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.
The Gibson Sabre Reverb Amplifier was sold as the Farfisa Amp at the dawn of Farfisa’s presence in the United States. Since both Gibson and Farfisa were owned by CMI, the Chicago Musical Instrument company in Lincolnwood, Illinois, there were a lot of crossover. Just like the Gibson organs, and the later Cordovox organs (also a CMI brand) were very similar to Farfisa organs, the later Farfisa branded amps were most likely made by Gibson. Also, the Maestro effects were in there somewhere too.
This 50 watt amp boasted at 15″ speaker and a side mounted 14″ heavy duty mid range driver horn. This beast was designed to fill up the room with sound and help emulate a larger than life organ.
I can’t believe it. two Farfisa Sferasound pedals on ebay in as many weeks. The last one sold for about $185, I think I may bid on this one, but we’ll see where it goes. The super awesome seller has made a sweet video describing the full capabilities of this pedal. Let’s call it the quintesential informative video describing the Farfisa Sferasound Pedal.
Specially Designed & Engineered Amplifiers For Compact Electonic Organs
Sabre Reverb I
Specially designed for the modern Compact organs, this fully transistorized amplifier projects sound with more power and more bite than any other amplifier. Uniquely engineered, the Sanbre Reverb I is ideal for every Farfisa Compact organ.
50 watts power
14″ side-mounted heavy-duty mid-range driver horn
15″ heavy-duty front-mounted full range speaker
True Reverberation with full control
Dual input, single channel operation
Precision volume control
Separate bass and treble controls
Durable grey vinyl covering
Farfisa BT 40
Straight from the Farfisa Compact organ electronic engineers, the BT 40 is for all combo work, featuring dual input operation to facilitate amplification of other instruments of the group.
40 watts power
Extra sensitive 15″ speaker in special reflex enclosure
Dual input single channel operation
Precision volume control
Full tone control
Two position slide-switch for maximum treble boost
Illuminated control panel
Durable black simulated leather covering
Sturdy front supports with Easy-Roll wheels on rear
Cordovox CL-10 Leslie Tone Cabinet
A big new sound for your Farfisa organ is available with this sensational new Leslie Tone Cabinet. Your music will have that big console organ sound, with richer, fuller tones, spectacular and brilliant. The sound of a Compact organ will come alive as the whirling Leslie speaker amplifies and disperses sound – dramatic, deep lows, and brilliant, biting highs.
With the Footswitch you can play through your regular amplifier or the Leslie Tone Cabinet, selecting either the exciting, pulsating Leslie Tremolo or the majestic, rolling Chorus Reverberation.
Rotating Leslie Speaker
Footswitch cuts Leslie in or out
Convenient top access controls
Leslie Tremolo On-Off
Choruse Reverberation On-Off
Compact Electronic Organs Swing With The Action – Wherever It Is!
Need to learn how to tune that brand new Farfisa organ that you rescued from the craigslist? Well, look no further. Check out this excellent video from Vintage Vibe. In it, they tune up a VIP 233, but fear not, the premise is the same for most of the combo organs.