Rare NOS Yamaha DX1 Synthesizer Listed For $157,972.85

Kim Oeij contacted us to let us know that they’ve listed a rare ‘new old stock’ Yamaha DX1 on Reverb.

The DX1, introduced in 1983, was the top of the line of Yamaha’s DX family of FM synthesizers. It starts with 32-voice polyphony – essentially two DX7 engines in one keyboard.

But it adds a 73-key weighted keyboard with polyphonic aftertouch, an array of displays designed to make FM programming easier, a beautiful rosewood body and more.

Here’s what they have to say about this DX1:

“Ultra-rare, brand new DX1. In full working order (tested by experts). No scratches, no discoloration.

Absolutely new. A true museum piece (currently stored in museum depot in The Netherlands). Has been kept in flight case for many decades (but has been regularly serviced). Absolutely new (even keys look untouched/not played. Sounds very rich and incredibly warm. Extremely low noise levels.

Yamaha only made 140 DX1 in 1983-1985 as ultimate showcase of FM synthesis. “

The jaw-dropping synth comes with a jaw-dropping price: 149,000 Euros, or $157,972.85 USD. Valuation report, documentation, further DX1 background information (Yamaha was also contacted), expert interviews re. value/price development available on request. See the listing for details.