Get double the fun with 96 rhythms in the rare variant of one our favourite preset beat boxes.
Working well and will be serviced before we ship. Estimate is 10-15 working days from purchase.
Korg KR-55B for sale. The 55B is the “jazz” version of the classic 55. Much less common, with a lot of different rhythms and a total of 96 different options.
These are great drum machines – nearly 100 rhythm patterns (plus intros and fills) which can also be tweaked by the swing parameter, opening up a huge variety of different rhythms. It features a trig out for analogue synths/sequencers. All analogue sounds of course and so distinctive – the 55 and 55B just seem to sit so well in the mix and are endlessly inspiring.
Serviced and in excellent working order – all pots moving smoothly and noiselessly and all pots, switches and knobs working well. (It is always possible with vintage equipment that crackly pots/sliders may develop over time when equipment has not been used – even during shipping – this can usually be easily rectified either by a few turns or in extreme cases, with suitable switch-cleaning spray).
From the Vintage Synth Explorer KR-55 page: The KR55 was, for its time (1979), an advanced preset rhythm drum machine with up to 96 preset rhythm patterns! These patterns cover the whole gamut of presets (Waltz, Samba, Rhumba, Bossa Nova, Tango, Slow Rock, Swing, Rock, etc.). The KR55 also featured a “swing beat” control to add a variation to the groove. Each drum sound’s level can be individually adjusted for each pattern. It can also be externally controlled via footswitch jack for the Start/Stop and Intro/Fill switches. The KR55B was a black-chassis version released a few years later in 1982 with twice as many rhythm patterns. It has been used by Jean-Michel Jarre, Trio and Depeche Mode.
Very good cosmetic condition overall. Face and controls are great. The case is clean but has a some scrapes to the top. Please see photos or get in touch if you require more information on condition.
100v Japanese model. For customers on 220/240v supplies we will supply a high quality step-down transformer free of charge with your purchase - let us know if this is not required. On North American mains (115/120v supplies) this unit will run without a transformer (we run all our tests using 120v power); however, a step-down transformer is recommended for extended use. We do not recommend using cheap, generic Chinese mains transformers - please ask if you have any questions about powering this unit.
For sales in UK the price will include 20% VAT. Buyers elsewhere may incur VAT or other local taxes on import.
Demos of previous units sold.
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Boris dub. ‘Let’s spend the last hour of the day doing a demo...’ so said @declan_kitts and @joel_kidd yesterday at 4pm. After some chicken strangling (no chickens were harmed during the session - see our story for more), the combination of Moog Prodigy, modified Korg KR-55, Guyatone AE-5, Roland VX-55, and guest vocals from - ahem - our ‘beloved’ Prime Minster saw this happen. Wonder if he’s up for a set at Glastonbury with us next year... . #mcboris #pmindub
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Without a doubt this is my favourite Soundgas jam of recent months. @declan_kitts and @joel_kidd rigged up the modified KR-55 to a Roland VX-55 spring reverb mixer, grabbed the Moog Prodigy and ran Boris through a Guyatone AE-5 delay (now sold). Love the vibe and the irreverence - one thing we can be sure of as we lumber towards Brexit is that we’ll still be making music on these islands...
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Just can't think of a caption for this post on a Monday featuring a blue synth... Any ideas? 😏 . Blue SH-101 and outstanding Space Echoes available now. Modded KR-55 just sold, but at some point we'll produce another - if you want to encourage us to do that then email us at [email protected]
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This week's Wednesday Jam was on Thursday. Crazy. Dec and Joel call this one: "Mono-Poly/SH-101/KR-55 CV Madness" - Can you think of a better name? (Or can you think of a worse one?)⠀ .⠀ We asked them what the HELL was going on here, and they said it was:⠀ Korg KR-55 > Sound Workshop 262 Stereo Reverb⠀ Triggering:⠀ Korg Mono/Poly MP-4 > Moogerfooger MF-104Z > Small Stone⠀ Effect Loop - Triggering:⠀ Roland SH-101 > Roland RE-150⠀ (if that's not clear please address all questions to Dec.) ⠀ .⠀ Most of that lot is for sale on the site. Monopoly and SH-101 both have midi and are serviced. Exceptions are the KR-55 that isn't listed yet but can be yours if you message, and the Sound Workshop Reverb which is still undergoing... investigation. Buy gear from people who use it and love it (and fix it properly and give you a warranty and all that jazz 😋 )
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We can't stop here, this is bat country! Our next auction (November 22nd) features some head-turning, show-stopping synths, however we also wanted to put the spotlight...
PUBLISHED: 21st Nov 2023
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