Thursday, April 14, 2022

ARP SYNTHESIZER PROTOTYPE 16 Voice Electric Piano Keyboard

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Pic of the inside and tradeshow image futher below. Note the ARP logo on front. Makes me wonder how many font styles they used. There's the classic ARP Tonus logo as seen in these ARP 2500 modules, the standard trebel clef, and the regular block font.

"First, a few words about price. This is a one-of-a-kind item that's a very interesting piece of ARP Synthesizer history. We have no idea what it's worth and would love to hear from anyone who's qualified to make such determinations. We’re listing it here in the hope that we’ll be able to determine its actual value and find a new home for it. If you want to pay our asking price, we'd be thrilled, but we’re open to much much more reasonable offers.

This is believed to be a prototype of the ARP 16 Voice Electronic Piano. It's the unit ARP showed off at trade shows. We have another that is believed to be the first prototype that we will possibly list later. But back to this one... It’s built into a black wooden cabinet made to look like a proper piano. It was stored in its road case in a barn for many years and smells musty. There is evidence of mildew or mold on the top cover. This unit is currently in its original crate in storage. It’s too big and heavy for us to move around without risking injury (which we won't do). The photos shown here were taken by the person we got it from, before transporting it to one of our storage spaces.

This item is being offered untested and un-inspected and strictly as-is, with the understanding that whoever ends up with it will likely need to have it properly restored by a qualified professional, as one would want to do with just about any unmaintained vintage synths of its type and age these days. Although we have an amazing tech who can fix just about any vintage synth given enough time, there are no guarantees that this item can be restored or that it even worked to begin with, since the original owner passed away. It’s gone directly from storage space to storage space since he passed.

If we can find them, we will include the matching piano bench and sheet music stand shown in the trade show photo. We’re pretty sure we know where they are, but that storage space is unreachable at the moment.

Ancient trade show photo for reference (not included)."

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