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  • Roland AT 80s - might pick one up

    Hello fellas,

    Well, here I go again. There is an AT 80S for sale and it seems like a great price. They are asking $500 and said to be in "Excellent Condition". Someone else just backed out of buying it. It is a couple hours from the city, so I suppose it is hard to sell.

    I read some posts here. I realize some things could die as soon as I get it home, or it could go on for a long time. Is it worth the risk? Are parts available? Are there folks who still work on these?

    Also, seller "thought" the top part disconnected from the base for moving. Any thoughts on that?

    Thanks!
    Tony

    PS - I would be selling my Lowrey Century - wonder if there is any market for that... (I know the good/bad/ugly :) ) :->
    Tony

    Current: Roland Atelier AT-80s, Hammond T-211, Ensoniq ZR-76
    Past: 1957 Baldwin Orga-Sonic, Yamaha EL-90, Lowrey Century, Hammond T-212, Hammond M3, Roland XP-80

    :-B

  • #2
    It's made well enough to survive the journey home and it should give you years of service. Last time I asked, I was told that spares for the S series onwards are OK, but that was for the UK. I'd assume the same applies to the USA. Yes, there are still techs who will work on them, google mitatechs and you should be able to find one near you.

    $500 sounds good for a great sounding organ.

    Not sure about removing the top section, I think it does, but someone on here is bound to know.

    The Lowrey will sell, but I'd hate to hazard a guess at what you would get for it. A small fraction of the original selling price, that's for sure!
    It's not what you play. It's not how you play. It's the fact that you're playing that counts.

    New website now live - www.andrew-gilbert.com

    Current instruments: Roland Atelier AT900 Platinum Edition, Yamaha Genos, Yamaha PSR-S970, Kawai K1m
    Retired Organs: Lots! Kawai SR6 x 2, Hammond L122, T402, T500 x 2, X5. Conn Martinique and 652. Gulbransen 2102 Pacemaker. Kimball Temptation.
    Retired Leslies, 147, 145 x 2, 760 x 2, 710, 415 x 2.
    Retired synths: Korg 700, Roland SH1000, Jen Superstringer, Kawai S100F, Kawai S100P, Kawai K1

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    • #3
      Originally posted by andyg View Post
      Not sure about removing the top section, I think it does, but someone on here is bound to know.
      Yes. Two thumb bolts underneath the front on either side. Disconnect two interconnecting cables at the joint; right rear. Slide the top unit back about three inches and then you (and a buddy) lift off. About 140 lbs.
      Roland Atelier AT-90s, AT-80s, AT-70, 30, and 15. Roland VR-760 combo
      Yamaha S-90, Kurzweil PC-3x, Casio Privia PX-330, Roland E-80, G-70, BK-5, Leslie 760, 820
      Moved on:
      Allen 3MT/Hauptwerk, Technics GA1, Yamaha HX1, AR80, numerous Hammonds, including 2 M's, an L, 2 A-100's, XP-2, XM-1/1c, & an XK-3. Roland Atelier AT-30, 60r, 80, & 20r(2 units), and a slew of Leslies (147, 142, 760, 900, 330).
      Korg Triton Le-61, Casio Privia PX-310 & 110, and Kurzweils: PC-2x, SP-88, Pro-III, K1000

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      • #4
        Thanks, Kurz :) I just saw your response! Good to know the Roland can be split! A lot of poundage! The seller is holding it for me, and I just sold my Lowrey Century on ebay, so it looks like this may happen. It would be so fun to play this! I have always wished an organ could have a "real" sustain pedal for the piano sounds, Roland thought of so much on these!!
        Tony

        Current: Roland Atelier AT-80s, Hammond T-211, Ensoniq ZR-76
        Past: 1957 Baldwin Orga-Sonic, Yamaha EL-90, Lowrey Century, Hammond T-212, Hammond M3, Roland XP-80

        :-B

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        • #5
          I bought an AT-80s several years ago from a dealer and paid $1500. That is an excellent organ at an excellent price. Run, do not walk. And Andy, I had no idea that my 80s has drawbars in it. I presume that they are good for tibias and diapason also. I must check. I wonder how they get "turned on", since I'm pretty sure that there are no panel buttons marked "footage" (Roland lives in daily fear of a lawsuit from Hammond who must be assumed to have the term "drawbar" patented.) Footage sounds like an obstable to walking in the woods.
          Roland Atelier AT-90s, AT-80s, AT-70, 30, and 15. Roland VR-760 combo
          Yamaha S-90, Kurzweil PC-3x, Casio Privia PX-330, Roland E-80, G-70, BK-5, Leslie 760, 820
          Moved on:
          Allen 3MT/Hauptwerk, Technics GA1, Yamaha HX1, AR80, numerous Hammonds, including 2 M's, an L, 2 A-100's, XP-2, XM-1/1c, & an XK-3. Roland Atelier AT-30, 60r, 80, & 20r(2 units), and a slew of Leslies (147, 142, 760, 900, 330).
          Korg Triton Le-61, Casio Privia PX-310 & 110, and Kurzweils: PC-2x, SP-88, Pro-III, K1000

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          • #6
            IIRC, the digital drawbars are turned on with the H-Bars button. "Hammond-Bars" would have been an instant lawsuit, but I think the meaning's clear enough!

            The term 'drawbar' is indeed a Hammond trademark, but so many companies used it, it's become generic. Even in the 1960s, other companies used it without action from Hammond. I guess they had, and still have, better things to do with their lawyers! :) In fact, Hammond switched to using the term Tonebars instead of drawbars, as rivals were describing them as 'drawbacks'.
            It's not what you play. It's not how you play. It's the fact that you're playing that counts.

            New website now live - www.andrew-gilbert.com

            Current instruments: Roland Atelier AT900 Platinum Edition, Yamaha Genos, Yamaha PSR-S970, Kawai K1m
            Retired Organs: Lots! Kawai SR6 x 2, Hammond L122, T402, T500 x 2, X5. Conn Martinique and 652. Gulbransen 2102 Pacemaker. Kimball Temptation.
            Retired Leslies, 147, 145 x 2, 760 x 2, 710, 415 x 2.
            Retired synths: Korg 700, Roland SH1000, Jen Superstringer, Kawai S100F, Kawai S100P, Kawai K1

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            • #7
              Andy, I was looking at specs, does the AT-80S NOT have the "harmonic bars"?

              - - - Updated - - -

              Can an AT-80S be upgraded to an SL?
              Tony

              Current: Roland Atelier AT-80s, Hammond T-211, Ensoniq ZR-76
              Past: 1957 Baldwin Orga-Sonic, Yamaha EL-90, Lowrey Century, Hammond T-212, Hammond M3, Roland XP-80

              :-B

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              • #8
                My apologies, it looks like the virtual drawbars may have come in with the 80SL. Not 100% certain, it's been ages since I've seen a plain 80S.

                The H-Bar button is an on-screen one, to the left hand side of the home screen. Certainly there on the 80SL.

                You could at one point upgrade from S to SL, two small daughter boards/chips and a software update was all it took. Cost was around £1500 back then. I doubt if you'd find that Roland still had any upgrade kits now, but you could always ask!
                It's not what you play. It's not how you play. It's the fact that you're playing that counts.

                New website now live - www.andrew-gilbert.com

                Current instruments: Roland Atelier AT900 Platinum Edition, Yamaha Genos, Yamaha PSR-S970, Kawai K1m
                Retired Organs: Lots! Kawai SR6 x 2, Hammond L122, T402, T500 x 2, X5. Conn Martinique and 652. Gulbransen 2102 Pacemaker. Kimball Temptation.
                Retired Leslies, 147, 145 x 2, 760 x 2, 710, 415 x 2.
                Retired synths: Korg 700, Roland SH1000, Jen Superstringer, Kawai S100F, Kawai S100P, Kawai K1

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                • #9
                  I got the Atelier at-80s tonight! Absolutely amazing. Makes all the other organs I have played feel like they were toys. Love it!
                  Tony

                  Current: Roland Atelier AT-80s, Hammond T-211, Ensoniq ZR-76
                  Past: 1957 Baldwin Orga-Sonic, Yamaha EL-90, Lowrey Century, Hammond T-212, Hammond M3, Roland XP-80

                  :-B

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