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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 18:04
 
Forum: Casio & Casio High-Grade Keyboard Forum
Topic: Casio: Coming of Age 2016
Replies: 11
Views: 3260

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 21:14
 
Forum: Christmas Carols & Festive Songs 2016
Topic: O Holy Night
Replies: 3
Views: 450

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 20:49
 
Forum: Casio & Casio High-Grade Keyboard Forum
Topic: Casio: Coming of Age 2016
Replies: 11
Views: 3260

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 18:01
 
Forum: Roland Digital Arranger Keyboard Forum
Topic: ROLAND BK7m MODULE
Replies: 4
Views: 2597

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 17:31
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Eminent Grand Theatre Organ
Replies: 2
Views: 886

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 17:45
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: The Storytone Piano - World's First Electric Piano 1939
Replies: 2
Views: 926

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
by andyg
07 Apr 2015 15:58
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Yamaha GX-1
Replies: 3
Views: 1228

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 22:56
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Organs '70 ... A Pictorial Review
Replies: 9
Views: 2453

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 18:49
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: The American Sound: The Wonderful Thomas Trianon 6820 Organ
Replies: 2
Views: 1413

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 22:09
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Organs '70 ... A Pictorial Review
Replies: 9
Views: 2453

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 15:02
 
Forum: Casio & Casio High-Grade Keyboard Forum
Topic: At Under 400 Quid ... You Simply Cannot Do Wrong!
Replies: 6
Views: 3447

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
02 Mar 2015 23:04
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Farfisa Romantica - Jackie Brown at the Farfisa 6050
Replies: 2
Views: 920

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 00:13
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: More Abandoned Electronic Organs ... Part 1 & Part 2
Replies: 3
Views: 1346

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 12:00
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: The Magnificent Thomas Transistor Organs ... 1963
Replies: 14
Views: 4020

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 21:00
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: The Magnificent Thomas Transistor Organs ... 1963
Replies: 14
Views: 4020

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
22 Feb 2015 23:16
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: RiHa organs
Replies: 1
Views: 888

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 22:54
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Kentucky Electronic Organs
Replies: 9
Views: 2251

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 20:04
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: The John Compton Organ Company Ltd
Replies: 4
Views: 1291

Re: Bemore Genesis - An Organ That Will Shake The Trees

Some interesting sounds here. It would be nice to hear things that weren't multitracked though. Big Band sounds are a bit on the thin side to my ears and as for the theatre organ, since when did a Wurlitzer have drawbars and a leslie (albeit one that's been set to run slow!)? But the Cathedral Trump...
by andyg
08 Jan 2015 20:35
 
Forum: Other Keyboards and Organs
Topic: Bemore Genesis - An Organ That Will Shake The Trees
Replies: 13
Views: 2542

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 22:31
 
Forum: Christmas Carols & Festive Songs 2014
Topic: Christmas Medley 2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1454

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 22:03
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Eddie Dunstedter: Christmas Candy @ The Gulbransen Organ
Replies: 6
Views: 1363

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 18:45
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Lowrey G-7000
Replies: 3
Views: 728

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 16:05
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Hammond Model X-66
Replies: 19
Views: 4577

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
18 Oct 2014 23:02
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Hammond Model X-66
Replies: 19
Views: 4577

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 22:29
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: The Eminent 310 Unique
Replies: 9
Views: 2029

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 22:21
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: The Eminent 310 Unique
Replies: 9
Views: 2029

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 15:51
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: The Eminent 310 Unique
Replies: 9
Views: 2029

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 09:31
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Look what`s free to a good home
Replies: 2
Views: 758

Re: Adrian Rose plays Green Dolphin Street on the Lowrey DS0

Good old 'old school' playing and an old school Lowrey to go with it. Only one thing better than a leslie, and that's two leslies! I'm jealous, I've only got the one! Reminds me of the sounds that I was making back at Southern Organs in Vince's day. GAK-H, to which Mike Beattie had (incorrectly) plu...
by andyg
11 Mar 2014 22:56
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Adrian Rose plays Green Dolphin Street on the Lowrey DS0-1
Replies: 1
Views: 431

Psychedelic Leslie

If we're looking at psychedelic organs then we really must have the ideal leslie speaker for them. The Leslie 950 was massive, incredibly heavy and a total flop. It's said that they only made 200. Well, a flop for Leslie but great for those who wanted a big, psychedelic spinny thingy on stage! :D I'...
by andyg
26 Feb 2014 22:43
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Psychedelic Leslie
Replies: 2
Views: 1598

Re: Hammond 810

It predates the Composer series models like the 146, Mike. This one's from 1981, so think back to Aurora Classics, Aurora Customs and the like from the very late 70's. Strip out all the good stuff and add in some straight 'pipe' voices and 'suitable' percussions instead. Not sure if Hammond ever bro...
by andyg
13 Jan 2014 16:30
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Hammond 810
Replies: 1
Views: 472

Re: Hammond

The Novachord was an instrument way ahead of its time. Quite simply, it was the world's first true polyphonic synthesizer and could produce some amazing sounds. They're as rare as hen's teeth now and much sought after. A few have been totally restored.

http://www.novachord.co.uk/
by andyg
22 Dec 2013 11:45
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Hammond
Replies: 15
Views: 2799

Re: Kimball

I actually had a Sensation for a few months. It didn't come with the pretty blonde though! :(

The shop I worked for closed down, owing me my last week's wages, so I just put the Kimball in the car and went home with it instead. Sold it for just a bit more than what I was owed.
by andyg
22 Dec 2013 11:39
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Kimball
Replies: 3
Views: 687

Re: Baldwin

Trade Descriptions Act should apply to that 'Can't sound bad' one, eh Mike? We know just how yukky some of those older Baldwins could be. Like all the US organs, you had to get above a certain model before they sounded good.
by andyg
22 Dec 2013 11:36
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Baldwin Organs Christmas Advert
Replies: 2
Views: 626

Re: Kawai

I never met the lady at the console of that very nice white E650W, but I can tell you that with all the tabs down, the sound is going to be a little, er, odd!

I'll raid the archives and do some scanning. You don't have the awful one with me it do you, Mike??
by andyg
22 Dec 2013 11:33
 
Forum: Vintage Organ Group (Facebook)
Topic: Kawai
Replies: 2
Views: 468
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