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One of the Long-Lost Optigan TV Commercials Finally Found!

Posted by peahix on 14th May 2013

Very cool news! I knew that eventually an Optigan TV commercial would turn up! Youtube user chumrain writes this: Finally…one has been found (I know that several people have been searching high and low and haven’t come up with anything). Here is a long-lost television commercial for the Optigan, starring actor Carl Betz. This is [...]

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Optigan Heavily Featured on new Matthew Leonard Album

Posted by peahix on 25th September 2012

Matthew Leonard has released “I Will Be A Good Boy And Promise To No Longer Hurt Myself,” and album of lo-fi pop/rock weirdness that features lots of’s favorite instrument! Matthew sent me a copy and it’s really fantastic- strikes just the right balance between catchy and weird, lo-fi yet coherent production. Head on over [...]

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The Price is Right: April Fools 1975

Posted by peahix on 6th April 2012

Our April Fool’s post can’t hold a candle to this Price Is Right clip from 1975! Thanks to Jared Rainer for spotting this one- priceless!!

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Optigan Pro: A Long-Lost Optigan Prototype?

Posted by peahix on 1st April 2012

Elsewhere on the Optigan site, you may have read about the prototype Optigans produced by Miner Industries after they took over production from Mattel. Pea has asked former Opsonar employees if they know what happened to the prototype stock, but all anyone can tell is that they were lost or destroyed in the 70s. However, [...]

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Optigan Family Portrait

Posted by peahix on 7th March 2012

Robert sent me this nice shot he took of my Talentmaker posing with his two Orchestron Model A’s and his Optigan 35012!

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Optigan on Live Dutch TV Show

Posted by peahix on 20th February 2012

Marcel Groot pointed us to this fantastic Optigan segment on Kunststof TV, a Dutch arts talk show. Marcel is seen first in the clip demonstrating the Optigan, and then we see Nico Brandsen live in the studio, totally shredding probably better than anyone has since Johnny Largo himself! Such a segment, especially one of this [...]

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Laurie Anderson plays Optigan at Cantos Music Foundation

Posted by peahix on 3rd February 2012

Here’s not one, but two articles on our good friend Laurie Anderson‘s recent visit to the Cantos Music Foundation in Calgary. Notable are the pics of her playing the Optigan, and her comments about it. In fact, if you look really close, you might see a couple of discs in the lower pic… Laurie [...]

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Bill Perison – Uncle John’s Optigan

Posted by peahix on 2nd February 2012

Got this email from Bill Perison, who says of his new CD: The main song that might be of interest to Optigan fans is Uncle John’s Optigan,  about a kid making up songs on an Optigan while visiting his Uncle John.  All the backing track is Optigan loops.  I guess I should clarify that I used samples [...]

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Lot of 18 Talentmaker Discs on eBay

Posted by peahix on 5th September 2011

Click here to see a nearly complete set of Talentmaker discs on eBay, complete with the official disc file. These are not my discs, and I do not know the person selling them. The buy-it-now price is fair for these, considering that individual TM titles have sold in the $300-$400 range in the recent past.

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Cornelia – Aquarius Dreams – song featuring Optigan

Posted by peahix on 28th July 2011

Optigoner Utters sends us this song he produced, which features the Optigan Big Top Marching Band disc!

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