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Are there any rare prototype Optigans still out there?

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

Probably not. The earliest design concept for the Optigan was a small organ containing something like an Edison Cylinder. When the keys were pressed, they would push down needles onto the audio tracks. This proved to be completely unstable, though, so the focus shifted to optical means. It’s doubtful that any of these prototypes still [...]

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Are there any rare prototype discs available?

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

Yes, a few have surfaced, most notably “Mod Rock,” which reached the point of having an official catalog number and label art, but was mysteriously never put into production. Two copies came from Stan Cutler’s estate- one with full label art, and one without. More recently, a third copy appeared on eBay. “Mod Rock” was [...]

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What are the most rare Optigan discs?

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

Apart from the test discs, the discs that were produced under Opsonar are the hardest to get ahold of. These are: Guitar Boogie Champagne Music Gospel Rock Swing It! Vox Humana Cathedral Organ Polka! Mazurka! Country Sunshine Down Home Country Waltz New Orleans Blues

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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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