MATRIXSYNTH: €39.900,00 / $44,000 Yamaha DX1

Thursday, December 26, 2019

€39.900,00 / $44,000 Yamaha DX1

via this auction

Another one spotted and sent in via M Me.

"This DX-1 is one of only 140 built: they were the flagship of the all-conquering Yamaha DX series of FM digital synths. A veritable behemoth weighing around 50 kilos, with 73 full-length weighted wooden keys and a wooden case. It offers 32 note polyphony and superb sonic performance thanks to the carefully-selected components. Uniquely for a vintage synth, it features polyphonic aftertouch. Yamaha built these to impress, not to a price point (they originally retailed at around £10,000 in 1984 – around £35,000 in today’s money).

Among Yamaha's DX line of synthesizers, the DX1 is definitely the biggest and most expensive. With a dual 6-operator digital FM engine, it's like two DX7's wrapped up in a wood-paneled case and comes with a truly professional weighted 73 note keyboard sensitive to both velocity and aftertouch. The DX7 style membrane buttons have been replaced by actual push-buttons, display screens and the overall layout of buttons and diagrams is nicer and better organized."


  1. You would think that for that much money Yamaha would have given the DX1 something other than the same crappy interface as the DX7. Something like the CS80 or the Roland JD-800. But, nooooOOOOOooo. Sheesh.

    1. Except the DX1's interface is nothing like the DX7...



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