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    Allen MDS-1 Question

    I just bought an MDS-1 and don't know what the little port is in the picture. I had hoped this organ would have a headphone jack, and the photos I got of it before purchasing showed headphones on top of the console, so I was optimistic about that. The person who sold it to me inherited it, isn't an organist and knew nothing about the instrument.. This little port looks the right size, but it has screw threads on the outside and I have no idea what it's for. Is there anyway to cheaply use the MIDI to generate sound and connect to headphones I'm pretty ignorant about MIDI. Thanks for any help.

    #2
    Hi, CM - It certainly looks like a slightly older style 1/4" headphone jack. They often had a big knurled nut on the outside that screwed onto the threaded hollow post and secured the assembly. Why not set everything down low and try it out?

    If you plug it in and only hear one side, it's a monaural jack and you'll need a 1/4" mono to stereo adapter to use your headphones. (I ordered one from Amazon for my Conn 643, which has a mono jack.)

    It has MIDI? Cool!

    Lamar
    -- I'm Lamar -- 1967 Allen TC-4 Project (forum thread)
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      #3
      That would be so cool! I don't have any 1/4" headphones, so I wanted to look for opinions before I bought an adapter. I'll get one today and try it out. I think I'm going to have to do some research about MIDI...

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        #4
        MDS organs are late enough (1990's) that if it is a headphone jack, and I suspect it is, they would be stereo.

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          #5
          That is a 1/4" stereo headphone jack. They still use the 1/4 " headphone jack.

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