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Organs: Combo VS Floor

Posted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 4:56 pm
by th0mas
So I bought a house and now have space for an organ.

I used to have a Farfisa compact and it was pretty awesome. Sold it while in my apartment mainly due to space constraints. They're hard to find locally. I just missed a Nomad Dual which seemed even more awesome (built in fuzz for the bass parts? awesome!)

On the other hand, for ~$100 I could get a tricked-out Yamaha floor organ with the built in CR78-esque preset analog drum machine and probably more sounds built-in. It'll look way less awesome, I might have to add my own audio out (most of these had built in speakers), etc, etc.

Comments? Cheap gems I should try to find?

Re: Organs: Combo VS Floor

Posted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 5:07 pm
by pulse_divider
Yamaha E-50/E-70!
I have an E-50 and it's absolutely amazing, you can get very convincing CS-80 sounds out of it. Built-in drum machine and arpeggiator! Definitely more of a synth than an organ. I think I pad $50 for mine and ended up passing on a free E-70 a few months later because of no space for it.
Pretty much all the Yamaha 70s "organs" are great. The D-80/85 have a nice solo synth that is like the SY-1/2/GX-1 and the organ section is much more organ-y than the E series.

Re: Organs: Combo VS Floor

Posted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 6:04 pm
by adamstan
Yeah, D85 is really great with its monosynth, string ensemble and choir sounds. I love it :-) And the E-50 too.

Re: Organs: Combo VS Floor

Posted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:35 pm
by monolith
If you've got the money and can wait it out, i'd go for a combo ,but the E50 and E70 i'd make exceptions for.
Those big ones are such a b***h to move.
I got one of these a few months back , but even it weighs a lot. I can only just lift it. Cool sound though with nasty built in spring reverb!

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Re: Organs: Combo VS Floor

Posted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 2:37 am
by pricklyrobot
My friend has one of the Wurlitzers (can't remember which model number exactly) with the Orbit 3: http://www.vintagesynth.com/misc/wurlitzerorbit3.php

It's great fun to mess around with, and I've seen them on Craigslist quite cheap, several times. It is a b***h to move around though. I've helped him do it, twice.:cry:

Re: Organs: Combo VS Floor

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:15 pm
by atkbg
For anything large, these are essential:

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Even if you're just moving around the house.

Re: Organs: Combo VS Floor

Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 7:16 am
by V301H
Watch Craigslist for 1960's Lowrey TBO organs which are often given away. These were used by Pete Townsend for some of the distinctive sequencer-like patterns on the Who's Next album. The Beatles used a Lowrey on Lucy in the Sky.

Re: Organs: Combo VS Floor

Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 3:33 pm
by daybyter

Re: Organs: Combo VS Floor

Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 7:11 pm
by pulse_divider
V301H wrote:Watch Craigslist for 1960's Lowrey TBO organs which are often given away. These were used by Pete Townsend for some of the distinctive sequencer-like patterns on the Who's Next album. The Beatles used a Lowrey on Lucy in the Sky.
Yeah, but wasn't it being processed by a VCS3 or Synthi? I think that's what made it sound distinctive.