Hi - instead of price seeping into the bones of all OP1 Field threads, I thought it would be a good idea to set up a separate topic to divert people too if all they can see is the £$€.
For me, it’s about 2 things - value and fun. I think the amount you get in the OP1F combined with the different fun directions the workflow can take you, warrant the price. Each to their own.
So you don’t want to talk about the price, but manage to name the thread after it, and talk about it 3 times in your post ^^
To me, the biggest thing on OP-1 is the Tape. Why? Well, you are bound to record audio instead of polishing your MIDI generated sounds, so it just replace the part where I record into a DAW, and makes it possible to do this outside the studio, or just for fun.
In this regard, the stereo input + signal chain was a thing I’ve been hoping for years, and I’m glad it’s there. I could have done with one or two additional stereo inputs, but this is already good.
I don’t think OP was saying they didn’t wanna discuss price, but to hopefully move price-oriented or weighted discussions to this thread instead. Your comment seems out of place and abrasive.
Personally, I paid full MSRP 11ish years ago when it launched. I paid a markup to a “crazy” $950 when I bought a second one, and most recently I paid $1200 for a replacement; the OP-1 is niche, and quirky, but it hits so many marks to me that I’d pay those prices for a decade-old “toy”. Paying $800 more for a new one with so many big updates, plus the certainty of future updates for more synth engines/functionality, it’s a no brainer for me. Thankfully I am fortunate enough to have the expendable cash due to being modest in every aspect of my life other than synth gear
As I mentioned before, what sucks to me is that a lot less people will be able to enjoy this wonderful machine, but I guess TE does not take Marx seriously…
I find it unlikely that TE are gouging their customers on price, but I suppose anything is possible. I’m not involved in any kind of retail or marketing but I’m pretty sure price is not decided on a whim, but deliberated intensely to strike the balance between making a profit and scaring people away/ destroying reputation. Idk, who would purposefully bring this much heat? I mean I guess all the controversy worked, they sold out of them.
Don’t forget get the main Field competitor: the original OP-1. This is fresh off Ebay:
Great product. Very different product. No musical keys for one thing. It’s a lot like fruityloops in hardware.