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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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g a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Sure the Opus 3 is a bit limited but it is a lot of fun. Has a lot of quirks and can produce some great sounds if you play around with wiggling the sliders & working the oscillators. Of course it can be hard to get the exact same sound at different times...but a great live synth for making weird noises and stuff. Tape down some keys and play around. Also, connect the L & R outputs to different effects and pan the sounds around. The moog name might dirve the price up a little but you can still get these fairly cheap. And it can put out a real nice moog bass sound if you try. It's a real moog product too btw.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-09-2002 at 11:16
Mark Wallis a part-time user from England writes:
I've just bought 2 Opuses (Opi??) to restore from a guy in Scotland and have fallen in love with them instantly.I'm definitely keeping one and will certainly gig with it.I run mine through a Leslie 910 and preamp pedal and the resultant sound is mighty indeed.Yes,I did say mighty..the organ in particular can do church to cheesy especially when used through a splendiferous reverb device such as the Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail.Endless fun and it fits perfectly on top of my Mellotron.I wish I'd bought one ages ago.If I could only stop playing it I'd fix the string and chorus section.Do they all suffer from problems in this area? If anyone is stuck I DO have the Technical manual which is very useful indeed..I will however need time to organise responses to any related queries. Enjoy our splendidly colourful underdog friend, Wallis xxx

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-23-2002 at 19:43
Tug a professional user from Seattle, WA writes:
I scored one of these this week for fifty bones - obviously unloved and underappreciated. Needless to say, all my little misfit needed was some TLC, and aside from some missing screws, Marsha plays beautifully. Run it through an Electro-Harmonix Memory Man and tweak the feedcak on that while playing with the res on the strings and the CF and contour and emphasis on the VCF. Anyway, she sounds fantastic. Would I pay $428? Maybe not. But I had to share my fortunate experience with others. Quite possibly the greatest $50 synth I've ever had the possibility of playing. And added plus, all the slider caps are missing, so I'm going to Archie McPhee's tomorrow to replace them with dollheads and stuff.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-21-2002 at 07:20
Eric a part-time user from USA writes:
I bought my opus 3 in high school in 1985. I bought it because I wanted rich analog organ Eno-like atmosphere stuff for my band. Needless to say it was amazing for that. I put it away during college while I played guitar in crazy punk bands. Then I remembered the VCF section coupled with the 16' brass setting made really great, strange 'moog' sounds. Huge bass, sweeps, pulses, general weirdness, constantly surprising you, even after years of playing it. The polyphonic feature is great for holding down more than one key to get cool pulsing interference patterns going. Years of entertainment and not even touching the organ or string sections. My old band Xerobot and current band Numbers would be much less interesting without it. I recently reflowed some cracked solder points on the board and cleaned out the rotting foam rubber. It sounds better than ever, many years left. True, its not a minimoog, but its still a real moog and it has that sound. People who've listened to me play it for years it will still occasionally stop what they're doing and look up in amazement at the strange sound emanating from the speaker...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-20-2001 at 00:18
radionic a professional user from USA writes:
An incredible unit no matter what any one says. The organ sounds are very far-out compared to my ARP Quartet. When using my ARP I almost always need to run it with a sustain pedal and reverb the output. The MOOG on the other hand has so much depth that it tends to blow out speakers (tweeters) if you over reverb and sustain it too much. Clearly it's not a MOOG by other standards (minimoog etc)... but it is a MOOG and has alot of freakin-tweakin sounds that will blow away people in the crowd. I would keep it covered when not using and take care of it. It's not meant for dropping or banging on. If you have to time to customize the board you should replace the sliders with rotary knobs for smooth transition effects (as the sliders tend to stick and get tacky). From the very day the unit has come into my studio it has re-asserted my quest for pro-keyboard lessons and more composing.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-19-2001 at 17:55
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