Yes, that is a giveaway price, if it was fully functional!
Thinking back, I remember buying a VFX secondhand on the strength of the glowing eulogy issued by SOS (which just reinforces the 'caveat emptor' schtik - http://www.soundonsound.com/SOS/1995_ar ... gear2.html
but the original review was in 'June 89 - paper only)!
After a year of being depressed by its sound, I gave it to a Steiner school for free as an instructional tool. IMO, a great synth for learning how to program but a lousy synth to listen to, except for the wave-chaining weirdness, which it shone at.
Ensoniq put so much effort in to the ergonomics and visual feedback of the VFX but they forgot to give it some decent filters, IMO.
Something of an oddity, all round - neither fish nor foul ;-)