"Design can only become manifest through workmanship." David Pye
"Made by hand, the craft object bears the fingerprints, real or metaphorical, of the person who fashioned it....Made by hand, the craft object is made for hands." Octavio Paz
"Without tradition, originality cannot exist"
"Unless workmanship comes to be understood and appreciated for the art it is, our environment will lose much of the quality it still retains." David Pye
"Some materials promise far more than others, but only the craftsman can bring out what they promise."
"In a world defined by mass production and marketing, OMA stands out as clearly being from another, parallel universe. OMA products have a unique design philosophy. Instead of following current trends and embracing so called "cutting edge technology," we took a look back.
There was a time, in the early part of the Twentieth Century, when the creation of horn loaded loudspeakers, field coil and full range speakers, tube amplifiers, and analog reproduction represented the highest technical challenge and achievement. As time went on, every new innovation in sound, from solid state to digital to file sharing, turned out to bring the overall quality of sound in our lives to a lower level. People not only forgot what great sound reproduction sounded like, but at this point, most have never even heard it.
OMA can't change the world, but we can create a new path for audio. Not by using the technology that guides the space shuttle, but by going back to the technology that worked so well and was never surpassed. It was, however, nearly forgotten. No one has ever improved upon the violin makers of Cremona over 300 years ago, and the same can be said for the professional audio equipment made for cinemas and studios in the 1930's through the 1950's. This is the world of OMA. Hand built to the same exacting levels as the vintage gear which inspired us, OMA makes loudspeakers, amplifiers, and turntables out of solid Pennsylvania hardwoods, slate, and steel.
Equipment without a peer, made for those who understand that the finest things in life are not necessarily the newest." Jonathan Weiss