MATRIXSYNTH: Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Previously Owned by Ric Ocasek / Syncro Sound SN 4450

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Previously Owned by Ric Ocasek / Syncro Sound SN 4450

via this auction

Not the seller does not have provenance for the Prophet-5:

"Kills me to do this, but up for grabs is a Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 3.3 previously owned by Ric Ocasek and Syncro Sound. This unit was purchased by Ric personally in 1982 for the Beatitude sessions (where it can be heard all over the album) and was also used for the Heartbeat City recording sessions along with Greg Hawkes Rev 2. After the Heartbeat City sessions, Ric said he shipped this Prophet 5 back to Boston where it lived until the studio's final ‘closing’ in the early 90s. When I first met Ric around 2012 he confirmed use on Beatitude and Heartbeat City, but made it very clear it was never used by the Cars live. I also cannot confirm it was used on any other specific recordings but many artists tracked at Syncro Sound including Benjamin Orr, Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, Peter Wolf, Nine Inch Nails, Iggy Pop, Ministry, Alan Vega (Suicide), New Kids on the Block, Cyndi Lauper, and many others. It was most likely used for some sessions considering it was the only Prophet 5 at the studio.

Please note, I do not have a COA for this item. I did reach out to Ric a few years ago about getting a COA for the Prophet 5 along with the JCM 800 I also have listed from Syncro Sound. His response to my request was that he would prefer to buy them back from me, to which we failed to come upon agreeable terms.

The cosmetic condition is very good to excellent, as it has been studio kept for nearly 40 years now. There is a few imperfections, but as you can see for the most part it is in wonderful condition. I last had it serviced in 2016 for routine maintenance. Fully functional and includes factory MIDI, which works great."

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