MATRIXSYNTH: Roland Jupiter-8 JP-8a final revision mint with Encore MIDI

Monday, May 20, 2019

Roland Jupiter-8 JP-8a final revision mint with Encore MIDI

via this auction

"I went to college so I could buy a Jupiter 8. I waited years and years and worked my ass off and finally graduated and got a real job. I kept living like a broke person for months, stashing all my money, eager to complete my life’s mission. When I finally had enough cash I started asking around if anyone had a nice one they would part with on the forums. I didn’t want some ebay mystery, I wanted the ultimate Jupiter 8. I ended up finding it in NYC and drove there from Chicago to buy it in person from the original owner because I didn’t want UPS touching my life’s goal. This is that JP8. I am the second owner and I have owned it for 8 years now. Unfortunately, I fell into a debt hole after a mild case of goddamn bone cancer that put me out of work for a couple of months last year and there’s just no other way out of this never ending prison of interest payments. Anyone that thinks this is the greatest country in the world... well. Just be happy circumstances have been kind to you, because I did everything “right” and I’m still in this position... and in the end I’m “lucky” that the studio I spent my life building is “all” I am losing.

But anyway, enough whining. Without further ado: here is the nicest JP8 on Reverb, and one of the nicest on earth. I am the second owner, it has never been shipped, it has never been gigged, it came out of the private studio of an incredible musician and into mine and now into yours.

It is an 8th revision JP-8a, meaning this is the best one Roland ever made. There were 8 incremental reliability, playability, and communication updates over the lifespan of the JP8 (the DCB change is the one most people are familiar with, there are seven more smaller ones) and this is the final one before it went out of production. It is a 14 bit DCB model with all of the less well known factory updates performed by Roland as new, and it also has the latest Encore MIDI kit. Everything works flawlessly. There is no noise or crust in the sliders. This thing gets used every day so it’s not some stiff museum piece, it’s just a gorgeous, near perfect example of a JP8. There is no Roland rust, no damaged paint, no rattles, no halfassed repairs, it was never trashed then restored, the heatsink isnt all rusty and bent, the screws are all still black and all there... I’m a bit of a tech and have had tons of old Rolands and this really is as good as they get. The acrylic over the display looks brand new. The two flaws I am aware of are a light scratch from a kitty incident, and a light dent under the keybed from being on a stand. It’s a 9.75/10.

Local pickup in LA is strongly preferred, but if I need to ship it it’s getting custom boxed etc so expect $750 or so in shipping fees. You really should drive out and get it in person though if you aren’t local, it has never been shipped before... don’t break the streak. That said, if I do ship it it will be fully insured but I will not under any circumstances accept a return or do a partial refund because it got knocked out of tune or a connector came unplugged etc in the back of the UPS truck..."

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