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If extra data helps, I bought my Gibson G101 on Craigslist in Los Angeles in July of 2016 for $1,800.  I could probably have gotten it from him cheaper, since I think he was asking $2,300 and when I offered $1,800, he didn't counter-offer with $2,000.  I think he was having a hard time finding interested parties, even in Los Angeles, so he jumped when a live buyer appeared and didn't want to risk me leaving.  I suspect Alen is right that the market for these isn't what it used to be.

It's in very good shape, has the volume pedal, but not the bass pedals.  It sounded good, but I did have someone go through the electronics (replace some capacitors and stuff) and replace the bulb, which wasn't working.  (I can't remember what that total bill was.)

In your Kalamazoo picture, you can see the green tolex showing in some areas, so the blue might be removable.  That'll be a job, though, because the tolex on these babies is extra heavy on the nooks and crannies.  I'm not sure if paint remover would work without damaging the tolex.  It's nasty stuff.  You'll definitely need to disassemble, because if it were me, I'd hose/brush it off when you're done. You don't want any traces of paint remover remaining.  (I've amateur-painted a few cars.)

Regular paint thinner is less destructive, but I don't know if it would work.

I probably shouldn't mention this next thing, because I don't think I would recommend it here, but ... years ago, I bought an old Vox AC-30 amp head that the guy had painted blue.  It looked horrible.  I was some limited experience with vinyl spray paint (for car interiors), so I bought a can of black and painted the head.  I disassembled everything and did a very careful job.  It looked really good and completely "believable."  In fact, I went back to look at it just now and if I didn't know what I had done, I would never guess it wasn't original.

Of course, the G101 isn't black, though.  The green and tan of G101s are both really weird shades that would be hard to match, plus there's a whole lot more surface area than on an amp head, so I think you'd have a much tougher time looking authentic.  Plus, unless your tolex has no rips or wear, then  "perfect" color, top to bottom, will raise an eyebrow.  If I were going to keep the organ (like with the AC-30 head), I might give it a try, but not if I were going to sell it.

Announcements / Re: New Logo
« on: February 16, 2018, 04:38:08 PM »
I like the logo, too.

And since we're on the subject, I also appreciate that this forum is here.  I don't visit much, but there's so much great info here that every time I do visit, I stay waaaayyyy longer than intended.  8)

I just realized this is a very old thread, but I already checked my G101 and took out the magnifying glass (my eyes are as young as they used to be) to see the serial number, so by golly, I'm posting the info, even though it's probably not needed anymore! ;-)

My G101, serial #5450 does indeed have a chrome-looking Gibson logo attached.  I have no idea what year it is, though.

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Re: Other organs for a combo collection?
« on: September 01, 2016, 11:41:25 PM »
Here ya go.
I missed this earlier.   Very cool looking!   Thanks!    I have a feeling it will be priced way out of my budget, though.

Ah, I see now.   Yes, those are very cool, too.   Thanks for that.

Oh, that Kustom Kombo with the blue tuck and roll is just too cool!   Some guy on eBay wants $2,100 for one, though, and even if I was willing to spend that much (which I am not), it doesn't appear to be in great shape.   I'm going to keep looking, though.

The Fender Contempo looks really cool, too.   None on eBay at the moment.   I'm in no hurry, though, so it will be fun to see what comes up over time.

I think I'll also look out for the Wurlitzer 7300.   The Yamaha YC series and Moog Opus 3 and ARP Omnisounds look cool, but I'm thinking more era-specific retro stuff.

I had thought about other Voxes, specifically the Jaguar, since it was so popular, but my understanding is that it was always for the guys who couldn't afford a Continental, and I've never heard anyone say they actually *liked* the sound.   Plus it looks so similar to the Continental, that it wouldn't add a new "look" to the collection.    Then again, as I mentioned somewhere before, part of my purpose (aside from collecting) is to sample these puppies (, so maybe people would want Jag samples.

Right now, I have a Vox Continental, a Farfisa Combo Compact, a Gibson G101, and a CDX-0632 (I bought that one just because it looks cool) is on its way.   There are some other organs on eBay that look kinda interesting, specifically a Rheem Mark VII, and they're certainly cheap.   But I'm wondering if it adds anything I don't already have with the Farfisa.

I'd like to have a collection of all the *interesting* combo organs, but I keep seeing more and more brands I had never heard of before (like the Rheem), so I want to limit myself to organs that would make sense.

Any thoughts on what I should add?   Or would you call it done?

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Re: Gibson G101 Questions
« on: July 20, 2016, 11:04:42 AM »
Okay, triple.   ;)

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Re: Gibson G101 Questions
« on: July 20, 2016, 11:03:14 AM »
I buy non working cembalet without legs in last year with ship 135$ :)
You're killing me here!   Tell you what, I'll give you double that.  ;-)

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Re: Gibson G101 Questions
« on: July 20, 2016, 11:01:04 AM »

I agree with Alan, do not replace any parts until it is necessary. I too have a G101, and I am very lucky in the respect that I know for a fact that I am only the second owner. I have known the original owner for a long time, and it was in storage most of its life. It was his high school graduation present!
Mine is set up, but I don't use it often. Sometimes I just like to look at it!

I keep mine unplugged when not used to prevent power surges.
Congrats on your purchase.

You guys have talked me out of recapping.   It wasn't something I wanted to do, mind you, but I thought I'd ask.   I plan to sample it, so I wanted to make sure I'm not missing something.   It sounds great to me as is, so I'll leave it.

I probably won't actually use mine much, either, but I hear you about it being nice to just look at.   Especially next to the red Farfisa, which, truth be told, I only bought because I liked how it looks.    I'm so shallow . . .

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Re: Gibson G101 Questions
« on: July 19, 2016, 10:42:52 PM »
Thanks Alan!   Funny, I knew about the site, and even saw where I could download the schematics, but I somehow missed the owner's manual.   I love the first line: "Gibson's got the sound of today . . . the sound of action!"

The manual answers all my questions about what the switches do, so thank you!    Funny about the reverb.   I couldn't find reverb springs or a tank anywhere, so I figured someone must have pilfered it.

I'm tempted to give it a shot replacing the bulb myself, but we'll see.  ;-)   It won't be soon, though, because I don't see myself using the Percussive setting or Repeat knob much.

No worries about you guys being bad influences.    I was already corrupted long ago.   Luckily for me, though, I bought most of my collection not long after the DX7 came out, back when people were dumping old keyboards for peanuts.    Believe it or not, my Clavinet cost me ninety bucks.

Right now, I'm looking for a Pianet N and a Cembalet.   Might cost a teensy bit more than $90, though . . .

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Gibson G101 Questions
« on: July 19, 2016, 07:23:06 PM »
I bought a Gibson G101 organ earlier today.   Sounds great, but a couple things don't work, namely the "Percuss P" switch, the "Reverb" switch, and the "Repeat" knob.

First, I'm wondering what these each do.   Is "Percuss P" the same as the "Percuss" switch in the bass section?   In other words, is it basically an ADSR envelope set to recreate more of a piano profile (or some other decaying instrument)?

I have no clue what "Repeat" might do, but I assume "Reverb" is an actual reverb, spring or otherwise?

Thanks to Alan Lenhoff's great website, as well as the excellent Combo-Organ Heaven website, I know that the problem with the Perc and Repeat is likely a burned out neon bulb.   Is this an easy repair, or is it something I should leave to a pro?   I've soldered my share of cables, and I know a resistor from a transistor, but I get pretty nervous if things get too deep.

If it is indeed something I could tackle myself, where the heck is it?   In the picture below, I'm assuming it's that thing that looks sort of like a fuse-holder, just above and between the black Perc switch (the furthest rocker switch to the right) and the Repeat knob (or rather, the post of the Repeat knob.)   Is that correct?   Any tips on how to access it would be very much appreciated.

One other question - This thing sounds great to me.   But I'm wondering if replacing capacitors is something I should consider?   I'm not making a museum piece, mind you, and it's already very quiet.    But is replacing caps something that people typically do?   I have a Farfisa Combo Compact and a Vox Continental (I bought this G101 to complete the set) and they were both in much rougher shape, so we *had* to replace a bunch of caps (and transistors, and even a few resistors.    But I wonder if replacing caps in an instrument that already sounds good would make it sound even better.

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