MATRIXSYNTH: Vintage 1982 "WASP Special" Synth from Wasp Synthesisers Ltd. ( EDP )

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Vintage 1982 "WASP Special" Synth from Wasp Synthesisers Ltd. ( EDP )



via this auction

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"This is the incredibly rare "WASP Special" version of the famous WASP synthesiser. I believe only a few dozen WASP Specials were ever made. I bought this one direct from Electronic Dream Plant's founder, Adrian Wagner, in July 1982. Unlike the earlier WASPs which were made from cheap plastic and had bright yellow keys, the WASP Special has gold colour keys, a metal control panel and a beautiful mahogany enclosure. It also features an internal 240v mains power supply. In all other respects, it's identical to an ordinary WASP synth. Sadly, this one has stopped working and produces no output apart from a bit of mains hum. Thus, it is being sold as spares or repairs. There have been no botched, attempted repairs or components removed. Cosmetically it's in good condition with only some very minor scuffs/scratches on the wood. It probably deserves to be in a museum as it really is THAT rare (see "Legacy" section of Wikipedia entry about the Electronic Dream Plant)

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