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Price History

By Chris Ryan [21030691] <chris@rhodeschroma.com>

How much is a Chroma worth? This page lists known sale prices for the Chroma, Expander, and other items (see also the Polaris Price History). I began to track these more carefully in 2009; before that, the record is incomplete. But this listing should still give a good idea to prospective buyers and sellers of what the instruments are and have been fetching. For information on condition and which accessories came with the units, see the corresponding registry entries (linked from the serial numbers).

- indicates some problems with the instrument at time of sale
- indicates an instrument not working at time of sale

Notes on condition is displayed if you hover over the icon for a given instrument; for more information see the referenced thread and/or the linked instrument registry entry.

Please send me information on your instrument in order to increase the utility of this list. See also Retail Prices.

Chroma

Source/Reference Serial # Date Price
Sean McNamara, owner 21030396  2015.08 USD $2,500.00
eBay item #331508824534 21030781  2015.03 USD $2,600.00
Bob Grieb, seller 21030025 2015? USD $3,000.00
Dylan Wahl, owner 21030410  2015.01 USD $6,000.00
Bob Grieb, buyer 21030025  2014.08 USD $1,600.00
Eric Frampton, owner 21030501  2014.06 USD $0.00
Dryden Chambers, seller unknown  2014.01 USD $3,100.00
Chroma 21030838 For Sale on eBay 21030838  2013.12 USD $2,600.00
Jerry Leonard, seller 21030100  2013.11 USD $2,500.00
Jerry Leonard, seller 21030402  2013.11 USD $1,500.00
Jerry Leonard, seller 21030399  2013.11 USD $500.00
Matt V, seller 21030757 2013.09 USD $6,000.00
Chroma 21030758 on eBay 21030758  2013.09 USD $2,000.00
0027 update 21030027  2013.07 USD $1,800.00
Tobias Menguser, buyer 21010303  2012.05 €3.700,00
Ian Hamilton, buyer 21030247  2013.05 AUD $3,500.00
Cal Lockard, new owner 21030864 2013.04 USD $2,550.00
Peter Forrest [21010096] (Spheremusic auction) unknown 2013.04 £5,092.00
Peter Forrest [21010096] (Spheremusic auction) 21010284 2013.04 £4,000.00
eBay item #261126786130 21030828 2012.11 USD $3,995.00
Ken Ypparila, seller 21030229 2012.11 USD $3,350.00
Frédéric Brument, buyer 21030491 2012.07 €6.000,00
Chroma 21030552 For Sale 21030552 2012.06 USD $4,500.00
A., new owner 21040017  2012.05 AUD $1,675.00
John Poulton, buyer/Chroma on eBay 21030626  2012.05 USD $3,500.00
Chroma 21030921 for Sale on Gearslutz 21030921 2012.04 €2.500,00
Chroma 21030077 on eBay 21030077  2012.04 USD $2,601.00
MercatinoMusicale auction/Luca Sasdelli unknown 2012.02 ≈€4.000,00
Chroma 21030360 on eBay 21030360  2012.02 USD $4,000.00
Keith Hedger, seller 21030607 2012.02 USD $3,000.00
Chroma in Australia on eBay 21010150  2011.12 AUD $2,625.00
Chroma 21030737 on eBay 21030737 2011.12 USD $4,999.00
chroma on ebay UK unknown  2011.11 £725.68
Somebody got a deal... unknown 2011.10 USD $1,500.00
Chroma 21030742 for Sale 21030742 2011.10 USD $3,550.00
Chroma on eBay UK 21030095 2011.09 £2,051.00
Chroma with CC+ and Pressure Sensor Sold on eBay unknown 2011.07 USD $4,499.00
Chroma and EQ Board on eBay 21030526 2011.07 USD $4,500.00
Introduction 21030209 2011.06 USD $2,500.00
Thomas Story, seller 21030352 2011.05 USD $4,500.00
Rhodes Chroma For Sale 21030880 21030880  2011.04 USD $2,272.00
Chroma on eBay 21030777  2011.03 USD $2,410.00
Craig Mueller, former owner 21030812  2011.03 USD $2,000.00
Tom Moravansky, former owner 21030431 2011.03 USD $5,000.00
Craig Mueller, owner 21030812  2011.02 USD $100.00
2 Chromas FS $1100 Ventura, CA 21030185  2011.02 USD $550.00
2 Chromas FS $1100 Ventura, CA 21030247  2011.02 USD $550.00
Chroma for sale 21010268 2010.11 USD $5,500.00
HC, seller 21030114  2010.10 USD $1,800.00
Rhodes Chroma on German Ebay unknown 2010.10 €2.268,00
David Hobson, owner 21030078  2010.07 USD $200.00
Chroma 21030079 for Sale on eBay 21030079  2010.07 USD $999.99
Chroma on eBay 21030192  2010.04 USD $4,000.00
Chroma on eBay Germany 21010293  2010.03 €2.031,00
Dan Jenkins, former owner 21030639  2009.11 USD $900.00
eBay item #170398356286 21030455  2009.10 USD $1,350.00
Three Chromas (and a Polaris) on eBay 21030547 2009.10 USD $3,050.00
Three Chromas (and a Polaris) on eBay
(Sold with Polaris 302552)
21030857  2009.10 USD $1,757.00
Three Chromas (and a Polaris) on eBay unknown  2009.10 USD $1,626.00
Chroma on eBay Canada unknown 2009.08 USD $2,052.77
My Chroma is on the auction block! 21030869  2009.08 USD $1,324.00
Scott, seller unknown  2009.08 USD $250.00
Doug Meier, owner 21030306  2009.08 USD $29.00
Carey Bonn, owner 21030209  2009.05 USD $900.00
german ebay chroma 21030831 2009.05 €2.098,00
chroma on german ebay unknown 2009.04 €3.727,00
Chroma 21030384 on eBay 21030384 2009.03 USD $2,999.00
Chroma on eBay 21030257 2009.02 USD $1,555.00
Chroma 21030454 on eBay 21030454 2009.02 USD $1,526.00
Frank Rex, brother of late owner, Thilo Rex 21010195  2009 €950,00
chroma on german ebay 21010276  2008.12 €1.420,00
Chroma For Sale on eBay 21030321 2008.07 USD $3,799.00
Chroma and Syntech Interface on eBay 21030907 2008.01 USD $2,299.00
Jim Josevski, owner 21030907 2008 USD $2,300.00
Stefan Kraft, former owner unknown  2008 €1.200,00
chroma on Ebay 21030798 2007.11 USD $2,300.00
Sean Vindahl, owner 21010078  2007.09 ≈€1.333,00
David Chaulk, former owner 21030789 2007.06 USD $2,000.00
Bob Brenenstuhl, owner 21030894 2007.05 USD $1,500.00
Chroma BIN over $3000 U.S. !!! 21030095 2006.12 £1,550.00
Chroma here and gone in a heartbeat on the Bay 21030264 2006.12 USD $499.00
Tom Hughes, owner 21030251  2006.09 USD ≈$250.00
Andrew Dalebrook, owner 21010180 2006.06 NZD $1,900.00
Chroma 21030798 For Sale on eBay 21010104 2006.04 £750.00
Sebastiaan Barends, owner 21030917  2006.03 €1.000,00
Chroma Inflation 21030668 2005.10 USD $3,450.00
Thomas Story, owner 21030352 2005.10 USD $500.00
Chroma sells on Ebay for $595 21030674  2005.06 USD $595.00
Chroma on eBay Australia for Third Time 21040006 2005.05 AUD $2,035.10
George Sarant, owner 21030818 2005.01 USD $1,500.00
Lawrence Eldridge, owner 21010100  2005 £1,250.00
Doug Terrebonne, former owner (sold) 21030401 2005 USD $700.00
Jesper Ödemark, owner 21010135 2004.07 €900,00
Mal Meehan, former owner 21030075 2004.04 £400.00
Paul Tillotson, owner 21030218 2002.06 USD $1,350.00
David Clarke, owner 21030085  2002.03 USD $295.00
Doug Terrebonne, former owner (bought) 21030401  2002 USD $400.00
Stephan Vladimir Bugaj, owner 21030860 2002? USD ≈$2,000.00
Brian Cox, owner 21030588  2001-02 CAD $300.00
Matt Thomas, owner 21010021 2001 £800.00
Rafael Grandek, owner 21010205  2001? DM <700,00
David Hobson, owner 21030506 2000.06 USD $70.00
Michael Salmon, owner 21030155 1990s? USD $400.00
David Morley, former owner 21030210 1990s? £500.00
J.D. McEachin, owner 21030425  mid-1990s USD $125.00
Murray Macdonald, owner 21030715 1996 CAD $400.00
Lars Thunström, owner 21030937 1995-96 kr 100,00
Patrick Walsh, owner 21010070 1995? £500.00
J.D. McEachin, owner 21030073 1994 USD $750.00
Wolfgang Tockner, owner 21010243 1995? ≈ DM 2.000,00
David Clarke, owner 21010259  1993? USD ≈$450.00
Jack Colburne, owner 21030142 1992? USD $119.95
Chris Borman, owner 21030194 1990 USD$600.00
Rüdiger Lorenz, former owner 21010288 1990 DM 1.000,00
Chris Borman, owner 21030869 1980s USD ≈$1,400.00
Luca Sasdelli, owner 21010226  1987? €180,00
Mike Todd, owner 21010097 1986? £2,500.00
Steve Weingart 21030263 1985? USD ≈$2,500.00
Paul Hackett-Evans, owner 21010094 1985 £1,000.00
Rudie Vissenberg, former owner 21010254 1985.07 NAƒ7.000.00
Michael, owner 21030816 1985.06 DM 6.723,45
Gabriel Katona, owner unknown 1984 USD $3,500.00
Christian, owner 21010129  1984.05.11 DM 9,700,00
John Hagerty, owner 21030616 1983 USD $3,200.00
John O. Senior, owner 21030640 1983 USD $3,350.00
Harald Svensson, owner 21020006 1983 kr 38.800,00
Tom Klepacki, owner 21030025 1983? USD $3,750.00
Christian, former owner 21010130  1983.06.27 DM 10.000,00
August B. Raring, owner 21010148 1983.03.11 DM 12.850,00
Al Tutlys, owner 21030645 1982? USD ≈$4,800.00
John C. Shipley, owner 21030689 1982 USD $5,200.00
Jean Giroux, owner 21030280 1982 CAD $7,018.34
Jimmy Moyer, owner 21030184 1982.09 USD $3,811.00

Original List Price

US (source: Suggested Retail Price List, June 1, 1982; Vintage Synthesizers, Keyfax) 1982 USD $5,295.00
UK (source: E&MM, Music UK, Keyfax) 1982 £3,800.00
Canada (source: Fender price list) 1983 CAD $7,500.00
Canada (source: Tartini Musical Imports price list 1982 CAD $8,400.00
Australia (source: Sonics) 1982 AUD $7,650.00
Netherlands (source: Dirk Witte ad) 1982 NAƒ9.950.00

Expander

Source/Reference Serial # Date Price
Rob Belcher, owner 16330123  2014.05 £3,500.00
Nicholas Vining, subsequent owner 16330120 2012.02 USD $999.00
Rob Belcher, seller 16310012 2012.04 £4,000.00
Expander on eBay 16330120 2011.05 USD $6,800.00
Expander on eBay Australia 16310021 2010.04 AUD $9,150.00
Tom Hughes, owner 16330108  2009.04 USD $1,200.00
Rob Belcher, seller 16310010 2007.10 £1,750.00
David Clarke, owner 16330012  2002.02 USD $440.00
Rising Chroma prices unknown 2001.10 USD $2,711.00
David Clarke, owner 16330034  2000.07 USD $900.00
John Leimseider, owner 16330129  1980s USD $700.00
John O. Senior, owner 16330146 1985 USD $750.00
Eric W. Mattei, owner 16330105 1982 USD $3150.00

Original List Price

US (source: Suggested Retail Price List, June 1, 1982) 1982 USD $3,150.00
UK (source: A-Z of Analogue) 1982 ≈£2,000.00
Canada (source: Fender price list) 1983 CAD $4,700.00
Canada (source: Tartini Musical Imports price list 1982 CAD $5,380.00

Other Items

Item Source/Reference Date Price
Voice Board eBay item #391179205961 2015.07 €298,00
Programming Manual eBay item #171821280852 2015.06 USD $15.99
CPU board Bob Grieb, seller 2015 USD $60.00
Fridge Magnet (2 sold) Chroma Refrigerator Magnet on eBay 2015.04 USD $6.25
CPU Board with Original ROMs Chroma Parts on Ebay 2014.02 USD $95.00
Switched PSU retrofit (2 sold) eBay item #131088443177 2014.02 USD $185.00
Dual Footswitch case and pedals in the UK 2014.01 £15.00
Brochure eBay item #271330387625 2013.12 USD $18.99
CPU Board (2 sold) eBay item #261222814919 2013.08 USD $50.00
Syntech MIDI Interface Syntech MIDI Interface on eBay 2013.06 USD $100.00
CPU Board eBay item #171050664062 2013.06 €47,50
Syntech MIDI Interface eBay items 2013.06 USD $159.00
Voice/Channel Board Recap & Rechip Kit eBay item #261140738639 2013.04 USD $220.00
Pressure Sensor Kit Peter Forrest [21010096] 2013.04 £181.00
SPSU Kit (10 sold) eBay item #130828831721 2012.01‑03 USD $180.00
Service Manual Service Manuals on eBay 2013.02 USD $20.00
Programming Manual eBay item #130834788204 2013.01 USD $12.00
ROM Chips ROM Chips Sold on eBay 2012.11 USD $100.00
Dual Footswitch Dual Pedal Assembly on eBay 2012.11 USD $87.00
Dual Footswitch Dual Pedal Assembly on eBay 2012.11 USD $41.00
Syntech/Chroma Cult MIDI Interface (3 sold) eBay item #190738807105 2012.10 USD $48.00
Syntech/Chroma Cult MIDI Interface eBay item #190735084075 2012.10 USD $46.00
Programming Manual (draft?) Programming Manual on eBay 2012.05 USD $2.36
Print Ad ("Finally...") eBay item #320880154237 2012.04 USD $12.99
Tapper Assembly Tapper Assembly on eBay 2012.04 USD $19.99
Key Assembly Transformer Board Assembly on eBay 2012.01 USD $99.95
Stack Switch Board Assembly Transformer Board Assembly on eBay 2012.01 USD $40.00
Channel Mother Board Assembly Transformer Board Assembly on eBay 2012.01 USD $60.00
Stack Switch Board Assembly Transformer Board Assembly on eBay 2012.01 USD $40.00
Service Manual, Performance Manual, at least one Field Change Notice Manuals on eBay 2012.01 USD $30.00
Service and Programming Manuals (original) Service and Programming Manuals on eBay 2012.01 USD $47.00
Chroma Brochure Chroma Brochure 2012.01 USD $31.00
Sequencer Manual Sequencer Manual on eBay 2011.12 USD $29.99
Performance Manual More Manuals and Computer Interface Software Disks on eBay 2011.12 USD $16.00
Service Manual Manuals on eBay 2011.11 USD $35.00
Programming Manual Manuals on eBay 2011.11 USD $31.00
Key Contacts slaughtered (?) Chroma on german Ebay 2011.10 €10,50
Power Supply eBay item #260837915915 2011.09 USD $50.00
Print Ad ("Finally...") eBay item #300554138404 2011.09 USD $8.99
Print Ad ("Finally...") eBay item #380359097799 2011.08 USD $9.99
Factory Patches Data Sounds on eBay 2011.07 USD $0.99
EQ Board Chroma and EQ Board on eBay 2011.07 USD $41.11
Programming and Service Manuals Programming and Service Manuals on eBay 2011.06 USD $75.00
Computer Board Luca Sasdelli, seller (eBay item #130532416148) 2011.05 €50,00
Programming & Performance Manuals; Apple II board schematics, E&MM Sequencer Review Manuals on eBay 2011.05 AUD $30.00
Computer Board Computer Board on eBay 2011.05 USD $229.00
Computer Board Computer Board on eBay Australia 2011.03 AUD $0.99
Voice Boards (3; price is for each) eBay item #300527762510 2011.02 USD $220.00
JLCooper ChromaFace (modified) Two JLCooper ChromaFace Converters on eBay 2011.02 USD $49.99
JLCooper ChromaFace Two JLCooper ChromaFace Converters on eBay 2011.02 USD $17.50
Dual Footswitch eBay item #180621411207 2011.02 USD $70.00
Dual Channel Board Voice Board and Pedal Unit on ebay 2010.12 €201,00
Modulation Controller and Transformer Items on eBay 2010.12 USD $24.00
Volume Pedal Items on eBay 2010.12 USD $51.00
Various (ChromaFace, cable, forms, manuals, etc.) Expensive JL Cooper MIDI Interface 2010.11 USD $152.50
Print Ad (Imagination Unleashed) eBay item #320621911348 2010.11 USD $14.99
JLCooper ChromaFace JLCooper ChromaFace on eBay 2010.08 £99.00
Voice Board Voice Card on eBay 2010.07 USD $125.00
Dual Footswitch Dual Footswitch on eBay 2010.02 USD $202.50
Single Footswitch Foot Pedal on eBay 2010.01 USD $22.99
Brochure eBay item #280442343827 2010.01 €7,15
Single Footswitch Footswitch on eBay 2009.11 USD $22.22
Rev. 14 Software set w/Kybd Scan IC EPROMs on eBay 2009.11 USD $33.33
Pitch Bend Assembly eBay item #300360028951 2009.10 USD $40.00
Voice Board  Voice Board and EQ Board on eBay 2009.09 USD $83.00
EQ Board  Voice Board and EQ Board on eBay 2009.09 USD $35.00
Voice Board  Dual Voice Board on eBay 2009.08 USD $128.75
Voice Board Two Voice Boards on eBay 2009.06 USD $150.00
Voice Board Two Voice Boards on eBay 2009.06 USD $150.00
Brochure eBay item #230339559161 2009.05 £5.51
International Musician Review (original) eBay item #230333991082 2009.04 £3.00
Flight Case Flight Case on eBay Germany 2009.03 €20,00
Footswitch Footswitch on eBay 2009.03 USD $14.51
Voice Board Voice Board on eBay 2009.02 USD $71.52
Footswitches (3) Three Footswitches on eBay 2009.02 USD $69.00
Expander Shell Chroma Expander case for sale 2009.01 USD $200.00
JLCooper ChromaFace eBay item #330292703485 2008.12 USD $46.56
Flight Case New to list, looking for Chroma Case 2005.09 USD $149.00
Channel Motherboard Channel Motherboard on eBay 2003.12 USD $39.00
Syntech MIDI Interface The auction for the Syntech Midi Interface 2003.11 USD $223.50
Dual Pedal Chroma Footswitch on eBay 1999.11 USD $20.50