[sdiy] Keyboards good for scrap / repurposing?

Ben Bradley ben.pi.bradley at gmail.com
Mon Feb 19 07:48:55 CET 2018

I may have posted this link before - I've purchased old organs cheap
from thrift stores and such. Yes they're bulky, and do take a bit of
time to take apart. I finally took apart the Kimball 1500, two
Pratt-Read 61-note keyboards, one with a diodes in series with every
switch and wired as an 8x8 matrix, the other with a straight 61
contacts to a single bus bar. It's full of stuff, about a hundred
small PC boards. I haven't begun to look through the chips to see if
there's anything like CA3080's yet. Other goodies, a really long
Accutronics spring reverb and a two-speed one-rotor Leslie.


On Sun, Feb 18, 2018 at 7:33 PM,  <rsdio at audiobanshee.com> wrote:
> I’m fairly certain there are online videos of the inside of these old organs. The Hammonds, in particular, have quite a support network of How-To Repairs.
> On Feb 18, 2018, at 3:03 PM, sleepy_dog at gmx.de wrote:
>> While this probably does sound like a lot of effort to get 2 small keyboards, I have to say, I am rather curious about taking apart one of those monsters, I have never directly seen one inside. So it would actually be fun by itself :D  (If only I had the room, I might even keep the "enclosure" (more like furniture) and put different electronics inside...)
>> - Steve
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