MATRIXSYNTH: Vintage 80s Yamaha DX1 FM Synthesizer SN 1199

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Vintage 80s Yamaha DX1 FM Synthesizer SN 1199

via this auction

Some notes from the listing on the sound of the DX1 compared to other Yamaha DX synths:

"There will always be people that say that the DX1 is just two DX7s under one roof but having owned four DX1s in my lifetime, (I'm old) multiple DX5s, and DX7s this does not ring true to me. The DX1 has 5 microprocessors and 13 circuit boards inside it's heavy gauge steel body. It was built out of the highest quality components available. It just sounds better in my opinion. I am sure it is in the components used. This entire package is wrapped up in a Brazilian rosewood and heavy gauge steel housing.

I like the first generation of FM synths and how they have a darker more organic sound. If you can't afford a DX1 then get a brown MKI DX7 or a DX5. They all sound fantastic but the DX1 sounds the best to my ears.

I was comparing the sound of the DX5 and DX1 side by side today and the difference in sound is shocking (not just through the headphone amp). When you switch from the DX5 to the DX1 it sounds like someone took a wet blanket off your studio monitors. Also, Being able to program so quickly and use the velocity and after touch as a performance tool makes it special to me and dear to my heart. I have always had a thing for the DX1. I am only selling this because I am moving and have another. It sounds "better" than other FM synths in the same way a guitar or recording console sounds 'better' than another. It is hard to quantify.

Everything on this instrument functions like it should and it looks sharp. It has always been kept in a climate controlled environment. It has two very small cosmetic flaws that are not immediately noticeable but I wanted to mention them. It has a light one inch scratch below the Yamaha logo closest to the keys and a small cosmetic imperfection about the size of a pencil eraser or cigarette butt end on the left hand side. (to the right of the data entry buttons above key #15 on the face of the instrument) Other than those two cosmetic imperfections it looks incredible and would belong in a museum. The inside of the instrument is also extremely clean. It has never been abused or abandoned. Everything on this instrument works perfectly, there are no noisy pots or problem of any kind and I know these machines very well. If you are crazy enough to take this on a tour, every performance would go off without a hitch. It's a very nice machine.

They only made 140 of these. My guess is only 75-100 remain in good functioning condition. It's hard to find a DX1 for sale period, I would say it's even harder to find one in this condition that wasn't set aside to get dusty in some garage somewhere, when all the cheaper and lighter rompler keyboards came around in the early 90s."

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