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My Optigan has unstable pitch. Is there hope??

Posted by peahix on 15th March 2008

Pitch stability is one of the biggest problems for Optigans. The rubber on the idler wheel gets hard or worn over the years, which makes the wheel slip against the tapered motor shaft. Old wheels can have other problems including notches or flat spots, which cause a knocking or grinding sound when the discs are [...]

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The “A Major” and “E Major” buttons on my Optigan sound wrong. Are they?

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

Yes and no. From a musical standpoint, they’re very VERY wrong! But nothing is actually wrong with your Optigan. In order to fit enough stuff onto the discs, they had to cut corners a bit. There wasn’t enough room for A and E major, so they decided that they would take a C# dim chord [...]

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The “A Major” and “E Major” buttons on my Optigan sound wrong. Are they?

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

Yes and no. From a musical standpoint, they’re very very wrong. But nothing is actually wrong with your Optigan. In order to fit enough stuff onto the discs, they had to cut corners a bit. There wasn’t enough room for A and E major, so they decided that they would take a C# dim chord [...]

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What kinds of instruments were used for the keyboard scales?

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

Mostly Hammond B3s, Vox Continentals, Gibson and Yamaha Organs.

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