MATRIXSYNTH: Tristram Cary’s Step Son's EMS Synthi AKS (1976) - Mint Condition - SN 45423.KS. For Sale

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tristram Cary’s Step Son's EMS Synthi AKS (1976) - Mint Condition - SN 45423.KS. For Sale

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"You know what this is and there is no need for an introduction.
What makes this particular AKS special though is its condition and historical significance.

You will not find an AKS in better condition and for sale. All potentiometers and switches are smooth, absolutely no scratches on the panel, all paint remains on patch matrix, the Keyboard Sequencer is a thing of utter beauty and case latches open/close without issue. The Spartanite case itself is clear from deep scratches, the slight discoloration that is visible will clear off easily with some delicate cleaning product. This is almost museum quality. For something that is nearly 50years old it is absolutely divine.
Pictures are raw so you can see anything of interest, no fancy photoshoots or photoshop techniques to cover things up here.

What perhaps is of most significance is that I bought this very AKS from Tristram Cary’s step son soon after Tristram passed away in Adelaide, South Australia. Tristram founded EMS(London) in 1969 alongside Peter Zinovieff and David Cockerell. Mr Cary wrote music for, among many other things, the science fiction television series Doctor Who (including the first Dalek story) and was one of the first British composers to work in 'musique concrète' before moving his career and studio to Australia in in the 1970's.

Robin Wood from EMS(Cornwall) has informed me that this AKS, judging from records of the serial number was made in late 1976.

What you are buying here is not only a fantastic musical instrument that will keep you (happily) on your toes for many many years but also you'll be securing an extremely rare piece of electronic musical history.

Comes with a power cord with an Australian style plug, an adapter may be needed.
The Synthi has an onboard switch to connect to both 115v and 240v."

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