THE KEYBOARD MUSEUM

A Blast from the Past

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  • Hohner D6

    Finally scored a D6 and had it worked out by Ken Rich. Very dynamic and quiet-will end up on many recordings from Electric Dog.

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  • Vox Continental Baroque

    circa: 1965

    Everyone knows the sound of the Vox Continental, but the Baroque is a little more obscure. Purchased for very little cash because the power plug was broken, it has been refurbished and sounds like a dream. One keyboard resembles a Vox Continental, the second featuring piano, vibes, harpsichord, mandolin and other tones made popular by the home organs of the sixties. Another added bonus is the knee lever, which doubles as a pitch bend or a wah-wah.

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  • Mellotron 400

    1976-England



    This is my beloved '76 Mellotron 400, bought from an old lady in Northern Tennessee that only played it on Sunday. I had another one in '79 that was in my truck when it got stolen in '87. I don't feel bad, because this one is a million times better. Everyone who hears it loves it. It is loaded with Flutes (Strawberry Fields), Strings (any Yes song), and Cellos. It sends me to another place.<

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  • Farfisa Mini Compact

    Oddly enough, this was the only keyboard that one could rent at the time I was a kid. Years later, I found this in the paper for $50. Before I had a poly synthesizer, I put a flanger (electric mistress) on the Farfisa and faked one. Sounded good.

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  • Estey Field Organ

    When I got the deal for this baby at a swap meet, I just about passed out. I have been looking for a pump organ in a suitcase for the last 10 years. These were orginally used for wartime church services in the field at battlegrounds. It has knee levers which bring in the loud stops. The pedals work great. And it is almost in regular tuning though a little sharp!

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  • Micro Organ

    Got this at a guitar shop in Santa Cruz for very little bread. It has a portable chord organ sound, but looks very art deco, once again in an Italian way. Used it on several records already. Great gold legs.

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  • Wurlitzer 400 E. Piano

    A rock and roll staple from the sixties. I got this one for 50 bucks before the price went up. I am really glad, since I use this axe alot. Took it on tour and 5 keys broke. Now to find the replacements.

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  • Rhodes Electric Piano

    Was lucky enough to get this Rhodes for only 300 bucks. It is a late '70's model, with the sliders for the volume, bass and treble. The stereo vibrato is the ticket. This is a good one, though would like a early '60's as well. I play a lot of Steely Dan on this baby.

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  • Hohner Organa

    Found it at a swap meet for 40 bucks. It sounds like a Hohner accordion without having to pump the bellows. I like the 'almost a Pianet' look it has going.

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  • Custom Oberheim OB8

    This is a one of kind instrument! It is actually an Oberheim OB-8 in a rack to be triggered via midi. A friend of mine, working at Oberheim, made this for me in 1984 out of spare parts. I have used this a lot.

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  • Norske Chord Organ

    This is a baby version of the chord organs I used to play and hate as a kid, because it wasn't a Hammond. Sounds more like an accordion or on best days a harmonium. But I found it in Philly for $7.50 and figured it was worth it. It has 6 chords on the left-C, F, Bb and G, D, A.

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  • Hammond M3

    This Hammond M3 I bought in '78 by selling my Fender Strat. I didnt even have a Leslie for it for another year. It actually has a 10" speaker in the body that you can play through to get a no chorus sound. It is like a B3 with less notes and no presets. This one is about a '61

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  • Hammond B3

    I think everyone knows what this is. Star of stage and church, this workhorse has become my main axe of late. It was found in a studio in Honolulu before I bought it in 1995. Later, Ken Rich added a heavenly spring reverb. Paired with my Leslie 147 that I procured from Claire Fisher, magic is easily made.

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  • Mini-Moog

    This is my Mini-Moog that I bought in 1977 for $700 bucks instead of buying a car. My friends told me 'you can't drive a Mini-moog.' I never sold it even when it was the most uncool thing to play. Makes the best bass line sound. Robert Moog sold more of these than any synthesizer. That is until the Yamaha DX-7.

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  • Vox Continental Organ

    Got this organ for $35 from a tech in an old band. This is a classic 60's organ on just about every track anyone ever did the "Swim" to. It doesn't really work right, but looks great. Another Italian keyboard.

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  • Casio VL-Tone

    The smallest and youngest keyboard exhibit in the museum, the VL-Tone features a100 note sequencer, referred to as one note play and keys taken from a calculator -remember-that is what Casio originally made. It only plays one note at a time, but has 5 sounds and a one programable tone. This was my first drum machine and is featured on my one and only new-wave song.

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  • Estey Chord Organ

    This little pump organ is great sounding and very portable. You canít fold it up like some of them, but it easily fits in the front seat of a car. Found at an estate sale in the Southwest, it has ended up on many tracks in spite of the typical sharp tuning of these instruments.

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  • Jaymar Toy Piano

    Got this one at the swap meet for 20 bucks. Needed a lot of work, the particle board was broken and needed to be replaced. It still needs a new base-notice how it is sagging. This sounds like a real professional toy piano.

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  • Arp Axxe

    Got this Axxe from a pawn shop in North Carolina for $50 bucks. Talked him down from $75. It gets great sound effects and can instantly sound like a theme song from a '70s cop show.

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  • Doric Electric Organ

    A guy I did a session for gave this to me after seeing in his garage for years. Another great Italian Keyboard, the 'pull out' stops for changing octaves and vibrato setting are very cool. On the top are buttons for different tones.

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  • The Parlaphonic!

    This is the original Brothers Figaro created keyboard, fashioned into the furniture from a 1950's bar-set, and put together with extra gear we had hanging around the Electric Dog Studios. Being an emulator, the Parlaphonic contains recreations of most of the keyboards featured in this museum. It is featured on all PBR recordings. Watch for the Parlaphonic MKII in the nearby future.

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  • Clavioline

    Probably the rarest of all my keyboards, I discovered this in the garage when I was a kid. Turned out it belonged to a great uncle Hank, who was musical director for NBC way back when. Constructed in Paris, this was a prehistoric monophonic synth that was shaped to fit under a piano keyboard. If a horn player missed a gig, the piano player covered his part with the choice of about 100 sounds that all sounded the same. In the sixties, this instrument was used on "Baby, your'e a Rich Man" for the reedy, snake charmer sound. Things you find in your garage!

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  • Yamaha CP10

    Bought this from a drummer friend of mine when I saw that it was the old style electric piano companion to my Yamaha SK-20. The pitch is a little off and it needs to be repaired, but it has a great bad 60s harpsichord tone.

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  • PianoTone

    This is a weird RMI type Italian electric piano, like something Dr. John would play. It has a piano, honky-tonk, and harpsichord sound. Just waiting to put it on the right track. Came with a cool old gig bag type case for 30 bucks.

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  • Roselli Accordion

    This one is featured on the back of the Brothers Figaro, Gypsy Beat record. It is an Italian one, with reeds in octaves-very Euro. I saw this beauty at the store, thought about it, went back and it was gone. Turns out my mother bought it for my birthday.

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  • Bulgari 48 Bass Accordion

    This was the first and only new accordion I've bought. With its hand made reeds, Italian styling and 10 microphone pickup system, it quickly became my main accordion for touring and recording. I know my Roma accordion is jealous, but as it is residing in my Parlaphonic, it is never is too far away.

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  • Roma Accordion

    This was my workhorse, having the distinction of being on almost ever record I have played on, until I got the Bugari. It is a very inexpensive Chinese version of a Hohner. You can see the wire that connects to the Barcus Berry pickup, as this was my main road beast as well. In 1987, Tim Scott gave this to me and told me to play. I did and have had a career ever since.

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  • Yamaha SK-20

    This great little keyboard not only has a really usuable Hammond sound with sliders for 8 drawbars,and a cheesy string ensemble tone, it includes a one oscillator polyphonic synth. It all goes through an ancient chorus unit. Great control for mixing and decay of all tones. I used this board so much, it finally blew up on me at a gig, spitting and sparking as it went.