Yamaha TX816

“I bought this unit new in about 1985. Since then, it has been almost entirely in my smoke-free home studio. Only occasionally was it used onstage, and has always been in its flight case. I used it to do quite a few demos and 3 children’s CDs. It is in beautiful condition. The only thing wrong with it is that the tiny plastic(?) ring (grommet?) that encircles the power button is missing. I have no idea when or how that disappeared, but it does not affect the performance in any way. The 8 space flight case is included. It looks sharp and is in excellent condition.

I set up these modules so that they each generally pertain to a certain kind of sound, though some modules are more varied. For instance:
Module 1 is all bass sounds, including a great Tuba sound
Module 2 is mostly pianos and clavs.
Module 3 is mostly electric pianos and bells.
Module 4 is organs and synthy organs, which a timpani thrown in for fun.
Module 5 is mostly strings, with some percussion.
Module 6 is mostly brass and some great pads
Module 7 includes woodwinds, harmonicas, vibes, and more percussion.
Module 8 includes guitars and an assorted mix of more interesting sounds.

I very selectively searched through hundreds of sounds to choose the ones I have here. I was looking for the most musically useable. I tended to stay away from very reverberant sounds, because I figured that reverb can always be added to any sound, and obviously it can be more specifically applied in that way.

Included in the sale are the rare TX816 Operating Guide, a bunch of vintage literature, and a print-out of the names of the sounds in every module, which will help you to see how they’re organized. Each column represents a different module: 1 thru 8 – a treasure chest of great sounds. Lastly, as you will see in the photos, the winner will also receive paper copies of hundreds of more charted out DX7 sounds.

Before shipping, I will sheath the flight case with cardboard, for extra cosmetic protection.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Yamaha TX216 with 4 Yamaha TF1 Modules

“Used Yamaha TX416 (4x TF1/DX7 Modules) Vintage FM Synth. This is basically 4 DX7 modules in one unit. Each TF1 module has an XLR output and in my opinion has a much cleaner and denser sound than a DX7 1/4″ non-balanced output. All of the electronic components (audio/MIDI) work great.

All of the TF1 modules work as expected. The original batteries on the TF1 modules are soldered directly onto the circuit board and are a pain to replace, so I’ve soldered some handy battery holders onto each of the four modules (see last pic) for much easier battery replacement (batteries are used to store the current patch selection so when you boot the TX416 up it retains memory of selected patches).

I got this thing used several years ago in its exact condition, as you can see the case has quite a bit of wear on it, including light scratches and marks, and there are some missing screws on one side of the case but it is not loose in any way, the current amount of screws keeps it snug. The pull out menu/guide is also quite worn out but all the instructions are legible.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Yamaha TX216 with 4 Yamaha TF1 Modules

“I originally bought this as the TX-216, and then added 2 more of the TF modules to make it a TX-416. I’m the original owner, and it’s only ever been used in my smoke-free, personal studio. It has some scratches on top from being repositioned in different rack configurations and a couple small scratches on the front, but other than that, it’s been gently used. Mostly it’s been unplugged while mounted in the rack for the last 17 years. I even have the original manuals. Please note, the closeup photos make the displays look like they’re funky, but it’s just the bad lighting. The displays all work great and look completely normal. The more distant photo does a better job of showing them.

I’ve tested all it’s core functionality – midi inputs on front and back and all audio outputs. I replaced the memory batteries in all 4 modules. All 4 modules are working great. I was able to get my old Opcode’s Galaxy Librarian software working, and I’ve loaded up all 4 modules with my favorite DX7 patches – an array of electronic pianos, organs, basses, percussive tones, bells, flutes, brass, and synth pads. I tried to pick the type of sounds that made the DX7 so distinctive. Hopefully you also have librarian/editor software and can load your own favorite sounds. If you have Opcode’s Galaxy Librarian, I’d be happy to send you my entire library. I have thousands of DX7 patches.

The DX7 and TX modules were always my favorite synths, and it’s hard to say goodbye to this old friend, but I know that if you’re looking for one of these, then you’re a die-hard fan of these sounds too.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Yamaha TX816

“This is a freshly serviced and tested Yamaha TX816. If you are looking at this you know it is basically 8 DX7s in a rack! Pair this with one of the modern software editor/programmer options and you can unlock some deep FM synthesis potential.

Before listing the synth was fully serviced so it’s ready for the next owner to enjoy.
No repairs were necessary.
All of the batteries were replaced with new ones in holders.
It was thoroughly tested and given a clean bill of health.
Factory patches were reloaded.

The unit is missing the button cap for the power switch. The switch still works but I don’t have the correct cap for it. They come up from time to time for a few bucks.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Yamaha TX816

“Yamaha TX816 Synth Rack 8 DX7 Midi module

Roland MKS 20 Digital piano Module

Roland M-120 12 channel line mixer

This comes as a bundle for a vintage electric pianos aficionados.

The three modules are in perfect working condition, and the black rack case is included in this sale.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Yamaha TX816 and Yamaha TX216

“For sale is a TX 816 and a TX 216, combined for two Yamaha MRF8 racks loaded with ten total TF1 modules. This is a great vintage digital FM synth, essentially a Yamaha DX7 in rack form. They are in good shape with some wear as expected for the age. Both racks power up, all 10 modules output sound when midi notes were input. We have not tested it further and it’s possible they may need some servicing, mostly likely just needing new batteries and presets loaded. At the very least they are at powering up and make sound responding to midi notes.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Yamaha TX816

“Very rare mega FM synthesizer – this is 8 x DX7 voice boards (MK1 DX7, 16-voice, 6-operator FM each) in a single 4u rack. each module has independant midi inputs and balanced audio outputs, also there is a master midi input that can control all voice cards at once. It is 8-part multitimbral and 128 voice polyphonic (thats 768 operators/oscillators!) and can be used in any possible split / layer configuration.

This unit was recently serviced – several minor faults were repaired (dead led’s, faulty relays and switches repaired, psu serviced, new case screws) also all 8 batteries were replaced and fitted in holders for easy swap out in the future.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Yamaha TX-816

“Very rare mega FM synthesizer – this is 8 x DX7 voice boards (MK1 DX7, 16-voice, 6-operator FM each) in a single 4u rack. each module has independant midi inputs and balanced audio outputs, also there is a master midi input that can control all voice cards at once. It is 8-part multitimbral and 128 voice polyphonic (thats 768 operators/oscillators!) and can be used in any possible split / layer configuration.

This unit was recently serviced – several minor faults were repaired (dead led’s, faulty relays and switches repaired, psu serviced, new case screws) also all 8 batteries were replaced and fitted in holders for easy swap out in the future.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Yamaha TX216 with 5 Yamaha TF1 Modules

” Up for sale is our Yamaha TX816 synthesizer rack with FIVE TF1 DX7 engines loaded.
Although the TF1 modules are the DX7 engine, these have balanced XLR outs… That gives a MUCH cleaner, louder sound. The original DX7 is known for being very noisy, these are much cleaner and bolder sounding… Essentially the sonics are much like a DX5.

This TX is in great condition, all TF1 modules work and sound great except for the middle one which needs a new battery installed.. I bought a new battery from Syntaur and will include it for new owner.. i just dont have the time to install. All caps on cards and power supply still check out good and as normal : )” Click here to search for synths on eBay

Yamaha TX816

“Yamaha TX816 6-operator FM Rack Mount Synthesizer, Great Cond, All 8 modules work perfectly. Condition is “Used”. This synth is literally 8 DX7’s in a 4-space enclosure, all of which are 6-operator, independently controllable and editable modules with each module having its own midi in port and balanced XLR output. There is also MIDI in/out/thru on the main section to control all 8 modules as 1 huge synth. Most people have used this synth to stack the same patch over all 8 modules, but varying the pitch and pan for each one to create a HUGE FM wall of sound.”
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Yamaha TX816

“Yamaha TX816 rack mount module, fully loaded with 8 x TF1 modules, each of which is an original Yamaha DX7. It’s in good condition and full working order, however please note that this is a 110V US import so you will need to use a step down transformer with it.

It would make more sense for me to strip this out and sell the TF1’s individually as they sell for £180 to £250 each, however I’d prefer to sell this complete so that someone else can explore the full TX816 in all of its glory.” Click here to search for synths on eBay

Yamaha TX816 Missing 1 TF1 Module

“Yamaha TX816 Digital FM Synthesizer – 7 DX7’s in a Rack!

Nice Condition, overall very clean! It does have cosmetic wear but works well.

This is a classic of FM synthesis. This edition of the DX7 has the pretty, cleaner sound of the MKII as opposed to the grittier sound of the original MKI.

Sounds from the Yamaha VRC Collection, SoundSource Super LA D50/D70 collection, and various other carts I have owned over the years.” Click here to search for synths on eBay

Yamaha TX216 with 4 TF1 Modules

“The Yamaha TX216 provides you with the means to create sounds that combine acoustic realism and warmth with total digital control. Truly the “best of both worlds”.

This particular unit of mine has been even further upgraded with the addition of ANOTHER 2 (two) TF1 modules – now giving you the incredible POWER of 4 Yamaha DX7 KEYBOARDS IN ONE RACK-MOUNT BO” Click here to search for synths on eBay

Yamaha TX816

” This listing is for a Yamaha TX 816 FM Synthesizer in very good condition. Loaded with 8 TF1 modules.

Services Performed:
– Each TF1 Module has a new battery installed.
– A few of the Individual/Common LEDs were out. All Individual/Common LEDs were replaced with New LEDs.
– Each Module was individually loaded with presets from a DX7 and tested.” Click here to search for synths on eBay

Yamaha TX216

“This Yamaha TX216 has been fully restored by Synhouse, including 2 new lithium batteries in 2 new battery sockets for easier replacement (and because soldered-in batteries are 100x more known to leak, don’t know why), and it has the Synhouse/Synclav com TX216/TX816 power supply upgrade, in fact it is the very first in the world to have this, and has been worked on day and night here for 16 days to finish off this power supply upgrade kit and installation.

Synhouse has engineered (2016-2019) a massive power supply upgrade that puts a Synclavier power supply into the Yamaha TX816. It’s a little more than that, it’s actually a custom +5v digital power supply and +/-15v Synclavier analog power supply that goes into the TX816 with upgraded wiring, improved grounding, and additionally gets rid of that ridiculous donkey tail AC power cord (only 2-prong, it isn’t even grounded), putting a normal, properly grounded, IEC AC inlet on the back so that it can use a standard computer power cord. ”
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Yamaha TX216 with 4 TF-1 Modules

“Yamaha TX216 with (4) TF-1 modules. Condition is Used.

This is a vintage Yamaha Pro keyboard rack mount piece used in all the top studios from way back in the 80s…still in use today. If you are reading this, you probably know what this monster can do. This is basically 4 vintage DX7 synths in one rack, with the ability to house up to 8 total modules.

Balanced +4 pro level output for each module.

I bought this unit used, and has worked fine for me. I’m not using it much these days, so this needs to go to someone who will put it to good use.

It is not physically perfect, but is functionally perfect. Due to the age, I am selling this unit as is, with no returns, although I will guarantee no DOAs.”
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