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Ray Manzarek American

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Rock bands adopted so-called combo organs (originally developed for jazz combos) like the Vox Continental for their thin, bright, and punchy sounds. Having transistor-based circuits, they required far fewer mechanical parts than large, heavy tonewheel-based Hammond organs. Ray Manzarek of the Doors was one of the first rock musicians to use a multi-keyboard setup, playing chords and melody on an organ like this one and bass parts on a Fender Rhodes bass keyboard stacked on top of it. The combo organ’s distinctive tone became a signature sound of the Doors.

Technical Description:
Reverse-color keys, 16', 8', 4' and IV (2 2/3', 2', 1 3/5', 1') drawbars, and sine "flute" and triangle "reed" tone drawbars. Vibrato on/off switch, Main on/off switch

Continental, Vox, Wood, plastic, metal

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