Keytar, KX-1, Yamaha @ 25 March 2011, Comments Off on Yamaha KX1

“”The KX1 is a Japanese made, very rare ( yeah, I know, everything for sale on Ebay is either unique or rare, but this unit is one of only a thousand made) 44-note remote MIDI controller with velocity and aftertouch sensitivity. FULL size keys, not toy piano sized as found on the KX5, Yamaha’s replacement instrument unit for the KX1. The ribbon controller is used to modify pitch and mod effects. Unison, sustain, and portamento buttons and a breath controller input are all there. THIS UNIT WORKS PERFECTLY!

Up to 64 patches can be accessed via 8 buttons, 4 bank buttons. This instrument represented a watershed moment in synths. Herbie Hancock’s personal KX1 now resides at the Smithsonian. The cream colored casing is made from wood, not petroleum. Cosmetically the condition is 9.5 out of 10. This particular unit was used on recordings made by the cult band Ellis Island out of Boston.

And if that’s not enough, you can get up and dance with it! Try that with a baby grand”” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.

Keytar, KX-1, Yamaha @ 03 December 2010, Comments Off on Yamaha KX-1 Keytar

“This auction is for 1980’s Yamaha KX-1 synth in very good working condition. This instrument has been modified and refinished. Works with a 9 volt battery. Really nice instrument that sounds great! Not too many left out there from the 1980’s. Bid today so you don’t forget to bid tomorrow and miss out on this deal! You can save BIG on this purchase! Please look carefully at the high definition pictures above to see its condition for yourself before you bid, and please feel free to email or call us with any questions you might have, we will try to answer your question to the best of our knowledge. Auction includes ONLY what you see in the pictures.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.

Keytar, KX-1, Yamaha @ 31 July 2009, Comments Off on Yamaha KX-1 Keytar



I purchased this KX1 brand new in 1983 and the original and only owner. I custom painted it a “burnt orange” copperish color (Ford truck paint code: BN). I never had it re-lettered or put the Yamaha name back on because I wanted the cool color to stand out and looks “stealth” too! Very easy to learn what each button and function does with still having the original owners manual.


Also the road case you see pictured, (Calzone ATA), which it will be shipped in. Also the battery pack which holds 6 “AA” batteries, the strap, original owners manual and the 50 foot MIDI cord.

NOTES: there are a couple paint chips at the very tip of the neck, (see pictures), the ribbon control quit working over 10 years ago, but never really needed to repair it. (I have heard the part is still available, but again, never desired to persue repairing it). the MIDI cord has one end that has half the metal sleeve in the keyboard & the other end is still on the cord. It still works fine so I never fixed it!!! I would recommend putting a new end on it and will even give you the part. LASTLY: the road case definitly does it’s job of protecting the keyboard and shows the wear & tear that 25 years would normally expect. Now the artistic drawing and notes written in a sharpie marker inside the case….. well, remember, I was 17 at that time and was very bored!!” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.