Roland TB-303 - Acid Synthesizer

Roland TB-303 - Acid Synthesizer

Date of Manufacture: 1982
Quantity Available: 1
Working Condition: Working
Physical Condition: Very Good
Dimensions: TB-303
Original Box: Yes

The Roland TB-303 Bass Line is a small synthesizer with built-in sequencer. It was launched in 1982 by the Roland corporation.
It was originally designed to replace those pesky bass guitarists in your band even though it saved you all the hassle of dealing with your stroppy bassist turning up for gigs late, vomiting during the encore and trying to change the musical direction of the band*, at the end of the day the TB303 just couldn't deliver a realistic bass guitar sound and musicians discarded the TB303 as worthless junk.
Just 18 months after it was launched Roland discontinued the TB-303 after selling in only 10,000 units.
We bought our TB-303 from a small guitar shop in Norwich for just £60!
Towards the end of the decade the House music scene was emerging and cash strapped musicians looked for any kind of electronic instruments to make their music. With the TB-303 being discard by those 'real' musicians they were cheap and easy to pick-up from every second hand music store.
DJ's and House music gurus found that although the TB-303 didn't sound like a bass guitar it did have a unique and hugely contemporary sound all of its own. With the resonance and filter controls in the right positions and a mad note sequence randomly programmed into its onboard sequencer a punchy squelchy acidic bass riff drove the House scene in a new direction ... Acid House.
Acid House music rose from the underground and hit the charts. The TB-303 quickly gained a legendary status and second hand machines changed hands for over £1000 if you were lucky enough to find one. Not bad since they orginally only sold for £238!
Today there are lots of software emulators for the TB-303 and a handful of hardware clones. They still change hands for a great deal of money and a cemented in music history as the machine that changed the face of dance music ...
*obviously this is a gross generalisation. Not all bass guitarists are like this. Some are worse ... LOL!

Hire Charges

Hire Charges

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Dry Hire

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Delivery to You (Courier)

We use a courier to deliver all items that can be sent in this way. There is a charge of £18 per box and we will advise you how many boxes there will be.

Delivery to You (Delivered by Us)

For larger items and fragile items such as televisions we do not use couriers. We have a tail-lift transit van and will deliver the items to the set or wherever they are required.

Delivery to London is £95 (+ £11.50 if in Congestion Zone + parking if required + tolls if required)

Our £95 rate applies to any single delivery address inside the M25 - which covers destinations such as Pinewood, Elstree and Studios around Ealing/Greenford.

Delivery to Leeds or York is £250 + VAT

Delivery to S. Wales (Cardiff) is £225 + VAT (Swansea + £50)

Delivery to Manchester £225 + VAT

Delivery to Birmingham £150 + VAT

Collection charges are the same as our delivery charges.

Next Day or Same Day Delivery

Next Day or Same Day delivery is possible. However, we do sometimes need time to prepare and dispatch the items especially if they need to be set-up in a specific way. Generally speaking we need at least 2 days notice before dispatch. However, when it comes to the crunch, we can react quickly. In this situation we can only delivery using our own transport at the costs quoted above.


We do not normally work weekends. It can be arranged if you give us at least 7 days notice. However, there is a surcharge of 50% for weekend work.

Returning the Items

It is your responsibility to return the items within the agreed hire period. Return delivery is also at your cost. YOU MUST make sure that you pack the items very well with plenty of protective bubble wrap around them. Any damage to the items, whether during use or during return transit will be charged in full. We take photographs of all items immediately before they are dispatched.

Equipment Failure

Due to the electrical nature and age of the equipment we provide, you must be aware that it is possible that the equipment may (although unlikely) fail during the hire period. This is particularly relevant to old televisions and computers. You are hiring the equipment on the understanding that failure is a possibility. We cannot be held responsible for any problems or costs arising from the failure. However, we will always do our absolute best to replace the item with a similar model. Please note that whilst we will not charge for the replacement item or the time involved in getting a replacement working, the transport costs in getting the replacement to you is your responsibility. This is an uncommon occurrence, but it must be understood that it can happen. By hiring equipment from us you are confirming that you understand and agree this.

Damage & Insurance

It is your responsibility to ensure the equipment you hire from us is covered by your own insurance. Please check the items as soon as your receive them. If there is any notable damage that looks like it was sustained in transit, please contact us. Any damage to the items, whether during use or during return transit will be charged in full. We take photographs of all items immediately before they are dispatched.

Late Returns

Items returned after the agreed date will be charged for at the first week rate plus 50% for every full week after the agreed return date. Please ensure that the items are returned within the agreed period as failure to do so may affect another hire and cause problems for us all!

Roland TB-303 - Acid Synthesizer Prop For Hire