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Re: Casio: Coming of Age 2016

Earlier Casios had four positions for each drawbar, Off, Soft, Medium and Full. That would explain any jumpiness in the sounds. That hadn't changed by the last time I reviewed a Casio, the CTK7000. As for release on drawbar sounds, strictly speaking, they should cut off abruptly when the key is rele...
by andyg
17 Feb 2017 19:04
 
Forum: Casio & Casio High-Grade Keyboard Forum
Topic: Casio: Coming of Age 2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1938

Re: 20 Minutes of Ole Erling

This is a name I've heard of but hadn't ever listened to before today. Some very nice arrangements making good use of the X66 - and an H100 and Leslie - and maybe a Lowrey H35-3 as well. Like Herr W, it's sometimes hard to hear where one organ starts and another ends!
by andyg
09 Feb 2017 18:59
 
Forum: 20 Minute Music Video Series
Topic: 20 Minutes of Ole Erling
Replies: 1
Views: 306

Re: Some Older Keyboards Still Sound Remarkably Good

Definitely worth looking at the older models if you're on a budget. :) You do have to watch the older, older ones though. Spares can be an issue with some - same with all electronic instruments. I personally don't like going back more than 10 - 12 years or so, but there are some nuggets out there t...
by andyg
31 Jan 2017 20:52
 
Forum: Yamaha Chit Chat
Topic: Some Older Keyboards Still Sound Remarkably Good
Replies: 2
Views: 372

O Holy Night

Here's a favourite of mine, played on Roland AT900P.

Hope you enjoy and have a great Christmas.

Andy

https://app.box.com/s/ch54olc83kj4kix6cj4vsj2cvuxlsrhd
by andyg
22 Dec 2016 22:14
 
Forum: Christmas Carols & Festive Songs 2016
Topic: O Holy Night
Replies: 3
Views: 160

Re: Casio: Coming of Age 2016

I personally think they came of age 16 years ago with the vastly underrated MZ-2000. These two look good, though I'm not too sure about the blue colour. The sound quality is often hard to judge of videos but on the Kraft video, they've recorded it direct and I listened on studio quality headphones. ...
by andyg
04 Jun 2016 21:49
 
Forum: Casio & Casio High-Grade Keyboard Forum
Topic: Casio: Coming of Age 2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1938

Re: ROLAND BK7m MODULE

It's been confirmed by suppliers in the USA, and it says 'Discontinued' on Roland's own international website, so we can take it as being true.

Maybe there's another, even better module on the way. Or maybe they think they've reached saturation point in what is a niche market. Only time will tell.
by andyg
18 Oct 2015 19:01
 
Forum: Roland Digital Arranger Keyboard Forum
Topic: ROLAND BK7m MODULE
Replies: 4
Views: 1858

Re: Eminent Grand Theatre Organ

Type 'john mann organist' into youtube you'll find a couple of clips but I can't find much else. Maybe someone has one of John's many LPs ready to upload..... As for a proper demo of this (for its time) amazing organ, the tube had only the usual rubbish from people who know nothing about it or how t...
by andyg
28 Aug 2015 18:31
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Eminent Grand Theatre Organ
Replies: 2
Views: 427

Re: Extend a Midi.

Clare, if you've tried extending a MIDI file using software and it's converted it to a WAV, then you've used it incorrectly, or you're using the wrong software. MIDI should stay as MIDI, as without a virtual instrument sound source you can't produce a wav file, even if you wanted to. You need a MIDI...
by andyg
18 Aug 2015 18:00
 
Forum: Yamaha Chit Chat
Topic: Extend a Midi.
Replies: 7
Views: 1164

Re: Extend a Midi.

You can probably do this using the on board Song Recorder, but it will be something of a pain. It's something that I've not tried, nor would I bother to try! The easiest solution would be to use a software MIDI editor app. If you're talking simply making it longer by adding an identical verse or two...
by andyg
11 Aug 2015 18:09
 
Forum: Yamaha Chit Chat
Topic: Extend a Midi.
Replies: 7
Views: 1164

Re: The Storytone Piano - World's First Electric Piano 1939

Love the Art Deco styling - but they should have made it from Bakelite! :D
by andyg
13 Apr 2015 18:45
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: The Storytone Piano - World's First Electric Piano 1939
Replies: 2
Views: 457

Re: Yamaha EX 42

No, that's the GX-1 synthesizer, played by Keith Emerson. People do sometimes mix the two instruments up as they were around at the same time and did look similar. The GX-1 is the one that Mike has put at the top of the page. Here's a photo of the EX-42 for comparison.

ex-42-big.jpg
(59.3 KiB) Not downloaded yet
by andyg
07 Apr 2015 16:58
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Yamaha GX-1
Replies: 3
Views: 697

Re: Organs '70 ... A Pictorial Review

There were only around 40 imported into the UK. They do crop up on eBay with some regularity, probably the same ones being sold on! I missed out on one a few years back. My maximum bid was £300 and it sold at the last moment for just a few pounds more. I'd have fitted it in somehow, but don't tell m...
by andyg
02 Apr 2015 23:56
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Organs '70 ... A Pictorial Review
Replies: 9
Views: 1265

Re: The American Sound: Thomas Organs

Hmmm. The first paragraph makes no mention of any tie up at all with the old Thomas pipe/reed organ business. I'm sure it would have done if that tie up existed. I've always had my doubts.
by andyg
01 Apr 2015 19:49
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: The American Sound: The Wonderful Thomas Trianon 6820 Organ
Replies: 2
Views: 878

Re: Organs '70 ... A Pictorial Review

That brings back more memories. George B was a true gentleman of the organ, was very encouraging to me in my early days at the keys, and became a good friend a few years later. As for dear old Gene and Jerry, two stories spring to mind. The first is of a very embarrassed G &J on stage at the Win...
by andyg
31 Mar 2015 23:09
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Organs '70 ... A Pictorial Review
Replies: 9
Views: 1265

Re: CVP-605 default pedal functions

Ken, the solution has been given to you - registration memories. You should use these! If you aren't, you're missing out on the most powerful function on the piano. But, even if you don't want to use them on a regular basis, you should create just one registration bank, commonly called a 'blank bank...
by andyg
27 Mar 2015 00:22
 
Forum: Yamaha Clavinova CLP, CVP & CGP Series
Topic: CVP-605 default pedal functions
Replies: 6
Views: 1251

Re: At Under 400 Quid ... You Simply Cannot Do Wrong!

The CTK7000's been discontinued for a few years now, the current 61 key model is the CTK7200. Also on Amazon, but £349. Very competent keyboard, but I find that with mine - a CTK7000 - I have to tweak a lot of the voices to get them right. Niggly little things like the vibrato speed being way too sl...
by andyg
24 Mar 2015 16:02
 
Forum: Casio & Casio High-Grade Keyboard Forum
Topic: At Under 400 Quid ... You Simply Cannot Do Wrong!
Replies: 6
Views: 2499

Farfisa Romantica - Jackie Brown at the Farfisa 6050

Here's a blast from the past. Vince will remember this one, in fact he might even remember selling me the LP in 1970 - as It was bought from Southern Organs! Jackie Brown is playing the Farfisa 6050, the largest spinet in the Farfisa range at the time. It had the usual fizzy Italian sound, and Jacki...
by andyg
03 Mar 2015 00:04
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Farfisa Romantica - Jackie Brown at the Farfisa 6050
Replies: 2
Views: 470

Re: More Abandoned Electronic Organs ... Part 1 & Part 2

The RT3 and A100 deserve far better, the 2307 Concorde probably the same. It could make some beefy sounds.

But the little Baldwin met its due fate and as for the Conn Caper, well, I'd have been there with the sledgehammer. We had two of them sent down from Conn, they went straight back!
by andyg
01 Mar 2015 01:13
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: More Abandoned Electronic Organs ... Part 1 & Part 2
Replies: 3
Views: 739

Re: The Magnificent Thomas Transistor Organs ... 1963

Thanks for the Thomas scans, I'll put them on Organ Forum later. Sad to hear of Emyr's passing. He was indeed one of the real gents of the business. Met him many times, he even got me to play part of an Allen concert once - I think he told my bosses at Kawai (good friends of his) that the products d...
by andyg
27 Feb 2015 13:00
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: The Magnificent Thomas Transistor Organs ... 1963
Replies: 14
Views: 2308

Re: The Magnificent Thomas Transistor Organs ... 1963

Wow! What a find, that's a real blast from the past. Mike, would you let me share this one with the guys over on Organ Forum? There are some over there who have, or have had, some of these oldies. One had an OH-1, but it proved to be beyond repair. I'd love to add the brochure to the gallery and I'l...
by andyg
25 Feb 2015 22:00
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: The Magnificent Thomas Transistor Organs ... 1963
Replies: 14
Views: 2308

Re: RiHa organs

Looks like we need a new category, Mike!

We can surely dig out some photos and info on the RiHa Orchestra.
by andyg
23 Feb 2015 00:16
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: RiHa organs
Replies: 1
Views: 479

Re: Clearout ....

Now, who amongst us can identify the makes and models.....

I spy a couple of Lowreys, I think, including a Teenie Genie.

As 'seamaster', one of my partners in crime over on Organ Forum, would say - "Burn it with fire!" And someone did. :D
by andyg
18 Feb 2015 21:53
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Clearout ....
Replies: 1
Views: 402

Re: Kentucky Electronic Organs

Whilst recalling an evening when I hung one of Kawai's big leslies on a Lowrey Holiday, it reminded me that at one point someone, maybe Vince(?) put the biggest model Kentucky into the White Horse Hotel in Rottingdean, where Jackie was playing that same Lowrey some Saturday nights. I'd occasionally ...
by andyg
14 Jan 2015 23:54
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Kentucky Electronic Organs
Replies: 9
Views: 1251

Re: The John Compton Organ Company Ltd

Great clip! :D I haven't seen or played one since maybe 1971 or 1972 when Vince had one at Southern Organs in Southwick. I wonder if he ever sold it, or if it was one of those organs that got shuffled around the branches with the manager thinking "Oh God, not that one again!" It does make ...
by andyg
13 Jan 2015 21:04
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: The John Compton Organ Company Ltd
Replies: 4
Views: 743

Christmas Medley 2014

http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab92/tiercedepicardiecouk/ca935589-a1ae-445b-9aa5-1c06009b5e4f_zps81844351.jpg A few people have asked me to record something Chrismassy on the Kawai SR6, and as the neighbours were out yesterday, I thought I'd give it a go! https://app.box.com/s/wji5163l41gkfs7ms...
by andyg
20 Dec 2014 23:31
 
Forum: Christmas Carols & Festive Songs 2014
Topic: Christmas Medley 2014
Replies: 7
Views: 830

Re: Eddie Dunstedter: Christmas Candy @ The Gulbransen Organ

If I may pre-empt your no doubt much more detailed article. Mike. Along with Gulbransen's many firsts in the organ world, 1964 saw the first transistorised drum unit, under the Seeburg brand name. At first, it came as an add-on, inserted into the music desk! Like this: http://www.organforum.com/foru...
by andyg
16 Nov 2014 23:03
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Eddie Dunstedter: Christmas Candy @ The Gulbransen Organ
Replies: 6
Views: 785

Re: Lowrey G-7000

The third keyboard on this one is in fact a Kawai K1 synthesizer! Nothing wrong with that at all, of course. You can even put in the RAM cards with the sounds I created for the K1, both organ and orchestral. In fact, the 'Digital Genius' orchestral sounds on the G7000's solo manual do sound rather l...
by andyg
11 Nov 2014 19:45
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Lowrey G-7000
Replies: 3
Views: 399

Re: Hammond Model X-66

Keep it coming, Mike. There aren't many of us old timers left, it seems. I 'inherited' a huge collection of brochures last year. I've looked through and there are some goodies there but I really need to get a new scanner before I embark. The present one is good but slow and I now have to keep switch...
by andyg
20 Oct 2014 17:05
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Hammond Model X-66
Replies: 19
Views: 2973

Re: Hammond Model X-66

The album 'Hammond Continental' by Jan de Nef (it had other titles on the other side of the English Channel) was the first Hammond LP I bought. Great arrangements, great playing, and multi-tracking at its best. Side 1: https://app.box.com/s/2667b6d1db19842b4d8f Side 2: https://app.box.com/s/9e5dea50...
by andyg
19 Oct 2014 00:02
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Hammond Model X-66
Replies: 19
Views: 2973

Re: The Eminent 310 Unique

I mentioned Swings and Strings earlier. You can stream or download individual tracks as you wish. https://app.box.com/s/zqom8mjjbx4x6s5sjxsx Brian Sharp at his best, along with live guitar, bass and drums. There are also a couple of non credited instruments on some tracks, a glockenspiel/celesta alo...
by andyg
25 Aug 2014 23:29
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: The Eminent 310 Unique
Replies: 9
Views: 1157

Re: Clavinova CLP-609

You set up a Registration Sequence to do this. First, programme your settings into the Registration Memories and save the bank as usual. Nor sure where it is on the 609, but one of the Functions is Regist Sequence. On this screen you can decide which pedal will do the switching (centre one is the us...
by andyg
26 Jun 2014 23:26
 
Forum: Yamaha Clavinova CLP, CVP & CGP Series
Topic: Clavinova CVP-609
Replies: 5
Views: 1214

Re: The Eminent 310 Unique

Yes, they did indeed use leslies before the Orbitone. The 300 was the same as the 310 - but without the string ensemble, and with a leslie.

I've reset the sharing permissions on the folder. Try this for the link: https://app.box.com/s/zqom8mjjbx4x6s5sjxsx
by andyg
16 May 2014 23:21
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: The Eminent 310 Unique
Replies: 9
Views: 1157

Re: The Eminent 310 Unique

Nice piece of history, and one that I occasionally have to point out to those 'youngsters' in the business who think strings appeared rather later on in synths! We should perhaps mention the Freeman String Symphoniser which was around before the Eminent 310 and was incorporated in a cut down form in...
by andyg
13 May 2014 16:51
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: The Eminent 310 Unique
Replies: 9
Views: 1157

Re: Hammond X-66 Sound-pack For Tyros 3, 4 and 5

Apart from the [no doubt deliberate] low quality of the mp3 clip, that's a good capture of the X66. A B3 it is not, for sure, and the Hammond purist will always shun the X66, but for me it's a superb instrument. No other Hammond, or indeed any other electronic organ, sounded like this. If I had the ...
by andyg
11 May 2014 11:58
 
Forum: Yamaha Chit Chat
Topic: Hammond X-66 Sound-pack For Tyros 3, 4 and 5
Replies: 4
Views: 715

Re: Look what`s free to a good home

Tempted, but it's too far away and that would make one to play and three for spares here! I'll leave this one to Howard Beaumont, he'll no doubt want another to keep his going! :D

And of course, I'm going to say it's a brilliant organ. :lol:
by andyg
24 Apr 2014 10:31
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Look what`s free to a good home
Replies: 2
Views: 358
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