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Roland TR-909 Analog Drum Machine Blue Lights Forat Refurb #28449

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BRAND : Roland

MODEL : TR-909

FUNCTION : Analog Drum Machine

DESCRIPTION : This listing is for an original owner Roland TR-909 Analog Drum Machine. This machine was recently refurbished by Bruce Forat. All pots have been cleaned and all instruments switched replaced. It was also given the blue light mod on the triggers. It also received the version 4 system chip which fixes sync issues.  Please see the very interesting history on this particular machine below.

  • Bruce Forat refurbished
  • Blue Lights on buttons
  • Version 4 OS
  • Original Owner
  • Preferred Serial number series (393075)

From the owner:

"I am the original owner of this machine, and it was used by me and rented to Paisley Park Studios clients in Minneapolis, during the late 80s and early 90s (Prince, MC Hammer, Paula Abdul, to name a few... with several Warner bros, MCA / Universal and Electra records producers renting as well.) Always pros in major studios only, never live shows. It has not been rented since then.. it spent the 2000s in my private studio here in CA."

"This is serial #393075 so falls in the sweet spot, after bass, before stick and hat changed...

The hardware changes are listed in the service manual.

Sound wise, they were as follows:

From serial#381500 onward:

  • Bass Drum ENV3, C9 from 0.22µF to 0.33µF to expand the TUNE and length/range
  • From #415300 onward: Rim Shot OSC3, R417 from 12k to 3.3k for more realistic sound
  • HiHat, C134 from 10µF to 0.01µF for rolling off low frequencies
  • Rim shot and hi-hat mod are less desirable
  • From #426700 onward: TOM NOISE, C54 from 2.2nF to 4.7nF, R194 from 47k to 100k to emphasize the attack of the Toms

All changes are minor changes. But what can be clearly heard is the change in the Rim Shot. The older one sounds much lower, punchier"

ACCESSORIES : This item comes with the power cable, otherwise comes only as seen in photos, and does not include any other accessories.

PHYSICAL CONDITION : Excellent- There are a few scratches on the top and sides of the unit, and the previous owner has written on the underside of the unit, as seen in pictures.

WORKING CONDITION : Excellent- This 909 feels and sounds amazing. All main buttons trigger perfectly, with no double-hits or mis-triggers. All outputs work great, and overall this is a fantastic machine.


ACTUAL DIMS : 20" x 12" x 6"

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