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Korg Rhythm KR-55B

Korg Rhythm KR-55B

Brand: Korg

Regular price £825.00 GBP | Inc.VAT: £990.00 GBP
Regular price Sale price £825.00 GBP
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Get double the fun with 96 rhythms in the rare variant of one our favourite preset beat boxes.

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Product Description

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 pageThe 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.

Condition

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.

Voltage Information

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.

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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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