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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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KillerBill a hobbyist user from UK writes:
I wanted a Wasp. A friend asked me if I knew much about Oscars. Not much. Do you want one? Yes please, How much? You can have it........ It had been kept in a loft in a bin bag for about 12 years but still had the original manual. The serial number is in Biro on the base, number 0107 and appears to have had midi as a retrofit judging by the stuck on paper labels. The presets have gone but I can get some very interesting and occasionally phat sounds out of it with a lot of fiddling. I plan to have it professionally serviced later this year as I tried to update the sysex data but nothing seemed to happen. It was originally gigged in the mid to late eighties or whenever they came out and has been in storage ever since so it does need some tlc. It will never become my main synth as I have a Little Phatty Tribute that I really love, but if I can get it sorted out I will use it more. It's really well built but the dot matrix manual is not that easy to follow. Although they recently sold for upwards of £800 recently (2007) on ebay I want to play it not make money out of a friend's generosity.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-30-2007 at 18:25
alek odyssey a part-time user from italy writes:
I have this synth waiting to be repaired in my shop and all I know is that it looks the cutest synth I've ever seen.. but it's badly damaged so


If some of you can scan them please drop me an email at, help this old beast to survive cheers alek odyssey

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-08-2006 at 06:30
Alex a hobbyist user from bolton writes:
just got hold of a totally mint OSCar for £850, what a steal!

this thing really can make a squeal, great filters and looks fantastic. it's no moog, but i dont want it to be!

very unique and fun. get one!


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-03-2006 at 04:27
monozelle a part-time user from Germany writes:
Found mine after a long looong time... I own it for just a few days now, it's in very good condition and I made it through nearly all functions. It's fantastic. I agree with Quentin, a few posts earlier - the envelopes don't have enough attack to give it the real analogue "snap", compared to a MiniMoog, for example... And I don't think that it is too sophisticated - yeah, most functions are somewhat "hidden" and you have to keep in mind what you're doing when working with it - it simply lacks a display to tell you where you are... But once you got used to it, you will create voices, waveforms and sequences on the fly! Only 4 out of 5 because of the weak EGs - but apart from that, it sounds simply - great! I like the strange design and it's flexibility.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-26-2004 at 11:09
WD a hobbyist user from NYC writes:
My first analog, in 1985; this one was pristine and formerly owned by David Frank of the System. Learned to program on it - but for the wrong reasons - spent much time trying to get those great Amercian synths sounds i was used to, kept tweaking..finally decided that the issue might involve more than just programming, and compared it directly with a Pro One and Moog Source. Verdict: both blew it away. Also preferred my CZ-101, because all three sounded so much warmer, had so much more character and were punchier than the OSCar. Oscar reminds me of a Mono-Poly - both are reasonably thick, but lack warmth nor any kind of specialness in other ways. Considering the high prices they command, it's disappointing. Went back to my Moogs, Sequentials, Jupiters, Voyetras and CZ-101s; my OSCar ended up in Japan and i was thankful to dump it, just as David Frank and Mini owner, had..

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-07-2004 at 14:48
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