'Late early' VCS3a with DK1 keyboard. Will be supplied serviced and warrantied with modifications/enhancements to the buyer's specification.
‘Late early’ VCS3a with DK1 keyboard. Will be supplied serviced and warrantied with modifications/enhancements to the buyer’s specification.
Lead time on these is not an exact science but we estimate 2-3 months depending on the level of servicing/modification required. We will manage and oversee the entire process on the buyer’s behalf.
EMS The Putney (VCS3) & The Cricklewood (DK1) keyboard for sale.
A rare chance to pick up an early example of this legendary instrument. Preliminary conclusions from our inspection is that it is original inside and out. It has an unusual heat sink at the top of the boards, but this is an early modification and may even be factory. It’s also notable that it is badged “VCS3a” on the serial plate: hence James describing it as ‘late/early’!
This price is for it to be supplied serviced by an EMS specialist, in full working order and with warranty. If the buyer wishes to take it in original condition for their own tech to service, we can offer a discount but no warranty. There are many modification options: we are asked whether this adversely affects value – if this is of concern, many can be implemented without drilling so the synth can be returned to original condition. The DK-1 keyboard can be upgraded to factory DK-2 duophonic spec very easily.
The main unit has substantial wear commensurate with a long and productive life making music, but all printing is legible. We would not wish to restore the face – this is a living, breathing historic instrument (others may feel differently – we leave it to the next owner to decide). We’ve given it a careful, gentle clean. The bent joystick will be straightened. Woodwork is very good – has a few dings and marks, and there is one hairline crack on the left side which will be sympathetically repaired. The keyboard is much less worn – it again has some marks and dings to the wood but nothing serious. All woodwork will be gently polished. See the photos or get in touch for more information.
For sales in UK the price will include 20% VAT. Buyers elsewhere may incur VAT or other local taxes on import.
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