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FDP Forum / Rock-it 88's - Keyboard Forum / Old Farfisa Mini-Compact. I got it for free.

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Aug 18th, 2008 06:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

Our church used to have a "back room" where they stored lots of old stuff. I asked about it and they told me I could have anything that was back there. I got nice little Farfisa Mini-Compact, some Altec tube powered PA stuff and a Fender Rhodes. Honest, I got it all for free. The only thing I still have is the Farfisa. It works fine but has a "phantom" note that you can hear all the time. I haven't torn it apart to see if I can find out what's going on. I've had it for years. Anybody know much about these things? I used to see them back in the 60's.

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Youngstown, Ohio

Aug 23rd, 2008 01:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yep, I used to own one of those. Never had any major problems, but sold it sometime in the 1980s. Kinda wish I kept it :-(

I vaguely remember taking it apart and doing some minor repairs on the keys, but can't recall the specifics.

All in all, my Yamaha PSR is far superior to the Farfisa, but not nearly as cool looking.


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West Fla. Republic

Paw Paw
Aug 30th, 2008 10:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Forty years ago, I had one of these. Don't know where it got off too. I left it at home when I left the nest and never picked it up when I settled down.

My parents paid for it, so it's okay.

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Phil Lament
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Dec 31st, 2008 07:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

I am remembering a Farfisa with a ghost note problem that was solved by lifting the ground. (It had grounded power plug) Easy enough to try and good luck

Steve Dallman
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Jan 9th, 2009 03:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

We had one in our band in the 60's and I bought one in the 70's. Never liked it though. Thin, reedy and generally annoying.

I understand the "ghost note" thing, but it never bothered me. The sound of the real notes did, however.

To me, the sound of a B3 and a Leslie is the Voice of God. The sound of a Farfisa is a disappointing shame.

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Atlanta, GA USA

"Life is good when you love your tone."
Apr 13th, 2009 06:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

We had an old Farfisa that could get that Pat Travers "Crash & Burn" sound in spades. We wore that sucker out though...


HillBilly Deluxe KY

May Apathey be Your Guide
Apr 13th, 2009 08:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

First band I was in that had a K.B player had one and he used an Odd Yamaha amp with what looked like 5x8 or 6x9 speakers in it.That was back in the 1960's He played the heck oui of it on EVIL WAYS

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you want me to play where?
Apr 14th, 2009 01:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

Always wondered what one of those would sound like THRU a real leslie. Had a keyboard player that, after we stopped carrying around his porto-b, had a CRUMAR, with draw bars. It sounded really good through a 147 leslie with the combo preamp. That Crumar HAD to be the heaviest thing I've ever picked up in one small package. He GAVE it to me later, as it was too freaking heavy for HIM. Still got it but I think the voltage regulator ate itself. Haven't had the urge, time, or patience, to look any further.

(This message was last edited by JBLTWIN1 at 01:21 PM, Apr 14th, 2009)

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Carolina Norte'

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Apr 14th, 2009 03:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Always wondered what one of those would sound like THRU a real leslie."

If you gots the hi-speed internets, look up a band on Amazon called the Untamed Youth. Their keyboard guy ran a Farfisa Compact through a Leslie. Good sounding thing, it is.


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Annapolis, MD USA

When in Doubt, Poke It With A Stick
Jul 4th, 2009 04:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

Farfisa's were totally cool.

All's that was needed was the "portable" Leslie 900!


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