MATRIXSYNTH: Oberheim OB-X (8-voice) with MIDI fitted, manual & pro flightcase SN 793407

Friday, March 26, 2021

Oberheim OB-X (8-voice) with MIDI fitted, manual & pro flightcase SN 793407



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"'Sweet dreams are made of this' - well, thats what The Eurythmics thought in 1983....and just about everybody else thought so too eg Chaka Khan, ELO, Queen, Prince & Earth, Wind & Fire... Only 800 were ever made twixt 1979-1981, by Oberheim (Santa Monica, Los Angeles, USA)<> the first of the series OB-X>OB-SX>OB-Xa>OB-8. The legend evolved from that day on, and 40 years later, all these models still see of all competition. Why? Uncomplicated operation, tuning stability, supply of spare parts (no silly superchips) and (mostly) THAT fat (phat?) Oberheim sound. There is nothing like it......raw subtractive analogue synthesis....they look so cool, so studio cred is top drawer, you what? Any muso will faint when he sees an OB-X, especially one that works properly....... This particular synth has been recently serviced by a top US workshop. The hand-crafted wooden end-cheeks give it more class. It has had MIDI fitted. The keys are "unclunky", and all trigger every time. It tunes up & stabilises if simply let be for 10 minutes on fire-up. There is a Z80 microprocessor that automatically maintains tuning henceforth. It has (the max) eight voices with mono or stereo outputs. It has polyphonic glide, 8-voice mono unison, noise, sample & hold, p/bend & mod levers, saw, or square waveforms (which can be synced), independent tuning for both VCOs (with de-tune) & lots of modulation possibilities, 32 patch memories ....just find any patch, hit EDIT, and make your own. The memory protect on/off switch is safely tucked away inside. Sustain pedal actually works as it should (they usually do not!). ...one included in package. Copy of original manual is supplied....vital for operation. Voltage can be switched twixt 120V o<>230Vac, in 5 seconds."

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