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oh man....an OBX is on ebay Keyboard Synthesizers
Old 7th September 2011
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would would you consider to be fair market value , it is a rare synth nowadays

I even think the OB-X - LOOKS cool - i might not be clear thinking when it comes to this synth
Old 7th September 2011
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Seriously... WTF?
is that the one your re-sprayed? it looks awesome. i do need a proper Oberheim in here, but i'm going for an SEM.
Old 7th September 2011
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would would you consider to be fair market value , it is a rare synth nowadays

I even think the OB-X - LOOKS cool - i might not be clear thinking when it comes to this synth

i would think in the condition this one is in that fair value would be around $2000-2500. the wood is in good shape on the side panels and the case and paint are in okay shape but....

the keybed needs to be completely redone. new bushings and springs look at those uneven keys.

also there is gonna be some rust removal needed on this one. the screws are rusty and so are the edges of the jacks. which means the interior case is gonna have rust on it too and possibly some metal around the screw areas is gone etc...

the power supply does not look original. that removable 3 prong is wrong. the ob-x & ob-xa i had had a permanent cord attached.

it's only a 4 voice.

for it to be worth the $6500 he wants it would have to be completely immaculate and new bushings and springs in the keys and of course 8 voices...
Old 8th September 2011
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4

Its like being married to Keira Knightly.
...ah Keira Knightly.. only 1-voice that does it all...hmmmm...did we talk about synths?
Old 8th September 2011
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Actually just 4 voices is not a huge deal on the X since there is no layer mode like Xa/8.
Old 8th September 2011
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Actually just 4 voices is not a huge deal on the X since there is no layer mode like Xa/8.
I'm thinking about moving to San Francisco just to buy your obx it would be better than shipping it
Old 8th September 2011
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Id trade an 8 voice OBX for an Arp 2600

Old 8th September 2011
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Actually just 4 voices is not a huge deal on the X since there is no layer mode like Xa/8.
You beat me to it... I have an 8-voice OB-Xa and its most beautiful sounds come from layering two patches on it - truly magical, say a synth string with long release, layered with a more percussive, staccato synth... awesome sound. I would not be amused with a 4-voice OB-Xa and end up with an ARP Odyssey style synth when in double mode!

On the OB-X, four voices should be good enough for pop music ( the classic 1 finger bass note on the left hand, and 3 fingers chord on the right hand). Of course 6 or 8 voices would be better, but I never see anybody complaining about a Jupiter-4 or an Oberheim 4-voice!! heh

At that price though, it ought to have 8 voices and be in perfect cosmetic and working condition... pass.
Old 8th September 2011
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Yeah that doesn't look quite right... Should look like this -



I would sell mine (4-voice) for $4000 if somone wanted to pick it up in the SF bay area.
Oh God that photo is making me ill. 2600 in the back, endless drum machines including an 808 stacked like books on a shelf. Looks like SH-101 and MG-1 too?? Serious gear porn.

Well here is the OBX on screen being played by Barbieri for the first 30 seconds. And at 1:31 on til 1:48.

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Old 8th September 2011
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Id trade an 8 voice OBX for an Arp 2600

that is just lovely. An absolute perfect specimen. Cheers to you sir, you are lucky
Old 8th September 2011
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That thing looks so good, it looks like cgi.
Ok guys! You caught me!

I don't own one single synthesizer. Those were all just the renders in 3D software. I am just a poor student!!! I'd be happy if someone can donate me Arp Odyssey.


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Don, I hope you have that famous piece of carpet insured? after all, its been the background to some of the most mint examples of these beauties over the years.
Unfortunately the carpet got some dark spots on several places (coal? or something wtf) and i've spent an hour rubbing it out with some soap and cloth. Still, no longer in its original shape.
Old 8th September 2011
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is that the one your re-sprayed?
It took a lot of work. I would never go through it again! In fact i still have some work that would be useful to do - replace all the molex connectors male and female. That's soldering... i dunno... something like 1000 individual connectors, crimping etc. Work so far has been documented in here:

https://www.gearslutz.com/board/4951794-post15.html
https://www.gearslutz.com/board/4956082-post16.html
https://www.gearslutz.com/board/4956093-post17.html
https://www.gearslutz.com/board/4956093-post17.html

Also advice to others: Go with SE Code or Omega series. Forget the old beasts. They are falling apart. Both from outside and inside. Literally. If i'd count all the working hours so far, i'd cross over $4000 long ago!!! Original price was $2200.
Old 8th September 2011
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Also advice to others: Go with SE Code or Omega series. Forget the old beasts. They are falling apart. Both from outside and inside. Literally. If i'd count all the working hours so far, i'd cross over $4000 long ago!!! Original price was $2200.

solid advice for most.. but I'm not going to buy a brand new Dodge Charger... i'd rather find a dirty 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge and dump 1.5 times what the dodger costs into restoring the GTO.. and with the leaps in technology.. fuel injection alone... the vintage cars just can't reach modern performance

but as often is the case with things of profound beauty.. they are more than the sum of their parts
Old 8th September 2011
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i've spent an hour rubbing it out
after seeing Space Station's OB-X i was rubbing it out as well, oh wait...
Old 8th September 2011
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man, that's one of the ugliest synthesizers ever made...

heh
Old 8th September 2011
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man, that's one of the ugliest synthesizers ever made...
Hmmmmm........

Old 8th September 2011
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Unfortunately the carpet got some dark spots on several places (coal? or something wtf) and i've spent an hour rubbing it out with some soap and cloth. Still, no longer in its original shape.
I'm getting a mental image of Julia Louis Dreyfus in Christmas Vacation sobbing, "My carrrrrpet!!!" (That does suck, though - had a light grey carpet in my previous house and a friend tracked some kind of tar or asphalt or whatever in there - never could get it all out.)

Yeah, $6G+ for a 4-voice OB-X is rather dear, isn't it? For $3G less, you can get a new SO4V. Myself, I'd probably just be a cheapskate and get an SEM and multi-track it if I wanted that sound badly enough.
Old 8th September 2011
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man, that's one of the ugliest synthesizers ever made...
hmmmmm.......


Old 8th September 2011
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It took a lot of work. I would never go through it again! In fact i still have some work that would be useful to do - replace all the molex connectors male and female. That's soldering... i dunno... something like 1000 individual connectors, crimping etc. Work so far has been documented in here:

https://www.gearslutz.com/board/4951794-post15.html
https://www.gearslutz.com/board/4956082-post16.html
https://www.gearslutz.com/board/4956093-post17.html
https://www.gearslutz.com/board/4956093-post17.html

Also advice to others: Go with SE Code or Omega series. Forget the old beasts. They are falling apart. Both from outside and inside. Literally. If i'd count all the working hours so far, i'd cross over $4000 long ago!!! Original price was $2200.
hrmmm interesting advice

I found a place (tone tweakers) that has a 8 voice OB-X selling for 5k

would you still say go with a CODE 4/8 against a price of 5k for 8 voice OBX? I think the price would be pretty much the same between the two
Old 8th September 2011
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Id trade an 8 voice OBX for an Arp 2600

I don't care what the people say, I think that synth looks AWESOME

Im amazed that glass table can hold the OB-X
Old 8th September 2011
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I think I need professional GAS help because I wanna buy this SOOOO fing bad too and it's also $5,500......Oy+Vey

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Old 8th September 2011
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hmmmmm.......


I had one of those! It was ugly. It sounded pretty ugly too.
Old 8th September 2011
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would you still say go with a CODE 4/8 against a price of 5k for 8 voice OBX? I think the price would be pretty much the same between the two
It's about how much you're prepared to invest after you purchase it. If you think it will work forever, i could list you a dozen problems that can come up every moment. Just one car transport made Clusterchord's OB-X start producing horrible noise. Took me some time to find it while doing full restore to the unit. And i'm still not done with the service. Need to replace male molex connectors as well, along with female ones, about 600 soldering points. Will have to do it on my unit as well because, obviously, it will happen to me too.
Old 8th September 2011
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Suddenly... all discrete, point-to-point circuits don't seem so appealing anymore heh

I think The Real MC said it best... if you're going to get something vintage like that, get one unit, 2 max. If you get too many, you'll be so busy fixing them... you'll have no time to play them.
Old 8th September 2011
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and what is with eBay's photo section? You can't tell anything from them, and 90% of the people aren't smart enough to use HTML to include big pics. Hell, 50% can't even take a decent photo at all. You get something that looks like a scanned poloroid taken under a flashlight.
Old 8th September 2011
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*laughs*

obie =
Old 8th September 2011
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Andromeda A6 is ugly.
Old 9th September 2011
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Hi Folks, I've been lusting after a vintage synth for a while and I emailed a tech a while ago for an opinion on Oberheims, specifically which units I might have the most trouble with, service-wise. I'm not presenting his response as gospel, but (from all the other stuff he wrote), it was clear that he had gobs of experience with OB gear from the SEMS up through the Matrix-12. His response:

"Maybe too late, but I would suggest, don't even think about an OB-x, these were terminally unreliable when first made. During a discussion with one of their engineers, when the model was new, he was scathing about component quality.

He said that the company accounts insisted on saving a Cent on every socket. This ensured the strange siutation where the socketing of all ICs made made diagnosis and servicing possible, but also ensured it was frequently needed."

He went on to say that the OB-Xa was a bit better and the OB8 better yet but his point was clear, that if you want a vintage synth, it's a perfectly viable option as long as you accept a high potential for service and parts-availability problems.

All this being said, I'd *love* an OB-X but there's no way I'd part with thousands of dollars, I'd go with a SO4V instead.
Old 9th September 2011
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Andromeda A6 is ugly.
...how dare you! tutt
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