Update on the Next Soundgas Auction
WRITTEN BY: Tony Miln
UPLOADED: 13th Sep 2023
The next live Soundgas Recording, Instruments & Studio Equipment Sale is happening on Wednesday 27th September 2023 at 16:00 BST / 11:00 EST.
Viewing goes live on the weekend of the 16th of September but this is YOUR early look at a sale which amounts to a roll call of dream synths, rare and exotic electronic instruments, and also includes over 60 lots of eurorack, plus a “tech’s corner” for those who like a project/challenge/adventure…
Image above: a restored, super-rare PPG Model 1002 Synthesizer which is up for sale.
The first live auction run on the new soundgasauctions.com site was a great success with a winning mix of bargains and high end vintage synths including a Yamaha CS-80, Sequential Prophet 5 Rev 2 and an Oberheim Four Voice that drew a crowd.
The September auction features over 200 lots including more show-stopping rare and desirable synths, and plenty of the vintage/classic/weird studio gear and instruments for which Soundgas are well known. This time there will also be a Eurorack & modular synth section with over 60 lots available: a mix of Doepfer and other manufacturers, including some uncommon modules. Plus this auction includes a dedicated “techs’ corner” with items for repair/restoration/parts.
Highlights (aka Dream Synth Shopping List)
The online sale catalogue goes live to view on Saturday 16th September. Vintage and exotic (mostly) analogue synthesizers & drum machines that will be up for sale include a Yamaha DX-1, Moog System 35, Buchla Skylab, Cwejman S2, Maplin 5600S (see image above), Synton Fenix II & III (see below), PAiA Modular, OSCar, RA Moog Minimoog, Roland TR-808 & 909, almost the entire range of Korg MS synths and accessories (see below), and a Yamaha CS-80 (tbc).
In addition there are some highly sought after effects units including Marshall Time Modulator, Countryman Phase Shifter (a pair), EMS Synthi HiFLi (tbc), Ludwig Phase II Guitar Synth, and Mutronics Mutator.
One highly significant lot is a prototype Eventide Instant Phaser. Dating from 1971, this Eventide is of historic importance: it has been confirmed as being one of the first two built by Richard Factor. As the Instant Phaser was the first rackmount studio effect, the unit we are auctioning is one of the very first two pro audio rack units ever made! Eventide themselves posted about this find recently:
The David ‘Dex’ Wright Collection
In addition, this sale includes the first part of the extensive studio collection of David ‘Dex’ Wright which comprises many classic synths, outboard, modular and DIY pieces. It is a significant collection that we will be auctioning in stages over the next six months. Dex, who sadly passed away last year, was one of the leading figures in the Lincolnshire underground music and art community, performing as a solo artist under the name Tape Noise, as well as collaborative projects Dregs of Zen, Crisp Packet Jackets and Grim Beeper. Dex was the founder of Weird Garden, a live music event hosted at his own Decimal Place artspace since 2012 that continues in his memory.
More information about Dex can be found in this Sound On Sound article.
More Auctions Coming…
The next auction is in early November and will include the next instalment of the Dex Wright collection, an expansion of our Eurorack section, plus more classic synths, drum machines and hardware.
We also have an auction of artist-owned instruments, gear and memorabilia in the works. Confirmed lots include a Garrard 401 owned by John Lennon which was part of his Ascot Sound Studio at Tittenhurst Park, an ex-Genesis Schulte Compact Phasing A, Marshall Time Modulator from Giorgio Moroder’s Musicland Studio (used on Queen’s Another One Bites The Dust), Gary Moore’s Roland RE-501 Chorus Echo, Sylvain Sylvain’s Univox Superfuzz and many more to be confirmed...
If you have something you wish to have considered for this or any of the auctions, please make contact via the Soundgas Auctions site.
The live auction takes place on Wednesday 27th September 2023 at 16:00 BST / 11:00 EST.