Here’s an item that will interest many Depeche Mode fans. Bonhams of London will be auctioning Alan Wilder’s original Roland JP-8 synthesiser. This Roland JP-8 is not being sold by Alan Wilder, but was originally owned by Depeche Mode and Alan Wilder and then given away many years ago. The sale has been endorsed with a Letter of Authentication by Alan Wilder nevertheless so you are sure to buy the genuine thing.
Alan: “This is indeed the very same JP-8 that I used for a number of years with Depeche Mode – its serial number, history and even the markings can be verified and I believe it still actually contains some the original sounds which I best demonstrated in the ‘Synths Revolution’ YouTube clip below.”
The keyboard was used both live and in the studio with Depeche Mode between 1982-1984. The instrument has been fully restored under care of “Synthdoctor” Andy Jury and is in complete working condition.
You may expect this rare gem to fetch between £8,000 – £12,000 (that’s roughly € 9,000 – 13,000) when it goes up for sale on 11th December 2018, 12:00 GMT at Bonhams, New Bond Street, London. Full details of the entire auction and how to bid can be found here.