• Fixing an old 1970's organ from the dump ......
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Fixing an old 1970's organ from the dump ......
on: December 23, 2019, 20:14:10
Okay so here is a boring and technical video ... for people who might be interested ....   ::)    A friend found this old 1960's or 70's electronic organ at the dump. He gave it to me last Christmas s I finally got around to fixing it.



probably too boring ... don't even watch it. Skip to this next one.  :-\

Then Melissa and I did a little live performance of "Winter Wonderland" live in front of the Christmas tree!
You'll probably like this one better.


 


Here is the playlist in case you want to watch both.  :)
Playlist - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAjXye4D9mlUONLS7JdtuwNycU_mkzHir

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Songwriter, Keyboards, Arranger, Producer & Engineer for November Sound

November Sound is based on the Mother, Father & Son musical trio of Melissa, Bill & Will. I'm the father so anything I post will have my wife singing and/or my son playing percussion.


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Re: Fixing an old 1970's organ from the dump ......
Reply #1 on: December 23, 2019, 21:53:30
Ooooh @Bill from November Sound ! 'I'm not that technical, he says while talking about resistors'.. What a great video showing what you did to fix the organ. Love that kind of passion. Fixing the organ as well as creating such a nice tutorial-vid.

And then the idea to post a XMas wish here, played on that very organ and Melissa singing live.. Man..
Oh wait, the popcorn is ready..
Loved it!
Merry Xmas to you November Sound family!
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Re: Fixing an old 1970's organ from the dump ......
Reply #2 on: December 24, 2019, 09:19:26
@Bill from November Sound ,

Wow!!!! :) :) I watched what you termed the "boring video" and I found it extremely interesting! :) I had always been curious about how such instruments look on the inside and how they work, the part about the elements which control the pitch is really interesting! You have a lot of patience with it, and I guess it must have been greatly satisfying to be able to play winterwonderland on it in the end together with Melissa (ps. you two make such a great couple! :) ) Thanks for sharing these with us! :)
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Re: Fixing an old 1970's organ from the dump ......
Reply #3 on: December 24, 2019, 11:07:53
That's so cool @Bill from November Sound !!  Glad you adopted the organ and shared this, its very interesting!  ::thumb:: ::thumb::


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Re: Fixing an old 1970's organ from the dump ......
Reply #4 on: December 24, 2019, 20:55:18
Glad you saved it from the scrap heap!
Classy bit of work, @Bill from November Sound
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Re: Fixing an old 1970's organ from the dump ......
Reply #5 on: December 25, 2019, 15:52:26
Thanks @Mar T.  , @Rachel_D  , @Mo  , @LePlongeur
Glad to know the repair video had some redeeming qualities … in the "being somewhat interesting" department.  :)

Merry Christmas one and all!


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Re: Fixing an old 1970's organ from the dump ......
Reply #6 on: December 25, 2019, 22:27:45
@Bill from November Sound  - not boring at all - very insightful and inspiring. We need to take care of our instruments and 2020 will be the year of recycling & repairing.
"Cleaning the innner contacts" -  :praise:
Patient Zen work.
Cool version too - love the walking bass!
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Re: Fixing an old 1970's organ from the dump ......
Reply #7 on: December 26, 2019, 17:19:04
Great Job everybody :-)

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Re: Fixing an old 1970's organ from the dump ......
Reply #8 on: December 26, 2019, 20:23:53
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"Cleaning the innner contacts" -  :praise:
Patient Zen work.

Ha,ha  @oorlab    .... I'm the most impatient person in real life  ;D   but yes ... I did  it   ... barely.  :) 

Thanks btw tricky to do the walk with only an octave of monophonic range in the bass section. But still fun!

Thanks @MrBouzouki !!!

Cheers all!
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Re: Fixing an old 1970's organ from the dump ......
Reply #9 on: December 28, 2019, 15:17:04
@Bill from November Sound Nice vid :) It's always a nice challenge to get things to work again. It makes you wonder whether this could ever be done with modern digital systems if the microchip that may be dysfunctional simply isn't produced anymore, supposing for a minute that you are able find out that that is what is causing a problem. Usually, they replace the entire print without even bothering ti check what may be amiss. Those older systems much more felt like they were giant model making boxes that you could actually figure out.

btw. Changing resistors might work, but I have a bit of doubt there. These things always have a slight variation in them, sometimes more than 10%, which is what may be causing a slight deviation to begin with, and possibly a new one if you change it for another one with its own error margin. I suspect that is why they put potentiometers in it.
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Re: Fixing an old 1970's organ from the dump ......
Reply #10 on: December 28, 2019, 16:15:43
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btw. Changing resistors might work, but I have a bit of doubt there. These things always have a slight variation in them, sometimes more than 10%, which is what may be causing a slight deviation to begin with, and possibly a new one if you change it for another one with its own error margin. I suspect that is why they put potentiometers in it.

Yes good times @Pleudoniem  ...  :)
So changing resistors would be if individual notes in the section were way out? Mine were close enough thankfully. (Today it's not like I can just go to a store around here and buy a resistor anyway. Radio Shack has long been out of business. ) The potentiometers adjust 3 or 4 notes at a time. .... and man, like you said, I didn't want to get into trying to find the correct resistor.

I know exactly what you are saying with today's equipment and it is kind of scary. I have this one Roland keyboard that turns on, makes a great midi controller, all the knobs and switches work ... it just won't generate its own sound. No matter what instrument you choose or key you press, it makes a sound like an explosion.  ::)   Then you feel bad just throwing it away ...  :-[

So: You win some. You lose some.

Thanks for watching the video!  :)


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Re: Fixing an old 1970's organ from the dump ......
Reply #11 on: December 30, 2019, 04:34:00
Hi @Bill from November Sound

I enjoyed both videos!

Very impressed with how you've that electric organ and it sounds great.

The other video was great as well - really well played and sung and I like how you've produced the video with the use of more than one camera so that you highlight the keyboard playing and the way you pan the tree.

And that's an impressive Christmas tree!

cheers


Re: Fixing an old 1970's organ from the dump ......
Reply #12 on: December 30, 2019, 20:51:06
I couldn't let it happen these days without leaving my comment. It was interesting to watch the first video, I love to understand the mechanisms and I am boy enough to disassemble old televisions and watches and then reassemble them and keep them working ... hahahaha

Thank you for your congratulations and for the beautiful live song, I liked seeing you in your family environment.

Happy New Yearv @Bill from November Sound family!!! ::thumb:: ::thumb:: ::thumb::

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Re: Fixing an old 1970's organ from the dump ......
Reply #13 on: January 06, 2020, 02:53:17
Thanks @Mora Amaro La Loba   .. greatly appreciated!  :)

You like to take apart old instruments too?  ;)   Of course, putting them back together is the thing!  :D



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