Farfisa Matador R Combo Organ

The Farfisa Matador-R was the deluxe version of the Matador. In included all of the features of the organ, in addition to a super sweet drum machine! My guess is that it the guts of the terribly simple Maestro Rhythm Jester, which is pretty simple, but will let you entertain at cocktail parties all by yourself! It even has built in speakers.

It has a few different tabs for contouring the sounds along with a nice Vibrato, Vibrato Repeat, and Percussion. The best feature about the Matador is the Slalom (Glissando or Pitch Bend) can be controlled by the optional Farfisa Grey Volume pedal. This feature lets you control the pitch of the bend up to the note you are playing on the keyboard.

8 comments on “Farfisa Matador R Combo Organ

  • This Madator-R sounds like the ultimate Farfisa with great features. Pitch been how does it work? (Glissando or Pitch Bend) with drum machine, wow! I want to hear it!

  • Hola que tal ,mi padre me ha entregado un Farfisa Matador-r, como el de la foto porque el ya está con una abanzada edad. En algunas notas las teclas se le va y viene el sonodo por lo que decidí limpiarlo al abrirlo he visto que las teclas llevan un sistema como de muellecitos que cuando das la tecla tocan en una barrita que une todas las teclas, en definitiva, como se limpia estas piezas, hay algún líquido en concreto?.

    Mi padre lo quiere poner en venta, que precio una vez limpiado el farfisa lo puedo vender.

    Un saludo, Gracias

  • Francisco,

    I always used electronics cleaner, which I believe is like rubbing alcohol. Something that cleans, but also evaporates. I hope this is what you were looking for.

    Good Luck,

  • Gracias, jim, he comprado un bote de R-11,de la marca DUE-CI ELECTRONIC se utiliza para limpiar los potenciometros antíguos de las mesas mezcladoras, ya contaré como me ha ido.

    Un saludo

  • Francisco,

    A friend gives me his farfisa matador AR. but it doesn’t work; some octave divider are dead, I replaced it by cmos 4013 in divider set-up.
    but there is no percussion on AR model; I have the schematics, but the circuit is quite incomprehensible. Some one could tell me how does it works? Is it possible to modify AR like R model in order have percussion?


  • My first organ, back in 1973, was a Farfisa Matador. The main reason I chose the Matador was that it was a combo organ with a built-in amplifier and speakers, so I didn’t need to purchase a separate amp. It blended well with the guitar players in my band, who used a Fender Champ and a 15-watt Univox, respectively. But looking back on it, the sounds of the Matador were rather cheap and thin. The main problem was that the upper harmonics thinned out in the upper two octaves of the keyboard. The lower three octaves had a combination of 8′, 4′, and 2′; but in the fourth octave the 2′ harmonic dropped out, and in the uppermost octave all I had was the 8′ foundational tone. Also, the manual bass feature failed all too often. In 1977 I upgraded to a Yamaha YC-25D organ and a separate Ampeg VT-22 amplifier, which were marked improvements and which I used until I left New York in 1981. These days I concentrate on singing and playing guitar, but if I were to play organ again I would want a better sounding and performing unit than the Matador. The problem today is that combo organs are skyrocketing in price. Why pay over $1,500.00 for a single-manual combo organ? Today you can walk into any appliance or home-furnishings store, plop down $150 or $200.00, and walk out with an “electronic musical keyboard instrument” which has surprisingly authentic and great-sounding organ and piano voices plus lots of useful string, brass, reed, and bass tones! Really, what’s the point of shelling out the extra money!?

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