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Oberheim OB-1

Postby Yibn » Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:46 pm

There is a listing near me on Craigslist for an OB-1. It is a low model number and going for $1800. He said he is willing to bargain. Going to try for $1500.

Is this is a fair price? Says he is the second owner after the original and is in good condition.

Starting to build up my studio and would possibly get one of the new limited MS20s down the road but this seems like a great phat synth for the price.

The vein I would be aiming to produce in would be Erol Alkan, Daniel Avery, Ghost Culture, Chemical Brothers...

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Re: Oberheim OB-1

Postby moremagic » Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:41 pm

personally i would steer away from the ob-1 because patch memory on a mono takes away more than it adds imo, especially of that vintage with the quantization. but try it out, see what it sounds like, what it feels like, what its worth to you &c
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Re: Oberheim OB-1

Postby Yibn » Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:52 pm

Do you mean purely from a laziness standpoint?

Also is this the average price for these? I couldn't find too much price information when hunting around.
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Re: Oberheim OB-1

Postby silikon » Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:53 pm

It's certainly a nice sounding synth. $1500 dollars is a nice price if the synth is in good shape and has no operational issues. If it were me, I'd likely give it a go.

That said, I'd make sure you give it a decent test before passing off money, just to make sure all of the functions work as expected and it's in as good shape as stated.

And if you ever get tired of it, you can always PM me and I'd happily pick it up from you. :D
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Re: Oberheim OB-1

Postby silikon » Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:57 pm

From what I've seen of the last couple years, they fluctuate between 1500-2000, but they're not exactly everywhere so that's likely why you see little to base your ideas on.
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Re: Oberheim OB-1

Postby moremagic » Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:00 pm

Yibn wrote:Do you mean purely from a laziness standpoint?

not at all, i mean that you wont be playing the synthesizer itself, youll be playing a computer that plays the synthesizer for you -- this can lead to audible parameter stepping and other strange issues at times and personally, i prefer to play without a computer in the way. but as they say, de gustibus non disputandam
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Re: Oberheim OB-1

Postby Yibn » Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:02 pm

Ah, thanks. Yeah, it seems like they are kinda rare and this one is numbered sub 100.
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Re: Oberheim OB-1

Postby silikon » Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:20 pm

moremagic wrote:de gustibus non disputandam


I think you missed a word there. ;)
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Re: Oberheim OB-1

Postby Sir Ruff » Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:46 pm

Yibn wrote:this one is numbered sub 100.


Which really doesn't mean squat... Unless it's like, a prototype, or #1, (or there was a significant tech. change after a certain value) serial numbers mean nothing. Frankly, when it comes to vintage, later is almost always better (simply because it's younger). It really bugs me when sellers try and turn a "low" serial (what does that even mean?) into a sellable feature.

I also wouldn't be put off by the "computer" issue moremagic is referring to--once you've bought like 10 monosynths, maybe you'll come to care (or not), but it's not gonna matter for now. But you might also think what else that much money could by, and what you're looking for specifically. The new Sub37 will definitely be less than $1500, and probably has twice as many features/more reliable. There's also the new studio electronics stuff which is like half the price (though you'd need a keyboard).

In the vintage realm you could also easily find contenders like the Octave Cat, or Moog Source, or original SEM, for less.

Not trying to put you off the vintage vibe (or an Oberheim), but the OB1 (imho) does not quite sound as good as it should. It seems to be stuck in a weird place between the 4-voice/OBX and OBXa territory. I sort of see it as more of a real niche mono than a jack of all trades sort, and you're definitely paying for the "rare" factor.
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Re: Oberheim OB-1

Postby Yibn » Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:18 pm

Thanks Sir Ruff. Yeah, that is kinda why I was thinking of getting a new MS20. It's new and reliable. I don't mind getting vintage stuff and there is a lot that I want, but when there is stuff that seems pretty much the same or better with more current abilities it seems like such a better bargin.

Yeah, I'm kinda stuck, I don't really know what to do.
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Re: Oberheim OB-1

Postby synthparts » Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:48 pm

I had 4 of these at one time, one of which had a SN above 500. I think about 700-800 were made if you count OB-1As. It's too bad it doesn't have the multimode filter from the SEM. They are full of late 70s CMOS chips which all should be replaced. The ancient mercury battery inside can cause probs too. I prefer the Pro One a lot more in the same (or less) price range.
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Re: Oberheim OB-1

Postby Yibn » Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:18 am

Yea, this one is #76 to be exact. I know it is rare, but now thinking about it I think I'd get much more use out of a new MS20.
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Re: Oberheim OB-1

Postby moremagic » Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:04 pm

or 2 new ms20s for the price!
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Re: Oberheim OB-1

Postby commodorejohn » Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:21 pm

moremagic wrote:or 2 new ms20s for the price!

Or one new MS-20 and save the rest for the Kodyssey ;)
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Re: Oberheim OB-1

Postby Yibn » Wed Apr 30, 2014 4:11 pm

Yea I definitely want an Odyssey. I might go with the limited edition MS20. Kinda want the full size and filters.
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