Prince's Purple Rain Yamaha DX7 Synth For Sale

Expected to reach around $25,000, this Yamaha DX7 synthesizer is the same one used by Prince in the studio and on his iconic Purple Rain tour.

Prince's Purple Rain Tour and Studio-Used Yamaha DX7 Synthesizer is up for sale at a new auction that is currently running until 18th June 2020. At the time of writing, the bid for the DX7 is currently at $5,000, but is expected to reach around $25,000.

 

Along with the iconic synthesizer is a signed Purple Rain album, the personally worn 'Diamonds and Pearls' cufflinks, Prince's Handwritten Lyrics and Sketch Notebook, Prince's Paisley Park Studio EMAX II Sampler and Disc Collection, Prince's Personally-Owned and -Used Purple Tambourine, amongst many more items.

Prince Purple Rain signed album

According to DJMag, "The synth was bought from Prince along with an E-mu EMAX sampler by sound engineer Shane T. Keller in 1995 when Prince was struggling to fund a tour due to his dispute with label Warner Bros. It features masking tape with hand-written preset labels including ‘Kiss LP’, ‘Dope Drum’ and ‘Another LP1’."

 

Place your bids for Prince's DX7 (and many other items) at RR Auctions here.

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Prince wasn't known for straying too far from the pre-programmed patches. I'd love to know what the base DX7 patch is from "When Doves Cry."

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