Stunning sounding EMS Synthi A. Tony has this to say about it: "I’m always reluctant to let a Synthi go as they each have their own character and I’ve really connected to this one..."
Fully restored: in excellent working order and including 6 month warranty from Europe’s top EMS specialist.
Stunning sounding example: serviced and ready to ship. Tony says: “I’m always reluctant to let a Synthi go as they each have their own character and I’ve really connected to this one…”
EMS Synthi A for sale in excellent working order following a thorough overhaul and extensive testing (it’s a tough job, but Tony forced himself to do it 🙂 ).
Sonically and visually this is an early Mk1, but it has had some internal boards (that do not affect the tonality) replaced by early EMS Cornwall boards (see below for further info). Tony has tested this extensively and confirms it sounds just as he’d expect from an early Mk1: in fact he’s still not handed it back and is feverishly recording with it before someone buys it. Demos of Tony’s exploits with this Synthi are below.
New commission instruction: more info below from the technician who performed the servicing
This is a Mk1 Synthi with early EMS Cornwall replacement B and C boards. As the sound and character depends on board A and the matrix layout, this Synthi works and sounds as you’d expect from a Mk1.
Supplied with three EMS handbooks which contain essential and detailed information for the budding (or experienced) Synthi user: the VCS3 manual; The Synthi Book Of Sounds; The Synthi Educational Handbook.
In very good overall condition, the face is clean showing some wear and discolouration as you’d expect from a vintage Synthi. It’s had an IEC socket installed in the past. The Spartanite case has had a hole blanked off near the handle and is missing its badge (we can fit a new replacement from EMS Cornwall if required). The lid has the two mounting holes for a KS section (to make it an AKS) but as the joystick is the longer type and the power supply not upgraded for KS, it would appear that the lid is not original to this unit. Please see photos or get in touch if you require more information on condition.
Switchable voltage for use anywhere in the world - it will be set up ready for you to use before we ship.
For sales in UK the price will include 20% VAT. Buyers elsewhere may incur VAT or other local taxes on import.
The first three demos feature this Synthi A. The others are more of our Synthi videos from the archives.
Not a another guide to Synthi AKS, but an account of my experience encountering and using one of these remarkable instruments.
PUBLISHED: 17th Jul 2018
The first live gig from the Soundgas Studio. A pair of EMS Synthi AKS back-toback producing the fabulous music of Pin Park.
PUBLISHED: 22nd May 2019
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