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Elgam Carousel

PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:01 pm
by Purity_Control
Gonna admit I never heard of this before, so yesterday I'm on the Facebook group for cat owners in my area lol when I clicked onto someone's profile and this beasty was the banner pic:

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Very little info around on it and most of that is the same copy paste, apparently has 3 arpegiators!

Re: Elgam Carousel

PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:04 pm
by Purity_Control
Someone give the man a keyboard stand!

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Re: Elgam Carousel

PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:05 pm
by soundwave106
Heh, there's a Wiki page about Elgam at least. In Italian!

Going through the models, my impression is that this company mostly made stuff for the auto-accompaniment style / home organ market (a much diminished market today still covered by Lowrey and the like, but big enough back in the 70s/80s for an organ store to be a staple of almost every mall).

The Wiki also interestingly links to a few other obscure Italian synth / organ manufacturers. Such as CRB Electronica, who apparently made a polysynth called Uranus.

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Re: Elgam Carousel

PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:22 pm
by Purity_Control
One can only imagine a certain word play does not work in Italian! :grin:

Re: Elgam Carousel

PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:26 am
by ClavAnother
soundwave106 wrote:The Wiki also interestingly links to a few other obscure Italian synth / organ manufacturers. Such as CRB Electronica, who apparently made a polysynth called Uranus.

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thanks a lot. now I want this thing:


Re: Elgam Carousel

PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:10 pm
by MetroSonus
now that's a syntha! momma mia!

I actually always wanted a modular like that. Just something self contained to lose yourself in.

Re: Elgam Carousel

PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:06 pm
by Plink Floyd
U guize are a constant source of weirdness.

I THANK YOU!!

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Apparently CRB made lotsa combo organs.

But methinks that one in the video's getting some help with a bit of off-board effects. Youthinks?

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I don't know what the Uranus synth sounds like, but I'll bet it's got a lot of bottom end.

Re: Elgam Carousel

PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:00 pm
by christianrock
Plink Floyd wrote:U guize are a constant source of weirdness.

I THANK YOU!!

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Apparently CRB made lotsa combo organs.

But methinks that one in the video's getting some help with a bit of off-board effects. Youthinks?

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I don't know what the Uranus synth sounds like, but I'll bet it's got a lot of bottom end.


Or perhaps it sounds like shit...

Re: Elgam Carousel

PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:51 pm
by soundwave106
Wow, this CRB Uranus synth name is the butt of a lot of jokes today.

:badumtss:

Re: Elgam Carousel

PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:08 pm
by ElectricPuppy
Wonder if there was an expander for it called the Klingon? It's probably been wiped from history by now.

Re: Elgam Carousel

PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:37 pm
by christianrock
You guys are just being too anal about this whole stuff.

Re: Elgam Carousel

PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:40 pm
by ClavAnother
I thought about joining in on this, butt I don't have time for it.

Re: Elgam Carousel

PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:03 pm
by Purity_Control
Clagnut expander.

Re: Elgam Carousel

PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:10 pm
by soundwave106
*looks that word up*

Leave it to the British to come up with colorful slang for rather disgusting concepts. :lol:

I'm not sure if I should ask what the name of the wind controller should be...

Re: Elgam Carousel

PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:57 pm
by Plink Floyd
Ooh, I know that one: The Trumpatooter!

Re: Elgam Carousel

PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:09 pm
by gregwar
i think that guy is ripping too many darts for a wind :smoke: controller...

Re: Elgam Carousel

PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:33 pm
by Plink Floyd
All farting around aside, that looks like it could have been a really good polysynth: six octaves, tons of knobbage, all those buttons that might or might not be mod routing, and somebody on teh innernets said it had eight voices.

If properly marketed, it could have wiped the competition.

Re: Elgam Carousel

PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:15 pm
by soundwave106
Plink Floyd wrote:If properly marketed, it could have wiped the competition.


Sadly, my best guess is that this synth went over like a fart in church.

I can't find a modern picture of this Uranus synth -- most of the modern pictures seem to be of their combo organs and home organs that they seem most known for.

Perhaps too many people bought this thinking that they could use this to play arias and hymns using the traditional Home Organ Cheese patches. Only to discover that, without proper programming, this Uranus synth was only capable of weird farty sounds.

Re: Elgam Carousel

PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:45 pm
by christianrock
soundwave106 wrote:
Plink Floyd wrote:I can't find a modern picture of this Uranus synth


Almost like it's been flushed from memory... I guess most people don't give a sh*t about it anymore. It's a forgotten note in the anals of history...

(never gets old)

Re: Elgam Carousel

PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:27 am
by Purity_Control
Never heard of one of these either until one showed up on a ebay search, sometimes I sift through a few pages of 'electronic keyboard' to see what's got mislisted in there.



Can be transistor or valve, also has built in spring reverb:



The one that showed up was £25 but collection only and in Blackpool... would cost more in train fare to get there, and easily a 6 hour round trip...