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03-12-2007, 01:21 AM
I was really curious about the smaller Conn home spinets, so I looked around for a site with some sound clips, and found the mother lode. They are records, so they crackle quite a bit. Interesting though. </P><FONT size=2>
03-12-2007, 06:53 AM
Conn Caper? I had to sell them once. (Shudders at the very thought of how Conn could associate their name with a pile of junk like that.) The bigger and slightly later ones in that series weren't much better, but at least things like the Starlite came in a proper horseshoe console.</P>
03-12-2007, 07:22 AM
The name of the record is called "Conn Capers", but ironically enough, it's actually demonstrating the Caprice. I think this record was made before the Caper came out.I like the Caprice, but not too crazy about the prelude, sounds too much like a nintendo. Perhaps because its solid state, instead of tube like the Caprice. I don't mind the home spinet rocker configuration. I find the Conn Artist (giggling) is rather piano-looking and unattractive.
03-12-2007, 09:18 AM
Ah, that makes a difference. The Caprice was the first of the 'real' Conns, with the tone generators found in all the larger models. The Preludes and Prelude Theatres were more basic electronics, and didn't have the Conn sound. They were all solid state models. Anyway they were still a league above the Capers etc.</P>
I think I had that LP years ago, was it recorded by an old mate of mine, Don Kingston? He was their chief demonstrator and we did quite abit of work together over here in the late 70's.</P>
And yes, you have to giggle at Conn Artist. That was the Yahoo Group name, though I think it was hijacked by perv posters and they've got a new site now. It was always very quiet so I haven't bothered to find the new one yet.</P>
03-12-2007, 08:42 PM
Conn Caprice organs when they first came out were the smallest of all models. Then when they went to transistors, they offered a bit more in features, stops, etc. Anything below a Conn Caprice is nothing but pure "junk" or i.e. a toy.</P>
The first Conn I played was a Minuet with tubes. This particular organ must have been their first spinet, and there was no percussion on this organ. It was not a bad sounding organ. I found it somewhat interesting using those long rocker type stop controls. Also, they had those paper stop guides you could put around the stops in order for a new organist to be able to use the various stops with the coupler system.</P>
I also remember having some of those demo records many years back from the mid 60's. They were most interesting as there was a good demo of what the organs could do. I remember one was for the Conn Caprice, and I had one for the first theater spinet model that Conn put on the MKT.</P>
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