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Postby sam » Tue Sep 18, 2007 2:11 pm

I was very lucky today...A local church was getting rid of this and a solina C-112...For free.

Ok the philly is nice and I think it's from around 1972.

But this solina has a ARP explorer inside... :D

How can I post photo's here..?
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Postby sam » Tue Sep 18, 2007 7:30 pm

One great feature on the phillicorda is the real spring reverb...I would like to know more about the outs and ins underneath..?
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Postby Micke » Tue Sep 18, 2007 7:58 pm

Congrats on your new aquisitions

This site has lots of info on the Philicorda GM754 (the last version of the portable Philicorda):
http://bing.euro.ru/philicorda/
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Postby sam » Tue Sep 18, 2007 8:09 pm

Micke wrote:Congrats on your new aquisitions

This site has lots of info on the Philicorda GM754 (the last version of the portable Philicorda):
http://bing.euro.ru/philicorda/


Cheers Micke...That's all my questions answered.

I couldn't find much on the C-112.

It does say explorer 1 on the front panel..It's like the stringsynth I have...
Would this have the solina ens inside as well....?

BTW..I have not played it as yet.
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Postby sam » Tue Sep 18, 2007 8:35 pm

A little bit of quirky info...On the back plate it states..

C-112..synthesizer.

I will post some pics.
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Postby Micke » Tue Sep 18, 2007 8:55 pm

I'm not sure whether it has a built-in string ensemble but I don't think so.

IIRC, there were two different versions of the Eminent Solina C-112:
- the standard version: labelled "C-112", was an organ only.
- the deluxe version: labelled "C-112 S", was similar but featured the addition of a built-in Arp Explorer monophonic synth.
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Re: philips phillicordia GM754.

Postby Tyler2000 » Tue Sep 18, 2007 9:47 pm

sam wrote:How can I post photo's here..?


Go to photobucket. Make an account. Upload the pictures. Copy and paste the IMAGE tags (not the html tags) into a post here.

Also do it soon. I would love to see it. What a score!
so what do I put down here now?
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Postby sam » Tue Sep 18, 2007 10:10 pm

It's still at my work...I can't wait to hear it.

It must be the biggest monosynth ever.... :shock: If you know what I mean..
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Postby madtheory » Wed Sep 19, 2007 11:12 am

The Philips has a lovely sound, at least, the one I used sounds nothing like the description on that website. Maybe mine's different (it's the one Goldfrapp use). It's like a warmer version of a Farfisa but still with that airy quality. And that spring is one of the nicest ever made. It's better than the Great British Spring, that staple of home studios in the eighties.

Let's see those pics! :)
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Postby sam » Wed Sep 19, 2007 2:26 pm

The earlier ones had round knobs ..They also used tubes but mine has transistors being the later type.
Still it has something nice about it and yes I want to install an audio in for that excellent spring reverb...It's worth finding one for that alone.

Pics on the way.. :D
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Postby madtheory » Wed Sep 19, 2007 5:09 pm

Ah right, the one I used was a tube model.
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Postby Micke » Wed Sep 19, 2007 10:18 pm

For those interested, here's a rundown of the different versions of the portable philicorda:


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AG7500 (original model released in 1963)

The most completely genuine tube-philicorda, using tube oscillators, preamps and amplification throughout. Neon-bulb dividers. The amp/speakers (AG7600) came in a separate rectangular wooden cabinet with a spring reverb unit contained in a plastic box under the case.



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GM751 (released in 1966)

Re-design front panel, slightly larger case. The amp/speakers
are now mounted inside the organ case.
There were at least three different (sub-) versions of this model (though they were identical in appearance).
The first of these utilized tube oscillators, pre-amps & vibrato circuits and a mix of neon dividers and transistors for divide-down.
The biggest change came with the second version which except for the tube pre-amps/vibrato circuits used transistor oscillators and dividers
Finally the third and final version (introduced around 1968/69) was all-transistorized.



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GM752 (unsure about the release date)

The GM752 was basically a fully transistorized 751 with 1-piece rocker switches instead of 2-piece push-buttons as used on earlier models.
Provided with an extra outlet for connection to an optional Philips rotating speaker cabinet.



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GM 753 "portable" (re-marketed as the "Penncrest" by J.C. Penney in the US and "Porta-Belle" in Sweden), circa 1968.

A sleeker more portable version of the GM751 without the amp/speaker.
Similar tube-preamp as the early 751 (though some units appear to have used transistor amps), case covered in blue tolex.
2-tone control panel and a cover that goes over the keyboard
from the front, tiltable metal stand that looks like 2 upside-down
metal V's.



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GM754 (the last version of the portable Philicorda, introduced in 1972/73)

Re-designed front panel (now slanting): 4 horizontal sliders in place of the usual knobs.
Slightly flatter wooden case w/ metal cheekblocks. This model uses IC dividers and therefore does not sound quite as warm and organic as the older models.
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Postby madtheory » Thu Sep 20, 2007 12:02 am

Very cool, thanks Micke!
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Postby Micke » Thu Sep 20, 2007 12:37 am

You're welcome :)
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