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Polaris Price History

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

How much is a Polaris worth? This page lists known sale prices for the instrument and related items (see also the Chroma Price History). I began to track these more carefully in 2009; before that, the record is incomplete. But this listing should give a good idea to prospective buyers and sellers of what the instrument has been fetching.

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

A summary of condition is displayed if you hover over the icons for a given instrument; for more information see the referenced thread and/or instrument registry entry.

Please send me information on your instrument in order to increase the utility of this list. If you want more information on a specific instrument, ask me and I may be able to provide it; I save the eBay pages and photos but don't always post them to the site.

Polaris

Source/Reference Serial # Date Price
SOURCE unknown  2015.05 USD $300.00
eBay item #171710355897 unknown  2015.03 USD $500.00
eBay item #321697034444 unknown 2015.03 USD $900.00
Paul DeRocco, owner 300793  2014.12 USD $380.00
eBay item #291032172086 unknown 2013.12 USD $830.00
eBay item #111225374402 unknown 2013.12 USD $962.00
David Sorlien, seller 302156 2013.11 USD $1,295.00
eBay item #251350392984 301591  2013.10 USD $263.00
eBay item #290988488658 unknown 2013.10 USD $999.99
eBay item #190891682098 300253 2013.09 USD $899.99
eBay item #300948502202 unknown  2013.08 USD $650.00
eBay item #181176715304 unknown (Polaris II 2013.07 USD $358.00
eBay item #271236526231 unknown 2013.07 £620.00
eBay item #350809690096 unknown 2013.07 USD $600.00
eBay item #181161210503 unknown 2013.06 USD $898.00
eBay item #130918518918 unknown 2013.06 USD $1,000.00
eBay item #181143881018 301730  2013.05 USD $312.00
eBay item #111061270407 unknown (Polaris II) 2013.05 USD $1,599.00
eBay item #130898156110 500457 2013.05 USD $858.00
eBay item #310651244156 unknown  2013.04 USD $1,000.00
eBay item #261184795744 unknown 2013.03 USD $799.00
eBay item #160964299189 500206 2013.02 USD $1,200.00
eBay item #181024590644 300258 2012.11 USD $660.00
eBay item #221144612147 unknown  2012.11 USD $372.89
eBay item #221144612147 unknown  2012.10 USD $372.89
eBay item #120964256591 300668 2012.10 USD $1,499.00
eBay item #130756877879 unknown 2012.09 USD $900.00
eBay item #251136346071 300433  2012.08 USD $570.00
eBay item #350588342270 301942 2012.08 USD $1,050.00
eBay item #230833785431 500435 2012.08 USD $999.95
eBay item #271032036795 301573  2012.08 USD $580.00
eBay item #261075889192 unknown  2012.08 USD $408.00
eBay item #130728511459 unknown 2012.07 USD $1,162.89
eBay item #170858850824 300912  2012.06 USD $643.00
eBay item #300708806330 unknown 2012.06 USD $1,090.00
eBay item #320903285275 unknown 2012.05 USD $825.00
Eli, owner 500457  2012.04 USD $550.00
Joe Rosenthal, owner 500313  2012.03 USD $500.00
eBay item #300676888274 302224 2012.03 USD $1,499.00
eBay item #380417878172 unknown  2012.03 USD $444.12
eBay item #330699101331 301444  2012.03 USD $405.00
Jesse Terry, owner 301028  2012.02 USD $700.00
eBay item #220957588808 unknown 2012.02 USD $866.56
eBay item #260943167452 unknown  2012.01 USD $362.00
eBay item #230730891369 unknown  2012.01 USD $306.00
eBay item #300645115905 302356 2012.01 USD $1,205.00
eBay item #310370837322 unknown 2012.01 USD $900.00
eBay item #310368179329 unknown  2011.12 USD $800.00
Jesse Gubb, owner 100053 2011.11 NZD $350.00
Gary Childs, owner 301772 2011.11 USD $58.85
eBay item #180747375177 unknown 2011.11 USD $660.00
eBay item #280759829424 unknown 2011.11 €1.295,00
eBay item #220829246986 unknown  2011.08 USD $330.01
eBay item #130552427710 300337 2011.07 USD $1,099.00
eBay item #120729131602 unknown  2011.05 USD $510.00
eBay item #230622350360 unknown  2011.05 USD $778.00
eBay item #120722257901 unknown  2011.05 USD $1,000.00
eBay item #250810828886 300603 2011.05 USD $928.00
Polaris on eBay 302463  2011.04 USD $611.00
eBay item #260733726804 unkown 2011.02 USD $720.00
eBay item #330527245162 unknown  2011.02 USD $455.00
eBay item #300520803245 300955 2011.02 USD $846.00
eBay item #230568195075 unknown  2011.01 USD $456.86
Alessandro Mazzitelli, owner 302690 2010.12 €850,00
Steve Hug, owner 302065 2010.09 USD $800.00
eBay item #370459921424 unknown 2010.11 CHF 1.860,00
eBay item #110618698702 302420  2010.12 USD $899.00
eBay item #370437225931 unknown 2010.10 CHF 1.400,00
Никитин Владимир, owner 500298  2010.09 ¥ 25 600
eBay item #230505783160 unknown 2010.08 USD $620.00
eBay item #110553229594 302523 2010.07 USD $899.00
eBay item #170514589367 unknown 2010.07 USD $599.00
Robert Stickles, owner 301817 2010.06 CAD $950.00
eBay item #140411472409 301102  2010.06 £641.00
eBay item #220595802464 unknown 2010.05 USD $345.00
eBay item #290429027394 unknown  2010.04 USD $450.00
eBay item #290427379792 unknown 2010.04 USD $799.00
eBay item #190380366279 unknown 2010.03 USD $461.00
eBay item #250590468650 unknown  2010.03 USD $374.89
eBay item #150407546655 (Polaris II) unknown  2010.03 USD $465.00
eBay item #110501258880 unknown  2010.03 £$700.00
eBay item #270537729147 301269 2010.02 USD $800.00
John M Criado, owner 302065  2010.01 USD $700.00
Robert Stickles, owner 300515  2010 USD $140.00
Steve Hug, owner 301521 2010 USD $620.00
Duncan Haberly, owner 302248 2010? USD $300.00
eBay item #290393178791 301039 2010.01 USD $1,095.00
eBay item #140363808186 unknown 2009.12 USD $799.00
eBay item #330371425255 300894 2009.11 USD $713.00
eBay item #290359165325 301511 2009.10 USD $611.00
Woody Pistrich, owner 301678  2009.10 USD $300.00
Three Chromas (and a Polaris) on eBay
(Sold with Chroma 21030857)
302552  2009.10 USD $1,757.00
eBay item #330360988759 300233  2009.09 USD $838.68
eBay item #320421702788 500435  2009.09 USD $392.00
eBay item #170373585729 301039  2009.08 USD $269.00
Edward Chen, owner 302651 2009.08 USD $821.00
eBay item #300337990465 301486 2009.08 USD $455.00
eBay item #290338555590 unknown 2009.08 USD $499.00
Woody Pistrich, owner 300561  2009.07 USD $381.00
eBay item #200354548468 unknown  2009.06 USD $229.50
eBay item #290315785565 unknown 2009.05 USD $749.00
Edward Chen, seller 300309 2008.09 USD $898.00
Edward Chen, seller 300125 2008.03 USD $1150.00
Peter Forrest, seller 301936 2006.11 £475.00
Woody Pistrich, owner 301417  2006.06 USD $350.00
Edoardo Gennaro, owner 302459 2006.03 USD $898.00
eBay item #7381060435 500530 2006.01 USD $232.50
Doug Terrebonne, former owner (sold) 500580 2006 USD $325.00
Ben Kuris, owner 500351 2005.09 USD $130.00
Doug Terrebonne, former owner (sold) 301731 2004 USD $300.00
Ben Kuris, owner 301805 2004 USD $700.00
Christopher Fudurich, owner 500320 2002? USD ≈$200.00
Ben Kuris, owner 301383 2003 USD $425.00
Doug Terrebonne, former owner (bought) 500580 2000 USD $270.00
David Clarke, owner 301590 1999 USD $140.00
Doug Terrebonne, former owner (bought) 301731 1998 USD $165.00
Faelli Mario, owner 301420  1991 €550,00
Steve Burke, owner 301860 1989? CAD $500.00
Michiya Kawai, owner 500328 1987? USD ≈$600.00
Joe Dutilly, owner 300926 1987 USD $695.00
Dan Imeson, owner 301301 1987 USD $2,800.00
Val Osborne, owner 300441 1985 USD ≈$1,200.00
Diane Elizabeth Jones, owner 300761 1985 USD $2,000.00
Dave Blees, owner 301474 1985 USD $700.00
David Hartt, owner 301832 1984 CAD ≈$2,000.00

Original List Price

US (source: Vintage Synthesizers) 1984 USD $1,495.00

Additional Information

Woody Pistrich [300561+] writes that he's tracked Polaris sale prices since about June 2006. Prices he's recorded for working keyboards (sorted by price): USD$500, $553, $570, $588, $600, $622 ("near mint," June 2009), $643, $650, $695, $699, $700, $749, $750, $760, $760, $763, $820, $1111. Broken or not fully working (usually a result of problems with the membrane switches): USD$230 (June 2009, one totally nonfunctional voice some other noise problems working switches, no slider caps), $293, $372, $421 (July 2009 4 dead keys with working switches), $463. [July 2009]

Other Items

Item Source/Reference Date Price
Black Key with Spring eBay item #300939717353 2013.12 USD $9.99
C Key with Spring eBay item #290962271372 2013.12 USD $9.99
7-Key Rubber Contact Strip eBay item #151147877397 2013.10 USD $9.99
Sliders NOS (3 sold) eBay item #300932859312 2013.09 USD $26.99
Keyboard 5-Key Rubber Contact Strip eBay item #161081613041 2013.09 USD $9.99
Keyboard 7-Key Rubber Contact Strip eBay item #161081613037 2013.09 USD $9.99
Slider caps (2 sold) eBay item #151096280217 2013.09 USD $9.99
Power supply eBay item #151093440948 2013.08 USD $69.99
Pitch/Mod Paddles Benders Levers eBay item #151096871239 2013.08 USD $59.99
Service Manual eBay item #111141451595 2013.08 USD $43.99
Right Side Control Board / Sliders PCB eBay item #161059239903 2013.07 USD $89.99
CPU Board eBay item #151082700331 2013.08 USD $199.99
Membrane switches eBay item #161059239901 2013.07 USD $299.99
Front Panel eBay item #161059239901 2013.07 USD $299.00
5-Key Rubber Contact Strip eBay item #161038808793 2013.07 USD $9.99
7-Key Rubber Contact Strip eBay item #151057016759 2013.07 USD $9.99
Replacement slider caps (13 sold) eBay item #271123932286 2013.02 USD $5.00
Service Manual Service Manuals on eBay 2013.02 USD $20.00
Footswitch eBay item #230914249729 2013.01 USD $9.99
Service Manual eBay item #330741812294 2012.06 USD $8.50
Polaris Service Manual eBay item #300654264665 2012.01 USD $19.99
Pre-Production Ad Chroma Brochure 2012.01 USD $8.50
Polaris Brochure eBay item #350420288002 2010.12 USD $9.00
Polaris Service & Owner's Manuals (original) eBay item #320432392393 2009.10 USD $41.00