It seems that it doesn’t matter how successful you get, sometimes when you’re in a band you need to flog some equipment to pay the bills. Like, apparently, Daft Punk and their TR-909.

For sale is the Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer (or “drum machine” in normal words) that it is alleged was used on the helmeted duo’s debut album Homework – including the track ‘Revolution 909’. In fact the device actually contains the programming for that track. Hey, when you can use samples for everything now, why not make a buck? Although it does look MUCH funkier than a WAV file sample. Here’s the track…

…and here’s the actual (alleged) machine in all of its pre-programmed glory…

The legendary TR-909 – the first drum machine featuring MIDI – was originally released in 1983, later becoming – along with the TR-808 – one of the most influential generators of dance beats. Our rough estimate puts approximately 83 per cent of dance remixes in the 1990s as featuring the machine’s slamming snare.* You can hear some great examples in the snare rolls in this classic from Saint Etienne, which also features a bunch of other 909 sounds…

* Not an actual fact.