Farfisa Buckingham Organ
Retail Price £1659.52*
This is the pride of the Farfisa range of console organs and it is intended for the professional and serious amateur who demands the best at home.
The organ carries every conceivable effect electronics are capable of producing (except synthesiser effects) and an important part of the organ is the built-in electronic drum unit.
Manufactured in Ancona, Italy, the Buckingham is a direct descendent from the huge selling Farfisa 256 RK which is now replaced by this organ.
A brief description of the organ reveals two 44 note keyboards, a 13 note built-in bass pedalboard, a "Super-partner" rhythm and automatic bass unit, an "Extra Men" unit which adds various effects when used in conjunction with the percussion unit and the twin built-in 40 watt amps with a built-in Leslie speaker.
The amplification of the organ has been considerably improved over the 256 RK and it is now much more powerful. The amp delivers its power through three main speakers plus a Leslie bass unit and the organ sounds considerably more powerful than most console organs.
Most noticeable difference on the organ is probably the degree of attack on the brass — trumpet, trombone and wah-wah. This area was a little lacking before, but now the attack is strong for really rapid note runs. There's also a better reverb on the organ (Farfisa are now fitting the larger Hammond spring) and there's a compressor fitted to the amp to reduce distortion all round.
Perhaps the weakest part of the organ is the cassette unit. Bell and Howell have a virtual monopoly on fitting these units into organ ranges and the sound they produce is really not as good as might be expected. Playback is O.K. but recording leaves a little to be desired.
One of the most interesting "musical" features of the organ is the flute pre-sets which offer delightful harmonies to the root note which can be balanced in the sound spectrum to produce exactly the right harmony balance.
The electronic drummer incorporated in this organ is similar to other units in the range and it offers 15 different rhythms which can be intermixed and tempo-adjusted as necessary.
All prices are exclusive of V.A.T.