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Second only to Vox in popularity during the 1960s, Italian manufacturer Farfisa is probably the only other really well-known purveyor of Combo Organs. While the Voxes were the most often seen organ with popular bands (Animals, DC-5, Paul Revere, Monkees, etc, etc, etc), There were probably at least as many, if not more, Farfisas cranking out the same music in garages and dance halls.

The well-known, well-respected (and sought-after) Farfisa Compact line includes the Mini-Compact, the Compact, the Compact Deluxe and the Compact Duo. In true combo-organ style, there is more than one version of each, all of which are described below. Some clues to their dates are available in advertisements, brochures, price lists and service manuals. Some versions definitely seem to have preceded others, but pinning a particular model down to a range of dates is difficult, and there certainly was some overlap in production. The Compact line was available from roughly 1964 until about 1970.

The venerable Farfisa Compact is, next to the Voxes, probably the best known combo organ around. The Compact is one of the few combo organs that actually uses tubes (valves). Both the Compact and the Compact Deluxe have tubes, which are used primarily for the Reverb circuit. Minis, Duos and Fasts don't have a built-in spring reverb, and so don't require tubes (the Duo's reverb is outboard in the F/AR unit). The Compact uses two ECC83s, and one half of one of them (they're twin-triode tubes) is used in the preamp circuit. Many Compacts have a sticker that says “Electronic Transistorized”, but this does NOT indicate that the model is tubeless, just that it has transistors, like virtually every other combo organ around. One frequent point of confusion with the Compact is the 1/4" jack near the power switch (on the left side of the keyboard). This is a headphone jack, but not for any pair of headphones you're likely to have laying around - it's meant to drive a very high-impedance style of headphone, about 2,000-4,000 ohms impedance. I think you can actually plug it into an amp and get a usable signal, though. The normal signal output is (in typical Farfisa fashion) via a hardwired cable with a 1/4" plug that comes out underneath

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