Yamaha CS-80

A Milestone in the Development of the Polyphonic Synthesizer

By EBOARDMUSEUM

Yamaha CS-80

Want to see the US team play in the Soccer World Cup Final?
Wouldn’t mind experiencing Elvis Presley live just once?
World peace wouldn’t be too bad either, right?
Want to purchase a Yamaha CS-80?

Yamaha CS-80, Yamaha Corporation, ab 1976, From the collection of: EBOARDMUSEUM
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Ha! Some dreams will never come true. As for world peace … well, we’ll all keep working on it. But finding a Yamaha CS-80 on the open market? Get real!

What makes the CS-80 so special? It can’t just be its weight. A pallet of bricks is even heavier and most definitely available somewhere on the right market. Maybe it’s the polyphonic after-touch, ring modulator, slightly unstable oscillators, ribbon controller, and huge number of hits this CS-80 helped shape?

Ding-ding-ding! All this and a little bit more is the reason why this milestone of the late ‘70s very, very rarely changes hands.

The situation hasn’t changed much over the years, at least in terms of purchase price. When the CS-80 was released in 1977, it was cripplingly expensive. Although it hasn’t gotten any worse.

After countless passionate messages, we’re taking another look at the secret hiding place of the CS-80.

Yamaha CS-80 Regler (ab 1976) by Yamaha CorporationEBOARDMUSEUM

The Hidden Analog Memory

Hidden under a flap are the most important, miniature-sized parameters in equal sets of four which let you bring your own sound creations to life at will.

With memory slots, which were also analog like the overall tone creation of this giant, it lent its unmistakable sound to a range of soundtracks and cinema blockbusters. 

Blade Runner, anyone? Yes, tough luck for everyone who didn’t grab the CS-80 in time.

With barely 800 units in circulation, there’s only enough for about one out of every 10 million people on earth!

Yamaha CS-80 - Demo (1976) by MrFirechildEBOARDMUSEUM

Yamaha CS-80: Blade Runner 2050

Demo by MrFirechild

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