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5G Tokyo. Synth Porn Super-Store!! Check it out.. Keyboard Synthesizers
Old 7th August 2008
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5G Tokyo. Synth Porn Super-Store!! Check it out..

So I recently stopped over in Tokyo on my way to Europe and paid a visit to the famous 5G vintage synth store in Harijuku.
I took the liberty of taking photos for you all even though I got a lot of weird looks from the Japanese dudes that worked there..
This place was like heaven and hell wrapped in to one and as amazing as it was to see all these synths together, it was alaso incredibly painful!
If only I had a spare 30k with me to drop.. On the plus side it has inspired me to start making some decent coin so I can return witha full wallet.

Unfortunately my camera ran out of battery just before I discovered the Moog Modular and CS-80's. Quite a shame considering they were the stars of the show..
Anyway, I'm sure you'll still dig this..



They had about 6/7 mini-moogs.. Most of them Modded in-store.


They had just sold all their JP-8's and most of their memory-moogs to a french dealer who cleaned out most of the big poly's.
They did have 3 CS-80's though!! They were all being worked on as they weren't in great shape..
I spoke with the guy who owned the store and tried to convince him to send me one in Sydney. He said he'll start working on one side of the synth and by the time he gets to the other it will fall completely out of tune.. Still, I'm not sure if he knows that they've been going for 15k on eBay.



Lots of Sequential synths..


The big moogs.. There was a Rhodes Chroma under the poly moog (under the memory moog). The thing sounds awesome!!!


The whole way along each wall were stacks of synths on there side.
This is about a 20th of them..

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Old 7th August 2008
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CS stuff and Arp Quadra..


Had lots of Pro-Ones and about 3 Odysseys..


Yamaha CS series mono synths...


This is a Korg MS-50. I wanted to buy it but they said it was junk.

Korg MS-20 serial number 001. The first MS-20 ever built...



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Old 7th August 2008
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Crumar..


Big Modular!!!


Modern Studio Electronic synths. I LOVED the Omega 8. Think that will be my next synth purchase..
Old 7th August 2008
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Great report!

Thanks!

Old 7th August 2008
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just a great post ....thank you.....

I'm going to tokyo in ten days ....

any other audio gear stores I should check out?
Old 7th August 2008
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just a great post ....thank you.....

I'm going to tokyo in ten days ....

any other audio gear stores I should check out?

Not that I know of.. I did come across a cool vintage guitar store down the road. Not really my thing, but I'm sure it would've been up a lot of other peoples alleys..
Old 7th August 2008
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what were the prices like ? resonable ? or more than ebay ?
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what were the prices like ? resonable ? or more than ebay ?

Very reasonable.. Some were quite cheap. I'd say in general things were a bit cheaper.. There were a few bargains lying around as well. Mostly Japanese made stuff, like old Yamaha FM synths and Roland Sh-2's etc.. There were some really cheap old Akai samplers too.
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sound good

thanx for posting those pics. if i ever get to Japan i will surely check it out.
Maybe i would get something small and light for my luggage like an Sh-101 or a 303
Old 7th August 2008
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this IS Analog Heaven ! thanks, great post ! thumbsupthumbsup
Old 7th August 2008
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the other store

echigoya music
this shop is also famous vintage shop in tokyo. this is at Shibuya. but it is smaller than Five G(Five G music technology).
Old 7th August 2008
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Yeah I was gonna say Echigoya is a must, prices are a bit better than 5G, it's opposite the big Tower Records in Shibuya on the 9th floor I think. Last time I met a very drunk old guy in the lift who thought me and my friend were German, and when I said we were English he sang me Beatles songs until we got to the ground floor.

In general, Japanese stuff is cheaper there but American stuff is more pricey, although the Yen is low right now so it depends where you're visiting from....

Lots of bargains if you like mid 80s cheaper analogue, FM, Korg M1s etc.
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This is a Korg MS-50. I wanted to buy it but they said it was junk.
are you sure?
Looks like a PS3100 or similar.... unless someone modded an MS50 with some wood and a keyboard??

5G will NOT sell you something unless they have got it 100% tip top.
Old 7th August 2008
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Incredible! Way cool, thanks for posting jonny. Did you hear any local synth music when you were over there?
Old 7th August 2008
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Those 2 places are so awesome, I been there too.
Picked up a Korg VC-10 from 5G. Prices are great, and the synths are in great condition.
Old 7th August 2008
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do they ship worldwide ?
Old 8th August 2008
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Five G does not ship world wide.


Anyway for those of you going to Tokyo who want to shop at these stores bare in mind that units are often japanese models on japanese voltages of 100V. I am not sure whether it is safe to plug it into a wall just about anywhere else in the world. If you want to buy the gear there you should stop off at a department store like Tokyo Hands (they are just about every where in Tokyo have a big store in Shibuya) as you can pick up a travel power transformer to turn your local voltage to Japanese voltage.


Also another cool place to check out for cheap secondhand gear is the creators land in akihabara. It is on the top floor of the sofmap apple mac collection store. Sofmap is a local computer chain here in Japan there are many stores throughout akihabara so you can just ask at anyone of them how to get to the store that has apple macs. the store is less focused on old analogues but they do sometimes have them. They are more likely to have relatively new secondhand items and lots of samplers. Last time i was there i saw an akai s6000 for about $US 400 which is pretty damn cheap in my book and a korg prophecy for about $150. There was also an MPC 2000 with zip drive for about $400.


hope this helps someone
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Oh by the way five g may seem very nicely priced but the prices of new gear are just evil. A desk top evolver will set you back about US$850. A stock elektron machine drum is about $US 1800- 2000. moogs and polyevolvers enter into insane territory close to double their US price. When i asked elektron why they are allowed to sell the units at such a high price and get the exclusive dealer price in Japan the answer was "they translated the manual for us". Very gimp if you ask me. I ended up getting my MD from analoghaven in the end instead.
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Oh by the way five g may seem very nicely priced but the prices of new gear are just evil. A desk top evolver will set you back about US$850. A stock elektron machine drum is about $US 1800- 2000. moogs and polyevolvers enter into insane territory close to double their US price. When i asked elektron why they are allowed to sell the units at such a high price and get the exclusive dealer price in Japan the answer was "they translated the manual for us". Very gimp if you ask me. I ended up getting my MD from analoghaven in the end instead.
Yeah, new stuff is VERY expensive..
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I noticed this shortly after I sent them an email.

"We accept only a Japanese email."





All the guys in there speak NO english minus one old guy, who I assumed owned the store.. He was also the mean tech and spoke excellent english.. He was very helpful and said he would ship stuff to me if I wanted, hence me asking about the CS-80, but like someone else said, they won't sell you anything unless it is working 100%.
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wait, 'main tech' or 'mean tech'?

when i went there, everyone was really nice.
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All the guys in there speak NO english minus one old guy, who I assumed owned the store..
Trust me man they all speak a bit of english they just like to **** with tourists and listen to the wanky **** they say about synthesizers when they think no one else can understand what they are saying.

By the way my advice for anyone going to five g is to pick up tr 606 as they are cheap as chips there and hence have a very high turnover.

If you got dollars that rhodes chroma they have there is the bomb! good sound really nice key action; no knobs but one hell of a synth for a studio musician.
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Trust me man they all speak a bit of english they just like to **** with tourists and listen to the wanky **** they say about synthesizers when they think no one else can understand what they are saying.

By the way my advice for anyone going to five g is to pick up tr 606 as they are cheap as chips there and hence have a very high turnover.

If you got dollars that rhodes chroma they have there is the bomb! good sound really nice key action; no knobs but one hell of a synth for a studio musician.

Yeah that Chroma is awesome. I REALLY want it.. Would cost a lot to ship methinks.
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Yeah 5G pretty much rules... wierdly enough they're on the 4th floor from memory? they're really nice and helpful too... pack anything you buy into boxes with little plastic handles for the plane...So far I've Bought Mfb-503, a pro one , An MKS-80 and a 106 from them. Bought a monopoly from echigoya too... they were top dudes as well...Heres a photo of the moogs....
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Yeah 5G pretty much rules... wierdly enough they're on the 4th floor from memory? they're really nice and helpful too... pack anything you buy into boxes with little plastic handles for the plane...So far I've Bought Mfb-503, a pro one , An MKS-80 and a 106 from them. Bought a monopoly from echigoya too... they were top dudes as well...Heres a photo of the moogs....
Is that a picture of you in the photo as well?

Man now THATS a synth store!
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Is that a picture of you in the photo as well?

Man now THATS a synth store!
Haha no thats My Friend I Roll with in tokyo...I love that town so much!
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...I need to get to Tokyo soon!
October (Fingers crossed)
Old 9th August 2008
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Great thread Jonny! That Sequential sandwich is a beautiful sight.
Old 20th December 2008
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Any directions for how to find Five G from Harajuki train station?

Same question for Echigoya Music。。
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