Well, header says it all, really. I know it's been discontinued, but I think the library would still be pretty useful today?
Yes yes, I know Vienna Instruments are much smarter etc. etc. etc., but I am looking for an inexpensive way of getting the "Vienna sound", and I think VSL Opus 1 in the K2 version (i.e. no performance tool necessary) will give me just that. Or?
If you do a search you will find out that the whole "Opu1&2 vs Special Edition" debate thingie was thoroughly debated in all musicians forums. The Special Edition offers some advantages over Opus 1/2, but you will also lose out on a great deal of what Opus had to offer. In the end you will have to decide if what you gain is worth more to you than what you lose.
My personal decision was to not buy Special Edition, back when I had a little money saved up.
I actually just spent two and a half weeks wading through almost 300 pages of Google searches looking for Opus 1 + 2.
And two days ago, I made my purchases. Those libraries can still be had. Not in the U.S. (or anywhere in the Western Hemisphere, that I know of), and not always affordably.
Maybe Opus 2 can be found in the States, I dunno. I bought it from Best Service, who have informed me they have quite a few copies left. Which makes sense. Opus 2 is pointless without the first library, so those will be sitting there for awhile. Thomann also had it. Maybe timespace.com too, not sure.
I had about eight or nine vendors' websites scribbled down on a napkin for Opus 1. It's in the trash right now. I could dig it up if anybody really wants it... and they'll have to REALLY want it. My garbage can is gross.
I ended up buying the library from Sonic Virtual Media, VSL's distributor for Australia/New Zealand. 740 bucks U.S., out the door. They may still have some copies left. Try svmedia.com.au - Sue Meaney was great to work with and responds to e-mails fairly quickly. I did have to send a follow-up once, but that was because between Vienna, Sydney, and Hollywood, we were all on radically different timetables and it made communication a bit sluggish.
Other vendors with Opus 1 were in Europe, and wouldn't ship outside the EU. Still others were located in England, and British pounds don't translate nicely to USD these days. 1400+ dollars for Opus 1 is a little crazy.
So there are actually a lot of folks who're still stocking Opus 1 + 2, but they can be tricky to track down and there are a myriad of obstacles that might get in the way of a successful purchase.
If anybody wants that napkin... shudder... let me know.