Organs, Organs, Organs & Then More Organs.

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At almost any single period during the years 1970-1985 there were over 45 brands of new electronic organs on the UK market: Between them they managed to produce, 183 models under £1000, 137 models between £1000 & £2000 and 201 models over £2000+

Postby Mike Bracchi » 18 Sep 2012 14:54

Alabama Wurlitzer Unit Orchestra, Opus 1783 .... 285 stops, 85 pistons and 2117 pipes.

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Alabama Theatre Organ Website: http://www.alabamatheatreorgan.com/index.html
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Postby Mike Bracchi » 27 Nov 2012 11:05

Suzuki's 'Fabulous' Chromatic

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    The brand new 'Fabulous' Chromatic represents the ultimate state of the art in harmonica design, whilst keeping the best aspects of tradition. The appearance and sound of this instrument is simply stunning and use the highest quality materials available. In a quest for pure beauty and timbre, Suzuki redesigned and tested every part through an exhaustive prototype process. The precision tolerances achieved in the Fabulous Chromatic is unmatched by any other production harmonica - and you can hear it in the way the reeds respond soulfully to even the lightest breath.

      Range: 16 Hole, 64 notes, C to D4 sliding chromatic
      Slide Alignment: cross

      Material: Body/Cover : brass with Silver plating
      Mouthpiece: Hand crafted brass with Gold Plating
      Reedplates: Brass
      Reeds: Phosphor Bronze
      Dimensions: 197x45x33mm
      Weight: 760g
      Accessory: Leather case


Yours for a cool £2399 :shock:
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Postby Mike Bracchi » 28 Dec 2012 15:37

The old Wurlitzer factory on Niagara Falls Boulevard. It is now home to a dozen or so small businesses. It is also sadly run down looking.

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Some quick facts for you:

    1.)North Tonawanda is one of the twin cities, The City of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda. North Tonawanda is north of the Erie Canal (now known as the New York State Barge Canal).

    2.) The Wurlitzer plant produced bomb fuses during W.W.II.

    3.) The Allan Herschel Carousel Factory and Museum in North Tonawanda is restoring a Wurlitzer Band Organ for the museums carousel.

    4.) One of the best Wurlitzer Theater Organs I have seen/heard is at the recently restored Riviera Theater in North Tonawanda. I believe it has been MIDI-fied. They have weekly concerts.

    5.)The Schlicker Organ Co., maker of fine pipe organs, is in Tonawanda ( Town of Tonawanda, another Tonawanda just to make it more confusing!).

    6.) Here's the one to impress any Wurlitzer buff- on the rear of the Wurlitzer factory, you can see what was the original building, inscribed in the stone it says " DeKlist Organ Co." This was the company Wurlitzer bought to get into the organ business!


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Postby SysExJohn » 03 Jan 2013 15:25

Looks a bit simple to me, I'd much prefer one of these:

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courtesy of Bob Moog.
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Postby Mike Bracchi » 03 Jan 2013 15:49

:lol: :lol: :lol:

That's a telephone exchange with a couple of midi controller keyboards isn't it :wink:
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Postby andyg » 03 Jan 2013 21:47

You should see the size of the gig bag needed for that one! :o
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Postby SysExJohn » 04 Jan 2013 07:57

Mike Bracchi wrote::lol: :lol: :lol:

That's a telephone exchange with a couple of midi controller keyboards isn't it :wink:


It certainly looks like it doesn't it?

Only that one isn't going to produce any sound no matter how hard you hit the keys.
It ain't wired up. VCO to VCF to VCA etc.
It was quite challenging getting all the patch plugs in the right place.
Even more so retuning it every few minutes.
Those old synths had huge problems with frequency drift as the oscillator circuits warmed up.

These days you can add one of these:
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to your sound module and get a Prophet 5 (plus some) which stays perfectly in tune (how boring!).

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Postby SysExJohn » 04 Jan 2013 07:59

andyg wrote:You should see the size of the gig bag needed for that one! :o


It's not so much the gig bag, it's the bus load of roadies needed to carry it in to the gig! :shock: :wink:
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Re: Photo Of The Week: organ packed & off to the gig!

Postby Mike Bracchi » 24 Feb 2013 14:11

8) 8)

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Postby andyg » 25 Feb 2013 00:28

Nice idea! Pity the Photoshopping isn't quite there, though!
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Postby LeoP » 11 May 2013 15:47

Still a nice sound though :wink:

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Postby Mike Bracchi » 29 Jul 2013 09:48

I wonder if this is where they stored the 'tone-wheel generator oil' :D :D

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Factoid 32
The Hammond tone generator is made up of dozens of gears and bearings. This mechanism requires periodic lubrication to start quickly and run smoothly.

Generators that need oil will start slowly, and as time goes on the bearings will begin to squeal; later the generator will become difficult to start, and eventually it will refuse to turn at all.

Only use oil designed for Hammond organs in a Hammond tone generator. It is specifically refined to be free of particulate matter. Other oils like 3-in-1, sewing machine oil, Castrol, Criso, etc. will gum up the oiling wicks and prevent oil from reaching the generator.
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Re: Organs, Organs, Organs & Then More Organs.

Postby Eddie Smart » 14 Aug 2013 08:40

I brought an organ of a father and son duo with the surname Butler in the hot summer we had in 1976,big old solid thing it was,i had to go to Bournmouth to collect it,im sure his name was Arthur

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Postby andyg » 14 Aug 2013 11:46

That was the same Arthur Butler and his son Peter, my bosses for many years with Kawai. Their offices were always in Bournemouth as that's where they lived, near to their yachts! :) Nothing would make them move the company to Milton Keynes like all the others!

1976, probably a Kawai of some sort, or just possibly one of the last Gulbransens they handled.
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