer and due to my work and other issues I have not been able to put in the time that I desire to utilize this BEAST of perfection. I fill that someone else should benefit from the creative sound pallet that this instrument can inspire from. I have recently had my tech go over the machine and replace the battery and has a clean bill of health. The Keyboard will be costume crated and shipping quotes will be determined by zip code. I will consider shipping this instrument world wide but I do prefer to ship this within the United States. I currently reside in Arizona and I’m willing to drive up to 400 miles in any direction to meet someone to take delivery of this Keyboard as an option to not shipping it. ” Click here to visit listing on eBay
“Here we have an excellent musical instrument. The Yamaha DX1. I refer to it as a musical instrument because nothing stands between you and your creativity when you use it like some other hardware synths. It feels like a complete thought or idea as opposed to just hardware. No expense was spared making this the ultimate FM instrument.
The components are so quality that it never makes an offensive/shrill sound. It’s easy to get lost in playing it. This was the most expensive project Yamaha ever undertook. I do not think anyone for the rest of human existence is going to put this much money or attention to detail into a synthesizer ever again. To me, that is what makes this machine special and dear to my heart. This is one of three DX1s that I have owned. I sold the first in 2009 and received positive feedback for it.
People will go on and on about how the engine of a DX1 is two DX7s. This does not ring true to me. There are so many components and circuit boards inside the DX1 compared to the bare bones set up of a DX7. They may say how a FS1R can do more. This maybe true and they are cool units but the output sounds buzzy and shrill comparatively, plus scrolling through menu after menu is not fun. There is something about the “Rolls Royce” quality of the DX1, plus the sound, plus the interface that makes it really special. This of course is all my opinion. I can say I have compared the sound of the Yamaha DX5 and Mk1 DX-7(sold one of each on ebay and received positive feedback for both) and while they both sound nice the DX1 blows them away in just the weight and warmth of the sound. Comparing a DX1 to other FM synths is like comparing a Fairlight CMI to an Akai sampler. The Akai wins on paper but you don’t play paper. Again, all the machines I mentioned are great and have their place. I just think the DX1 is extra special.
They only made 140 of these. My guess is only 75-100 remain in good functioning condition. This one looks and functions excellently. As you can see from the pictures it looks sharp. It has NO smoky, musty, or unpleasant smell. It does have a few minor cosmetic flaws that I have shown in the photos keeping it from being “perfect”. It has a few flaws in the wood that are not very noticeable because they blend in with the rustic grain and texture of the REAL Brazilian Rosewood, but they are there and you can see them if you look for them. Overall this is a well taken care of DX1 with a small amount of wear, it is in far better shape than many other DX1 instruments I have seen. It has always been stored in a climate controlled environment. You will not be disappointed. ” Click here to visit listing on eBay
“This Yamaha DX 1 is in somewhere between very good to excellent used condition cosmetically both inside and out, this vintage mid 80’s DX 1 FM Synth shows some signs of use on it with some dings and dents and scuffs/scrapes here and there, and it is not perfect mint condition, but this DX 1 synth was maintained very well and is in proper working condition, I can send many more big HD pictures by ebay message request.” Click here to visit listing on eBay
“I am the second owner of this incredible Yamaha DX1 synthesizer. It has always been in a smoke free, controlled environment and is in perfect working condition. Only 140 were produced with the original list price in 1985 of $13,900. If you are familiar at all with this instrument you know that it was the finest example of a synthesizer keyboard that Yamaha ever made. This keyboard is a 9.5 of 10 cosmetically and comes with 9 ROM sound cartridges, a Yamaha breath controller, Ultimate Support table stand AND a MIDI interface box that allows it to transmit full MIDI velocity of 127. The instrument itself only transmitted velocity of 100. Additionally it has polyphonic aftertouch and is a great controller.
There are very few of these synthesizers still available and almost none in this condition. The only reason that I am selling it is to consolidate my studio.” Click here to visit listing on eBay
“1985-86 Yamaha DX 1 frequency modulation digital synthesizer with memory 64 patches and 64 available performance patches, 32 voices and the DX 1 is Bi-Timbral and with early basic MIDI in through out, and this synthesizer also comes with two RAM and one ROM memory cartridges. Dual FM 6 operator engines with 73 weighted and balanced wood keys, with polyphonic aftertouch and velocity. This DX 1 is almost mint condition with no broken or chipped keys and no broken or missing controls or sliders. This classic vintage mid 80’s digital synth works perfect and is in very nice condition overall, and it comes with a custom made Anvil flight case with the foam in very good shape still. Of note there is pictured in this listing a residual serial # or inventory # of some sort scratched on the back of the DX 1 done apparently by the previous owner, or this might have been done by the church as inventory. I am not aware why this was done or by whoever did it, however this line of numbers was there on the back of the DX 1 when I acquired it. I bought this DX 1 about two years back fall 2013, and this synth came from a church in Minnesota where it was being used by the church organist. I drove over 8 hours in my SUV to buy and pick up this HTF rare Yamaha DX 1 synth in person instead of having it shipped, and it has not been commercially shipped since then. ” Click here to visit listing on eBay