EML 101/400/401

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EML 101/400/401

Post by TRANSISTOR FACE » Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:41 pm

Hey guys,
I've been meaning to buy a modular synth lately by trying to sell my mpc 2500 for something around the 1400$ mark and my Roland Axis for the going ebay price...

But right now there's someone offering me a EML101/400/401 for two grand and I would need to make money asap meaning I'd have to pawn my mpc and keytar thus making considerably less money than I would having taken the time to sell them.

That being said... I might also have to bring them in to the shop if it turns out that they need a little fix-up...

So like yeah, my question is... should I hustle real quick and grab these? Or am I better to wait and try to make some kind of doepfer set-up in the future?

Another important thing to note is that I was really eager to buy an analog sequencer and was considering buying an sq-10 to go with my MS-20 and MS-10 in the future... but it seems as though I'd have my bases covered + a whole other semi-modular system for just a few hundred more dollars than the going ebay price of an SQ-10.

Thoughts?

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Re: EML 101/400/401

Post by Z » Sat Mar 21, 2009 12:05 am

Yes, I'd find a way to get them before someone else does or the seller changes his mind. The 101 along is worth at least $2500. Even if you've got to drop a few hundred in them to fix 'em, it's a great deal.

The only thing about EML gear is it uses 1.2v/oct rather than 1v/oct scaling.

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Re: EML 101/400/401

Post by Sir Ruff » Sat Mar 21, 2009 5:27 am

yeah, get them for sure, but the 101 is NOT worth 2500... That would be above the already most expensive one I've ever seen.
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Re: EML 101/400/401

Post by cornutt » Sat Mar 21, 2009 3:32 pm

Maybe not $2500, but I've seen 101s going for $1800 easy, and the 400/401 is worth at least that much again. It's a great deal.
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Re: EML 101/400/401

Post by Z » Sat Mar 21, 2009 6:07 pm

I turned down a $3K offer on my 101 last summer.

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Re: EML 101/400/401

Post by hfinn » Sat Mar 21, 2009 8:05 pm

I know of one 101 that just sold for 3k and I sold mine for $2300 a month ago, so yeah, they are getting up there. The 400/401 is worth about the same. I'd say the combo is worth more than double what he is asking.

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Re: EML 101/400/401

Post by TRANSISTOR FACE » Thu Mar 26, 2009 6:44 pm

So right now I have these two beautiful EML synths sitting in my studio. Everything seems to work more or less perfect. The only ACTUAL issue is the 401 "mod" slider. It works... but needs a major cleaning.

Wow, the signal path sure is strange on the 101 though. I'm having a hard time getting my head around it. It might take a bit of time before we truly get intimate with one-another.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that I am the second owner. The guy gave me the whole shabang of instruction manuals, tech notes, schematics and a whole lot of those little papers to write my patches on. That's becoming a rarer and rarer thing these days with these old synths.

But like yeah... the 101... what the h**l is that all about? haha! Seems like such a nonstandard way to go about things. Tottaly unlike any monosynth I've played before. Exciting.


Now all I need to do is re-arrange the whole studio so that the MS-10/20 are close enough to the EMLs so that they can have the occasional conversation.

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Re: EML 101/400/401

Post by plikestechno » Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:36 pm

Looks like you got a great deal from somebody that really cared about their stuff. Hooray for you.
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Re: EML 101/400/401

Post by cornutt » Fri Mar 27, 2009 4:49 pm

TRANSISTOR FACE wrote:But like yeah... the 101... what the h**l is that all about? haha! Seems like such a nonstandard way to go about things. Tottaly unlike any monosynth I've played before. Exciting.
The hard part about the 101 is understanding the oscillator CV bussing. EML did some things in the design so they could keep the price point below the ARP 2600. One of the things is that, unlike nearly every other synth in the world, each oscillator doesn't have its own dedicated exponential converter for the incoming control voltage; they have to share. I'm putting together a tutorial video for it, which I will hopefully be able to release this weekend.
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