All for you, here is the Farfisa Matador schematic for your viewing and tweaking pleasure. This also includes the ridiculously awesome inner workings of the vibrato, percussion, tone generators, and much, much more!
You can tell me in the comments how awesome I am.
Don’t blame me if you hurt yourself or your organ by using these schematics to try to fix your organ. If you can, try to find yourself a technician that knows how to work on organs. If we don’t take care of them, they may go extinct!
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Here we have the schematic for a Farfisa Compact Duo combo organ. Back before there were websites, cameras and photographs and such, companies used to draw out these little lines and stuff to tell you how their stuff worked. Sometimes the guys that built the organs read these to learn how to build them.
He is the Farfisa F/AR Schematic. The F/AR was an independent preamp and real spring reverb unit that was used to power the Farfisa Compact Duo dual manual combo organ, and the Farfisa Transicord electronic accordion. Both of those instruments will not work without this piece, so it’s pretty nice to have one!
Ok, my new schematic disclaimer: Don’t be dumb, and be careful not hurt yourself if you are attempting to work on your organ. You should find a tech to work on your gear, really. That way he can do what he does, and you can do what you do, make music!
I have no idea why you would want to look at these, but you do, so here they are! The Compact Deluxe Schematics are an incredible display of little black and white drawings on paper that empower you to understand the inner workings of the magnificent Farfisa Compact Deluxe combo organ, if you speak early sixties Italian electronic physicist speak.
Don’t be dumb, and be careful not hurt yourself if you are attempting to work on your organ. You should find a tech to work on your gear, really. That way he can do what he does, and you can do what you do, make music!
Thanks to Zoran Stajic for the info and pictures! Zoran says this model is a lot like the VIP400, but the Piano Sounds are different. Possibly the addition of some of the goodies from the Pro Piano???
Thanks to Eric, who posted this comment on the old site: Great Farfisa; much more versatile than Compacts. Sort of like a Compact with many more additional sounds and features. Used by Sun Ra (see Space is the Place video). One feature I particularly like is the percussion/ repeat. Sounds sort of like a square wave LFO, but with more attack (plus control over the attack). Also has “synthaslalom” which is a little like portamento on an analog synth. This feature can also be controlled in terms of time and range of the portamento. Unlike portemento, this effect seems to only go up, elevating the note till it reaches the note of the key. Also has very cool reed/ string like drawbar that sounds like a strings preset analog synth. The other effect in this section is “piano”, which sounds vaguely like a dark electric piano tone. Incredible Bass section for lower quarter of first row of keys. drawbars for very round/ super bassy square wave “bass” and a reedier, fuzzy tone also (think: bass sounds on Suicide’s first album) All in all a very expressive and versatile keyboard capable of the 60s psyche farfisa sound as well as some basic (but well done) 70s analog synth sounds. This was a very professional, and expensive keyboard in it’s day. I believe I saw an mid 70s advertisement for $1800!!! More than a MiniMoog. Cool keyboard.