Roland JX-3P - $900
We're happy to have some more affordable synths coming up for sale, including this Roland JX-3P, which is our favorite under-$1000 polysynth.
The JX-3P is one of the most underrated Roland polysynths and analog polysynths in general. Its voices sound very similar to the iconic and popular Juno 60 and 106, and its filters and VCAs are in fact almost the same, but it has the major advantage of having two oscillators (also DCOs) per voice instead of just one like the Junos have! This opens up a lot more possibilities by allowing you to detune, tune in intervals, or crossmod the DCOs. It has a nice chorus which is subtler than the Juno chorus, and also offers options for LFO shapes including sample and hold, while the Junos do not. Finally, it has a really fun and easy to use polyphonic step sequencer. This unit doesn't come with the separate PG-200 editor but editing it is actually not so bad once you get used to it. All in all, really great bang for your buck and for many people, the added synthesis features that put it ahead of the Junos totally make up for the less easy-to-use interface.
SERVICING / CONDITION
We believe in transparency when selling “pro serviced” synths so always include documentation of what services every synth we sell has received. Our approach to servicing vintage instruments entails both making sure every synth is working 100% now, and eliminating common failure points to preempt future issues.
This unit received the following services while it was here with us:
- Fully rebuilt power supply
- Cleaned panel sliders and tactile switches, reflowed solder joints on LEDs
- New volume pot to eliminate danger of crackliness
- New memory battery in holder for solder-free replacement in the future
- Fully cleaned key contacts and key contact strips
- Calibrated to factory standards
Cosmetic condition: good, a few very small rust spots primarily on the right side (see close-up photos)