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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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Can new discs be made?

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

Yes! As of 2008, we are currently making and selling new Optigan discs. Please see the blog for all the latest news!

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Can the discs be duplicated?

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

Yes, we’ve developed a method for making high-quality duplications from original production discs, but for all but the most rare discs, the costs associated at this point are simply too high, at least compared to the typical going rate of original discs on eBay.

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