Got An Extra $10,000? Then You Can Reserve A New Fairlight CMI-30A

Fairlight CMI-30A

Fairlight will open up the waiting list on March 1st for the Fairlight CMI 30th Anniversary Edition – a new digital keyboard workstation, inspired by the classic Fairlight CMI.

But you’ll need A$10,000 to get on the list.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

Only 100 CMI-30As will be made. They will be sold directly by Fairlight Instruments and shipped anywhere in the world from Sydney, Australia (at purchaser’s expense). Authorised agents will provide support and service in most major territories.

To secure your place on the waiting-list, you must complete and return the Agreement to Purchase & Pay, downloadable from this link.

Full purchase price is A$20,000 (Australian dollars) plus GST if delivered within Australia and a 50% deposit is required as part of the Agreement to Purchase & Pay. Payment can be by credit card or bank transfer.

The first 100 Agreements received on or after 1st March 2011, Australian Eastern Standard Time, will be accepted and fulfilled in order of receipt. Agreements will only be accepted if proof of payment is included (credit card details or bank transaction receipt).

If there are any Synthtopia readers that intend to buy one of the Fairlight CMI-30A’s, we’d love to hear what your thoughts are about the new keyboard.

18 thoughts on “Got An Extra $10,000? Then You Can Reserve A New Fairlight CMI-30A

  1. It seems like this a company going after the nostalgia market. The vids where they show it off make it look kind of hacky. One of them said it was an HP computer inside. Even if were well constructed, 10k is a lot to pay these days for one synth with a lot of clunky-to-use interface elements, and I bet it's not as capable as many other things on the market.

  2. Completely outrageous pricing for what it does. NO ONE except you ( the buyer ) would know your song was created on this ridiculously priced relic, revamped…. P.T. Barnum was absolutely right. Get a new Mac Pro, max it out, and quit wasting time and money on the ancient Fairlight. Or buy a sample CD of the Fairlight. People are so silly.

  3. … or you can get it for just $90
    I have noticed that there is NO master PLAY button that will trigger both "decks" and to make it worse there is no way to sync both tracks ?!
    Am I missing something

  4. Hmmm. What happened to the Fairlight astroturfer that told us about the massive demand for these and the fact that the whole run was sold out on preorder?

    I'm guessing that when it came time to cut that five-figure check, not as many jumped as they hoped…

  5. Yeah, this doesnt make any sense at all. While revolutionary at the time, the Fairlight techology is more than outdated.

    Not to say a soft synth emulation version would be ideal and makes far more sense. That where this type of instrument really belongs.

    Only a hand full will be sold if that to a few fools who will regret it and try to sell at a fraction of what they paid for it..

  6. I would pay 3000 max!
    1500 for the hardware, 500 for screen, 500 for the Fairlight name and 500 for software update!
    Not 1$ more. And they would pay shipping!

    So, i don't give a fu$%# if they go bankrupt!
    With 3000 Korg would build a super mega mickrosampler that would come with a coffee machine, a grill and a blowj#$ by P. Anders.
    And it would sell in the corner shop for me to try it!

  7. The sampling spec's described on their website seem pretty impressive. I just wonder how much it costs to build 1 of these and how much they mark them up. Also, I'm not really sure why they chose to stay with that ugly black and green monitor with the light pen. They say that users requested it to be kept, but I think a fancy new gui with a touchscreen would have been better. If I had enough money and a chance to thoroughly demo the thing who knows, perhaps it really is that good.

    Me personally I'm pysched about the iPad version, can't wait…

  8. If David Letterman were to ask Paul Schaefer about the new Fairlight, “Is it something?” the answer would be a resounding, “No!” Its running on an HP computer that I can buy at a local computer store. If everything were proprietary like the original systems it might be worth the $30k; as it stands, I would’t pay $3k for it.

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