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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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Hilco a hobbyist user from Nederland writes:
Hi there, well, since I'm from Philicorda-land itself I might get the feeling that I know a lot about it, so please correct me if I get too wisemouthed. Here in Utrecht we have a sixties-scene filled with Philicorda's (Condo-men, Auke Baas, The Comedown, Budgetics, Skidmarks, and so on), and they're quite easy to find since a lot of Christians used these organs to sing their hymns with at home. But please not that there are quite a few different portable types. The first had a separate amp connected with the feet, with a semi-detachable cover (very handy) and sounds a bit dusty. The follower-up was much harder to fix since you had to take the whole organ apart, but it sounds much better (I think it's the best!! it at least has the strongest amp!). But after this type Philips replaced the tubes with transistors, the sound got really lousy (no attack in the sound..) and they replaced the woodwork with glued-together-woodparticles (I don't know the english word for this crappy kind of wood). So moral of the story : the first two types are very OK to buy, but stay away from the last type.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-17-2002 at 08:30
Daniel a part-time user from Sweden writes:
I bought my portable philicorda a couple of months ago. An organ with more character is hard to find, just add some distortion and the built in reverb and you have your self-a top ten sixties sound. Here in Sweden its kind of easy to find one of these, I bought mine for 130$, and keep in mind that this is the portable model. Its blue and have metal legs formed like two upside down v. A cool effect is when you turn it on, press down a chord and wait, the sound is hard to explain but it kind of sound as if the organ plays note for note with a distorted scream? The equipment I use, first the philacorda (of course), a crappy boss distortion pedal, Roland RE-301 (my favorite), Musicman HD212 in which I use the tremolo.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-16-2002 at 23:03
Bjoern Larsen a part-time user from Norway writes:
Cool organ. I remember one standing at my school and was reguarly misused by me and some friends when we immitaded Keith Emerson on it. Another one is still resting in my wife's grandmothers house. As I can remember, it sounds pretty close to other electronic organs like the Farfisa and VOX organs of the 60'.

posted Thursday-Jun-06-2002 at 09:08
sunny pedaal a part-time user from netherlands writes:
i've two of these organs they sound thin, but special in a certain way. are easily transported, reliable, full valve technology quick to "reprogram" the sound. still (too)cheap but quickly raising in price now for pictures also see this side:

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-22-2002 at 05:08
michael wookey a hobbyist user from uk writes:
I had this organ for my 18th from a frend and I think that it's the best instrument I own. Even thouh it doesn't really work properly it has more character than anything digital could dream of. I like the lofi sound, especially after I put it thru some leslies and a noise suppressor to kill the unwanted ound. It's great!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-05-2002 at 14:40
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