favorite vintage electric piano/organ?

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Re: favorite vintage electric piano/organ?

Post by Cumulus » Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:54 pm

I am partial to the Kawai EP-308.

I know a guy who is touring with one and it sounds great.

They're not cheap, though, and they're kind of big.

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Re: favorite vintage electric piano/organ?

Post by V301H » Tue Apr 24, 2012 4:59 pm

Some extremely well-built electronic pianos are the Yamaha CP series. The CP30 and CP20 are analog with a nice weighted velocity keyboard. The CP35 and CP25 use FM for tone generation. Similar in style to the earlier CP's and have a great Rhodes-like sound.

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Re: favorite vintage electric piano/organ?

Post by megamanx » Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:57 pm

I've been doing some research on the omni I just bought and it has ssm chips in it...I haven't messed with it too much, but I might have to...

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Re: favorite vintage electric piano/organ?

Post by synthparts » Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:34 am

There weren't any SSM chips in the Omni unless someone seriously modded yours...
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Re: favorite vintage electric piano/organ?

Post by megamanx » Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:03 am

Oh well I guess you can't believe all you read on the net. I won't argue with you since you are clearly the expert...

But I based my claim on that the Omni is the same as hohner gp 98 and

These guys say that it is a replacement part

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Re: favorite vintage electric piano/organ?

Post by synthparts » Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:47 am

Oh I thought you meant ARP Omni, sorry I'm not familiar with the Wurlitzer...
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Re: favorite vintage electric piano/organ?

Post by megamanx » Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:51 am

I guess I am going to have to open it up and have a look.

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Re: favorite vintage electric piano/organ?

Post by b3groover » Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:56 am

I've been looking for a YC-45d for years but they've been getting more and more expensive.

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Re: favorite vintage electric piano/organ?

Post by bhrama » Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:37 pm

Also if you can persuade you pal to actually sell her Farfisa for that amount, you Sir have got a major steal. There is something very unique to the Farfisa sound to my ears...hard to put to words. But in an ideal world most Organ/Piano enthusiasts would all agree own a Vox Cont. (super!), Farfisa Compact (duo if you can find one), Wurly 200, Rhodes 73 = Heaven!

Personally I'm looking for an Ace Tone Top 1 or 9...anyone?

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Re: favorite vintage electric piano/organ?

Post by Sexor » Fri Apr 27, 2012 3:26 am

I love my cheap old Italian transistor organ. It's called "Gracia Ponysynth" and is remarkably useful despite being rather sonically limited compared to a traditional synthesizer. Very little info on google. Through a spring reverb, it sounds like it came from the 60s in a time machine.
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Re: favorite vintage electric piano/organ?

Post by jeffrey1121 » Fri Apr 27, 2012 5:48 am

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only one i've had. boy, do i regret selling it. it didn't have the original legs though....thus the ghetto setup :oops: :lol:

Fortunately the person i bought it from/sold it to was my uncle. :mrgreen: so If i ever have the $500 I bought it for he'd probably sell it to me again.

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Re: favorite vintage electric piano/organ?

Post by nvbrkr » Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:40 am

Mine's currently on a pile of banana boxes filled with newspapers.

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Re: favorite vintage electric piano/organ?

Post by Micke » Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:14 pm

V301H wrote:The CP35 and CP25 use FM for tone generation. Similar in style to the earlier CP's and have a great Rhodes-like sound.
Are you really sure about that? I actually think they're analog. The CP-35 is very similar to the contemporary GS-2 in appearance.
The GS-2 (as well as the GS-1) did use FM tone generation so maybe that's where the confusion comes from.
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Re: favorite vintage electric piano/organ?

Post by Micke » Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:52 pm

Sexor wrote:I love my cheap old Italian transistor organ. It's called "Gracia Ponysynth" and is remarkably useful despite being rather sonically limited compared to a traditional synthesizer. Very little info on google. Through a spring reverb, it sounds like it came from the 60s in a time machine.
EKO had a keyboard that went under the name "Ponysynt" in the late '7s/early '80s, does it look anything like that one?


There was also a number of portable organs/keyboards branded "Gracia" and I'm pretty sure most of those were
made by the Italian company ARMON.

Do you have a picture?
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Re: favorite vintage electric piano/organ?

Post by c-level » Fri Apr 27, 2012 5:44 pm

i love my hammond m-2, retrofitted to an m-3. the poor mans B3/C3 (or even A/L-100) not quite portable for your application tho...

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