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Solaris Pre-Order information

UPDATED Jan. 19, 2019: 

Just back from NAMM, and we have some updated news on our new products:

Solaris Tabletop - I will start taking pre-orders for those interested. Final price will be $3150 - black cabinet only, with LCD displays. The same OLED upgrade package for the keyboard version is possible - upgrade price is $250.

You can reserve a unit with a 50% deposit ($1600) via PayPal to sales with a note for a Solaris tabletop (TT). As with the keyboard version, a $200 discount will be applied if you make a full prepayment.

Solaris Voice Expander - built in a 1U-sized cabinet, while not a full 19" width, the Voice Expander uses the same motherboard as the keyboard version, and adds another 10 voices of polyphony when using Poly Chain. (Just make sure both units have the same Program data on their CF cards!). You can also just layer it with your current Solaris. All parameters are connected to a Solaris front panel (via SysEx) for easy editing. We are taking pre-orders now for 'the box', and introductory pricing is $1599.

Delivery dates for both new products are expected to be starting in June.

As for the Solaris keyboard, we are again able to start taking pre-orders. Please see pricing below. If you'd like to be put on the Wait List for the keyboard version, please send me a request at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Pricing for Solaris keyboard: 

Pricing for the regular (non-OLED) Solaris is $4099. The price for the OLED version will be $4350. If prepaid in full, there will be a $200 discount. A place on the production list can be reserved with a 50% deposit. (Prices in Euros are calculated at the current exchange rate when purchasing.)

For North America purchases, please use your PayPal account and send payment to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For EU customers, please send me an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for direct wire information.

When you send in your contact information, make sure you tell me if you would like a black or white front panel, as we continue to offer both. Also, please include your shipping address. 

Please note that the price includes a 3-year warranty.

All sales are now limited to direct orders only, with the following exception:

  • customers living in Japan - please contact Fukusan Kigyo Co.,Ltd. for Solaris information.


Note that we no longer accept payment by credit card, except via PayPal. Only PayPal or bank wire is acceptable at this time.

Thanks to those of you who have shown such interest in Solaris (tm)!

As always, prices and terms are subject to change without notice

Solaris is trademarked by John Bowen 


Terms & Conditions

1. Purchase numbers are assigned by date and time of your pre-order.

2. The Solaris now comes with a 3-year warranty on parts and labor if purchased directly from this Web site (2 years for purchases prior to July 1, 2013), and 1-year if purchased through a retail store.

3. All sales from this Web site are 100% guaranteed; if you're unhappy with your purchase, you can return it within 2 weeks for a full refund as long as the synth is still in new condition. You would also have to pay shipping on the return. Any damage to the unit (scratches, dings, etc.) will be accounted for by a deduction of your refund.

* Please note that prices are subject to change without notice.