If you've never played with an Akai S612 sampler you're probably under the assumption that a sampler designed and produced in 1985 has no place in the modern producer's studio. At that time, Roger Linn hadn't even created the MPC60! The Akai S612 has a couple things going for it that are nearly impossible to find in a modern piece of music making equipment though. First, its beautiful 12-bit sound is gritty and punchy in a way that no modern machine can emulate (and a lot of them try). Second, its user interface is pure perfection. Recording samples is easy. You just set your level and press record. After that, you just play. There's no placing samples in a program or keygroup, you just play. All of the controls that you see on the front face can be tweaked in real time. Even the start and end points can be adjusted on the fly. If you set the start point to be past the end point the sample will play in reverse. The immediacy of this instrument, its quick workflow, really allows the S612 to be a great piece for coming up with musical ideas. I highly recommend using a stand alone midi sequencer to give you that real hands-on feel (I use a Beat Step Pro). I also recommend that you watch Matthew Herbert performing with one of these while he eats a wine glass.
I've even heard that people run audio signals through the Akai's monitor section to achieve a subtle and warm distortion.
This particular one is in great condition. The power supply was completely re-capped and tested. All voltages are exactly where they should be. It operates flawlessly. All buttons, switches, and pots are completely free of noise and operate exactly as they should. I thoroughly tested this using a sequencer and a keyboard and it works great. Cosmetically, it does have some blemishes and scratches but nothing out of the ordinary for a piece of equipment that was built in 1985.