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    From the December 1963 Diapason Magazine

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    Amazing what $4000 could buy in 1963. Today you could not get a 1/2 rank of anything for that amount, not new anyways.
    Mike

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    • #3
      Re: 1963 California 3 manual Housorgel

      I was just thinking the same thing. The wonders of inflation!

      I have no doubt that being 26, I will live to see the day when being a millionaire (not multi-millionaire) isn't really that big a deal.

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      • #4
        Re: 1963 California 3 manual Housorgel

        And dont you know, that thing sounded awful in that carpeted room (at least it looks carpeted). I wonder where that organ is now.

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        • #5
          Re: 1963 California 3 manual Housorgel

          Hey, Loopy,

          It probably sounded as good a any non-reverberated organ (pipe or electronic) in a church with carpet and padded seats.

          Even if the room were uncarpeted, it might have an echo instead of a pleasing reverb sound.

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          • #6
            Re: 1963 California 3 manual Housorgel

            Ah! Like i have stated in one of my post N.Y.C. farmboy, i could have had a 2 -manual 4rk.
            built with an expression chamber, crecendo, combination action, for $4,ooo in the early 70's.
            Sad but true, NO! more like Sickning! A real nice little true pipe organ for that kind of money!








            Dipason

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            • #7
              Re: 1963 California 3 manual Housorgel

              You still can get one for that price...

              ...used of course

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              • #8
                Re: 1963 California 3 manual Housorgel

                But let's remember that in 1963, a teacher might work for a year for that 4K, a small 3 bdrm house went for 10k, some small cars were still under 1K. In 32 AGO pedal organs, they could choose analog Rogers organs of a couple of models, an Allen TC3, a Hammond RT3, a Baldwin model 6, a Conn Classic, and possibly a wurlitzer 4800 was still in some warehouse. No Lowery or Thomas qualified. They were all less pipelike than later digitals, but you could have a wide range of expression, easy instalation, and minimal maintainance. Also reverb to help fill a dull room.

                And If hubby hadn't been organ-handy, Holtcamp, Schlicker etc. would have wanted 10-12K for the jub.

                Fun to think about!!

                Lee

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