Roland Jupiter 8 / JP-8

Purchased: ca. 1990, $350

Roland JP-8 Serial Number 413272 - One of the very last Jupiter 8s ever manufactured!
Roland JP-8 Serial Number 413272 – One of the very last Jupiter 8s ever manufactured!

The Jupiter 8. Perhaps Roland’s greatest synth. Certainly one of my favorites! The serial number of my Jupiter-8, #413272, indicates that it was produced in April 1984, which makes it one of the last ones to be manufactured.

I upgraded it in about 1994 with the Encore MIDI mod. Currently it’s having issues – something’s up with the CPU/digital bus, I think. It ran great for the 20 years I have owned it, until 2012.

Here’s some photos of my JP-8:

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