There’s a pretty beat up looking Farfisa OR 200 Amp on ebay thanks to patrick-reed-online located in Kettering, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom. As of this posting, it’s only $25. If you’re handy at fixing things, it may be your chance to pick up a piece that doesn’t come around too often. This is from the time when amps for combo organs needed to get a lot louder to compete versus the original combo amps.
Take a look at this rare Farfisa amp, the Farfisa 8 on ebay right now! I have never heard of this model, so tiny and cute! It looks full of features, and is quite a sexy looking little amp. Here’s the description from the seller:
This is an extremely rare Farfisa 8, 8 watt tube practice amp for guitar, ez81 rectifier, single el84 power tube, and two ecc83 preamp tubes, has volume, tone, and superb vibrato. Speakers are two 6″ Quam alnicos (not original). The amp has been totally gone through by one of Portland’s best tube techs, and has new filter caps. He also put in a new, custom wound, power transformer because the last one was non original and not a good match for this amp. The sound is a warm tube sound, fairly clean with single coils, more breakup with humbuckers. Just on its own, it is a fairly unremarkable amp, but once you put a boost in front of it, it becomes a wailing tone monster. I used a Zendrive with it and got great sounds. As I say, the vibrato is also very clear and cool. As you can see, there are some tears in the speaker cloth and some scuffs, but over all it looks quite good.
Wildrover434 — May 31, 2010 — Just A Closer Walk With Thee, played on my Farfisa Super Syntaccordion hooked up to my Farfisa TR70-OS amplifier with sferra sound which was supplied new with this accordion and my old Roland Compurhythm CR-8000 rhythm box all dating from the early 1980’s.
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!
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.