THE PHOTOS THAT ARE SHOWN ABOVE ARE OF THE ACTUAL ITEM YOU WILL RECEIVE.
NOTE: THE PAGE 2 GRAPHICS AREN’T SILKSCREENED ON THE TOP PANEL BUT ARE PRESENT” Link
THE PHOTOS THAT ARE SHOWN ABOVE ARE OF THE ACTUAL ITEM YOU WILL RECEIVE.
NOTE: THE PAGE 2 GRAPHICS AREN’T SILKSCREENED ON THE TOP PANEL BUT ARE PRESENT” Link
“THIS IS IT!! THIS IS THE ONE USED ON SO MANY LANDMARK RECORDINGS. VAN HALEN, RUSH, SIMPLE MINDS, STEVE MILLER BAND, STEVIE NICKS, HEART, EUROPE, THE CARS, DEPECHE MODE, THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. FRESH FROM THE SHOP WITH NEW VOICE CHIPS, NEW BATTERY, CLEANED AND FULLY SERVICED. YOU WILL NOT FIND ANOTHER IN THIS CONDITION!! NEEDS A GOOD HOME, YOUR HOME.” Link
“This auction is for an Oberheim OB-8 analog synthesizer. It is in very nice condition, face plate is near mint, and works nearly perfectly. It has Page 2 and factory Midi. I have tested it thoroughly and this is my verdict: The Midi triggers external controllers perfectly. All keys work. All buttons engage. Bender bars work. It still has many of the factory patches. All voices work. 1 voice (voice 7) has a buzz to it, but can be disabled easily in the Page 2 functionality. It could benefit from a tuning calibration, but is not totally necessary. Autotune often disables perfectly tuned voices, but those can be re-activated in Page 2 as well.
On a side note, sellers that often have this for sale often are not familiar with the unit they often arrive with issues, even if they are listed as mint. This is my second Oberheim System and I gave a proper diagnosis of synth based on experience. No surprises here. ” Link
“This is a very, very nice synthesizer and if you are like I was and really want to own a nice one, I hope you look seriously. This is an original Oberheim OB-8 8-voice analog polysynth, fully programmable, with 2- and 4-pole VCF, 2 LFOs, arpeggiator, 80 presets, etc. etc. etc. It’s a slightly less collectable, more feature-laden, more affordable version of the OB-X and OB-Xa (its older brothers). This literally just came back from the shop where an errant voice was recalibrated and the key bushings replaced. One of the keys is still a little out of alignment (vertically) but all keys trigger fine and man, it sounds amazing. No, not as fat as the OB-Xa that I’m also selling, but a little more controlled and with so many more modulation options. It’s a true blue example of the type of synth they can’t make anymore. It’s got wood on it! It’s in nearly perfect cosmetic condition! It doesn’t smell like cigarette smoke! ” Link
“This vintage keyboard is in great shape! Fully operational and in sound cosmetic condition as well! The octave below middle c needs some work but other than that, this piece is fantastic! Used. No manual. Power cord included. ” Link
“One owner. Bought new in Phoenix area around 1983. Just had it completely gone through, cleaned, recalibrated and new battery by Five Star Engineering in Mesa! Works perfectly! We now are a Duo so we don’t have room for it any more. It needs a good home where it will be played!!” Link
” Here we have is a vintage retro complete Oberheim OB8 synthesizer system from 1984. This setup comes complete with the Oberheim OB8 synthesizer, The Oberheim DSX sequencer, and the DMX Drum machine. Also included are the original manual for the OB8, a copy of the OB8 service manual, and the original Operators manual for the DMX drum machine. There is no manual for the DSX sequencer. THere are 5 extra working voice cards for the DMX drum machine also included. The sounds are Cowbell/handclap (there are two of these), Long Tom, snare, and hihat.
As far as sounds for the Ob8, There are 4 patch tapes included which are the Ob8 original factory patches, a backup copy of the factory patches, and Ob8 sound patch tape volumes 1 and 2.
This system has a couple of functional flaws which I have not bothered to get repaired. The OB8 has a garbled voice and after it heats up, it corrects itself or it doesn’t. Depends on what day it is. The DMX drum machine has timing issues and needs to be serviced. (The tempo fluctuates from time to time) Both of these problems should be inexpensive and easy to repair. The DSX sequencer works as it should.
As far as the physical condition of everything, I would rate this system an 8 out of 10. People who know me well, know I am compulsive about functionality and physical cosmetics. We keep all of our vintage gear in tip top condition. We did not take the time to get this repaired and are selling this as is.
Included are the ribbon cable to interface the Ob8 with the DSX sequencer and all of the power cables to power the system. Those are the only cables included. As a special bonus, we are including the original sales receipt from 1984, (see pictures) the original warranty card, and patch information cards.” Link
Here we have a Oberheim OB-8 For Parts Or Repair. It currently powers on but…
All CEM Chips have been removed
Most Pots are very scratchy and will need to be cleaned
Most keys do not work and the contacts will need to be cleaned / repaired
Some buttons do not work or require a lot of pressure to activate
Missing some knob covers as shown in the pictures
Pan Pots on the side of the synth are scratchy and probably need replacement or cleaning
Missing a few screws
All voices were working when tested with CEM chips
Working Factory Midi Implementation!
Page 2 graphics and working Page 2 functionality
Unison, Arpeggiator, Split, LFOs, Bender Paddles all were working well when the synth was tested with CEMs.
Complete Synth minus the knob covers, a few screws and the CEM chips.
Battery looks clean with no leakage & the memory is still functional
This machine has a wealth of invaluable parts in good condition! It will not produce sound in its current state, but if you want to install CEMs it will require some additional upkeep to get it working 100% again. Feel free to ask any questions. This is of course an AS-IS sale with no returns. ” Link
I don’t REALLY want to sell it but I have to be honest with myself. I hardly play it any more. My tastes have changed, and now I spend most of my time on guitar or electric piano…I am pretty certain my synth days are behind me, so its time to let it go to somebody who will love and care for this loveable old dog the way I did.
While this OB8 is in good working order, I will not even kid you, it has been to hell and back twice. I don’t know what it went through before I owned it but when it came to me it was already missing many screws from the wooden side panels.
I used it for a couple years, and then I had to put it in its flight case and store it for a while. That was 1996. In 2004 I pulled it from storage and opened the Rhino Flight case to discover that all the foam in the case had simply disintegrated over the years. This left a patchy odd texture on the back and bottom of the keyboard. ” Link
It’s a sad day but I have to say goodbye to my beloved OB8….
I have owned my OB8 for at least the last 8 years. During my reign, I have babied it by keeping a cover over it when not in use. As needed, I transported it in a hard shell case. I really fell in love with the sounds so I decided over the last few years to restore it to as close as original as possible. I was going to do this in 2 phases:
I took it to Advanced Musical Electronics in Los Angeles for the needed work. AME was an authorized repair center for Oberheim back in the day. They still have people who worked on them back then. What better place to go?? Initially, it was just going to get the contacts cleaned. I had a key that was un-even so I had that done also. Another time, I had to have 2 re-caps done. The last time, I went with the suggestion and got the whole enchilada! Two more re-caps, another cleaning, pot adjustments, re-tuning and had them completely redo the entire keyboard with all new bushings & springs! I’m guessing over time, I spent at least $1600 for service work.
Phase 2 was going to be the exterior clean-up. I was going to touch up any nicks & scratches. I was even going to completely redo the wood sides to like new condition. Then I was going to have a show piece!
Well, as most of you know, the economy finally got the best of me too. Without a constant paycheck, my potential show piece needs a new home.
The good news is I am including the soft dust cover. The so-so news is this; the super heavy duty case weighs more than the keyboard. To include it, it will be another $100 plus another $30 for s/h. ” Link
“Up for sale is one beautiful vintage Oberheim OB-8 analog synthesizer in perfect working condition. Cosmetically I could grade it – strictly judging – 9/10 because of some small scratches here and there, but nothing even close to bad. No midi and no mods done. Just callibrated and checked by professional keyboard tech.” Link
“HELLO! Up for auction is my OB8. I’ve been debating on this for a while. But, the time has come to sell my OB8.
It’s in VERY good cosmetic condition and amazing operational condition.
My analog synth tech recapped the power supply, re-did the keybed, calibrated it and made sure it was 100%. This was done in Jan. of this year.
It has MIDI and PAGE 2 Graphics too! One thing to note The MIDI In and OUT are mislabeled. The Out is actually the IN and vice versa. Oberheim mislabeled the labeling. The MIDI kit was installed after initally purchaed at the actual Oberheim Factory way back in the day.
It has always been studio kept… never gigged. I bought it from the original owner nine years ago. It has been on countless recordings. I doubt you’d find one this pretty and one that works as well as this one does. ” Link
“If you’re reading this, I shouldn’t have to tell you too much about the specs of this classic, analog synthesizer. Recently Serviced By Greg at Analog Synth Service in Oakland, CA. Nothing was really wrong with it aside from a few keys not sounding but wanted to make sure there were no issues before putting it up for sale. Encore MIDI kit installed. REALLY nice physical shape. No significant scratches on face or original wood ends. 100% functional. No issues with this beast. Does NOT have the page 2 graphics. Comes with owners manual and I believe I still have the original factory patches on cassette.” Link
“For your consideration is the Oberheim OB-8 synthesizer.
The unit was gently used but shows some cosmetic wear(see pics).
The synth has been fully tested, everything works great, and it sounds amazing.
This is the most desired version of the OB-8 as it has factory MIDI and Page 2 graphics.
Some knobs move more freely than others, but all are functioning 100%.
Included in the auction is the Oberheim OB-8 as pictured, as well as the original manual.” Link
“Up for sale is a very nice used vintage piece known as a Oberheim OB-8 polyphonic Synthesizer that is excellent shape both inside and out, and is in good working condition. This item powers right on with no problems and was pulled from a working site about a month ago. This unit is being sold as is and per the conditions both shown and described here. ” Link
“Item up for bid is a PERSONALLY AUTOGRAPHED VINTAGE OBERHEIM OB-8, serial number 034109. The instrument is owned by Larry Gonsky, keyboardist from the CBS/Epic pop group, Looking Glass (#1 Billboard hit “Brandy, You’re Fine Girl” in 1972).
Serviced to play beautifully by the world famous keyboard technician David White.
There are some scratches on the bottom and a small section of side wood paneling is gouged (see actual photos).
I will personally autograph the instrument for the buyer.
Comes with power cord, factory stock OB-8 patch cassette, two additional cassettes with edited patches.
Optional item: Used Oberheim DX Programmable Digital Drum Machine, serial number 040760. It’s yours FREE OF CHARGE! It works but could use a little service.” Link
The Oberheim OB-8 is a subtractive analog synthesizer launched by Oberheim inn early 1983 and discontinued in1985. It belongs to the OB-X product line of polyphonic compact synthesizers and is successor to the OB-Xa. The number of production was about 3,000 units.
THIS ITEM IS SOLD AS IS. Only four of the keys trigger a note (all directly next to each other in the upper register). There is some cosmetic wear on the chassis and a sticker on the left wooden side piece.
I have used the midi in to slave the synth to another keyboard and as far as I can tell all of the functions seem to work fine. I am by no means an expert though, and cannot guarantee everything is working as it should.
I picked this up for pretty cheap at a thrift store, figured I’d take a chance. I always planned on getting it repaired but it has ended up sitting around collecting dust. Now I’m moving and it’s time to unload it. This could be a great deal for someone willing to put some time or money into repairs.” Link
I purchased this OB-8 about 2 years ago as a restore/upgrade project. It is in impeccable condition and has unique upgrades that you will not find on any other OB-8 unit. Over 50+ hours were put into the unit; Here’s a description of some of the work performed:
Power Supply Rebuilt – Re-capped entire power supply with rare and awesome-sounding Samwha RD caps. Samwha caps, in general, are difficult to obtain here in the USA. However, many top notch OEM’s know how good they sound, which is why Marshall, Moog & Orange amps use them almost exclusively in their production. This alone, should speak volumes about their “tone”. However, as an OEM audio engineer, I have access to these wonderful caps and they are “sonic-sleepers” in my opinion. They sound awesome in quality analog synths too, of coarse, yielding big, fat, fluffy, smooth tone. Far superior to Illinois, Sprague and other brands. Try them for yourself, (if you can get them) and hear the difference!
Power Supply Rear-mount TO-3 regulators – were all replaced with custom gold electro-plated units. (Not available on open market, as these are custom plated parts).
Power Supply cable harness- rebuilt with thicker, high-quality copper strand wiring. This helps the power supply “breath” better due to reduced resistance.
Power Supply 723 regulator sockets- replaced; gold plated.
Power Supply 7815 (+15VDC)regulator – replaced; gold plated.
OB-8 Main processor board – Every IC, carefully removed, cleaned, tested and/or replaced as needed.
Power Supply trim pots – replaced with Bourns “plastic-conductive” type, The very best sounding trims available, since all pertinent power supplied to the OB-8’s specified pcb’s must pass through these pots. (Plastic conductive material has a superior “open” tone compared to carbon type pots).
OB-8 Voice Boards – were removed and cleaned. All CEM VCO & related chips were removed and cleaned and replaced with socket enhancement fluid. Both OB-8 voice boards also had all major capacitors replaced with Samwah RD caps.
OB-8 Panel Pot Boards – were removed and cleaned and all pots thoroughly cleaned, lubed and tested.
Special audiophile-grade solder -used on all replaced components for maximum sonic tone and transparency.
Midi Output Jacks -all replaced with Nuetrik/Rean brand.
Bend Lever Assembly -fully cleaned and lubed, All IC’s removed, cleaned, tested and/or replaced.
Keyboard assembly -was removed from chassis and disassembled. Rubber boot contact covers were removed and cleaned. Keypad contacts were all replaced with Sound Doctorin NASA type conductors. OB-8’s are notorious for key contact and misfire issues over time and this solution is the best yet.
Side-End Caps – were refinished/painted with special “stainless-steel” particle paint and then clear lacquered with many coats to achieve glass-like finish. Absolutely stunning and totally says; “I’m Special”!
Inner Chassis – was completely cleaned and new black colored end-cap fasteners were employed.
Fresh Data Dump – was re-loaded with Standard patches.
Midi & Arpeggiator Included! – This OB-8 has both midi and a fully functioning arpeggiator, which is not found on other Oberheim models such as Matrix 12, OBX-a etc.
Owners Manual & Technical/Schematics Manual – both included and bound & printed on high-quality gloss paper!
To top it off, the unit went through a full final check-up with Five Star Engineering in Mesa, AZ. (Dean there,is an ex-Oberheim employee/tech and extremely knowledgeable)! Unit is in full working condition.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“They both Power On, however, no other tests have been performed. Also, the OB-8 has random LEDs that come on each power up. This Set Comes Exactly As Pictured. The Keyboard Measures 40″ Wide and 21″ Deep.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
This keyboard is fully-functional, sounds fantastic, and is very lightly used. It is all factory with no modifications.
This video link is a demo of this actual keyboard showing all keys, lights, functions, and buttons in operation:
OB-8 Serial#C24918 Demo Video
The keyboard will be shipped in a Calzone brand, high-end rolling road case with new foam and red velvet lining. Excellent condition and looks really cool. [25" H x 45" L x 11" W].
The only thing I see about this keyboard that makes it not in fully new condition are a few light scratches on the top (See three bank photos [7-9] and photo of back ).
The keyboard is otherwise clean and shiny.
It was used by a friend’s uncle in a New York ballet company for some contemporary performances in the early 80s.
Following that, it sat in the case in a closet in his house for 20 years.
I bought it and it has sat covered in my studio for eight years with very occasional use at home. (I do not smoke.)
I am not a keyboard expert. I bought it because I think it sounds really cool but I don’t know all of the options it has.
I hope the pictures and demo video answer any questions, and I’m happy to answer anything I can.
I know that everything works, it makes a ton of fat analog sounds that can be altered in infinite ways, and it saves presets.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“I’m selling my Oberheim OB-8 keyboard in VERY VERY good condition It comes with ATA hard case and the user manual, It is in very good shape and all the keys are working” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“OBERHEIM OB 8 MIDI SUPER ZUSTAND –TECHNISCH EINWANDFREI — ( kein garantie und ruckgabe) Versand Frei (EU) ONLY” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“OBERHEIM OB-8 Analog Synthesizer in good working condition there are a few scratches from normal uses. There is a problem with 4 keys 2 of them do not work at all and the other 2 respond very slow those keys are shown in the 6th and 7th picture and are marked with blue tape. Besides the 4 keys everything else works good. Comes with power cord.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“Welcome bidders, you are bidding on a great classic piece! This is the Oberheim OB-8 Synthesizer. Serial #: C31709. Most of you are probably already very familiar with this. For those not yet initiated- I promise you have heard this synth before. Hitting the streets in the early 80′s, the OB-8 became the main synth for pretty much every big name on the scene- from Rush to McCartney to the Thompson Twins to The Police. Van Halen frequently discusses how the OB-8 was his main synth for VH’s keyboard-driven songs- including the synth-based ’1984′. Those classic 80′s synth tones you hear in your head were probably performed on an OB-8. Featuring 61 keys, 8 voice polyphony, 2 VCO’s per voice, and 2 or 4 pole VCF filter, 8 voice panner, and an 8 note arpeggiator- there are very few sounds out of the OB-8′s reach. The sections are very nicely separated- Modulators, Oscillators, Filter, & Envelopes- making for a very intuitive layout. For the ultimate in programming, pressing the Page 2 button assigns new values to the existing controls- this lets you control your tone down to the letter. Just an incredible synth. This OB-8 is in excellent condition. Just came back from a full professional go-over with a clean bill of health- works perfectly. This is your chance to get your hands on one of the most important synths of the 80′s- the Oberheim OB-8. I have posted two links below- these aren’t our vids, but they offer a pretty good overview of the OB-8 tones. This is a no reserve auction. Don’t pass this by!” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“For sale is a Oberheim OB-8 w/DSX Sequencer and OB-Expression Pedal. The OB-8 is in great condition and all 8 voices tune up nice. The Sequencer is a perfect match and works well with the OB-8. And an Oberheim Expression Pedal that can be used as a volume or filter sweep pedal. This is a great system. It does have the factory midi installed as well as the proprietary Oberheim Interface. I’ll enclose both owner’s and service manuals. Also, with the system is a 25 pin interface cable for the OB-8 and DSX Sequencer. And lastly, both power cords. Note: this is a package deal, I’ will not break up system for individual sale. This is the only pic as it is in my studio rack setup for playing. Owner pays shipping and handling. Happy Bidding! Note, there is a little scratch below the lower keys. This was from the road case buckle over the years” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“This listing is for a Oberheim OB-8 analog synthesizer. It has Page 2 Graphics and a pratt-reed keyboard. The unit is in excellent cosmetic condition, powers on, but does not work.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“This listing is for a Oberheim OB-8 analog synthesizer. The unit is in excellent cosmetic condition but has operational issues requiring repair. The unit powers on, all parameters, patches outputs, etc. work. However, over 10 keys do not trigger sounds. I tested the unit by swapping out the keyboard PCB and the problem went away. The unit it is being sold As Is, for Parts or Repairs. ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
” Vintage Oberheim OB-8 with factory MIDI and page 2 graphics in original condition. Everything functions as intended with absolutely no issues. Factory programs are loaded and battery reads 3.2v. This OB-8 is tech-approved. There is some paint wear on the front panel, but excellent overall including the original wooden endbells which are perfect. Will be shipped in the original two-piece flight case (half/half in the length) with original owners manual. The case foam is in excellent condition.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“This OB8 has been carefully restored by us. We replaced all electrolytic capacitors in the unit, which cause many problems in the Oberheims relating to stability. We cleaned all of the keyboard contacts as well as the potentiometers. All circuits in this unit have been tested, calibrated, and are guaranteed to be 100% functional. This is a great sounding synthesizer that is in very good condition.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“The Oberheim OB8 is an eight voice (2 oscillator per voice) analog polysynth.
As well as all the functions on the panel it has a “page 2″ mode which gives nearly every control on the synth a secondary function.
It also has eight controls on the right hand panel which allow you to pan each voice to the left or right
for a huge stereo sound.
Capable of producing some amazing pads as well as speaker bending lead and bass sounds.
It is in good condition for it’s age and in perfect working order except for the highest C key which needs it’s contact
cleaning as it re-triggers a bit (its a pretty easy job to do on these synths but I don’t have much spare time at the moment to do it).
It also has a couple of scratches (shown in the photos).
The OB8 comes in a sturdy flight case for protection and therefore can be shipped but it is quite heavy hence the £30 postage.
It has the original owner’s manual too.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
Worldwide Shipping Is For The OB8 only *without the roadcase.
well cared for and used mostly at home
very clean showing only minor scuffs that were hard to photograph
two scres are missing from one side as shown in pics
more hi res pics soon” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“Up for sale is an extremely well maintained Oberheim OB-8 with road-case! ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“Up for auction is a fully functional Oberheim OB-8 Synthesizer w/ Factory MIDI. It has been modified to include poly modulation, a feature sorely lacking from the OB-8. A link with more info about the mod is included below. It has been professionally serviced last year and includes all original documentation and owner’s manual. This unit is in excellent condition and it has only ever had two owners. The Cosmetic Condition is a 9/10.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
oscillator tuned and everything been calibrated by a pro audio technician.
comes with a home made hardwood case and will be double boxed/bubble wrap for shipping
thanks for looking.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“OBERHEIM OB-8 PROFESSIONAL MIXING KEYBOARD. ITEM HAS ISSUES. ITEM WORKS PERFECTLY SOMETIMES AND OTHER TIMES DOES NOT FUNCTION. ITEM ALWAYS WILL POWER ON BUT LIKE I SAID SOMETIMES IT WILL NOT FUNTION PROPERLY. I AM SELLING THIS ITEM FOR PARTS OR REPAIR ONLY. IT LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE TRIED TO SOLDER ONE OF THE GROUND CONNECTIONS AND MAYBE THIS IS THE PROBLEM PLEASE SEE PHOTOS. ITEM COMES IN HEAVY DUTY FLIGHT CASE. I THINK THIS COULD BE A GREAT ITEM FOR SOMEONE WHO KNOWS HOW TO REPAIR THEM. ITEM IS BEING SOLD AS IS AS FOUND WITH NO WARRANTIES EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED BY SELLER. PLEASE DO NOT BID IF YOU HAVE NOT HAD ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED. I WILL NOT RE-NEGOTIATE A “DISCOUNT” IF YOU FEEL YOU CAN HOLD NEGATIVE FEEDBACK OVER MY HEAD. THANK YOU AND HAPPY BIDDING. PLEASE SEE SOME REVIEWS BELOW.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.