Iconic and very lovable beat box. Serviced by us and in excellent working order. Great cosmetic condition (one of two we just listed – the other has more signs of age and is cheaper).
NOTE: This machine is working but is awaiting service and will ship within around 20 working days of purchase. We can also add a number of modifications – details below.
The Keio* Mini Pops is an iconic and unique-sounding analogue beat box, famously-used by Jean-Michel Jarre on his Oxygene album. They may seem simple, but they just have “that sound” and we have a real soft spot for them and always have one in the studio. Standard preset rhythms can be modified by simultaneously pressing combinations of buttons. The “Quijada” sound is instantly-recognisable and unique to the Mini Pops.
Service work will include replacement of failing capacitors and cleaning of all sliders etc. Note that some sliders may crackle if the unit is left unused but this will clear with a few sweeps of the slider.
MODIFICATIONS: We can add a number of extra features to these including some separate outputs, pots to tweak some sounds, and if you want the full tricked-out MP then we can fit Tubbutec’s Unipulse mod to give midi and other external clock control. Please enquire for the costs of the work you require.
*Keio is the forerunner of the mighty Korg empire.
In excellent cosmetic condition with minor scratching to the face. The red writing is faded but still legible. The case is very clean with minimal signs of wear or age. The end cheeks are very good with some dings around the edges. See photos for more information on cosmetic condition.
For sales in UK/EU the price will include 20% VAT. VAT-free sales are possible to businesses and individuals in the EU (outside the UK) with a valid VAT Number - please get in touch if you wish to buy this way.
100v Japanese model - it will run on North American mains 115/120v without a transformer (we run all our tests using 120v power); however, a step-down transformer is recommended for extended use. A step-down transformer is required in the UK/EU. We do not recommend using cheap generic Chinese mains transformers and can supply a high quality UK-made unit if required.
Another of these being used in this Harmonizer test…
View this post on Instagram
Sweet Harmony. . Test bench action from yesterday: @lordgid getting up close and personal with one of the Eventide H-910s that we’ve been testing extensively following a full restoration. . Nothing else sounds or behaves quite like a 910 that Tony Visconti famously told Bowie and Eno “Fucks with the fabric of time.” They are an unending source of inspiration - we always have one undergoing deep testing in our studio so we can be sure it’ll behave as it should once sold. This one is gone, but we’ll have another ready very soon - get in touch if interested. . The Roland RE-201 Space Echo here is also sold, but we have more on the site now including a super mint example; the Keio Minipops is awaiting servicing and will be available next week.
View this post on Instagram
Battered, gnarly Simmons SDS 8 sounding just so frickin ANGRY and amazing through the Hawk HR-40. Triggers are separate outputs from a modded Mini Pops. So much fun (if this kind of filth is your idea of a good time 😁). All three of these are just up on the site now ➡️➡️➡️
View this post on Instagram
Back, by popular demand! It's Mini Dubs Part 2. Final testing of a pair of Space Echoes (before they head back to their owner in LA) that got out of hand. This was the result (including stereo panning of the two different delays that you can't hear here). And to all the people asking - YES! We are getting organised to record these experiments properly. Expect longer releases and some limited downloads soon... ~~~ #dub #beats #imakebeats #electronicmusic #drummachine #korg #keio #minipops #spaceecho #re201 #geartalk #pedalsandeffects #vintagegear #soundgas #supersonicgear
"Soundgas has an unbelievable selection of the cool, old stuff that’s hard to find. Tony knows his stuff and goes out of his way to make sure the transaction is a smooth one. Thanks guys!"
"When you are spending big money of vintage gear it's nice to have the confidence of impeccable service, sales and support... some of the best in the industry! Impeccable people, incredible equipment… my poor poor fiancé"
“The Space Echo made its way to me - it looks and sounds beyond dreams, thanks guys for your great service and communication.”
"Just received my Roland RS 505 Paraphonic! Thanks so much - arrived very promptly, well packaged, in great condition and sounds amazing! Best seller."
"Soundgas offer a great service, sourcing esoteric gear that works great."
"Excellent equipment, wonderful service. I fully recommend Soundgas to anyone in the vintage gear market and I will definitely be a return customer. The gear itself was exactly as advertised and in great condition."
“Imagine the perfect eBay.... with everything you never knew you wanted… and you can rest assured that your vintage and rare wobbly sound device will turn up on time and in one piece and possibly in even better condition that when it left the workshop. Soundgas - literally amazing."
“The perfect place to hear, learn about and then buy your most wanted piece of vintage music gear! I've not only managed to buy a rare piece of equipment I really wanted, but I have the guarantee it's been serviced, and I got it from people who are clearly passionate and knowledgeable about what they do, as well as super friendly and responsive by email. Thoroughly recommended!”
"Still in shock! Can not believe how good the seller is. This product was inspected, and shipped from the UK to the USA quicker than orders from my home state. Highly recommend these guys."
“If not a new language, then at least a very challenging, old dialect that will take me some time to assimilate. I’ve been waiting a long time for the challenge. Thank you @soundgasltd, she’s a beaut...and nobody prepares and packs like you fine folks.”
“I’ve bought a number of items from Soundgas recently, and have been really impressed with their service. It takes the stress out of buying vintage gear to know it’s been properly (and faithfully) serviced or restored. Their after-sales service has also been exemplary. Highly recommended.”
"Packed with love and care. A stampede couldn't have crushed this thing. Works great and sounds like a dream. I love you Soundgas."
"Soundgas provided the absolutely top service in terms of item quality as well as service and communication. Shipping was fast, packing was top notch. These people deserve the best reputation they already have. Many many thanks, guys."
"Finally, a company that tracks down all those brilliant curiosities that bring so much character and personality to a studio."
"DREAM. COME. TRUE. My music has taken me around the world a few times...and if you are like me and absolutely adore vintage gear...Soundgas is the stuff of LEGENDS. It's the shop that people like us search for our whole lives- fantastic and rare selections, and the technical know-how to repair and or mod these vintage items to get them into shape to flow with your modern setup."
“If you are a vintage audio gear head then this is the place you have been looking for all your life. Pretty much any piece of classic or obscure kit that you are after is available here... But the clincher for me is that the gear they sell has been restored by their top techs (unless otherwise noted) which is really very important when dealing with, for example, synths from 30 years ago.”
“I have bought two Moog synths from Soundgas over the past year, and I cannot say enough wonderful things about their selection of vintage products, the level of service, diligent responses to email, and expedient shipping with copious protective packaging. Soundgas is an impressive operation. My synths also sound amazing! These folks have made my vintage keyboard dreams come true in short order!”
“I purchased a completely overhauled vintage valve Binson Echorec 2 T7E modified with varispeed, wet-only output, and a new paint job from Soundgas in early 2018. Tony and his team did an amazing job during every step of the purchase”
"The packing job to get it over to the US was superb, and the sound and performance of my Space Echo exceeds all of my expectations. I hope to do business with Soundgas again in the future. Many thanks!”
We have been helping Nils assemble new equipment for his next album and live rig. Inevitably some old faithfuls are being replaced - this is the...
PUBLISHED: 12th Mar 2020
New IGTV episodes featuring rare gear a-plenty in our studio. A behind the scenes look at the work we’ve been doing for Ben Frost focusing on...
PUBLISHED: 29th Jan 2020
We stand behind our gear with a guarantee of your satisfaction - see the FAQ section above for full details and buy with complete confidence.
When buying more than one item you only pay the shipping on the item with the highest shipping cost. Calculated automatically at checkout.
Get in touch via the contact page. We know & love our gear and we want to ensure you get something that matches your needs (that, and we just like talking gear).