I knew there was a reason we like Goldfrapp around here! Check out this picture of a promo postcard that I stumbled across on the internets, Ms. Alison looking all cute and stuff carrying her own Farfisa! Yes, that’s right, she even knows how to plug it in!
Either there is a major resurgence of the popularity of reed organs, or a lot of people are getting their spring cleaning done! Here’s another “wind organ” that has popped up on ebay, the Farfisa Portorgan (though the seller spelled it portogram). He doesn’t have much info listed, but he does have the lid!
Made in Italy
(Matr. P 161/1222)
model no. P-12
Volts 110-120 AC
Refurbished by Unicord Inc.
Garden City Park, NJ
Here’s a new one that I haven’t seen before, the Farfisa Organtone. Looks exactly like the previously mentioned Pianorgan (and Royal Artist Piano), but instead of nice Quartersawn White Oak, it is made out of what looks like nicer Santos Mahogany!
This one is for sale up on ebay right now, here’s the link.
You are bidding on this vintage “ORGANTONE” made in Italy, by Farfisa. I’ve heard these were imported to the US by Gretsch, but I am not sure. These are called “wind organs” because they play music by wind (generated by an electric motor) blowing through the reeds. They produce an accordian-like sound. It is in great condition & WORKS. All the keys work execpt for the last key on the right that is very low (it needs a good tunning from being storage) It is missing the original legs. It also has a few VERY LIGHT cosmetic defects SEE PICTURES.There is moderate wear to the finish, it is a very attractive, quality made instrument.
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Description: Vintage “Pianorgan” made in Italy, by Farfisa. I belive this one was imported to the US by RCA Victor Canada, but I am not sure. These are called “wind organs” because they play music by wind (generated by an electric motor) blowing through the reeds. They produce an accordian-like sound.
Pieces Included: The organ only.
Condition: This particular instrument missing the original legs. It also has a few cosmetic defects. The keys at the far right have had the feet come undone. Also the springs will need to be replaced as well. There is moderate wear to the finish, and the front panel has what looks like yellowing from the glue used in assembly. Despite the flaws mentioned, it is a very attractive, quality made instrument. I’ve included all the parts that needed to be reattached.
Testing: I plugged it in and it does make sound. With the missing feet it makes sound constantly. All of the other keys make sound just great.
Check out this auction from a highly rated seller on ebay. It needs work, but it is fairly priced, and includes all the fixings including legs, the lid, a volume pedal, and a carrying case!
You are bidding on a RARE Farfisa Fast 5 compact organ. (FAST stands for “Farfisa All Silicon Transistorized) Farfisa organs became popular among rock bands and other combo groups and were responsible for some of the really great sounds of the 1960s.
Also included in the bid is a passive pedal, owners manual, schematic diagram, soft case (in need of zipper).
This machine works but has some dead keys, and needs to be serviced.
The body has some scratches, marks and signs of age and use. We wiped it down, but it also needs a good bath.
This is a hard-to-find, very desirable “rock” icon from the 1960’s.