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    I took delivery of the Technics SX-EX35 last week after waiting a month for the shipper to get it to me.  Paid $115 on US Ebay for it.</p>

    I will say that overall I like it, nice sound, especially the solos.  It is fairly easy to figure out how to register it, and there are tons of ways to program registrations and such, even setting up the chord progression for a song to learn the melody.  I can imagine that back in the day this would have made an excellent organ for a beginner.</p>

    Flutes are a bit disappointing, mostly because there is only 16,8,4,2 with a 2 1/3 percussion selection.  Putting together combinations of sounds is OK from the standpoint of what can go together.  You can have 2 poly voices and 1 solo voice combined, but no way to have more than that.  That is a bit limiting compared to some Lowrey's of that day and most older, tab controlled organs.  But you can have a wider variance in the lower keyboard than many I have fiddled with.</p>

    One of the nicer parts is that each section, poly; special; and solo have individual volume controls, as well as an overall volume control.  Matter of fact, almost all voicing, drum and acc. sections have a volume control.  Because of these individual volume controls, the relatively limited number of tab stops can be made to come together with a bit different overall tone. </p>

    The automatics are very nice, I like the rhythm and accompainement patterns a bit better than my Lowrey GX-1, Aurora, and Wurlitzer 625T.  Plenty of selection of these, with 2 variations in pattern each and a 'melodic' setting that can be added.  All in all makes the autos quite nice for chord players.</p>

     The manual is pretty much like most of the instruction manuals that came out from Asia at the time.  So much information in them, describing the various functions, that sometimes you just get lost in the verbiage.</p>

    Setting presets is quite easy and can go so far as to have upper, lower, pedals, ryhthm pattern, acc. style, the various volumes and such programmed that changeups during a song are easy.  Of course, the downside is how to document the various settings so you can go back a bit later and re-register those presets.</p>

    Another nice touch is that the organ breaks down into two pieces.  This makes transporting it not so much a problem.  Heck when broken down, you could pack it in the back of my Pontiac Vibe with no problem, maybe even into the trunk of a big sedan for that matter.</p>

    Looks are more functional than beautiful.  It is not dimensioned like most organs I've had or seen.  For instance, it is so shallow that a music lamp just won't fit behind the music stand.  While that thinness helps in placement in the room, it is a bit of a PITA if you need to get some light on the sheet music.  </p>

    One quirk I noticed is that if you are using the 'fingered' chord settings, you can either finger the chord entirely or use one key to get it.  However, if you are fingering and switch to single key, there is a very noticeable lag while the organ figures out what you've done.  That is irritating!  My GX-1 makes that switch just simple and quick, no noticeable lag at all.</p>

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    Lloyd
    Lowrey SU-630 Palladium, Lowrey GX-1, Hammond Aurora

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    Re: New to me Technics SX-EX35

    A wild guess is that the delay might be waiting for a particular timing tick from the rhythm section before switching. Some auto things do sustain till appropriate rhythm time on some organs in the easy play type modes.

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      That's what I was thinking.  But I watched very closely last night and it is just a delay and the time of delay seems pretty fixed, with no relation to which beat of the measure you make the switch.  Not a major irritant as I finger chords with little problem, just something I noticed when fiddling around a bit.</p>

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      Lloyd
      Lowrey SU-630 Palladium, Lowrey GX-1, Hammond Aurora

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        Re: New to me Technics SX-EX35

        One other possibility is the time as a key is lowered. On new organs that have velocity sensing on the keys, there are two contacts. One is an initial contact as the key starts to be pressed, and the other when it is completely down. The processor measures the time for this to occur and senses key velocity that way. It is possible that the processor is busy doing this measurement before handling the chord...

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          Re: New to me Technics SX-EX35



          Lloyd, it is just slow compared to the others! I think the CPU's in those Technics were always pushed to the limits. If you knew the tricks, you could make them do all sorts of odd things. The automatics seemed to be the first 'casualty'. On some, if you do too many things while playing fast and you should notice the rhythm will slow or notes will miss.</P>


          Thw Lowrey/Kawai system in the GX1 always was fast!</P>


          Andy</P>
          It's not what you play. It's not how you play. It's the fact that you're playing that counts.

          New website now live - www.andrew-gilbert.com

          Current instruments: Roland Atelier AT900 Platinum Edition, Yamaha Genos, Yamaha PSR-S970, Kawai K1m
          Retired Organs: Lots! Kawai SR6 x 2, Hammond L122, T402, T500 x 2, X5. Conn Martinique and 652. Gulbransen 2102 Pacemaker. Kimball Temptation.
          Retired Leslies, 147, 145 x 2, 760 x 2, 710, 415 x 2.
          Retired synths: Korg 700, Roland SH1000, Jen Superstringer, Kawai S100F, Kawai S100P, Kawai K1

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            Re: New to me Technics SX-EX35



            Thanks Andy.</p>

            Are you saying that Kawai was involved with Lowrey on the GX1?  I didn't know that.</p>

            Overall I like the GX1 better than the Technics, but the Technics solo voicing is much better.  I also like the layout on the Technics a little better with all the controls for a section together instead of spread out all over the front panel as is the case on the Lowrey GX-1.  The GX-1 is prettier to look at while the Technics is more utilitarian.</p>

            One issue on the GX1 is that the volume pedal is very non-linear, from very quiet to very loud is very close together.  I don't know if that is normal for the GX1 or if it is something that needs looked at.   </p>
            Lloyd
            Lowrey SU-630 Palladium, Lowrey GX-1, Hammond Aurora

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              Re: New to me Technics SX-EX35



              Not involved with the design and voicing etc, no, but the auto systems used a common system of chord analysis and recognition. Play 1 key, get major; add minor 3rd for minor; add 7th for 7th etc. I forget how long ago that came about at Kawai- mid to late 80's, I think. By that time, there was some co-operation going on and with the NT series, that co-operation got major! Probably less so with later ranges.</P>


              Technics always did have some great solo sounds. That doesn't sound like normal volume pedal operation Lloyd, but maybe someone over at Lowrey Forum will know for sure.</P>


              Andy</P>
              It's not what you play. It's not how you play. It's the fact that you're playing that counts.

              New website now live - www.andrew-gilbert.com

              Current instruments: Roland Atelier AT900 Platinum Edition, Yamaha Genos, Yamaha PSR-S970, Kawai K1m
              Retired Organs: Lots! Kawai SR6 x 2, Hammond L122, T402, T500 x 2, X5. Conn Martinique and 652. Gulbransen 2102 Pacemaker. Kimball Temptation.
              Retired Leslies, 147, 145 x 2, 760 x 2, 710, 415 x 2.
              Retired synths: Korg 700, Roland SH1000, Jen Superstringer, Kawai S100F, Kawai S100P, Kawai K1

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