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KORG BX-3 & CX-3 stage organ thread

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KORG BX-3 & CX-3 stage organ thread

Postby Pepe » Sun Apr 01, 2012 12:08 pm

I just got this for 301 EUR:

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The best thing is: this organ is located in Düsseldorf, just a few kilometres away from me. It seems to need a few repair jobs and of course a replacement key. But overall I hope that I will successfully and rather easily breathe new life into this machine! :banana:
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Re: STEAL!!! - or maybe it isn't?

Postby Laurie » Sun Apr 01, 2012 12:17 pm

No idea what those things are worth, but kilo for kilo it seems like a pretty good deal! Hope you have a truck :P
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Re: STEAL!!! - or maybe it isn't?

Postby Pepe » Sun Apr 01, 2012 12:18 pm

The average price is around the 700 EUR mark. 8-)
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Re: STEAL!!! - or maybe it isn't?

Postby nathanscribe » Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:45 pm

Oooh, interesting. They're supposed to be pretty nice. I'd be keen to hear of any technical messing about you get up to.
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Re: STEAL!!! - or maybe it isn't?

Postby Pepe » Sun Apr 01, 2012 2:38 pm

I hope I don't have to bother you tech guys too much. I sincerely hope that a bit of cleaning and resoldering is all that this one needs.
Hammond B3 tones, here I come! :bouncy:
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Re: STEAL!!! (KORG BX-3 double manual vintage stage organ)

Postby Pepe » Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:29 pm

I picked this organ up this evening with my sister's husband! It's not as heavy and big as I thought. It is quite compact and it would surprise me if it had a weight over 25kg. Overall it still looks very good, but it is dirty like hell.

It is faulty. A constant and annoying humming tone comes out of it. The lower manual works flawlessly, as it seems. At least the humming sound could be reduced with a few knobs that control the upper manual, so that the sound of the lower manual came through. So the organ is not dead. I hope there's just a bad solder joint or a broken connection that lets the upper manual hum like mad. It sounds like a typical 50Hz noise.

The good thing is that the BX-3 has the same connectors like my KORG Poly-61 synthesizer inside. I have a crimping tool for exact these connectors and I will replace the old metal pieces with new ones in the next evenings. I will also replace at least a few of the electrolytic capacitors. I think this can make sense after 33 years! ;)
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Re: STEAL!!! - or maybe it isn't?

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Re: STEAL!!! (KORG BX-3 double manual vintage stage organ)

Postby Zerksies » Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:59 pm

What does it need to run?
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Re: STEAL!!! (KORG BX-3 double manual vintage stage organ)

Postby Pepe » Mon Apr 02, 2012 11:43 pm

Legs! :lol:

No, it runs on 220V AC if you meant that! ;)
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