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 Make Fairlight cmi
 Model IIX: MIDI, card reader
 Description Rare, beautiful Fairlight Series IIX, with MIDI and a card reader disk drive replacement. This actual machine was sold at VEMIA in 2014, and serviced by Fairlight experts nLi before we delivered it to our client. The client loved it, and rated the quality of sound and sampling very highly (and he should know). But quite soon afterwards a switch on the monitor was accidentally changed, and the monitor blew up. So it then sat for several years unused in his studio. Eventually he sourced a replacement tube, and we have had that fitted by an old-school TV tech, and the monitor serviced. After that amount of time unused, the Fairlight will need some skilled work to get it 100% again. Switching it on, at first we had very little response, but we re-seated some cards and it started coming back to life - although the technique to use the MuStudio card reader and how it combines with the Fairlight's OS was also a serious challenge for a newbie.

As it stands, we were able to access the factory sound library (and all versions of OS, too) - we didn't explore further, but it might be that there are some user samples as well. The output sounds lovely. We weren't able to sample (but nLi told us afterwards that we should have used a D.I. box because of impedance issues). We didn't get into the MIDI side, and we couldn't get the light-pen to work. We didn't try the remaining 8-inch disk drive. A few keys were unresponsive at first but improved with use. One black key seems to get a bit stuck.

So you'll need a certain amount of work put into it, but then have a wonderful example of a classic instrument. Very nice cosmetic condition - the MIDI add-on box is worn in places but everything else is very good - and a bright new monitor screen. The original tube is included. Packing (actually palletising unless we can deliver by hand): 50GBP. Hand collection would be great.

 Age n/a
 Weight n/a
 Condition Very good
 Location Uk (Item is at Vemia Uk)
 Vat Not from a VAT-registered business. But VAT / duty may be due if importing from outside your trade bloc.
 Quantity 1 item is available from the owner
 Options User manual : No
  Service manual : No
  First owner : No
  Original boxes : No
 Plug type United Kingdom standard plug
 Voltage type External power supply 220-240V
 Status Item has been sold or not sold in a previous auction
 Sale type The item is on the auction rooms
 Ending on 09/04/2022
 Category Sampling Workstation 
 Serial number Unknown
 Sphere reference # 24534
 Statistics Created on : 29/03/2022 
Changed on : 30/03/2022 
  Published on : 30/03/2022
  Displayed : 2790 time(s) by members and guests  
Safety All electrical items sold in VEMIA are deemed to be trade sales. No warranty of electrical safety is given or implied. Many items are vintage and would not pass current electrical safety standards. It is the responsibility of the buyer to ensure that items are safe to use in their future environment - if necessary by using the services of a professional.


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The following section gives you the prices as well as shipment and payment conditions associated with the item. Payment is always requested in GBP. Converted price is shown for information and converted with Sphere standard currency rate.

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 Start price 4950 GBP
 Converted price (1) 4950 GBP
 Shipment International or local shipment to pay
 Packing costs 50 GBP
 Payment Full pre payment needed
 Auction bid step 50 GBP
 Auction highest bid 12100 GBP
 Converted highest bid 12100 GBP
 Leader or winner lukcook
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