MATRIXSYNTH: Rare MXR 185 // 80s vintage drum machine SN 000976

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Rare MXR 185 // 80s vintage drum machine SN 000976

via this auction

"Very rare MXR 185 drum machine. You probably know what you're looking at.
The unit for sale is even rarer because it is one of the latest produce (SN 85-XXXXX) and it includes all the hardware and firmware revision ever made. Early model did not have the remote jacks for accent and start stop, later had these added in factory but only the latest have the lettering added on top. It has many upgrade that make it fully reliable: battery is on socket and can easily be changed, some components were changed(IC, resistors, caps), sounds Eprom were revised as long as firmware (latest one is "control 11" and installed in this unit). All these upgrade were factory made, these are not mods and they are listed in the service manual. You'll get a copy of it as long as a copy of the owner's manual.
To sum it: this is probably one of the best and most reliable unit you will ever find.

The unit is perfectly working. The only small issue is TOM1 fader has a bit of play and can cause some volume dropouts on that instrument when moved. Apart from that it sounds and runs as new.
Seperate outputs give a much better sound than the main mix but even on stereo outputs the sound is very beefy.

Overall condition is very good. Wood cheeks have some dents but they were sanded and varnished and looks very nice.
Unit is a 230v."

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