Yamaha SY1

“This one is probably purchased new in 1975. Works very well. Keys all work smooth and no notes are missing. In tune. Sounds recording-ready. Only issue is touch control does not really seem to do anything. Otherwise everything sounds and works awesome. Priced accordingly. “ Click here to visit listing on eBay

Yamaha SY-1

“The SY1 is Yamaha’s first ever commercial synthesizer, fully analog, sold in good working order, all keys and voices are working although there are a few chips around the edges.
Comes complete with original flight case. ”
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Yamaha SY-1

“I’m having a bit of a clear out and selling my lovely Yamaha SY1 synthesizer.

This was Yamaha’s first synthesizer from 1974 although it seems advanced in that the keyboard has aftertouch which can be routed individually to the filter or wah-wah, the amp or to produce vibrato, or all three. There are 28 preset sounds (Growl Pet being one) but you can also engage manual control over the filter cut off and resonance, the amp envelope, vibrato, pulse width and portamento, which can then be edited using the sliders and knobs on the control panel. You can also slide into notes using attack bend.

Once mastered this is a very expressive synth to play and though I have Roland SH1000 and 2000, I personally think this is really head and shoulders above them control wise (and it never double triggers!). Put through some dense reverb and delay you can almost make it cry like a guitar – there are some good demos on YouTube.

The synth is in lovely condition with just a few small paint chips on the front corners (seems to be very common on these synths) and a couple of marks on two of the keys. The wood is really nice and clean with no marks, I hope this comes through on the photographs. I just don’t use it as much as I once did.

The synth also comes with about 3 mtrs of power cable which seemed to be standard then.”
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Yamaha SY-1

“I am selling a vintage Yamaha SY-1 solo synthesizer. There are 2 knobs missing, but this doesn’t affect the working condition of this item. It is in good working condition. There are some cosmetic blemishes, but it is in good condition. See photos.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Yamaha SY-1

sy1 “It’s time to send some of my now-lonely old friends to new homes where they’ll be properly appreciated again.

The Yamaha SY-1 seems limited due its only having 28 presets, but it has a lot more control than you would think which allows the sounds to be shaped quite easily.

I bought this synth back in the late 90s and it’s been safely stored for the last decade or so.

The synth sounded a little wobbly when I tested it last week so I opened it up and gave it a nice cleaning and it was quickly back to normal. The Cutoff Frequency slider sounded good but was a bit rough to move so I cleaned that out too and now it slides well again.

The synth is boxed up and ready to ship and is safely wrapped in large bubble wrap with kaizen foam on each end to protect the sides. For the box itself I took a 48x16x16 box and cut it down so it would fit this synth exactly. I spent an hour or two packing it so I’m fully confident that this synth will be safe during shipping.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Yamaha SY-1

sy-1 “Great example of the Yamaha SY-1 synth. This is from the mid 1970’s and is in brilliant condition for its age.
It works perfectly and sounds lovely and vibrant; has a full synth section with many controls to modify the sounds. It is like a baby CS80 with the ability to imbue a real expressive feel into the sounds(Think Blade runner synth leads)

There are a few marks here and there consistent with a synthesiser of this age, but there is nothing to detract from its beautiful good looks – The wood casing is also in very good condition.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Yamaha SY-1

sy1 “Very rare Yamaha SY1 analogue synth in great condition – probably one of the best condition sy1 you are likely to get.
Great analogue sound from its presets and the presets can be tweaked using the synth controls. Aftertouch works great and is the key to the expressive sound from this synth. Just add a digital delay and use the expression for Vangelis type leads and sounds.

Beautiful synth that hardly come up for sale for a reason because people tend to keep them” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Yamaha SY-1

sy-1“This beauty is an estate auction find. For being nearly 40 years old it is excellent condition. There is some wear on the paint at the top and the corners. All the keys work, buttons and switches knobs all present and working. It needs to be cleaned with deoxit and the knobs lubricated, but it was well taken care of. This instrument was used by Royksopp according to vintagesynthexplorer.com and truly has a sound of it’s own. Considered to be a single voice CS series synth, it has features and a sound you really can’t get with anything else.” Click here to visit listing on eBay