Rare Chance To See and Hear Roland System 700

Just sold on eBay massive monster      13/05/09

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So I get an email from a friend saying "Have you seen this?" I check the link and am confronted by the wonderful Roland System 700 - a beast of a modular from the late 1970's that's in immaculate condition. Of course, I'd love to buy it I say, but I suspect the final price is likely to be a tad out of my reach (it was at £18k when I looked). But its in Bath came the reply. Right then, a quick message to the seller and off I went to take a look. Kindly, Mark who is selling this as part of a collection for Ian Stanley, a former Tears for Fears keyboard player and producer with a long list of credits (Human League, Aha etc), invited me round to take a last look at it before it heads off to it's lucky new owner
    System 700 Facts
  • Made from 1976-1982
  • Weighs over 160KG in case
  • Originally cost over £10,000
  • Full system has 9 oscillators
  • Power is distributed using standard mains IEC connectors, but the voltage is much lower – so don't plug it in to the the mains!
  • Users include: Giorgio Moroder, Hans Zimmer, Isao Tomita and Pink Floyd
Many thanks again to Mark for letting us take a look around. Keep an eye on some of the other stuff coming up from this collection at Mark's merchant link on eBay.


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14 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
Leigh Kemp    Said...

That is amazing

13-May-09 08:18 AM

CR78    Said...

So damn Creamy.........sigh

13-May-09 08:46 AM

Z    Said...

Watching this actually made me drool... :)

13-May-09 11:09 AM

Ted    Said...

Stunning! Someone's gonna sample that last sequence...

13-May-09 02:40 PM

Marc JX8P    Said...

Wow... Those filters sound amazing... What a fantastic piece of gear! Also: I'm now resigned to the fact that at some point I'm going to get a modular synth (albeit not one in this pricerange).

13-May-09 04:34 PM

robgs    Said...

totally envious of whoever owns that beauty.

13-May-09 07:29 PM

S R Dhain    Said...

this im pretty sure, was used on OCTOPUS. When they were 10k or so, i regret not buying one then, cause 20k plus is too much for these imo. Kent serviced two of them for richard and hans zimmer bought both a few years ago...they are mega! there were about 50 or so made.

you cant compare the system 100m to these, as they have a MUCH BIGGER AND CREAMIER sound. I remember even when i had 4x5 system 100m modules with about 6 oscillators, it still couldnt compete :-)

14-May-09 01:28 PM

Loxan    Said...

great find Nick!

i'm pretty sure one member of depeche mode also has this. they used it 100% on their record "songs of faith & devotion" 1993.

15-May-09 02:00 PM

Nick B    Said...

Actually I think Flood has one who was producer on it - top chap and by all accounts a real whiz on the modualr stuff.

16-May-09 01:35 PM

S R Dhain    Said...

the one DM use, is daniel miller's. Flood's got shedloads of gear, including a moog system 55 or 3c

17-May-09 07:23 AM

GNeuman    Said...

That's unreal!!

How much did it go for in the end on ConBay???

31-May-09 04:11 AM


I had the use of a System 700 back in 1980 for 6 months.... I was so sad to see it go.. boohoo. When the more manageable 100M (the compact version with mini-jack connectors), I bought a system with 15 modules which I had built into a case with a bunch of Oberheim SEMs. I lent that out to a "friend" who lived in Blackpool UK, who was being harassed by Scientology thugs for money, and he ended up selling it to someone in London. Ouch.

05-Jun-09 11:10 PM

S R Dhain    Said...

the said system is back on sale yet again..


18k is a LOT of vig..

09-Jun-09 04:14 AM

Seasick Dave    Said...

The wonderfulness of this remarkable synth is matched only by the dreadfulness of the camera work. I puked fifteen times as the lens zoomed and swirled. It would have been lovely to actually see this beast as well as hear it!

17-Aug-09 03:59 PM

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