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Were any Optigans shipped overseas?

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

Gus Wylde, one of the technicians for Optigan, reports that the last 100 Optigans made by Mattel were shipped to Amsterdam. Frans van der Bijl, a citizen of Amsterdam, did a bit of research on this and found it to be essentially the truth. The parts were shipped overseas, where they were assembled by the [...]

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Where were Optigans sold?

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

Mostly through large department stores such as Sears, JC Penney and Montgomery Wards. In fact, there was even a special version of the Optigan made exclusively for the Montgomery Wards chain. Optigans could also be bought from music and organ stores.

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How many Optigans were made?

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

This is still somewhat of a mystery. There have been figures quoted from 1,000 to 100,000, though the actual number is probably somewhere closer to 10,000.

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When was the Optigan made?

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

The first Mattel Optigans rolled off the assembly line in late 1970, and Opsonar ceased production in the summer of 1976.

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Who made the Optigan?

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

Mattel designed and originally manufactured the Optigan, but sold the whole works intact to Miner Industries (another toy company, which also owned Magnus and Estey organs) in 1973. Miner created a subsidiary company called “Opsonar” to continue production of the Optigan and Optigan discs. The machine was still called “Optigan” though, and almost no changes [...]

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How much did Optigans cost new, and how much are they worth now?

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

There were several different models of Optigan to choose from, ranging in price from about $300 to $500. As for how much they’re worth now, I suppose their value is in the eye of the beholder. I’ve seen functioning Optigans change hands for as little as $5 to as much as $600. An average price [...]

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Where can I buy an Optigan?

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

First, you should check the Optiswapit forum located on this website. Failing that, you should regularly do searches for “optigan” and “optigon” on eBay. Another potential online source is Craigslist. If all else fails, put an ad in your local classifieds, not under the “Music” section but under the “Garage sale” or “Wanted” section. You [...]

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