Step 5: Finding What You Want and Buying It

So you've spotted a few organs on Craigslist or whatever, now what? Remember the psychology of the seller. They are probably in denial about their organ (or husband, mother, grandad's etc...) being worthless junk. So you must wait them out. Even if it's something cool - maybe a Lowrey D325 which was a late 70's spinet with really good Arp Solina-style strings. Let them post it for their unrealistic price and let the price come down at least once.

Once the price has dropped, visit the seller if you like, be friendly, tell them what a nice organ it is but it's a lot more than you can pay. You can't tell them the truth (it's worthless), they will just get mad. Let them know they can contact you later if they change their mind on the price.

The idea here is to keep yourself in the sellers mind for when the finally give up and just want it gone. This way it's a win-win. You get the organ BEFORE it goes out in the carport or out on the driveway to get all dirty and they don't have to pay to have it taken to the dump.

You may also come across the pragmatic seller who knows right off that it's worthless and posts an ad "come get it before I throw it out". Those are fine too, but please, don't pay anything if there is something wrong with it.
<p>Buy an organ with a built in analog synth.... Yamaha CSY-1, CSY-2, all the E-series of PASS organs, also the D series. You will also find VCF/VCA chips, BBD for chorus and ensemble... great heavy duty keyboards with real contacts and multiples... some have 'after touch' The CSY-1 and CSY-2 in particular... the preset analog models can have the preset resistors changed to potentiometers for full synth control....happy hunting!</p>
I have a hammond cadette and although its a chraper model there is something magical about this organ. It sounds better than any transistor based irgan ivr heard. Although my oalleye is quite limited. I got mine as a hand mr dow and i write a loy on that thing. Drum machine and reverb sound great on the old worn ouy speaker
HA! no joke. there are actually several on craigslist!
Hey, i have a thomas organ monticello 372, the moog presets are working, but not properly, some of the slides are broken, is it worth fixing? <br>the rest of the organ works well.
Possibly. You can ask over at www.organforum.com. A short look there reveals it is possible to make the moog part polyphonic with a simple mod.
I liked this instructable, but I have one question. When you say that transistor home organs are &quot;worthless,&quot; do you mean that they have no financial value, or that they will be of no use to someone who is looking for an analog synth to hack and play around with?
Yeah financially worthless. Old organs are great for taking apart for parts, modifying and hacking. They were built during a time of though-hole, human-scale components and, as a high-price item, designed to be a least somewhat repairable.<br><br>Glad you liked the instructable!

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