Yamaha SY77

“Yamaha sy77 SY-77 FM Synth Workstation – Vintage.

A great FM synth that sounds amazing.

It is in used condition with marks all around and some of the usual breaks to the casing at the back corners which is often seen on these.

There is some sticky residue on the back of the synth where someone has put tape on for some daft reason.

The print on the face is all still intact and clear.

The buttons mostly all work with the exception of one or two sticky buttons on the right hand section where you choose the patches but they still work with a few presses.

These buttons can be replaced quite cheaply, but as the board is deep in the synth it’s a bit of a long job to do, I have done this on another one I own and the actual soldering was easy enough as the circuit boards are old decent quality, but as the button mostly works anyway it would only be a job I’d personally do if I was replacing something else at the same time like the LCD panel.

I’m not sure if the floppy drive is still operational as I have no way of testing it. These can easily be replaced with a usb unit which offers a far superior experience. I have replace this in another one I own. These is info on Google, YouTube and eBay about this.

The keybed is all intact and nice and white, they quite often go yellow. I think there is maybe one sticky black key in the middle somewhere.

I’m not sure if the back up battery has been replaced but it still holds memory as it should.

The LCD screen backlight maybe gone as happens on these but you can still see what’s going on. These can be replaced with good modern led units or fixed using el panels, look of YouTube and eBay for info on this. I have done this with another one I own but it’s a bit of a long job as it is located deep within the synth under several circuit boards.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Yamaha SY77 Project Machine

” Yamaha SY77 Vintage Keyboard Synthesizer – NOT WORKING.

Please read the description carefully. I am not the original owner so I don’t know what’s broken or if it can be fixed. A couple weeks ago I bought this from another seller on here who listed it as “tested & working”. When it arrived it clearly didn’t. I then looked at the photos again and realized it wasn’t even the same SY77. I asked the seller if they had perhaps sent the wrong item by mistake, they gave me a full refund but offered no explanation. (You however will receive the exact item pictured, as shown by the serial number printed on the back). To corroborate my story I’ve posted my purchase and refund in the last two pictures, but if you have any doubts about this item, please do not buy.

The synth turns on, but the screen is completely blank. I know the screen is getting power because the contrast knob works, but nothing appears and there is no sound. I checked the power supply and verified all secondary voltages (+5v, -5v, +12v, -12v) work properly. I believe the floppy drive is dead because when I turned it on the red light kept blinking, so I disconnected it from the board. The screen backlight is also dead (a common problem with these) so I disconnected the backlight inverter too. Made no difference, the screen is still blank. The back is missing a few screws.

On the plus side, overall cosmetic condition is very good other than a few scratches. All of the keys appear to be in good condition, but since the sound doesn’t work I don’t have a way to test them. I opened it up and the boards look good, nothing is obviously missing. Previous owner soldered in a new battery, I tested it at 2.5v, so most likely someone has worked on this in the last few years. It may be possible to fix this synth or use it as a source of parts, but it’s beyond my abilities so I’m selling it. Feel free to ask additional questions or for more pictures.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Yamaha SY77

“Yamaha SY77 Vintage Keyboard Synthesizer. Two of the keys are out place, but are still intact. This unit powers up and I can move thru the menu on the system. I have no other ways of testing. This unit is old and with all vintage electronic items, this is being sold as-is.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Yamaha SY77

“YAMAHA SY-77 Synthesizer COSMETIC DAMAGE Working Order SYNTH. Collection only or arrange own courier. I can’t post it 😊

Update. Corner on the back has a chip see pics.not noticeable from the front

We have turned it on and it says : warning change internal battery.. I’ve no idea what this means but will be reducing the price now so that this helps out someone who can sort it.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Yamaha SY77

“Yamaha SY-77 FM Synth Workstation – Vintage – NB DISK DRIVE PROBABLY NOT WORKING.

Comes with four Sound Source disks – Pop Music, Rock and Roll, Manhattan and Platinum. Also “One Man Band” disk.

The disk drive whirs, but seems not to load data from disk. Unknown if drive is faulty, or if there’s something wrong with the old disks. So, buyer beware – drive should be assumed to be faulty and need replacing if you need that functionality.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Yamaha SY77

“Yamaha sy77 SY-77 FM Synth Workstation – Superb condition. No reserve

Think mega multi timbral dx7 on steroids and fx

And awm samples

And thats what the sy77 is.

Get yourself a waveblade and your into synclavier territory, fm can modulate samples in the sy77 its a pretty epic machine if youve got the time and the inclination” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Yamaha SY77

“Yamaha SY77 in generally good condition. Screen clear with no fading. All LEDs, buttons, wheels and faders working perfectly, as well as all the keys. The floppy disc drive however, no longer works. There is some damage at the front of the synth below the top key which does not affect play or structural integrity, please refer to pictures. The synth comes with all the manuals as well as a Sector101 WaveBlade Programmer and 8MB card which allows you to play your own samples as oscillator waveforms. This is a heavy instrument, buyer collects.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Yamaha SY77

“I’ve had this monster since 1994 – overall good condition, a few scratches on the end panel, right hand side, a couple of minor scratches across 1 black key, some wear on the case paint under the keyboard – see photos. Home use only.

All button lettering is still visible, backlit LCD display in good working order & fully legible, all buttons and controls working, all audio totally clear and fine, MIDI all good, all keys working with velocity & aftertouch. The floppy disk drive spins but no longer reads data – this will require a replacement belt, and is a common age-related defect.

It still sounds *amazing*. Combine the FM synthesis engine of the DX7II with sampled AWM waveforms, pipe it through the powerful resonant filter, express yourself with the 2 mod-wheels and aftertouch, and complete the experience with the onboard effects.”

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Yamaha SY77

“Yamaha SY77 Vintage Synthesizer Keyboard With Original Flight Case. Powers On. All keys, voices, buttons, dials, wheels and faders working. *Floppy drive remains untested. Minor scratches and wear throughout with no keyboard casing cracks. Please forward any questions and thanks for looking…” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Yamaha SY77

“Plays great, with a few quirks since it is vintage equipment. What I’ve noticed are things that are fixable: one sticky key, volume sliders are a little scratchy, and the headphone jack has to be fussed with to work properly sometimes. Haven’t tested all functions like the jacks and the floppy drive.”
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Yamaha SY77

“Excellent Vintage Yamaha SY77 Music Synthesizer Made in Japan Works great. Condition is “Used”. Local pickup only.

I have no way of testing the floppy drive or Midi outputs and inputs. But it turns on, I can switch patches, and make sound through the headphone input. One little problem is that the D# an octave above middle C gets stuck. It makes sound, but it gets stuck so you have to lift it up to make it stop playing. I’m sure this just needs some cleaning and tlc. Otherwise everything works great.”
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Yamaha SY77

“I installed a gorgeous new black and white screen, a long and laborious task that is worth paying someone else to complete. Because the new screen is installed, there is no annoying converter whine. The keybed is fantastic, and there are no issues with it – the keys all work, the aftertouch feels great, and the velocity works perfectly. I’ve experienced no jitter/noise with any of the faders or the jog wheel. Comes with original Yamaha sustain pedal, as well as the SAX 1 and DRUMS 1 wave and voice cards. The onboard sequencer is very similar to Yamaha’s QY line (think Squarepusher), and integrates very well with the internal RCM synthesis engine.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Yamaha SY77

“Yamaha SY77 Synth/Workstation , if you are looking you probably no more about it than me. I bought this from Facebook market place without being able to test but told it all worked. It doesn’t….. so here are the good and bad points that I can tell

Bad or not so good:
Not all the buttons work when pressed
The disk drive doesnt make any noise or light up
Few of the sounds are available are not as you would expect, i.e piano sounds like a drone, but drum sounds work ok.
On some voices / sounds the screen shows random text, Im not sure why.

Good:
It turns on and boots up fine.
It makes some sounds.
The data dial and sliders all seem to work.
Some of the push buttons work.
The outside of the keyboard is pretty good and all a few small age related marks.
The keyboard action on all keys seem fine. “ Click here to search for synths on eBay

Yamaha SY77

“Anyway this thing is in pretty good condition, it sounds amazing and responds predictably to all incoming midi. I paid a guy to install the usb floppy emulator but haven’t figured out how to wrk it yet. Ive been loading sounds and setups via sysex. This thing is a monster, especially with the ipad control apps. I’m selling just because I got the rack version because my studio is super tiny b I’m not much good at keys. It sure has a great keyboard though so if you can play at all, this is your synth. Its very responsive even to light touch. Not real sure what else to say, the backlight isnt working but thats an easy fix according to the internet. Guess thsts about it. ” Click here to search for synths on eBay

Yamaha SY77

“Product Description
This is the unshakable classic that has rocked the music scene. The “Professional Prestige” has a high level of integrated design all over its body.

This is a used instrument with a few scuffs, scratches and stains.
There is a small mark on the keyboard that looks like tobacco ashes have fallen off. Please check the picture for details.
Power supply/operation check
This is for easy preset switching and checking the sound output on all keys.

Item:Baking soda & alcohol cleaned as much as possible. ” Click here to search for synths on eBay

Yamaha SY-77

“SHIFT and ENTER buttons require a harder press to engage but they work.

New LCD. Sliders, buttons and LEDs all present. Disk drive works. 9/10 cosmetically. Some numbers rubbed off by frequent use.

Make this beautiful sounding beast yours.”
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Yamaha SY77

“Yamaha SY77 Music Synthesizer Keyboard
Tested and works
One sharp key sticks but still plays the note – tape on note – see pics
One white key is raised up but still plays the note – tape on note – see pics
Scratches – see pictures
Dusty and Dirty
Used” Click here to search for synths on eBay

Yamaha SY77

“Yamaha SY77 Music Synthesizer Keyboard
Tested and works
One sharp key sticks but still plays the note – tape on note – see pics
One white key is raised up but still plays the note – tape on note – see pics
Scratches – see pictures
Dusty and Dirty
Used
Local pick-up available” Click here to search for synths on eBay

Yamaha SY77

“This keyboard works but is well-used as you can tell from the pictures. There is a crack on one corner. It has a headphone jack, three MIDI ports, and plugs for both a foot controller and a foot switch. It comes with a carrying case with a shoulder strap. The case is dirty on the outside from being in the garage.” Click here to search for synths on eBay