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Thomas Bangalter’s original Roland TR-909 is on sale featuring Daft Punk’s ‘Homework’-era presets

Thousands of dollars? Millions? It’s anyone’s guess as to how much this original Roland TR-909 will go for, given that it was the very machine operated by Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk.

The sale was announced on Facebook last week, along with the caption “needless to say, it’s a collector’s item, so it’s impossible to set a price. We will sell it to the highest bidder.”

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How much would you shell out for the original Roland TR-909 which belonged to Thomas Bangalter? We’re betting this one will hit six figures.

Daft Punk’s tune Revolution 909 off their 1997 debut album Homework was instrumental in the drum machine’s worldwide popularity. Almost completely composed of 909 beats, it remains one of the greatest gear demos the world has ever heard. The TR-909 which belonged to Thomas Bangalter comes loaded with the original presets set for the song.

The Roland TR-909 was originally created in 1983, as a successor to the infamous Roland TR-808. The 909 was the first drum machine to use MIDI and samples, and it went on to become incredibly influential in the development of dance music, known for its punchy sounds.

In other news, last year Roland reissued the TR-909, as well as the classic synth, TB-303.

Via Fact Mag.

Check out the Roland TR-909 in action in the demo below.

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