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 Make Yamaha
 Model Richard D James' CS5, inscribed
 Description This was superficially just a nice-sounding early Yamaha analogue monosynth. The case is a bit tatty, with some letters ('AFX') scratched into the black end panel to the right of the keyboard, and 'CP' written in huge yellow letters in security paint on the right end cheek - sorry, missed in the photos. But the important things - the control panel, knobs and keys - are actually very good. Decent interfacing - though you'll need a MIDI/CV that can deal in Hz/V unless you have other Yamaha / Korg etc Hz/V synths to interface with. Then we turned it over.... and saw the beautifully-done inscription for an Aphex Twin record release (with T shirt advert!). A complete contrast to the rough AFX initials scratched to the right of the keyboards, this is a work of art in itself. A little more research, and we found that these were the sleeve notes Richard inscribed and then photographed for one of his major releases ever, if not his biggest ever release: Selected Ambient Works Volume II. As well as the main inscription, there is another little pic of a T shirt, the word 'Warp', and a false start on the main inscription, in the gulley at the back right of the bottom of the synth, which reads 'Written and prod '. We knew that the synth had come from Richard, since we collected it personally; but he had wanted it sold anonymously. But once we reminded him about the inscription, he was happy to let us attribute it to him, along with the EX-42 organ (GX-1's older brother) also in the auction. This is a wonderful piece of electronic music history. The synth anyway is one he was very fond of, but is selling because he now has a CS-30 which does more of the same thing. But the inscription makes it unique.
 Age n/a
 Weight n/a
 Condition Near good
 Location Uk (Item is at Vemia Uk)
 Vat Not from a VAT-registered business. But VAT / duty may be due if importing from outside your trade bloc.
 Quantity 1 item is available from the owner
 Options User manual : No
  Service manual : No
  First owner : No
  Original boxes : No
 Plug type United Kingdom standard plug
 Voltage type Internal 220-240V power supply
 Status Item has been sold or not sold in a previous auction
 Sale type The item is on the auction rooms
 Ending on 18/03/2006
 Category Synthesizer (monophonic) 
 Serial number 10044
 Sphere reference # 4856
 Statistics Created on : 02/03/2006 
Changed on : 04/03/2006 
  Published on : 04/03/2006
  Displayed : 5559 time(s) by members and guests  
Safety All electrical items sold in VEMIA are deemed to be trade sales. No warranty of electrical safety is given or implied. Many items are vintage and would not pass current electrical safety standards. It is the responsibility of the buyer to ensure that items are safe to use in their future environment - if necessary by using the services of a professional.


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The following section gives you the prices as well as shipment and payment conditions associated with the item. Payment is always requested in GBP. Converted price is shown for information and converted with Sphere standard currency rate.

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 Start price 140 GBP
 Converted price (1) 140 GBP
 Shipment International or local shipment to pay
 Packing costs n/a
 Payment Full pre payment needed
 Auction bid step 20 GBP
 Auction highest bid 680 GBP
 Converted highest bid 680 GBP
 Leader or winner telestatt
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