I am reluctantly selling my beloved JD-800.
The JD has been a big part of my setup for years and this is the second one I’ve owned. I have taken wonderful care of this synth, but this one is not without its quirks. So read carefully.
Essentially, this synth is cosmetically a 9.5/10 and functionally an 8/10.
When I received this synth back in 2011, it badly suffered the red glue plague. It did not damage the internals, and I replaced the entire keybed with a brand new one directly from Roland, one of their last ever in stock.
So, the keybed itself functions perfectly. However, the ribbon cable is not perfect and I have clamped it down tonapply more pressure to the contact. Sometimes this resolves the problem, sometimes you have to go in and adjust it again. What happens, when it isn’t behaving correctly, is that some keys will distort, or not play, when in combination with other certain keys. Playing through midi it sounds just fine. But sometimes, playing the keyboard will not play 100%. Apart from this, I recently gave all the sliders and buttons a cleaning with contact cleaner, and given it a good cleaning inside to keep it free from dust.
However, cleaning the sliders didn’t fully resolve parameter jump of 2-3 of the slider controls. It may just mean diving back in and cleaning those sliders another time, worst case scenario is changing out the slider pots.
But, it isn’t these minor quirks that are causing me to sell, it’s the lack of room in my studio and the need to budget more space for other things. Yes, the JD-800 is truly precious to me, but truth be told, I was done making new sounds with it years ago, so I no longer really need those panel controls. I’ll replace the JD-800 with a JD-990 so I have more room but still have my sound libraries available.
I’ve debated a long time whether I should do this. I am certain I will miss having this legendary synth in my rig. But, I have to be willing to let it go

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Condition
Very Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
Brand Roland
Model JD-800
Finish Carbon
Categories Digital Synths
Year 1990s
Made In Japan
Number of Keys 61 Keys

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