Farfisa Compact Combo Organ

This is THE Farfisa spoken about when someone mentions Farfisas! It was introduced in the late Sixties and made a splash on the scene immediately. Boasting loud colors, a rough sound, and a price the touring musician could afford, The Compact Combo quickly became one of the prominent combo organs of the late Sixties. The biggest reason why this organ sounded so different from the other organs of its day was from the Multi-Tone Booster. The Farfisa Multi-Tone Booster gave the organs a rougher, dirtier sound, what many called the Farfisa bite.

Keyboard:
1 Tier, 61 Key C to C
Lowest Octave Split for Bass
Features:
Vibrato Light/Heavy, Slow/Fast
Reverb On/Off, Short/Long
Booster 16′, 8′, 4′
Multi-Tone Booster
Knee Booster
Sounds:
Bass 16′
Strings 16′, 8′, 4′
Flute 8′, 4′
Oboe 8′
Trumpet 8′
Piccolo 4′

21 comments on “Farfisa Compact Combo Organ

  • I scored one of these babies…I’d like to know a little bit about the year it was made. The serial number is 206/288.
    Any info?

  • Hi. I bought my first Combo Compact in 1966. Question: Ever seen a Farfisa Professional, which was one tier and had different colored flip switches? That was a truly GREAT sounding organ. Thanks.
    Ken

  • Tim Fassenecht says:

    im dying to get a hold of either a compact or mini compact. having a hard time scoring one in and around chicago. suggestions where to get one at a decent price.
    thanks.

  • Tim,

    Craigslist is your best bet. There was a Compact Deluxe on there two weeks ago. I used to see them up at Midwest Buy and Sell (Irving Park & Austin) years ago, but I haven’t been there in a long time.

    I’d say hold out for the regular Compact. The Mini is nice, but really limiting in sound with only the three tabs…

    Good Luck,
    Jim

  • Hi!
    I just found a nice red Combo Compact. What an amazing instrument!
    The organ is in pretty good shape, but the knee lever doesn’t always work and that’s a shame because it’s a fantastic feature.
    When I move the lever, I sometimes get the full effect, but most of the time, all I get is a little more volume and slightly clearer sound (I hear strange electronic buzzes, as if contact was was trying to connect…) It doesnt seem to be the photosensitive part of the lever… but I could be wrong.
    I was wondering if anyone had ever heard of such problems with the knee-lever and if anyone knew how this could be solved without the help of a technician.

    Thanks,

    Nick

    If anyone who reads this have electronic skills and can explain in simple English to a non-secialist, I would truly appreciate your help.
    Thanks,

  • You could try changing the light bulb in the knee booster, that may be it. If that doesn’t work, then take it to get fixed.

    Good Luck,
    Jim

  • I just bought an early red Farfisa Combo Compact. The knee lever doesn’t seem to work at all and one of the high G notes doesn’t sound on the 8 ” flute, oboe, trumpet, and string stops (or they are very feint). I’m having trouble finding a technician here in Alaska to repair it. I’m not the most mechanically inclined but does anyone have any advice on how to try and fix it in non-specialist lingo. In a previous email Jim mentions changing the light bulb in the knee booster. Where is the bulb exactly? Unfortunately, no instruction manual or schematic went with the organ.

    One funny thing about the instrument is if I knock or place my hand firmly on the right part of the red plastic cover, the high Ab sounds! Can’t figure the reason for that one out but definitely a nice gimmick for gigs!

    Thanks, Paul

  • Tim Fassenecht says:

    Jim
    Finally found myself a combo compact. Craigslist proved to be rewarding. Through this whole experience ive found that, unless you wanna spend an exorbitant amount of cash, dont bother with ebay. its a joke really. Thanks again jim, and thanks for pointing me to buy n sell that place is a trove of vintage goods.

    -Tim

  • Congrats Tim!

    Paul,
    There should be a little panel on the side of the knee booster that unscrews. There is a light bulb inside.

    You may need to clean the contact on that note where you are missing sounds. The contacts are the little springs that hit another piece of metal when you depress a key. It is also possible that the spring has become disconnected, in which case you would need to solder it back on.

    Your high Ab sounds like the key is getting stuck down.

    Good Luck,
    Jim

  • Actually, I had a similar problem with the knee lever. It would slightly swell, but that great treble boost disappeared just a few days after I got it. It turns out that there are two lightbulbs in the switch. I think one controls the volume swell and one controls the treble boost. I’m going over tomorrow to my techs to pick up the organ. I’ll be bringing the spare bulb I got with it and we’ll see if that fixes it. I think it will though. It was working when I got it. This is a Farfisa Combo Compact Deluxe. It was played minimally and then stored in the original box under a guys bed for over 40 years. So it’s like brand new. It’s the find of the century and it came from ebay. So don’t knock ebay. It wasn’t cheap, but consider what it is and its condition. I also got a great compact Duo off of ebay. It was a buy it now and while not cheap, it was in really good condition and not in need of tons of repairs. Just in need of playing and something to get the bass notes sounding louder. Anyone know anything about this?

  • I RECEIVED A 1966 COMBO COMPACT BRAND NEW AS AS GIFT WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER.
    I PLAYED FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND THEN STORED IT FOR THE NEXT 40 YEARS OR SO. IT NOW HAS A COUPLE OF NOTES THAT SEEM TO BE OUT OF TUNE, LIKE A HALF STEP OFF. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEA AS TO THE CAUSE AND SOLUTION? SHORT OF DRIVING 100 MILES TO A TECH I WOULD LIKE TO GET TI BACK INTO SHAPE.

  • I’ve been looking for one for ages. I live in Baltimore – check craigslist about every week or so for them, no luck thus far! And yeah, eBay is such a joke – recently lost a bid for one in the last five seconds of the auction. Crushed.

    If anyone knows of one in the Baltimore area with someone willing to sell, let me know! I’d be willing to get her fixed if she had problems.

    Also, Dennis – most combo organs have tuning coils. With the Farfisa, it’s on the oscillator boards. Might try the tips at http://www.combo-organ.com – under “Spares and Repairs”

  • Hello! I am trying to find and buy this farfisa organ for toooo long! Can anyone help me??? The only problem is that i am in Europe and i know it’s not that easy to find and send here:(

  • batterycharger says:

    Hi Maria, are you still searching?
    I’m from Germany and have a red Compact Combo

  • I have a mini-Compact organ and I just bought a BT40 amp this morning, from a friend. I listed them on Craigslist (Lubbock, TX) as I have no need to keep either one. Both work but the organ has a phantom note. Might be caused by a sticking or dirty contact.

  • I actually have a farfisa compact deluxe in excellent condition. Looks new. Sounds bitchen. I am located In orange county CA, so if you are willing to pay shipping I would let it go for $750.00

  • I have a Compact Duo, and the knee lever doesn’t work either – thanks for a tip on the bulbs.

    Trying to find one of the orange bulbs that indicates the bass range of the keyboard – looks like a special orange lens – does anyone have a source for these or have extra? Willing to pay for parts and shipping of course. Thanks!

  • I have a compact that’s been played less than 5 hours with a VOX Kensington bass amp. Bought as a pair will sell for $2000

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