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This Super Awesome Portable Organ is perfect for Touring or Road Shows!

Folds down into Compact Form, about the same size as a small luggage suit case!

This is a reed organ and the air is blown by a disc.
When you press a key a hole opens for air to go through, thus creating sound.

Model# P-12 --very similar to the FAST SERIES!

Made in ITALY!

This PortOrgan is in excellent vintage condition! see pics.
Works Great, all keys play!
(some keypads have been repaired.)

check out this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQH24cMGNjc

Measures Approximately:
24.5" inches long when folded closed
12.25" inches tall when folded closed
8.25" deep / wide when folded closed

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Farfisa is a manufacturer of electronics based in Italy. The Farfisa brand name is commonly associated with a series of compact electronic organ, and later, a series of multi-timbral synthesizer. At the height of their production, Farfisa operated 3 factories to produce instruments, in Ancona in the Marche region of Italy. Farfisa also made radios, televisions, and other electronic items. Today the Farfisa brand mainly produces intercom systems with the company Aci Farfisa which makes and distributes systems for video intercoms, access control, video surveillance and home automation.

History

Early use in rock and roll

With several compact, easily portable and inexpensive models available, as well as their distinctive sound, Farfisa organs became popular among rock bands and other combo groups during the 1960s.
Farfisa made in Ancona in the Marche region of Italy

One of the first rock organists to play and spotlight the Farfisa, was Domingo Samudio, better known as "Sam the Sham," who with his group The Pharaohs, had their first hit "Wooly Bully" in the summer of 1965. In 1966, a Farfisa was prominently heard in "Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)" as recorded by the South Carolina-based group The Swingin' Medallions.

Many prominent keyboard sounds commonly attributed to the Farfisa were actually from other combo organs such as the Vox Continental -- e.g. ? and the Mysterians on "96 Tears", their best-known work. Rod Argent of The Zombies was pictured using a Farfisa on stage during the band's later years (although it seems the Farfisa never made it onto any Zombies recordings). Likewise, Doug Rhodes of The Music Machine is shown playing a Vox in early video of their mid-60's "Talk Talk", as is the case with the keyboard on "Incense and Peppermints" by Strawberry Alarm Clock. On the recording itself, the shrill high pitched tones towards the end of the song (accompanying the vocal "Sha-La-La" refrain) are more typical of Vox combo organs. The Vox organ sound on Iron Butterfly's "In-a-Gadda-da-Vida" is also sometimes mistakenly attributed to a Farfisa.

Spooner Oldham, the house organist of Alabama recording studio Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, can be heard playing the Farfisa on numerous southern soul recordings from the 1960's, notably "When a Man Loves a Woman" by Percy Sledge, and "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" by Aretha Franklin, among many others.

Richard Wright's use of the Farfisa Compact Duo was integral to the sound of Pink Floyd's early albums, such as The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. However, Wright came to more heavily utilize the Hammond organ on later albums, such as The Dark Side of the Moon. Still, Wright continued to use a Farfisa, even on David Gilmour's 2006 tour.

Sly Stone from Sly & the Family Stone played the Farfisa at Woodstock and on records.

John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin used a Farfisa on "Dancing Days" from Houses of the Holy, as well as occasionally using a VIP-255 or a Professional model on stage. Another famous recording is the 1970 A Tribute to Jack Johnson by Miles Davis where Herbie Hancock plays spontaneous licks on a broken Farfisa.

Later use

With the advent of synthesizers, organs such as the classic Farfisa seemed to be headed for obsolescence, but time proved otherwise. In the late 1970s, with older models becoming cheaper, numerous punk rock and New Wave bands (especially those influenced by 1960's garage rock and psychedelia), such as Blondie, The B-52's, Suicide, Squeeze, Human Switchboard 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.

Perhaps the most famous of all Top 40 hits that featured the Farfisa was "Crocodile Rock" by Elton John. "Crocodile Rock" is dominated by a Farfisa organ, played by John in a honky-tonk rhythm with carnival-style riffs.

The introduction of the Farfisa into West Africa, during the 1960s and 1970s, played an important role in evolution of Highlife, Mbalax, and later Afro-rock. This can be heard in the work of seminal acts like K. Frimpong and Monomono.

The Farfisa sound is today used to impart a stereotypical 1960s-retro essence to music, and has appeared recently on albums by artists such as The Mummies, Dengue Fever, Electrelane, Green Day, Screeching Weasel, Krist Novoselic, The Walkmen, Jonathan Fire*Eater, Death Cab for Cutie, The Blood Brothers, Smash Mouth, Apse, Stereolab, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The American Analog Set, Cadallaca, Spiritualized, Tom Waits, Yo La Tengo, The Defectors, Neptune Towers, The Charms, Magic Hero vs. Rock People, The Artificial Sea, The Murder City Devils, and The Black Keys. Clint Boon of Manchester band Inspiral Carpets was also famous for using a Farfisa, giving the band its signature sound. The Farfisa brand name, meanwhile, continues to appear on contemporary MIDI keyboards.

Reserved for aimielovett. Mod Orange Farfisa Portable Organ. Original Textured Vinyl Covered Case. Travel Keyboard PortOrgan Made in Italy.


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