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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Pelle a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
I don't know why I bought the OB-12. The factory programs sounded bad but it looked nice and it was an Oberheim synth, which I found out later it wasn't and I did not know it was made in ITALY. Anyway, since then (three months later) I've learned that it is a very nice synth. In fact, I just love it. It sounds great and I definitely think you should buy one. But if you're looking for authentic Hammond Organ sounds or Electric Piano sounds, you should look in another direction. I give the OB-12 4 points of 5 possible and I would give it 5 for the price/performance ratio.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-22-2002 at 07:07
G. Di Caccacamo from Rome,IT writes:
For the rare owners of this machine you know how good and quality it is. If you ever need money , under no circumstances should you sell this and judging by the few that are available now I see everyone recognizes this.

However, if you do sell , do not go lower than One thousand dollars ($1000.00) .(Personally I would say 1300-1500 only because I know. )

Viscount invested a huge amount of money in each unit and did not make very much on each piece especially when only THE TOP grade materials were used , in every aspect. This was meticulously engineered by the finest Italian audio and design engineers. I should know.. I am one of them. No corners were cut in the OB12. You do not understand how different the sound is from the rest of the VA's out there. We purposely did this as the Italians are not know to copy , but rather innovate with style and design .The Ob12 can repicate old analogs extremely well. It excels at old Arp products such as the ProDGX and well as a Prophet 600 by Sequential . Not only does it excel in vintage synths , but it also had old organs and electric pianos in mind. This is a very weird machine in the sound .... you will definitely keep it as one of your MAIN synths. The OB12 was also designed to be very modern and stylish just as you would find in a fine Italian automobile. This is fact. Open it will see how much we worked on it. But most of all...the sound is what counts and this is what you will love it for . I have had many comments from owners that use it for ALL styles... to progressive rock , to vintage electro, to hard core techno, to 70s soft rock, to gospel and church sermons, to serene ambient dreams......

The Ob-12 is and, will also be the "classic" VA to own .

..for the lucky few that own this... I toast a Moretti to are the innovators.


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-20-2002 at 02:20
jason a part-time user from uk writes:
i've owned a few analogs and various va's, and all i've got to say is, if your thinking about getting one of these, then think no more. Get one !!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-26-2002 at 21:24
Boots a professional user from Netherlands writes:
Get one of these baby's while you can they are going to be the next classics (only a few where build and sold)

I love mine (and I have a lot of great synth among them a Prophet 5, Minimoog, Virus, Microwave, etc,)for it's sound. I used to own a OBX and this is as close as it gets for delicate sounds, The prestes made by Viscount are CRAP!!!! but if you are into programming this is the synth to get,

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-16-2002 at 10:47
Scott Marcotte a hobbyist user from San Luis Obispo, California writes:
Well, I own a Oberheim OB-12 and just love this synth. I was turned on because it was the lastest from Oberheim I've seen and a review by Keyboard magazine back of April of 2001 and that Depeche Mode has used this keyboard. I have owned this synth for about 7 months and had sometime to play with it and need some more time to discover the whole thing about it. I own a Roland JD-800, a Seil DK-600 and a cool rare Yamaha DX-1. Like the OB-12 and my other synthesizers, they are all programming synths and that is what I love about them.

The Oberheim OB-12 is the best programming layout I have ever seen than in any other keyboard. It is extremely beautiful warm sounding.

For the price for it is a dam good deal because I would retail this thing more like $3000.00 because it is built like a tank. My Yamaha DX-1 retailed $12,900.00 16 years ago and looking at it is a Rolls-Royce, which I would rate the Oberheim OB-12 the same value. It is a great instrument to learn true programming, understand and see all your programming in the LCD controls.

I would highly suggest this synth to anybody because it is well worth the price.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-04-2002 at 05:46
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