Composer Philip Glass began using Farfisa organs with his ensemble in the late s. In the late s, with older models becoming cheaper, numerous punk rock and New Wave bands especially those influenced by s garage rock and psychedelia , such as Blondie , The Bs , Suicide , Squeeze , Human Switchboard , XTC and Talking Heads embraced Farfisas as substitutes for more sophisticated keyboards and synthesizers. Their classic sound, in turn, became a staple on multitimbral instruments, first synthesized, then sampled from the originals. Numerous songs by the Industrial group Cabaret Voltaire use Farfisa drum machines and organs.
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By the way the seller forgot to mention that, despite being very well conserved on the outside, it produced a strong and unpleasant hiss that made it almost unusable; it sounded like a out-of-tune chord, so the guy said it was just some dirt under the keys. False… So I had the honour to put my hands inside this beautiful keyboard. I want to share this experience with you posting some photos I made during the troubleshoot process se serve una traduzione in italiano chiedete nei commenti.
An overview of the Farfisa family can be found at combo-organ. These signals are frequency multiplied and distributed across the octaves of the keyboard. Under the keyboard, the 12 oscillators. Repair As I said, a continuous unpleasant noise was plaguing the output sound of the keyboard.
So, with my oscilloscope, I started to trace back the noise from the output amplifier toward the oscillators, in order to find out its origin.
At last, I found the problem. The Manual Bass circuit has a small pre-amplifier, which takes its power supply from the 12 V line. The solution is quite simple: I replaced the old component with a new one of the same value uF, 16V. Removing the failed capacitor The new one, in place.
A dust cleaning and minor adjustments were the only additional interventions needed by this awesome Farfisa to come back to rock! Share this:.