“Up for auction is a vintage Oberheim DX Digital Drum Machine. I just powered this unit up today and gave it a wipe down as it had been sitting for years. It powered on and I tested the output signal into a pair of speakers and it sounded great. All of the sliders worked as well as the buttons in reference to its sound. This unit has MIDI capabilities as well, which makes this a more rare and sought after unit. I have now way to test this feature, however based on the fact everything else is working I am confident it works great. This unit is very clean inside and out, with minimal scrapes or scratches. I can guarantee that it won’t be dead on arrival.” Link
” Up for bid is my perfect Condition Oberheim Dx!!!! Used twice, no problems. Amazing mint condition, treated and handled gently. No midi, but cv options. Sounds and functions flawlessly and no scratches! You won’t find a nicer dx!!!! ” Link
Up for bid is an Oberheim DX ‘a’ drum machine. Like the OB-Xa, the ‘a’ implies that this was the redesigned upgraded model: that means this one was built with Oberheim factory MIDI!. The DX was the follow-on to the DMX – it has a more convenient way of tuning the voices in real time. Also, the TOMS have a CEM analog filter built in to smooth out the sound. It’s got a very punchy, powerful sound.
I’ve done a basic runthrough and most everything checks out: all the pads trigger nicely, all the buttons work, it sends and receives MIDI, all the outputs work, all the tuning pots work. It has all the original factory sounds. It records and saves appropriately. The sliders move freely and aren’t scratchy.
Cosmetically, the drum machine is in overall good shape – there are some nicks and scrapes on the machine but nothing major or ugly (see the pics). There is kind of a lslight stain above the Volume slider, but it’s not distracting. ” Link
” This Oberheim DX drum machine is in very good cosmetic condition and perfect working condition. Please check the images which are of the actual item you are bidding on. The faders, buttons and jacks all function without issue. As you can see in the pictures there are various nicks to the paint – mostly to the front – but the top looks very clean. The machine is clean inside and includes the two thumbscrews and power cable which is not pictured.
Just to be clear this is the pre-MIDI issue of this classic drum machine. Although there is no MIDI it does have 2 jacks for sending and receiving analog clock.” Link
“you are bidding on a vintage 1980s oberheim DX digital drum machine. it is in excellent physical condition. it powers up, but the digital display does not light up. it is untested and being sold as-is.” Link
This thing is in great condition with few signs of wear, check out the pics to see now nice this piece is.
The STRETCH expander on is a rare piece that could be purchased separately that had to be installed on your own or by your favorite tech.
Occasionally the highest Cymbal button doesn’t trigger when turned on, it seems to start working after a few minutes(possibly needing to warm up) ” Link
“Oberheim Dx with midi, extra eproms as seen in the picture, and power cable are included. this unit is in 99.99% working order. only problem is one digit on the display is out. see picture. I am the second owner of this machine. It has been serviced twice by Advanced Musical Electronics in Venice, CA once before i recived it, and i just recently had the machine completely serviced by AME. ” Link
Up for bid is an Oberheim DX Drum Machine. This is the classic little brother of the Oberheim DMX, though in several ways it supersedes it. The DX allows the user to tune the sounds in real time from the outside via the tuning pots on the back (the DMX required the user to open up the machine while running and rotate a very small knob). The DX also generally used longer sounds than most of the DMX sounds.
The drum sounds themselves are stored on EPROMs which hold compressed digital samples of drum hits – likely it’s that compression and the DAC chips used to process the stored samples which can’t exactly be duplicated with samples stored on a computer. Whether that’s true or not, these old EPROM-based drum machines are in demand for their punchy sound.
I’ve checked out most of the features of this DX and everything seems to be working well: drum buttons trigger nicely, sliders aren’t scratchy, entry buttons work, the full display works. I checked out all inputs and outputs on the back panel (except the cassette interface) and they all work. All the sounds are stock and I burned fresh EPROMs for all the sounds except the Crash cymbal. A new battery was installed in 2009 so there’s at least another few years of storage left there.
Cosmetics are overall good, though there are some nicks and scrapes around – pretty much what you’d expect for a 30-year-old drum machine!
Due to the nature of this being vintage electronics, the unit is sold as-is. I do guarantee that it won’t arrive DOA.” Link
“Offered is this 1983 Oberheim Stretch DX (DMX) Programable drum machine with “Sync-to-tape” feature. I am the ORIGINAL from 1983. VERY nice condtition works great, sounds great and no reserve. Cosmetically there are a few very small scratches and an area about an inch long that had paint rubbed away from usage and I touched it up. This unit was not used very much and has been taken-out and cleaned and used once every July 4th and put back in storage since I owned it. Just to keep it in good working order. This awesome unit will ship with it’s Original manual / Original Power Cord / E-Proms with the ORIGINAL instruction sheets.” Link
“This is a listing for a vintage Oberheim DX Drum Machine (similar to the DMX.) This unit is in very very nice clean cosmetic and operational condition. There are a few tiny blemishes that I tried to point out in the pictures but in person they’re very difficult to see. All the buttons work perfectly. The sounds are crisp and punchy as only a classic 8-bit drum machine would be. I really do my best to describe this listing as accurately as humanly possible. My feedback score reflects my integrity and professionalism. ” Link
” Unbelievable condition Oberheim DX with gorgeous flamed maple sides and brass turn screws! No issues what so ever on this piece. You’d be hard pressed to find another one in this condition. Looks like it has a new battery and new capacitors. ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“Last time I used it the memory was not functioning properly. All hardware and sliders still good/ kept in case all these years like fine wine ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“Excellent Classic Vintage drum machine with a great sound and great features. Plenty of punch from this old school Hip-Hop staple. Comes with factory midi and plenty of sounds. Everything works great.
Drum Sounds are:909 snare;808cow/clave;tamourine/rimshot(2);cowbell 64;conga;timbale;Fat snare;el.tom 2 &3;dx Kick 64(2);electric bass;punch & zap;e;. snare 4;El. snare p1;el. hat 3;snare 2;toms;hat1a;snare 64;long ride 0-3
In the drum machine (separate from those listed above) are: 808 conga;808 snare;808 Hi-Hat;808 Kick;808 rim/clap.
Definitely a very cool drum machine from the early 80′s The sounds are very 80′s pop (Think Prince, Madonna, ect.) although with the additon of new eproms the thing gets new life. It was also used in early hip hop and electro (NWA ect.) All the sounds are tuneable from the back .. fun can be done while playing. Has direct optputs for each sound as well as click + the mix outputs. Great for recording xso you can put the kick and snare direct and then all the other in the mix including left & right channels. You can clock the sequencer via a clock in-put on the back. And again factory midi. In short, this is a very cool and powerful machine!,
In Excellent Conditon. Bought in 1989 and only in a Smoke Free Studio. Original Manual and Power Supply.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
Working but has some issues:
1. The memory becomes corrupted every few times the unit is powered up. Sometimes it doesn’t happen for weeks, sometimes it will happen every power-up. When it does happen, you are prompted to reset the memory. This clears settings, patterns, etc and then the machine functions normally until the next occurrence of the problem. For whatever it’s worth, this problem did not occur before the MIDI upgrade was installed
2. The TOMS channel has a hum. It won’t be heard when the volume fader for that channel is turned down. It’s not particularly loud but is noticeable.
Otherwise it seems to be in fine condition as you can see from the photos. Has all of the original sound ROMs as far as I can tell. The MIDI input/output as well as MIDI sync work well. This particular DX could be very useful to someone looking to use it as a MIDI module
A paper DX manual is included and I believe there is a manual for the MIDI upgrade online. There is a cheat-sheet sticker on the top of the unit (see pics) that explains what menu options correspond to MIDI functions” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“Up for auction is a Vintage Oberheim DX Programmable, Digital Drum Machine in good, full working condition (D41721) There are 18 clear sounds and all of them work, no scratchy noise, and the volume faders work with no problems at all and the overall performance is 100%. This unit comes without the power cord, unless I can find it of course. All of the switches work, but one of the switches on the back, has part of it missing, but you can still switch it on and off, to replace it, it’s a standard .75 plastic replacement part and all you need is a screwdriver, I would do it, but my daughter is ill and I just don’t have the time. I also can provide you with a PDF version of the copied manual. ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“For sale is a classic Oberheim DX drum machine. It works perfectly, has no major cosmetic blemishes and sounds amazing. Comes with original manual!” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“One Vintage Oberheim DX drum machine for auction. I am the original owner and used this unit back in the day to add drum tracks to songs on my Teac and Tascam multitrack tape recorders. The sync to tape feature always worked well in syncing the drums up with the song. I have read that this unit can also be converted to Midi. The Oberheim DX series was one of the first brands to actually have sampled drum sounds instead of synthesized. Even by todays standards the drum samples still sound great and have a vintage flair. I forgot how nice this unit sounds until I plugged it in to test it – as it was stored in my attic for more than a decade. Everything still works fine as far as I can tell. The perc section has a clave and agogo bell chip by Digi Drums instead of the original shaker and clap. These sounds were more useful to me for more of an Island sound. Included with the DX drum machine is the owners manual, sync to tape manual, DX factory sequences cassette, power cord, and the original box.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“DX Programmable Digital Drum machine was made in the 1980′s and was one of the first professional digital drum machines on the market, capable of recording and storing programmed rhythms; it can hold 100 sequences in memory. It has large faders , buttons and separate outputs for all voices. It is MIDI upgradeable and accepts expansion chips and cards.
The ‘bass’, ‘snare’, ‘hi-hat’, ‘toms’, ‘cymbal’ and ‘perc’ functions – they all work, can be controlled by their volume controls and sound great via their individual outputs and ‘mono mix output’, connected to the amp.
The machine is very clean with no scratches nor dents. No manuals nor a schematic, sorry.
I don’t have a cassette nor any other attachment to the machine – the rest of the functions could not be checked and were inactive, so the machine is being sold ‘AS IS”" Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“You are bidding on an Oberheim DX in excellent condition. It was purchased used in 1987 from Scanlan Music in Detroit. I had high hopes of learning to use it, however it was never used and has sat in a sealed box for the last 24 years.
This auction includes the following items:
#1 Oberheim DX drum machine serial number 054237
With the following chips installed:
#1a Bass Chip = ELECT BASS, BASS or P1
#1b Snare Chip = GATED SNR DX
#1c Hi Hat Chip = DX Hi Hat 1A
#1d Tom Toms Chip = ELECT TOM, TOM or P2
#1e Perc Chips = TAMBOURINE RIMSHOT
#2 Original Manual
#3 Power Cord
#4 Extra Chip = SX SNARE 64
#5 Extra Chip = DX SHAKE 2
#6 Extra Chip = DX KICK 64
#7 Extra Chip = HI HAT B 64 1985 Drumware
#8 Extra Chip = DX TOM” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
Cosmetically it is in Excellent Condition, as pics show.
The unit has MIDI, it is the original factory installation.
Functionally, all works except:
The tempo light and function are apparently not working.
However, you can still use the edit parameter to access the MIDI and tape sync functions.
There are no factory programs inside as I had replaced them with my own.
However, I cleared the memory and have recorded a few beats as samples and it works properly.
The unit has 2 ZIF sockets inside for easy chip replacement.
I will include a Digi Drums Chip DX 070 Tambourine/Rim (as pictured) which can be swapped in and out to replace the percussion shakers and claps.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“Must have Piece of Vintage 1980′s Synth technology overall in Fantastic Looking Condition & Working Oder.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“You are bidding on a vintage Oberheim DX drum machine in great condition. It comes with the original manual from December 1984 and a power cord. This unit also has factory MIDI, which many OB-DXs do not.
This auction also includes seven EEPROMS with additional sounds. They are labeled Interface Bell Ride, Crash IF, Interface REV SNRE 23, Interface TOM 7, Interface HIHAT, Interface SNAPPY SNARE, Interface SP-12 Kick. I haven’t used any of these EEPROMS in the unit, so I can’t say if they work or not. They are included for the new owner’s use.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
Oberheim Stretch DX Drum Machine w/ MIDI
(serial # D43822 / S61820)
It is in overall excellent cosmetic and 100% working condition.
All function switches work accordingly with no stickiness along with the drum pad switches. No scratchy sliders. All leds light when activated. Display is nice and bright with no missing pixels. Silkcreen clean and fully legible.
The DX is stocked with original factory eproms. Stretch unit has the following 4 eproms installed: Punch & Zap, Scratch, Cowbell & Rim, and Shot
Includes copy of Stretch-DX owner’s manual and power cord.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
Individual outputs and tuning knobs for each voice as well as the sliders give it great flexibility for live work.
External trigger input, this is a pre-midi unit.
Features a number of human like feel effects such as a great swing function, rolls, flams and other weird time signatures and grooves.
It has been used by New Order, Apollo 440, Daft Punk, Jimi Tenor etc., etc. and is great for getting that old skool Hip Hop sound.
In great condition. Comes with power lead and original manual.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“You are bidding on a USED Oberheim DX Vintage Drum Machine in Very Good, working condition. No major flaws. The DX was first produced in 1982.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“This is an awesome vintage drum machine with tons of features and works perfectly. It’s in excellent condition with just light normal marks and wear works perfectly. Comes with power supply and manual.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“Up for bid is a vintage Oberheim DX drum machine in good condition. I am the second owner and have had this item since 1987. This machine is outfitted with rack mount adapters. The original wood side panels are long gone and were not included when I originally purchased this unit.
Unfortunately, when the original lithium battery died it wiped the memory. The sequences would need to be reprogrammed, but the original drums sounds are still there. A local technician replaced the battery, along with one of the outputs, just two weeks ago. Everything else is original and is working as it should.
I don’t know where to find original factory data since Oberheim went out of business years ago. I recommend visiting websites like vintagesynth.com or sonicstate.com and check the forums for members who specialize in that sort of thing. ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“UNFORTUNATELY THIS MACHINE HAS BEEN TEMPER MENTAL LATELY. SO IT IS BEING SOLD AS IS. WHICH IS NOT 1OO% IN WORKING ORDER. IT MIGHT JUST NEED A FACTORY RESET WITH SOUNDS OR A FULL REPAIR. IT DOES LIGHT UP WHICH IS A GOOD THING AND SOUNDS COME OUT OF IT. MEDIUM AND SOFT BASS, LOW TOMS AND PERC SHAKER 1 OR 2 IS ALL THE SOUNDS I CAN GET OUT OF IT RIGHT NOW WITH THE ABILITY TO TUNE THESE SOUNDS. I BOUGHT THIS USED AT A MUSIC STORE A COUPLE YEARS AGO FOR OVER $250 AND JUST NEVER GOT TIME TO GET TO IT. SO WHEN I RECENTLY WENT TO RECORD WITH IT I WAS DISAPPOINTED. I AM SELLING NOW HOPING SOMEONE CAN GET SOME USE OUT OF THIS SUPREME MACHINE. LIKE I SAID BEFORE THIS IS SOLD AS IS. NOT WORKING BUT TURNS ON. IT MIGHT JUST BE USER ERROR. LETS JUST HOPE SO BUT NO PROMISES.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
DMX, DX, Linn, TR-808/909, SCI, and extra DX sound EPROMs
Up for auction is a vintage Oberheim DX EPROM-based drum machine in perfect operating condition, including a 97 EPROM library.
The DX EPROM library included with this auction include the stock sound sets for Oberheim, Linn, and Soundtracks 8-bit EPROM drum machines as well as two custom sound sets from the Roland TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines. The TR-808/909 sound sets have to be heard (see link below) to be fully appreciated.
The Oberheim DX drum machine is confirmed working; buttons, pads, battery, LEDs, external MIDI trigger, outputs, tuning knobs, and sliders are all functioning properly. All 80 drum sound EPROMs included with this auction have been verified and are also confirmed working.
This auction includes the Oberheim DX drum machine with MIDI, original Owner’s Manual, 97 EPROMs, 7 high-performance ZIFs, 10 protective EPROM cases with non-conductive foam, and power cord.
Oberheim DX EPROMs sound sets included in this auction:
DX (including alternate kits and sounds)
“I’ve had this great little machine since the early 80s. It’s in excellent condition — never taken on the road. It probably left my music room only twice in all these years!” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“For sale is a used Oberheim DX Stretch model vintage digital drum machine. The DX Stretch features the standard DX drum machine with an additional four drum sounds added by the Stretch section. This unit is in great working condition for its age. All functions of the DX section work great but 2 of the pads of the Stretch section aren’t working. This doesn’t mean the entire voice is out…..just one tuning of a sound and one volume level pad of another is out. Other than that everything else about this vintage drum machine works great!!! It features MIDI and has individual outputs and tuning pots on the rear panel for each sound. It’s in absolutely fantastic cosmetic condition as can be seen in the close-up photos. If you want to program beats like early hip-hop and classic 80s pop then this is what you’re looking for. Due to the age of this item (over 25 years) I can provide no warranty or guarantee that it will work forever. It hasn’t given me any problems besides the ones stated previously. Also includes power cable, DX manual, Stretch manual and installation instructions in case you wish to remove the Stretch portion. The EEPROMS included are DX Kick, DMX Snare 6, DX Hat, DX Tom, Shaker 2 + Clap, Crash (cymbal socket only), Long Ride (cymbal socket only), Electric Tom 3, Fat Electronic Snare, Tambourine + Rim Shot, Tabla, Triangle, African Drum, Click (cymbal socket only), Long Noise (cymbal socket only), and Electronic Snare. That’s a lot of sounds and there are companies out there on the web that will burn new EEPROMS with just about any percussion sound you want to use in the DX Stretch.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
Up for sale is a vintage Oberheim DX drum machine. It is the DMX’s little brother!
This drum machine comes loaded with vintage 8 bit samples stored on eproms for the classic 80′s crunch!
It has 6 mono outs, plus stereo sum outs and a mono sum out. It also produces a click/metronome trigger.
The machine includes the midi upgrade and I will throw in some extra eprom chips so you can switch out the drum sounds. I have also fitted the drum machine with thumb screws so that the eproms may be easily accessed.
The machine is generally is in very good cosmetic condition and working order with one exception. The Hi-Hat Accent button does not work. Otherwise the machine is in good working order. ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“The Oberheim DX is the improved version of the classic DMX. It’s basically the same as the DMX but in an updated exterior with some extra features. The DX has individual tuning knobs for the drum tones as well as an external trigger input. Its sounds are sampled recordings of actual instruments. It has 18 drum sounds and 6 voices/outputs for easy studio use. Best of all it is really easy and intuitive to operate.
This unit is in great condition. It functions perfectly and shows some wear and tear. One minor flaw (check pictures) is that one of the screws on the right side plate wore through the wood side plate, allowing it to move slightly. This doesn’t affect its function at all and isn’t noticeable unless you play with the side plate” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
the chips in and out ( to change the sounds). (The cymbals have only the stock sockets) I changed the battery and tested all functions to make sure everything
works as it should. I still have the original box for this and it will be well packed in another box to ship’
The Oberheim is well known and loved for it’s fat drum sound’s and awesome claps. I also believe I have one or two extra sounds eproms I will include and document
once I find them. Please ask any and all questions before bidding, please be serious about bidding . I do expect payment in three days. thank you
the seriel number on this is H50521. the correct name for the sockets is Zif and I found two chips New Kick and Fat Snare which I will Include. This model includes sync to
tape it also includes an external trigger which will drive the arrpegiator of a Jupiter 6 or Poly 61 or ?. there are adjustable tuners for each sound pad. I even found the
original cassette tape with the oberheim demo stuff, but I’m not sure what shape that is in. The start button is a bit touchy, it always was, but it fires right off at a midi signal.
Also INCLUDES THE MANUAL.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“later model with MIDI in/out. Missing all voice chips, this DX has obviously seen better days. Turns on, but does nothing else.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.