MATRIXSYNTH: Buchla LEM 218 Touch Keyboard Synthesizer

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Buchla LEM 218 Touch Keyboard Synthesizer


via this auction

"Just so you know who you are buying from. Max Neutra here. Long time collector of weird and rare sound toys and synths. Some of my pieces have been added to the quintessential Mini Organ collection (miniorgan.com). I've made music and art for 20 years. Google me if you are curious.

OK so why am I selling this? A while back I invested in a Buchla Music Easel. Love it! But when it arrived, I noticed the keyboard had some discoloration. Given how much the thing cost, I was hoping for a more pristine specimen. So I called Buchla, and by some kinda miracle, they sent me a replacement keyboard. Switched them out, no prob.

I've been holding onto this first one for a while now. Was thinking I might eventually sell it as an extra bonus along with the music easel (if and when I do), but now I'm thinking it would be better off being used by someone rather than taking up space in my closet.

Score for you! A brand new and complete one of these is $1600! Now let's be clear, this IS NOT COMPLETE. It does not have the box/case, nor the power supply, or the knobs. Only what you see in the pics. It's more like getting the 218 clone kit, but preassembled. If you already have a Buchla Music Easel and want a replacement keyboard, this is perfect. If you want to build or acquire a case and power supply, you could turn this beauty into a stand alone keyboard.

What's wrong with it? Nothing! OK ok the one thing about it is that some of the keys have this spot where there is slight discoloration (see pics), but this does not effect the functionality at all. Strictly cosmetic. Funny thing is, if you play on these touch keyboards they will start to look worn after a while anyways, so no biggie."

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