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  • Help identify this Farfisa I just bought - possible mods?

    I just got this chopped Farfisa spinet. Looks like it was a sawzall conversion. I'd like some help identifying what model it is (perhaps "was" is more appropriate at this point). There's no swell pedal, but there's an overall volume pot on the back. I'm hoping to adapt it with a 1/4" input for a control pedal (probably my Yamaha FC-7) to adjust volume, and perhaps other mods if possible (a vibrato depth knob to complement the built-in vibrato speed). Once I know what model it was, I'll look for a service manual etc. in the appropriate forum area to help with those mods... or maybe this thread is as good a place as any?

    Cheers!

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    It's a model 3010 from 1968 and you don't need me to tell you how bad it is! :) It's a pile of junk, but presumably you want it because it's so bad! It's not going to sound like one of the classic Farfisa combo models but it will have that same sort of shrill, nasal tone and if that's what you're after, it should deliver. You should be able to move the broken keys to a lesser used location on the lower easily enough. I assume it does work?

    Ask for a service manual in the usual section but don't hold your breath. Most of the manuals have probably ended up in the same place as the organs - seamaster style!
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    • #3
      Hah, yes, it was close enough to the combo models that I decided it would be worth $50. I was thinking about moving keys on the lower manual, but it's only got 3 stops anyway.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by andyg View Post
        Most of the manuals have probably ended up in the same place as the organs - seamaster style!
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          Originally posted by seamaster View Post
          It's a vocation to dedicate one's life to saving others from wasted time, money and heartache.
          Sounds like there's a story there?

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