MATRIXSYNTH: 1984 Oberheim OB-8

Saturday, July 25, 2020

1984 Oberheim OB-8

via this auction

"Made in USA circa 1984, here we have a great working example of one of the most desirable polysynths of all time, Oberheim OB-8. This was the final model in the OB range, only 3,000-ish ever made 1983-1985, and has the most features, including arpeggiator, "page 2" advanced editing, for example. 120 program memory ( + splits/dual), the retro-addition of MIDI (vital!) add extreme clout to the huge/fat sounds that only Oberheim can supply, with 8 voice ("stereo")polyphony and uncomplicated new sound creation hand in hand with subtractive analogue synthesis, its simply one of the best synthesizers ever made. Lots of movie soundtracks used OB-8s. Prince/Police/Pet shop Boys etc were avid users...Dims are 103 x 53 x 16(H) cms. Weight is about 10 kgs.
This particular one (rev B5/final spec) is now working 100%, after extensive servicing by Klassic Keys GB's expert tech. See pix of very nice interior...note new key contact parts. She tunes up well, and is very stable. All notes trigger EVERY time. NO scratchy pots/switches.All scaling & calibration is bang-on, including correctly set-up paddles. There are cosmetic issues a-plenty. The wooden end-cheeks have seen many better days. There was a bit of bother securing them to the chassis; so excuse the Desperate Dan bolts....end result, they are securely fixed, that is the important thing, yes? The panel has lots of scratches & dinks, but not that bad, really. The rear panel has various battle scars, as has the base plate. All is forgiven when the synth is fired up. "Jump", by Van Halen is an easy-find example of the Oberheim sound (it was an OB-Xa,, little difference...)."

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