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.
Take a look at this awesome electronic piano from Farfisa. It’s just like, if not better than a Wurlitzer Electronic Piano, or a Fender Rhodes, no, not really!
It is full of 70s cheese, and will smell a little like that when you pick one up. I wonder then is tolex edible? The sound is not one you really want, unless you want to bring back AM Gold, but it is a very cool instrument by design. Instead of having 12 oscillators that have dividers one them to make the lower register notes, the Pro Piano has an oscillator for every not on the keyboard! It’s very cool looking, I’ll have to post a picture of the array of analog circuitry someday.
With one of the envelope settings you can kind of make it sound like a Farfisa Matador or one of the cheaper VIP organs, but not really.