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Yamaha DX1

27-Jul-2017

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Yamaha DX1



Category:  Products / synth / fm synth

Added: 19-Dec-98  |  Author: admin

New price: discontinued  |   S/H price: ??

Yamaha DX1

Ok.... I'm gonna add all the old synths cos it's nice to see any comments and what they look like until i can get spec's posted, or someone does a review....... not that i've used them all myself.. but i'm gonna add the spec's then people can add comments based on real-life use.... so , as i had nothing to do today, i thought i'd start to add them as basic page templates... then add the spec's later....so...

The YAMAHA DX1.... top-end of the DX range.... rare as an honest politician, so worth inclusion for novelty value, although if you had one, and had the nerves of steel required, you'd get some sounds out of this for sure....

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Product:  Yamaha - DX1
Name: hajee
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Date: 16-May-00

I say an add for these at a shop...it costs like $7000,- What is so special about these machines to warrant such a ridiculous price.

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Product:  Yamaha - DX1
Name: Justin Havu
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Date: 21-May-01

The DX1 is a really expensive and heavy machine, It's basically two DX7's in one cabinet.

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Product:  Yamaha - DX1
Name: Phil James
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Date: 29-Apr-02

wow the elephant synth
it looks like somthing kraftwerk made in a dark corner of the kling-klang.
if i had one of those i have no idea where i would put it. i have my DX-21 ontop of my standard keyboard Casio CTK-601 somtimes i worry about my two head stand because the DX is so heavy
but its been up for a few months so im sure its fine.

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Product:  Yamaha - DX1
Name: HiFiChild
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Date: 01-May-02

From what I've heard and the very brief chance I had to play with it, this is *the* FM synth from the DX line to have. Much better programming interface than anything else.

I believe it's also a lot more flexible than the DX7 as you can define your own algorithms, with graphical feedback, which is what the red stuff is at the top. Not sure I'd pay $7000 for one, but they are rare and very good quality from my limited exposure.

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Product:  Yamaha - DX1
Name: DX1WIC
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http://www.kratzer.at/dxindex.htm
Activity: Professional
Date: 25-Nov-02

searching this instrument, paying good price.

selling adds please go to: info@kratzer

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Product:  Yamaha - DX1
Name: JB
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Date: 21-Aug-03

The DX1 is the best, most powerful and easiest to use FM synth ever made. It is alot fatter sounding than the classic DX7. If you like the 'sound' of the PetShopBoys then look no further....they used the DX1 extensively on all their post '84 material. All of the PSB's FM sounds came from the mighty DX1.....

The DX1 is capable of truly epic sized FM sounds. Check out PSB's "Your Always On My Mind" and listen to those FM stab sounds played by Chris Lowe.......just classic!!

I truly love this synth. I wish I could find one (Only 140 were ever made).

In my opinion the DX1 is worth its $$$. There is no other FM which sounds as fat.

JB

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Product:  Yamaha - DX1
Name: Richard Gillespie
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Date: 27-Sep-03

HI. I have a beautiful Yamaha DX-1 for sale.
It comes with 7 original data cartridges, and 4 foot pedals. (2 expression and 2 sustain)
I'm open to any serious offers.

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Product:  Yamaha - DX1
Name: Richard Gillespie
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Date: 27-Sep-03

My email address if interested in the DX-1 for sale is rbg1163@yamaha.com

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Product:  Yamaha - DX1
Name: Xander
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Date: 03-Nov-06

Anyone have one for sale?

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Product:  Yamaha - DX1
Name: Clarence
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Date: 28-Oct-07

Hi
Im looking out for a Yamaha DX1 in pretty good or top condition. Fair price will be offered.
Pleace email if you have one. I am in LA.

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Product:  Yamaha - DX1
Name: echoplex
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Date: 15-Jun-09

Looking for Dx1, mail me please if you have one to let go

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Product:  Yamaha - DX1
Name: Scott
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Date: 08-Jun-10

The average price for a Yamaha DX1 is $9500.00 currently, some will include the case and some won't. I bought my Yamaha DX-1 in November 2001 and I remember the day I received it in Los Angeles with it was delivered from Nashville.

When I began my search for a DX-1, I really took on a big task to find one because somehow I became desperate to see it and hear it. I am really a new synthesizer player so I haven't put much time into owning synths before but have been building my synth collection. I own a Roland JD-800, Waldorf Q, Oberheim OB-12, Yamaha CS6x, Roland JPX8, Yamaha DX-21. All of these synths are wonderful to play and are all programming synths. When I discovered the DX-1, I discovered it's face contruction and it being user friendly and the only DX of it's series to offer programming. My JD-800 sounds wonderful but kinda of thin sometimes, my Oberheim OB-12 sounds very fat but not as genuine (which I believe the Oberheim Matrix 12 is the true Oberheim sounds but the OB-12 has an awesume programming display) but my DX-1 sounds just wonderful. It's is very true sounding as crystal clear. The wooded weighted keys, the key velocity, portamento, modulation wheel is just so awesume!! The patches with this synth is so cool (glass crystal, Time Warp, portobass, small boom poly, Take off, Lazersweep, Bell ting poly and more..)

This is truly one of the greatest synthesizers ever ever made. There is nothing like it and even today, it is STILL the coolest thing out there. There's nothing old fashion about this synth, it's turns heads like a Lamborghini Diablo and handles like a Ducati and built like a Rolls-Royce and Austin Martin. The DX-1 was a hand built instrument and Yamaha used the best materials Yamaha could find and they put it all together so beautifully. The wood alone is art work and at night, the light display, is really cool(wow)!

When this synth was made is was indeed, made before its time(1985).
Regardless of it's weight and size, Yamaha really made and produced it best work on the DX-1 and if you ever want to own and see what the best of what Yamaha has to offer, the DX-1 is still the hottest thing they've made and on the market (but rare to find).

Owning a DX-1 and my quest to get one was my inspiration of Depeche Mode. They used this sythnesizer and the sound of their best sounds and even today, Martin Gore still uses this synth. If your ever heard of their new ablum Exciter from 2001, there are two songs called Freelove: "mini chorus mix" and "maxmal chorus mix", that has the true DX-1 sound.

If anybody says the DX-1 is too big and old, don't listen. Yes it is big but never never old. It is a true instrument and nothing about it is a disappointment. It is VERY reliable and built like a tank!! This is the best and if you have a synthesizer keyboard request list, the DX-1 is a must own.

When I wanted a DX-1 badly in 2001, I was determined to get one. It took me about 150 hours of Internet searching and e-mailed over 500 people to find one but after I did all the shopping I could, I love it when I bought it. At first finding a DX-1 last July of 2001 was dry and none were available but as a couple of months went by one came for sale, then two and then three and 4, 5 and then probably about 9 were for sale when I bought mine. The search came as the first one asking price was $4000., case and all and the owner said only 140 of them were made and felt if he didn't sell it he would keep it, and I continued on and came accross another for $3000. which I still felt desperate to pay the price but said I could wait a little longer, even though it happened to be Herbie Hancock's old DX-1, and then another from one London for $1720.00 but had no case and couple of others I knew that were for sale at about $2500.00 and $3000.00. However when I came to make a decision to by my DX-1, I somehow got a call from an owner and he said he was looking to sale his but kinda was tempted of still keeping it because it was the rarest thing out there and he loved it but through a good conversation we had, he decided to sell it for $2050.00 with all manuals, brochures, cords, voice roms and memory cartridges and a Anvil flight case and I was sold.

If you have an interest to try and find a DX-1, I can be of a help to find you one if you are interested but to tell you the truth, these are extremely rare and owners usually don't want to part with them and if you see one, you'll know why. If you an idea price range what to pay for a DX-1 expect to pay at least $8000.00 through $9,500 and if you want a perfect one then expect to pay over $10,000.00 or more but my guess is all DX-1's were all well taken care of, so consider any DX-1 a purchase instrument. Some people have gotten lucky and paid $1000.00 or $900.00 or so but a DX-1 is worth $9000.00 and up, so even so, I would pay $12000.00 or more if I had to because of their value. Also if you have a keyboard stand by Ultimate, the Apex single column stand model, it won't fit if you ever wanted to know.

The price of these things new were between $10,900.00 and $13,900.00 back in 1984 to 1985 new and seeing one you'll know why they were so expensive. The story on how many of them were made remains a mystery and even to Yamaha but the numbers seem small from 140 of them to maybe a little over 200 were actually made. So they are very rare but are still well kept to there original condition. During my search to find one, I found many of them listed in major universities, through donations and synthesizer labs, which they would never part with if you ask.

But if you choose to find one, I know only know one for sale but remember these are rare and beautiful machines. The average DX-1 on Ebay is one a year or one every other year I have watch on Ebay since 2001 as it is now 2010 now, that's not much and the price is going up in value on them.

And as an owner, I share with you that a DX-1 is truly the best of what's out there in the synthesizer world for vintage sound. Listen there are great synths out today but not like the famous DX-1, owning it is amazing to know how hard it is find one of these babies.

So if you decide to try one, I say make it the top of your list because it is the best of the best. Trust me, this is the most beautiful machine you could ever imagine and second, extremely easy to program and three, the sound is just warm and true to believe from a DX-1.

Scott M.

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Product:  Yamaha - DX1
Name: Will Shand
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Date: 29-Nov-13

[quote] echoplex wrote: Looking for Dx1, mail me please if you have one to let go [/quote]
I have one for sale in Minneapolis. Email me if interested. It is for auction right now on Ebay.

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Product:  Yamaha - DX1
Name: Will Shand
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Date: 29-Nov-13

I have one for sale in Minneapolis. It is currently on an ebay auction. You can email me if you are still looking for one. Thanks.

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