Gibson gives Oberheim (TM) back to Tom

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  1. lefort_1

    lefort_1 Nuzzled Firmly Betwixt Gold Supporting Member

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    https://guitar.com/news/industry-news/gibson-returns-tom-oberheim-trademark/

    Given all the bad press Gibson gets, I thought this might be a tiny bit of "nice", a spark of hope that the Big-G might be turning a corner... at least the new CEO seems to have gotten this right.

    Background, in the mid 80's Oberheim Inc was in bad shape financially and Tom sold the name to Gibson. He has being doing some synth work, redesign/re-releaseing of some of his old devices in the past decade, notably with Dave Smith.

    I just think it's cool he got his own name back... sad to have had to sell it in the first place but, well, this is a good thing, imo.
     
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    Good. Steinberger next.
     
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    That is good; Bob Moog had to fight Henry J to get his back from Gibson.
     
  4. woolyh

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    Nice gesture. Similar to Yamaha giving Dave Smith the Sequential name a few years ago.

    I wonder if Gibson or Fender would ever consider selling or licensing dead brands like Maestro and Sunn. Seems a waste to own all these brands and do nothing with them.
     
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    Hopefully they sell it to someone super interested in actually reviving the brand, and making Trans Trems again :)
     
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    Vhailor Supporting Member

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    I'm a Gibson kinda guy but I actually stopped playing my Gibsons (and Epiphones) after I found about of some of Henry Juszkiewicz's business practices.

    So maybe I can start thinking about getting those Gibsons out of storage.

    That'd be nice.
     
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    The deed was done when they were purchased. No sense neglecting the guitars now.
    It's like neglecting a puppy because you found out it came from a puppy mill.
     
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  8. David Moylan

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    Gibson needs some good will these days. I'm glad to see it go back to Tom. Hopefully will seem some more interesting products bearing the Oberheim name.
     
  9. Badtone

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    I’m also really happy that people like Tom Oberheim, Dave Smith and Bob Moog (May he RIP) are in a position to put their name (or heritage co. name) on awesome analog synthesizer products.
    :banana :dude:banana
    I realize a lot of digital stuff has snuck in, but the analog signal path, especially filters, are just what I like.
     
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    Glass Onion Toneful truth seeker. Gold Supporting Member

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    Good job Gibson. Time to start being the company we want cause we love you like that drunk cousin who is super funny and cool but messes up sometimes. We want you to get it right. Good step in the right direction.
     
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    it would be f’in amazing if Ned, Rick & Bob had the rights to the Steinberger Hexaphonic Infinite Guitar returned to them!
    damn.
     
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    Sure it’s nice and all, but he made the decision to sell it In the first place..
    Who says he won’t do it again?
     
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    I love my OB6 as much as my R4.
     
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    I would love to see a (reasonably priced) DMX reissue. Roland seems to have had success with the TR-08.
     
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    That's the dumbest thing I've read all day. If you were so put off you would have sold them or burned them in discuss.
     
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    You're not really fit to have an opinion on the matter.
     
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    I have an OB-6. Solid move by Gibson. Hopefully more positive moves to follow.
     
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  19. David Moylan

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    From Wikipedia:
    "Oberheim went bankrupt and was acquired in 1985 by a group of lawyers who changed the name to Oberheim ECC. Tom was creatively still at the helm, although he left the company within a couple of years to start a new venture called Marion Systems. After a second bankruptcy in early 1988, Gibson Guitar Corporation, a larger musical instrument manufacturer (who, incidentally, also owned the Maestro brand), acquired Oberheim"

    1984 on was a tough time to be in business if you weren't a specialist in FM synths. Not a lot of moves if you're in bankruptcy. :shrug:
     
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    I wish I was a specialist in FM synths. I’m having a helluva time tying to program my DX7...
     
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