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Kinda wonder... I've seen vintage guitar that goes upto 100k or more, grand piano with more than 500k on the price tag, or even upto 1M

 

what is the most expensive keyboard / synth nowadays? doesn't matter whether it's vintage or anything. I think I saw some moog vintage that went for 7k in ebay...

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Well, Christie's in London has auctioned off at least one Steinway (from the late 1800s) for over US$1 million, and any of the big piano makers will diamond-encrust whichever model you prefer for the right price. But if you're talking about a new working piano I'd have to say that a Ravenscroft 275 (list price is US$280,000) has got to be pretty close to the top:

 

http://www.spreemanpianoinnovations.com/Images/275/PhotosDownloads/Photos/01Ravenscroft275.jpg

 

 

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I think a Yamaha GX1 might command the most. Very few were made, and it was featured prominently on some major releases... at least by Keith Emerson and Stevie Wonder. When they were new, I believe they went for $50k+, god knows what you'd pay for a good working one now. (The subsequent Yamaha CS80 was essentially a mass produced derivative of the technology pioneered in the GX1.)

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Frank Zappa said that he paid over a quarter of a million dollar for his Synclavier system. One of Michael Jackson's two Synclaviers was worth about half a million.

 

However, I'd be curious to know how much did the original Telharmonium cost to build. (200 tons!)

 

http://www.ocula.it/01/imgs/Image2.jpg

 

 

Or the RCA Mark II:

 

http://www.drexkode.net/images/drexkode/enciclop/rca3.jpg

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Frank Zappa said that he paid over a quarter of a million dollar for his Synclavier system. One of Michael Jackson's two Synclaviers was worth about half a million.

 

However, I'd be curious to know how much did the original Telharmonium cost to build. (200 tons!)

 

http://www.ocula.it/01/imgs/Image2.jpg

 

 

Or the RCA Mark II:

 

http://www.drexkode.net/images/drexkode/enciclop/rca3.jpg

 

o.O

 

i'd luv to see someone playing that thing... pretty much occupies entire room...

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I propose that, in order to put this question to rest, someone with some money out there can pay me $1.5M for one of my synths, and then we can say definitively that THAT was the most expensive. I'll let you take your pick of whichever one you want.

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Introduced in 1980 (that list price is *1980* dollars folks!)

 

Only one was ever made and it was chock full of SSM ICs. The sole survivor is at Audities and last I knew they were trying to source the ultra-rare SSM2055 EGs to get it up and running.

 

http://www.emulatorarchive.com/Synthesizers/AudityOverview/Audity_Advert_-_600x800_72dpi_HQ.jpg

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Introduced in 1980 (that list price is *1980* dollars folks!)

 

Estimated cost in 2009 (latest figures available), more than $188,000. Whew!

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John Lennons' piano sold for $2.1m USD in 1980 (not sure what that is in todays money) -

 

http://most-expensive.net/piano-world

 

I would guess that one of Liberace's 'diamond-encrusted' pianos is worth a fair bit too!

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I have no idea what a clean, working Hammond Novachord would sell for. The restoration process itself would run into some serious dollars.

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Introduced in 1980 (that list price is *1980* dollars folks!)

 

Only one was ever made and it was chock full of SSM ICs. The sole survivor is at Audities and last I knew they were trying to source the ultra-rare SSM2055 EGs to get it up and running.

 

 

I still have this very ad, cut carefully from the pages of Keyboard Magazine. It was the inspiration for the poly synth I built, using that same E-MU keyboard and SSM chip set.

 

What that ad doesn't show is the big rack sitting next to the console which contains all the voice cards and the computer.

 

A few years ago, I gutted it and sold the keyboard and all the chips plus voice cards back to Audities, to assist in the repopulation of that Audity.

 

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One of Michael Jackson's two Synclaviers was worth about half a million.

:freak:

 

Talk about retailer's profit on keyboards.... !

 

IIRC, Synclaviers at the time were sold directly from New England Digital, and the price depended on which options (voice cards, sampling, resynthesis, music printing...) were installed on the instrument. Since we're talking about Michael Jackson at the peak of his success, he just ordered one with *every* option installed.

 

 

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IIRC, Synclaviers at the time were sold directly from New England Digital, and the price depended on which options (voice cards, sampling, resynthesis, music printing...) were installed on the instrument.

 

This is true, but from what I've read, NED did a lot of price gouging, especially with proprietary RAM.

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Introduced in 1980 (that list price is *1980* dollars folks!)

 

Or $183,674.77 in current dollars!

 

Loved the story about getting the GX1 from Australia to England.

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