Aphex Twin’s Yamaha CS-5 synth is up for auction on eBay

Aphex Twin Yamaha CS-5 synth

You can now bid on a vintage Yamaha CS-5 synth that’s been pre-owned by Aphex Twin.

An analogue monosynth, previously owned by the former Crack Magazine cover star, is up on eBay. It contains the liner notes of Selected Ambient Works Volume II at the bottom, which were hand-etched by RDJ himself. The auction’s description includes a statement from Paul Nicholson, who designed Aphex Twin’s unmistakeable logo. Nicholson confirms that the etchings were photographed and used for the sleeve of Selected Ambient Works Volume II.

The seller writes: “This synth was purchased by me in 2006 from a Vemia auction in the UK. Other than loaning it to Ghostly/Suction Records recording artist Solvent to record his RDJCS5ep 12-inch in 2011, the synth has been carefully stored at my house.”

“The synth has never been serviced, repaired, or modified by me, and is in the same condition as when I received it. It runs on 230V UK power, with a UK plug. You can see some additional etchings and markings in the photos – these were all in place (and likely done by Aphex Twin himself) when I received it. It’s in perfect working order as far as I know, but I offer no guarantee of its functional condition; anyone who’s buying this will surely be buying it for its provenance.”

The current bid (17 November) stands at $15,200. The reserve price is yet to be met. Head here to bid on the synth. Revisit our Aphex Twin portal, where you can find all of our RDJ-related features in one place.