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 Make Ems
 Model Dr Zinovieff's original Synthi A
 Description NEW FURTHER REDUCED START PRICE! A great chance to own a piece of history, and a wonderful example of a classic instrument. This is Dr Peter Zinovieff's own Synthi A, serial number 4016, which was beautifully restored by Robin Wood at EMS in October 2010 and is in perfect working order. Work done included replacing all three vernier knobs, servicing the joystick to make it a joy to use, and replacing eight pins with new ones - as well as getting it all up to Robin's exacting specs. Four badly-done mods were removed. The case was also provided by Robin. The earliest Synthis often didn't have cases, so Robin has spared one of his last few to make this instrument complete. It has a couple of repairs to the edge, visible if you look very closely at bottom left and top right; and seems to have a small gap in the top left corner. But the metalwork and general condition are exceptional - see the photo. The main differences from the machine as designed are that the two principal audio oscillators (VCO1 and VCO2) have had the stabilisation mod, and the input gain on channel one has been converted to a ten-turn pot - all very useful. Cosmetically it is very nice indeed, as evidenced by the photos. It will come with Dr. Zinovieff's full written provenance (he believes this is the actual Synthi used in the 'Every Picnic Needs a Synthi' advert), and his signature on the instrument wherever you choose. In the composite photo is a picture of Robin Wood and Dr Zinovieff after the servicing was completed in September.
 Age n/a
 Weight n/a
 Condition Very good
 Location 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 : Yes
  Original boxes : No
 Plug type United Kingdom standard plug
 Voltage type Internal 220-240V power supply
 Status Item has been sold or not sold in a previous auction
 Sale type The item is on the auction rooms
 Ending on 14/05/2011
 Category Synthesizer (Modular) 
 Serial number 4016
 Sphere reference # 8024
 Statistics Created on : 01/11/2010 
Changed on : 10/05/2011 
  Published on : 10/05/2011
  Displayed : 5540 time(s) by members and guests  
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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 5950 GBP
 Converted price (1) 5950 GBP
 Shipment International or local shipment to pay
 Packing costs n/a
 Payment Full pre payment needed
 Auction bid step 50 GBP
 Auction highest bid 6050 GBP
 Converted highest bid 6050 GBP
 Leader or winner devissch
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