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  • Inspecting old Allen 120 before buying..

    So, I've got a great deal on an Allen 120 from a church located 150 miles away. Eventually, I'll be midifying this organ but plan on using it as is for a while. As I have not seen the organ, and the church contacts, of course, know nothing about organs, what things should I look out for before I seal the deal? My Allen 600 and TC3 run exactly like the day they were built and I expect that this one will too, but after being stored away in a church there maybe some things have gone wrong with it. Any quick advice for when I go try it out? Any known issues about the Allen 120 in particular I should watch out for (aside from the very hideous 1970's Sci-fi console)?


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    The 120 was the rock-bottom cheapest MOS model, with internal speakers only, and a few blind preset pistons, but it would make a good little unit to use for a MIDI project, and at least that hideous Sci-Fi console is about as compact as an AGO console can be made.

    As your experience with a 600 shows, a MOS Allen can keep playing forever. It's always possible that something about it won't work when you first turn it on, if it's been just sitting there for a long time, but most problems with MOS organs are minor, worst case might require a board replacement. But unless it has been in a fire, damaged by water, or had an infestation of mice or squirrels or cats, it should be OK or at least fixable.

    About any MOS organ would be in serious need of routine maintenance by now if it hasn't been serviced regularly. The usual routine of tightening terminal screws, pulling off and pushing on all the RCA connectors, pulling and pushing on the card-edge connectors (removing each board and wiping down the gold-clad surfaces with a super-thin coat of Vaseline, if you want to be very thorough), twirling the amplifier volume pots to clean them, along with the bass boost knobs on the DAC board, testing the power supplies for correct voltage and re-calibrating if necessary... These are the basic things to do and check when reviving a MOS organ.

    As long as you don't pay much money for it, you won't be hurt. You'll at least gain some spare parts for your 600.
    John
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      Thanks, as always, guys. Did you realize that the term, "spare parts" is highlighted and links to some meat supply store? :-)

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