A Rare EML SynKey | Fess' Find

This week's Fess' Find is an ultra-rare EML Synkey, a programmable mono/poly synth from the makers of the ElectroComp series. It was simultaneously one of the first synths to offer patch memory, as well as one of the last products that Electronic Music Laboratories offered before they stopped manufacturing instruments in 1976.

EML Synkey (Model 2001)

A favorite of Herbie Hancock's, the SynKey features a staggering 13 oscillators that each correspond with their own pushbuttons—this allows users to play chords with one finger through the selection of intervals. Originally released in 1976, the 44-key synth was released in both programmable and non-programmable versions. This particular SynKey is one of the former programmable models that are notable for its unique plastic punch-card system for storing sounds. That in mind, interested buyers take note: this listing does not include any punch-cards, so you'll have to defer to writing down your patch settings.

Other features include a single multimode VCF which is capable of continuous variable response ranging from lowpass to bandpass to highpass, ADSR envelope generators, and a single low frequency oscillator with five selections of waveforms. This SynKey was just serviced and is being sold by Chicago's Synth City at a price of $14,995. This EML product is about as rare as they get—check out the full listing for more photos and information, and make an offer on this punch-card powerhouse today.

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