Identi-Pic Game 14 (Gulbransen)

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Identi-Pic Game 14 (Gulbransen)

Postby andyg » 01 Apr 2013 22:51

Here's another oldie, maybe not quite so tricky. Vince will remember me playing this one at Southwick. :D

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Re: Identi-Pic Game 14

Postby Rev Tony Newnham » 02 Apr 2013 09:33

Hi

Southwick Sussex? I remember the shop well - used to call in sometimes on the way home from school. Southwick was my home town - I learned organ at St Giles, Shoreham.

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P.S. do you want some pics of some of my gear for future Identi-Pic games?
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Re: Identi-Pic Game 14

Postby VinceB » 02 Apr 2013 19:11

I most certainly do remember you playing it in Southwick. Jackie and I thought you were trying to wear it out so you could buy it cheaper!

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Re: Identi-Pic Game 14

Postby andyg » 02 Apr 2013 20:02

VinceB wrote:I most certainly do remember you playing it in Southwick. Jackie and I thought you were trying to wear it out so you could buy it cheaper!

Vince


Hehe! You got me sussed right from the start, but to my credit, I did buy this make, but a couple of models down the range. Actually my Dad bought it for me, telling me I could pay him back when I turned pro. I don't think he expected me to do that, but I did. I then sold it on for a profit as organ prices were rising almost month on month back then.

As a clue for anyone else, Brian Sharp was the demonstrator for this make at the time this organ was introduced, around 1971.
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Re: Identi-Pic Game 14

Postby Mike Bracchi » 08 Apr 2013 18:39

Hi Andy,

I have purposely left it late to reply in order to give other members a chance to have a go at it ... but it seems that this little fun forum is not too popular :(

I cannot recall a model number but it looks to me like a Gulbransen 'Theatrum' :wink:

Looking forward to your next one :D

All the best.
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Re: Identi-Pic Game 14

Postby andyg » 08 Apr 2013 22:26

Gully Theatrum it is, Mike.

I remember going into Southwick especially to hear it, a few weeks after I'd seen Brian Sharp play it. Alas, it was a Gulbransen and predictably one of its amps didn't work. I had to wait a week or two until the Southern Organs engineer, Trent Donley or maybe Peter Rowe, had fixed it.

I think that there's only a few of us left that can spot the real oldies. I'll see if I can make it a bit easier! :)

Maybe one of those awful Italian jobs that appeared in the shop one day when I was there. So cheaply made and so badly put together it looked like it would fall apart, so Vince and Jackie had fun actually taking it apart. Or that huge electrostatic Compton that was once there. Maybe that big Wurlitzer classical model with the warning sign 'Be careful with your right foot. This organ has an output of 120 watts!'

I'll think of something.......
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Identi-Pic Game 35

Postby andyg » 25 Jul 2013 20:54

Well, how about this one? Not many imported, not many now survive. When this baby was working well and set up, it was glorious to play and listen to. Alas the last 'proper' organ from this manufacturer, it was downhill all the way after this.

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Re: Identi-Pic Game 35

Postby Mike Bracchi » 25 Jul 2013 22:36

Ah yes .... we stocked this model at Letchworth, I sold one to Phil Baldwin of the Home Organist magazine :) The makers slogan for this model was "It's Music To Your Eyes" ..... they weren't wrong as it was a super instrument :D
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Re: Identi-Pic Game 35

Postby andyg » 26 Jul 2013 08:13

You sold one to PHIL!!!!

I'll tell you a tale once the organ's been spotted correctly.
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Re: Identi-Pic Game 35

Postby keyboardplayer » 26 Jul 2013 13:50

It looks like it should be a CoNN Organ with it's styling but i didn't think CoNN had slider controls like the Hammond,the only other big organ maker i can think of is Gulbrason,could it be one of those :)

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Re: Identi-Pic Game 35

Postby VinceB » 27 Jul 2013 18:51

Hi Andrew

There is a rather funny story that Mike and I can tell you and all about one of our encounters with Phil Baldwin, who I know from his days at Lyon and Hall in Brighton.

Ask Mike about the time he was doing the first write up in Home Organist on Hertfordshire Organs. To give him a clue mention snails!

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Re: Identi-Pic Game 35

Postby LeoP » 28 Jul 2013 07:22

Andy its a Gulbransen Palace :)
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Re: Identi-Pic Game 35

Postby andyg » 28 Jul 2013 08:32

Spot on, it's the 528 Palace. Its mix of drawbars, theatre organ tabs, brass synth, orchestral strings and that super Gully piano made it the best sounding of all their organs. Had they built a console version, a 'Rialto III', it would have done well.

Now as for Phil Baldwin, he was my first boss at Lyon and Hall in Brighton and gave me my initial 'training' in how the organ business worked. He also 'guested' on the Gulbransen President at the hotel where I was resident organist. He didn't like Gulbransen, never had a good word to say about them and wouldn't take them as trade-ins. the only Gulbransen ever to appear in Lyon and Hall was mine, when I sold it, and that was only because it was a private sale from the shop floor, not their stock.

So I'm amazed that he bought one - you must have been on form that day, Mike!

Now, what's this about snails??
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