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    I have the opportunity to buy a Conn 626 for just $100.00. It's in good working order, though I've not heard or played it. Is this a good deal? What's your opinion of the sound? I'm looking for a fun theater home instrument just to goof on....




    Thanks!!!


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    Re: Opinion on Conn 626 please



    The 626 Rhapsody is a very old instrument - 1963! Not sure if it's tubes or solid state but either way its specification isa bit primitive. Its sound will be 'primitive' too, not like the later generations of Conns. Don't expect a true theatre sound. Is it OK for goofing on? If it's fully working (and I doubt if it is at that age), probably. Worth $100? Well, it is a console organ, but I think it's rather too old, and you'll probably need to spend some $ on it the moment you move it. Try for $50.




    Just my 2 cent's worth!




    Andy

    It's not what you play. It's not how you play. It's the fact that you're playing that counts.

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      Re: Opinion on Conn 626 please

      [quote user="andyg"]


      Not sure if it's tubes or solid state [/quote]




      It's Tubes, Guys.




      Ian

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        Re: Opinion on Conn 626 please



        Make that $25, then, and be prepared for some high maintenance when you get it back home.




        Andy

        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: Opinion on Conn 626 please

          Thanks for the info. It's much appreciated.Think I'll keep my pennies and hope for something better. And BTW if 1963 makes this a "very old" intrument, then I'm in the same catagory[:D], having been born in 1961! LOL. However, all my parts still work and I've really not been played all that much!!!

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            [quote user="Ludwig tone"]Thanks for the info. It's much appreciated.Think I'll keep my pennies and hope for something better. And BTW if 1963 makes this a "very old" intrument, then I'm in the same catagory[:D], having been born in 1961! LOL. However, all my parts still work and I've really not been played all that much!!![/quote]




            Hehe!




            You're probably in better condition than the Conn.




            If you're after a theatre organ to 'goof' on, Conn isn't a bad make to look for, but you should be able to find something more recent for not a huge amount. Look for the 633 Serenadeor the 643 theatre, perhaps. The bigger Baldwins are OK and alater Thomas model Celebrity is another possibility. I don't think you'll find an inexpensive Rodgers or Allen, apart from examples as old as the Conn 626.




            Good luck in the search and let us know what you find.




            Andy

            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: Opinion on Conn 626 please



              Ludwig tone,




              Well, you seem to have the same interests as I do[:)].All of my partsstill work for the most part, but these old organs just might not for sure. Go ahead and get it for $25.00 if it is something that plays or something you could tinker with since I do the samewith the cheap ones. You sure can not expect too muchfrom this one. I did the same with an old Wurlitzer 44, but it was too far gone for the tech to have repaired it for me. It also had a smell of something burning, and when I turnd if off one day, the switch was so hot it burnt my fingers. So, I called the tech and told him to come this d*** thing before I burn the house down.




              Then, one time at aSAThrift store there was a very old Conn which looked in poor shape. I would playon it, but it had a whine to it so I knew it was out of tune. One of the clerks there always requested I play something she liked. I just had fun thumping around on it and hearing that whine like a mosquito. Of all things, they did manage tosell itwhich is more than I can sayabout some of the othersI have seen in there since many couldn't make a squeak.They of coarse wanted way too much for that spinet Conn, and it was all tubes with no back on it. I remember a lady bought one new, and it didn't have a back on it. I was amazed at how much light it gave behind the organ.





              Those were the days! My friend, Those were the days!




              James

              Baldwin Church Organ Model 48C
              Baldwin Spinet 58R
              Lowrey Spinet SCL
              Wurlitzer 4100A
              Crown Pump Organ by Geo. P. Bent, Chicago, Illinois


              Organs I hope to obtain in the future:

              Conn Tube Minuet or Caprice even a transistor Caprice with the color coded tabs
              Gulbransen H3 or G3, or V.
              Wurlitzer 44, 4410, 4420, ES Reed Models, 4300, 4500, Transistor Models

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                Re: Opinion on Conn 626 please



                I was amazed at how much light it gave behind the organ



                Back when I was a teenager my first HF radio was an old vacuum tube beauty. Many evenings I would go to sleep with my boat-anchored bedlamp[:D]



                Nostalgic for the 90s, geez.

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