Here we have my Yamaha DX1. Everything works exactly like it should. It sounds and looks fantastic. The weighted wooden keyboard action feels great. Each key falls effortlessly when you press it and it just feels right.
The keyboard action on the DX1 is one of my favorite things about it. The polyphonic after touch is another one of my favorite aspects of this instrument.
Underneath the keyboard there are 7 circuit boards that make up the after touch system managed by a dedicated processor. One of the great things about FM synthesis is creating evolving sounds. The after touch is an incredible performance tool that takes great advantage of this strength.
There will always be people that say that the DX1 is just two DX7s under one roof but having owned four DX1s in my lifetime, (I'm old) multiple DX5s, and DX7s this does not ring true to me. The DX1 has 5 microprocessors and 13 circuit boards inside it's heavy gauge steel body. It was built out of the highest quality components available.It just sounds better in my opinion. This entire package is wrapped up in a Brazilian rosewood and heavy gauge steel housing. You only live once and if you are into FM synthesis this is the Rolls Royce. No corners were cut, no compromises were made. Being able to see the parameters being edited in real time is how it should be, compared to programming from an LCD or unergonomic computer screen. It reminds me of my Prophet 10. It is a lot of synthesis, performance, and programming power all laid out in one ergonomic and massive package. You loose yourself in creating while feeling like Captain Pickard sitting at the controls of the Starship Enterprise. I don't mean to "oversell" it, but the difference between playing other FM synths that were built DOWN to a price point as opposed to something that was built to fulfill a creative idea at ANY price is astounding. This is of course if you love FM synthesis. I like the first generation of FM synths and how they have a darker more organic sound. If you can't afford a DX1 then get a brown MKI DX7 or a DX5.
They all sound fantastic but the DX1 sounds the best to my ears. Being able to program so quickly and use the velocity and after touch as a performance tool makes it a special instrument to me. Everything on this instrument functions like it should and it looks sharp.It has always been kept in a climate controlled environment. It has two very small cosmetic flaws that are not immediately noticeable but I wanted to mention them. It has a light one inch scratch below the Yamaha logo closest to the keys (you will not notice it from a normal distance, the camera is a few inches away from it in the actual photo) and a small cosmetic imperfection about the size of a pencil eraser or cigarette butt end on the left hand side. (to the right of the data entry buttons above key #15 on the face of the instrument) Other than those two cosmetic imperfections it looks incredible and would belong in a museum. The inside of the instrument is also extremely clean.
It has never been abused or abandoned. During it's lifetime one of the slider pot shafts had to be replaced with one from a DX5 (the portamento). It is slightly shorter than the DX1 original pot shaft. The slider fits on it just fine but if you scrutinize it you'll be able to notice the shaft is shorter. Everything on this instrument works perfectly, there are no noisy pots.
If you are crazy enough to take this on a tour, every performance would go off without a hitch. It's a very nice machine. They only made 140 of these. My guess is only 50-75 remain in good functioning condition.It's hard to find a DX1 for sale period, I would say it's even harder to find one in this condition that wasn't set aside to get dusty in some garage somewhere, when all the cheaper and lighter rompler keyboards came around in the early 90s. I have obviously spent too much time thinking about the DX1 in my life. If you check my feedback you will see I have a strong interest in music and synthesizers.
I try my hardest to make everyone happy and pack items indestructibly so they arrive safely using tons of heavy duty packing materials and always over pack them. I then strap it to a pallet with no overhang. This way it can never be dropped.
A forklift has to move it every time and no human being can set it on it's end and let it fall, etc. It will be delivered directly to your door. Feel free to ask any questions, please allow me a few day to get it packed up once you place your order.
The item "Vintage 80s Yamaha DX1 DX-1 FM Synthesizer PPG Fairlight Dx7 Dx5 FS1R VL1" is in sale since Monday, July 17, 2017. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Pro Audio Equipment\Synthesizers". The seller is "2020ayjay" and is located in Dallas, Texas. This item can be shipped worldwide.