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    Need help identifying this organ. German?

    Hello,
    I'm trying to figure out what kind of organ this is. It's for sale and the seller simply called it a German organ. That makes me think of either Wersi or Bohm. However, I don't know if Bohm sold organs in the US? It kind of looks like an 80s Wersi to me, but I wasn't sure.

    Anything you could tell me about the organ would be greatly appreciated. The seller is only asking $175 for it, and it's not terribly far from me. What do you guys think? Can it be used with external speakers to give a bigger sound?

    Sorry about the bad pictures, that's all that's in the ad.

    Thanks!
    -Jon

    #2
    Okay, hold the phone. I just stumbled onto a YouTube video of Florian Hutter playing Girl from Ipanema on a Wersi Gala and it looks exactly like this organ, at least to me.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2FUa7xFqQA

    If that is indeed what this is, then I want it! What can you guys tell me about the Wersi Gala?

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      #3
      Looks like a Spectra to me. With the Golden Gate upgrade.

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        #4
        Spectra, Gala etc. are all the same instrument with different cabinets, as mentioned it has Golden Gate (Effectively the equivalent of the Pegasus/Phoenix instruments) which is also a plus.
        Unfortunately it looks like it has been neglected for quite some time (Probably not even turned on and even possibly in damp conditions) so will probably need some work done on it to clean all the contacts, keys and also new backup batteries, (Chips will probably need re-seating as well) however if you are prepared to spend a bit of time on it you will have a great instrument. (Use its condition (Particularly if he cannot show you it all working) to get it closer to 100 if you can)

        Bill

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          #5
          Thanks for all the info. So, it looks like this organ would use external speakers only, correct? Would they be similar to the ones in that Florian Hutter video? Are they proprietary connections, or would any high quality full range speakers work?

          Also, can the organ be disassembled at all for transport in an SUV, or would it need to stay together (requiring a truck)?

          Thanks,
          Jon

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            #6
            Pedals and top detach after unplugging some connections on the back and pedal base. (You may need a spanner and screwdriver) NOTE: the top is quite heavy, so best if there is 2 of you.
            If it came with amplifiers built in (They were an option) than any decent speaker of 4ohms or above will be fine, otherwise you will need to purchase either active speakers or a separate external amp and speakers.

            Bill

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              #7
              Thanks again for the info. What time period is this organ? Late 80s / Early 90s? I'm curious to know more about it's sounds and capabilities. I'm guessing it's too new to have any analog circuitry in it, and probably doesn't have the classic Wersi / Hammond sounds? Does it have good strings / choir sounds?

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              • Markr
                Markr commented
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                It is late 80’s and is 2nd generation digital, after the Beta, Delta, Gamma range. It was used extensively by Klaus Wunderlich, so if that is not the classic Wersi sound you want, not sure what is. Suggest you go watch/listen to some youtube of Klaus on his Spectra and also Florian Hutter on his Gala (as Bill said, same machine different cabinet), as “good” strings / choir sounds is very subjective.

                Mark.

              #8
              The original came out around 1987 (As mentioned above) and used wavetable synthesis and sampling for its sounds, it was constantly updated over time with Golden Gate being added around 1994, which used full multi-layer sampling for the voices and an advanced 3D reverb sound system. (Hence you have both a 80s and 90s organ in one)
              There are 2 demos below (Best to listen to then in track order)

              Spectra: https://app.box.com/s/zbrlzz95x3aho79049q3urdfbyhy9xvk

              Golden Gate: https://app.box.com/s/3dro5aaaxvbncxhr0wjeb7415iqb2tiu

              Bill

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                #9
                With a name like that I hope there's a Ralf Schneider that he can team up with.

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                  #10
                  Great recordings, Bill. Who needs a Tyros when a vintage Wersi can sound this great already?

                  Having said that, I’m happy with the Pegasus Wing/Korg PA setup of mine for now. Maybe throw a EX 10R into the mix?

                  Speaking of the EX 10R/Omega range: what could be said about the Omega? On par with Spectra et al?

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                    #11
                    Nothing like on par. The Omega was the entry-level instrument in the earlier generation of Wersi DMS organs. The Spectra was later, and top of the line.

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                      #12
                      Well unfortunately, it appears the organ has sold before I could get it. Once again, another quality organ eludes me. Ugh.

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                        #13
                        You're better off. Old Wersis are nothing but trouble. New ones too, for that matter!

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                          #14
                          @seamaster: isn’t the WERSI sound worth all inconveniences?

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                            #15
                            Not especially.

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