Wave Cadmium – what a rare synth! Waldorf offered its mega-synth not only in its typical dark blue color version (“Standard”), but also in anthracite (“Shadow”), yellow (“Sahara”) and red (“Cadmium”). The instrument pictured has 32 voices. It was auctioned a few days ago at reverb.com – for a mere 16,500 Euros …
We’d call this “Autumn Cleaning”. For sale are some very remarkable instruments, many of them rarities and collector’s items. Like the ultra-rare, hand-made PPG Kompaktsynthesizer, of which only 10 units have been made. We promise that some of the images will make your fingertips tingle.
You could call it the “Schmidt” effect. Suddenly, all sorts of vintage instruments have risen from the dead, now available for sale. It’s very well possible that the collectors are sacrificing these beauties so they can afford a Schmidt. Or just a big, modern modular system. Or neither the one nor the other. Because trimming down is actually a good step to take somewhere in life.
Rare instruments are a very scarce commodity on the market these days. We’d like to introduce you to two extremely unusal items: an original RCA Theremin from 1929 and an Oberheim Four-Voice.
To the RCA Theremin: there are probably no more than 50 of them scattered around the planet. The RCA Theremin was originally powered with 117 V, but it comes with an external adapter for 240 V. Two outputs enable connection to an external amp / loudspeaker system. Themerin’s unusual sound has a pleasant rawness to it. A true analog instrument with lots of tubes inside!