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Offline 58Mike

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Other organs for a combo collection?
« on: July 26, 2016, 02:20:14 PM »
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?

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Re: Other organs for a combo collection?
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2016, 05:37:08 PM »
I really do not know combo organs very well.
You might be interested in exploring some of the string synths that use the divide-down technology of the combo organs.
I have an Moog Opus 3 and an ARP Omni that are interesting. In fact the Moog has an organ section that you can run through the Moog filter. The textures you get with these layer really nice with rhodes, wurlitzer, piano, etc.
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Offline Alan Lenhoff

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Re: Other organs for a combo collection?
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2016, 08:04:38 PM »
Done collecting combos?  I don't think so. (We've addressed this earlier...) ;-)

So, are you looking for something rare? Something that sounds especially good?  Something that exemplifies the classic, weedy sound of  a combo? Something that just looks cool.   I'll throw out a few possibilities:

A Yamaha YC-series combo.  These score low on the famous player scale, but are reputed to be really well-made (now that makes it a rare combo!), good-sounding organs. And you can get some models in classic combo red.

Wurlitzer 7300.  Cool tripod-like stand.  One of the better sounding combos, IMHO.  But its strong vibrato sound can induce nausea. Maybe there's a way to tame that.

Fender Contempo:  Cool looking, especially with the original stand. Not the greatest sounding combo, in my opinion. But it's a genuine  Fender!  And it comes in red.

Another Vox:  These are the best of the combos. Why not find a Super? Or a Baroque?  or a Continental II? The Jag is a classic (a typical buzzy-sounding, Italian organ) and sold well to those who couldn't afford a Continental back in the day. And they all come in red.

And there are dozens of combo brands if you have a desire for an obscure conversation piece.

(Notwithstanding the above, I think that with a Continental, G101, and a Farfisa Compact, you already have the most iconic models.)

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Re: Other organs for a combo collection?
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2016, 08:12:27 PM »
Don't forget the tuck & roll Kustom Combo.
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Re: Other organs for a combo collection?
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2016, 08:23:02 PM »
Don't forget the tuck & roll Kustom Combo.

+1 on that!

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Re: Other organs for a combo collection?
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2016, 01:10:57 PM »
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 (http://realitone.com), so maybe people would want Jag samples.

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Re: Other organs for a combo collection?
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2016, 07:37:08 PM »
The Yamaha YC series and Moog Opus 3 and ARP Omnisounds look cool, but I'm thinking more era-specific retro stuff.

In hindsight, I wasn't clear: The Yamaha YC series combo organs that I was talking about (YC-10, 20, 30, etc.) hit the market starting in 1969.  Not to be confused with the current Yamaha Reface YC model, which is a digital vintage organ emulator.

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Re: Other organs for a combo collection?
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2016, 09:44:30 PM »
Ah, I see now.   Yes, those are very cool, too.   Thanks for that.

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Re: Other organs for a combo collection?
« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2016, 11:41:25 PM »
Here ya go.

https://www.gbase.com/gear/kustom-kombo-c-1295-1968-red-sparkle
I missed this earlier.   Very cool looking!   Thanks!    I have a feeling it will be priced way out of my budget, though.