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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Rebecca a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
Hi, Yes I bought a sh3a about ten years ago from the Music Swap Shop in Melbourne. I paid about $150 for it - ha! Bargain. It came with the users manual as well. It's a bit beat up, but if anyone wants a copy, email me, and I can scan it or copy it or something. I know about that ghost note thing - it happens to me too. Don't know how to fix it tho. Wouldn't I love to buy more old synths - if only I had the cash!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-20-2003 at 10:17
Eton Davis a professional user from New Brunswick writes:
Yeah, my buddy was the one who won that auction for the SH-3 too. No one seems to realize that this is not the same as the SH3a and to just how extremely rare the SH3 really is.

After my the auction fees and taxes, my friend ended up paying close to $15,000 grand for his SH3. It was mint and with the case too. Sounds so vintage and 70's.

The SH3 is in a class all by itself (not the sh3a). The sh3's have the rare and stolen Moog filter! It's Johnny Cochran city!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-10-2002 at 13:56
John Dahl a professional user from NY, USA writes:
Just a quick note about the SH-3 (not the SH-3a). According to our researcher there are only thirty-seven SH-3's in the world. Roland made 40 of them but 3 were given to the court and contesting parties during depositions in the 1973 infringement case. Only 37 were accounted for in Roland's ledger.

In Novemeber 2000 an original Roland SH-3 was sold for $12,780 at a vintage instrument auction put on by Sothebys here in NY.

The SH3a was made shortly after the deletion of the SH-3 and sounds considerably different.

posted Saturday-May-11-2002 at 05:07
STEVE a professional user from UK writes:
DAMN! this synth is the best bass synth that I have ever used. The sounds are covered in artifacts and irregularities which give it a heavy characterfull sound. I make Drum 'n bass music & If you want grainy bass lines and crazy dub style blips this is the one. I paid £100 for mine & I love watching peoples faces contort into sorrow & shame when they hear this next to they're £1000 analogue modelling synth. Very amusing. I cannot reccomed this synth highly enough - do yourself a favour and track one down.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-01-2002 at 12:53
mago a part-time user from USA writes:
Damn this thing is FIERCE. I've actually got the SH-3, NOT the SH-3a...

The difference is that Roland was sued by MOOG for breaching a filter patent, so only a few -3's made it to the market before Roland changed the filter and re-released the synth as the -3a... Could very well expalain the 'weak' (or at least decidedly 'different') sounding filters on subsequent models..?

Fantastic piece - nothing will ever sound this way again....

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-16-2002 at 06:40
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