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Post by Panason » Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:53 am

I wouldn't mind owning a Technomage and a Polygamist just for the names :hihi:

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Post by estin » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:55 am

Granted there is 750 of them, but I think the Grendel Drone Commander v1 deserves a spot on the list. They pop up on ebay and reverb here and there but still sell for a decent amount more than they did when new and in production. Its such a lovely and unique synth.

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Post by nuromantix » Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:40 pm

Roland SH3 ??

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Post by brianc » Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:49 am

MPC Electronics MPC-1.
They made a couple hundred. It's kind of a one trick pony but has it's own sound sort of. Also has a built in computer/sequencer interface (I have the 1984 Timex/Sinclair computer as well).
I value at $1500 for the whole package in excellent condition, 25% because of it's sound & performance, 75% because of it's rarity and it looks cool.

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Post by Panason » Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:19 am

Rainbow ribbon cable , whoa. :yay:

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Post by Muzone » Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:23 am

Soulsby Odytron special edition - only 150 made.
Rare to find someone who's even heard of it let alone has one, one of my "keeper" synths for sheer idiosyncrasy of the little beast!

http://soulsbysynths.com/odytron-special-edition/

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Post by deltaphoenix » Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:24 am

Regarding the Knas Ekdahl Polygamist, 53 or 54 were manufactured. The price has increased over the past couple of years from $2200-2400 18 months ago all the way to $3k+.

It is so densely packed with functionality that it really is still a good buy at the $3k or so price range but that really goes against the ideas that Karl had in mind when he designed/built the Polygamist.

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Post by nostalghia » Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:19 am

Another rare one, not mentioned yet-Gleeman Pentaphonic. Only 30 made in black, 20 with a clear plexi control panel (check out the clear "gumdrop" knobs on the pots!). 3 VCOs, 3 octave keyboard.
Vintage Synth page with specs and pics: Gleeman Pentaphonic

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One of the black models was sold on Reverb earlier this year for $7K (by Switched On in Austin, TX)
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Post by jahreed » Wed Aug 29, 2018 12:37 pm

NTH synth produced in limited quantity for kickstarter backers

<100 sold

<40 pcbs sold

so my guess is there are about 100 around today

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funny enough, with about 2 dozen synths and 600hp of euro this 8 step synth has an exceedingly unique character...[/video]
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Post by Hyberus » Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:53 pm

I don't know whether it counts, as it's not modular, but my favourite obscure synth (which I am lucky enough to own an example of) would be the Technomage Little Infinite Frequency Expander.

I have no idea how many were made, mine was manufactured in 1996 and I believe that they stopped being made in 1999.

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Post by clusterchord » Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:01 pm

my favorite obscure/rare piece, and one i was chasing for many years, original PPG Wave 2. arround 200 made or less, afaik.


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Post by jkjelec » Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:49 pm

I can't recall the name, but in the 1990s there was a modular synthesizer company that sprang up I think in New Hampshire USA. I think it started with an "E", like Evol or something. I have the sheets with the specs for each module around here somewhere. I don't know if they actually went into production.

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Post by Synthmatic » Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:57 am

Evos. Could have been interesting. Pix of modules here:

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Post by Panason » Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:27 am

This sounds great!
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Re: rare one

Post by smitty.west » Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:56 am

jahreed wrote:NTH synth produced in limited quantity for kickstarter backers

<100 sold

<40 pcbs sold

so my guess is there are about 100 around today

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funny enough, with about 2 dozen synths and 600hp of euro this 8 step synth has an exceedingly unique character...[/video]
hey, cool! my good friend sent me one of these a couple months ago, but i'm yet to dig into it. he's close friends with the maker and the one he sent me was iirc the first complete proto featuring a mirror finish. nice to see them mentioned on here.

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Post by smitty.west » Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:20 pm

Does the 150 pieces listed for the JoMoX SunSyn in the OP include the Mk2's? IIRC only 25 or so of those were made. I own what's possibly the last one made:

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Post by MindMachine » Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:12 am

SMS Modular
Polyfusion Modular
Synton Modular
PPG Modular
ARP 2500 modular
ARP Lil Brother
ARP Educational Modules and Keyboard

I bet Kobol of any kind is found to be 'rare'.
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Post by digitalganesha » Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:05 am

Two EXPENSIVE tube run rarities that I would kill just about anyone to obtain... but please, do let us know if you own one! :rip: :whistle:

Knifonium - still made today, but the $16K price tag makes them pretty far and few.
http://knifaudio.com/knifonium/
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Post by Panason » Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:32 am

Knifonium is a very carefully designed synth for many purposes, small and light enough to take to gigs
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Post by booger » Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:18 am

I once had the fortune of owning a Sequential Circuits Prophet T8. I thought I remember hearing that it had a low production run (under 200?). I didn’t think that the sound was that amazing. I think that most of the sparkle of that synth was in the keyboard.

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Post by ndkent » Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:18 am

Though desirable and rare the keyboarded Fizmo is more common and as far as I know the same engine.

I'm sure the Peavey things were prototypes

The Synton Syrinx was made in a keyboardless edition of around 10 in the late 90s if you are counting different formats of the same synth

Exclusively Analogue Aviator semimodular from 1994 surely qualifies. Probably a pile of semi modulars in small runs

Fenix - while commonly credited to Synton the synths are actually labeled "By the Original 1973-1989 Synton Team" this might be significant as Felix Visser, who ran the company but was not involved. He is developing a keyboard synth now as Syntonovo and showing prototypes at Superbooth.

Fenix (I) was 1997 and 75 units though the serials are a bit cryptic

Fenix II made in 2010 has been mentioned as 75 units

Fenix III is a big sequencer, not a synth per se. I've heard 25 or less presumably due to cost of buying both at the same time.

Yeah I guess like 5000 euros each but can vary due to not often coming up for sale often and someone selling one lower because they need cash fast.

EML 101 was built for quite a few years and supposedly around a thousand were made so not all EML qualifies as under 500. Agree with the number of around 100 for the EML 100, though they seem to change hands more often than many synths with that kind of number.

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Post by doombient.music » Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:38 am

RMI Harmonic Synthesizer -- less than 50 units made, at a guess (first unit made seems to have been #101, according to the service manual, last number known is #140).

RMI KC-1/2 Keyboard Computers seem to be fairly scarce as well but they are definitely more common than their Harmonic Synthesizer.

PPG 1003 Sonic Carrier -- apparently, five or six examples made altogether, plus perhaps the odd one without keyboard, mounted into a 300 modular case.

PPG 340/380 -- seven or eight units altogether. How many of them actually worked I don't know.

The Exclusively Analogue Aviator apparently wasn't made in huge numbers either.

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Post by Morley » Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:04 pm

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Post by Panason » Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:14 pm

Synton Syrinx was made in a keyboardless edition of around 10
Hopefully they'll make a kb-less edition of the new Syntonovo PAN, and make more than 10. That thing looks incredible but I have no idea what it might sound like.

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Post by Morley » Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:22 pm

Panason wrote:
Synton Syrinx was made in a keyboardless edition of around 10
Hopefully they'll make a kb-less edition of the new Syntonovo PAN, and make more than 10. That thing looks incredible but I have no idea what it might sound like.
Soon I’ll be able to demo one :banana:
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