Roland JD-800 Synthesizer

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The Roland JD-800 is a '90s-era digital synth, featuring a multitude of tactile sliders and real-time parameter controls. Loaded with features, players get 100 built-in basic samples, multi-stage envelopes, Roland's effects suit, and the ability to layer four different synths for one patch. It also features low-, high-, and band-pass filters. At a max 24-tone polyphony, it's not quite limitless, but remains a solid choice for anyone looking for a capable digital synth with a little bit of analog flair.
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Roland JD-800 Synthesizer

Excellent cosmetic and functional condition.  I truly love playing with this synthesizer.  It can now be yours.  It sounds wonderful.  There are some minor scratches, marks, etc. as seen in the pics, but this one is in overall quite excellent shape.

A few notes about Roland JD-800 synthesizers in general.  This pertains to all JD-800's.

1.  The buttons, sliders, display, keys, plastic side panels, and other components of a JD-800 are vintage at this point.  Of all the synths I have had over the years the JD-800's do have ongoing maintenance that will need to be done.  A JD-800 has sensitive sliders...lots of them.  When dust collects in the sliders it can affect their output and show up on the display as numbers fluctuating up and down.  This is normal behavior for a JD-800 with dusty sliders.  They need to be cleaned with Deoxit Fader Lubricant every once in a while.  Every JD-800 in the world will need to have the sliders cleaned occasionally.  It is easy to do and you don't have to take anything apart.  This JD-800 that I am selling has been cleaned recently and does not have any problem at all with the sliders nor fluctuating numbers on the display.   

2.  Most JD-800's have already had or will have the red glue issue for the keys.  If you are not familiar with this phenomenon, look it up on Google.  If you want to own a JD-800, you should familiarize yourself with this issue.  Roland make the JD-800 keyboard with metal weights attached to the underside of the keys.  They attached the metal weights to the plastic keys with a red glue.  This red glue, after a few decades, starts to break down, become liquidy, and leaks out of the keys.  Depending on how you store the synthesizer, the glue can very easily leak onto the circuit boards and irreversible damage the synth.  Before buying a JD-800, inquire from the owner about the history of that particular JD-800 in regard to how the owner dealt with the red glue under the keys.  It can be cleaned, removed, restored, and made as good as new, but it is a lot of work and must be done with care.  This particular JD-800 that I am selling has had the red glue removed from under the keys so it will not have any issue like most JD-800's have had or will have.

3.  You will find many JD-800 sellers mentioning that the keys perform irregularly or not at all.  This can be from damage to a delicate thin plastic connector inside that connects the keyboard to the circuit board underneath.  Many JD-800's with this issue will simply get worse over time.  It is a very difficult and sometimes impossible repair.  This particular JD-800 has never had an issue with the keyboard connector.  It was inspected and is in excellent condition.

4.  At this point, it is next to impossible to find a JD-800 is excellent cosmetic condition.  If someone advertises one in Mint condition, watch out.  That would be practically impossible.  Even one in Excellent condition will be very hard to find going forward.  The plastic panels on the sides are the part that most often has scratches, markings, cracks, or discolorations.  These plastic side panels are very easy to get marked up.  As you can see in the pictures, this JD-800 is in Excellent condition.  The side panels are the nicest I have seen in a JD-800 in years.  There are a few scratches/marks/imperfections, but I only say that because I am honest.  Every vintage synthesizer has scratches, marks, or other cosmetic imperfections to some extent.  The best way to judge the cosmetic aspect of a synth you are thinking of purchasing is to look at the pictures.  

I have decided to only sell for local pickup. Shipping this is far too risky.  Thanks.

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Listed10 months ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
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The Roland JD-800 is a '90s-era digital synth, featuring a multitude of tactile sliders and real-time parameter controls. Loaded with features, players get 100 built-in basic samples, multi-stage envelopes, Roland's effects suit, and the ability to layer four different synths for one patch. It also features low-, high-, and band-pass filters. At a max 24-tone polyphony, it's not quite limitless, but remains a solid choice for anyone looking for a capable digital synth with a little bit of analog flair.
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