MATRIXSYNTH: Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer

Friday, December 07, 2018

Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer

via this auction

Note this is listing is from STG.

"I got this TR-909 in mid-2009, in a trade with a guy named Boris Domalain who made tracks, had a small label, and threw parties in the Paris catacombs. He even sent with the drum machine a coffee table book with photos from these parties.

It totally works. Every bit of it. From under the streets of Paris to a cornfield in Madison County IA to several visits to a clothing-optional campground in central Wisconsin, this thing has had a life.

While living with me, it's been used live dozens of times and wound up on vinyl (Fast Cash) and a wood-boxed 8-CD tribute to Pete Namlook.

However, it's been bored for a couple of years and needs to be pressed back into service. It and its brother, the TR-808, became too valuable to take to gigs the way that I did at first. I just don't do enough "studio recordings" to justify keeping it around any more.

I recapped the power supply when it came in, and I switched the AC over to 110V operation and installed a standard IEC connector. However, the pots are all a teeny bit scratchy, but not enough to justify a full job IMHO. It's ready to work as-is."

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