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    Thomas 2001 for newbie



    Hi,</P>


    I'm new on the forums and am looking to purchase my first electric organ. I don't profess to be talented at piano/organ at all, I'm actually a guitarist. But the organ bug has bitten me and my girlfriend who is a very good pianist is teaching the basics. Anyway, I have the opportunity to purchase a Thomas 2001 organ (the futuristic, plastic-ey looking one from 1976) for quite cheap (i think so anyway). I know some of you on here don't think they're the greatest of organs, but for someone who is only starting out would it be ok? The guy selling it has owned andregularly serviced itsince new so its in very good condition. What should the maximum price I pay for it be?</P>


    I'm after anyinformation on the Thomas 2001? such as its features? I tried to download the organ blue book but it doesn't seem to be online anymore.</P>


    Cheers</P>


    Sean</P>

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    Re: Thomas 2001 for newbie



    Hi Thomas,</P>


    There were 2 versions of the 2001. The 1976 model and the 1979 model D5. The D5 had some extra features such as Orchestral Presence, Harmonizer and improved Rhythm section. I can send you the Blue Book if you give me your email address via a private message. Not the most desirable of Thomas models when it comes to sound. But unique all the same. Very strange - 2x44 note keyboards and 25 pedals. You would have been better off with the Thomas Monticello 371 that just sold for $10.IMHO itlooks better and sounds better and comes with a Leslie and a Moog Synth.</P>


    Value? For features and sound max $10 (if working). For novelty max $50. Hope this helps.</P>


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    Re: Thomas 2001 for newbie



    Organ Blue Book:</P>


    http://www.archive.org/details/OrganBlueBook-1985-1986</P>


    Sorry, I know little about Thomas organs, but there are others on the forum who should be able to tell you more about the 2001. IMHO, the contemporary console styling of the 2001 makes it exceptionally collectible even though Thomas instruments of the era are not generally favored as much as other makes.</P>

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    Hi Sean (not Thomas!), </p>

    I think Skippy's got it spot on with a $10-50 value. The earlier version is a bit of a dog in terms of its sound, the extras added in the later one make quite a difference. That 'space age' styling is, er, er, unique and definitely an acquired taste. Incidentally, the original 2001 had an almost identical 'partner' in the 1776, which looks more like an antique roll-top desk. Both organs released as 'bicentennial' models, of course.
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    Re: Thomas 2001 for newbie

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    Hi Sean (not Thomas!), </P>


    BTW, Where's Syndey? I know where Sydney is, but......[]</P>


    Andy
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    Re: Thomas 2001 for newbie

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    I have the opportunity to purchase a Thomas 2001 organ (the futuristic, plastic-ey looking one from 1976) quite cheap [/quote]</P>


    G'day Sean,</P>


    Take Skippy's advice, he knows the Sydney market better than most, but beware; if this unit is the one currently advertised on eBay, anything could happen to the price at the last moment, eg. a 2001 in country Victoria advertised recently on eBay with a start price of $99 sold for $200 just before the auction ended - a lot of loot for a 1976 Thomas.</P>


    And you're right, Skip, those Poms ought to keep their stiff upper lips at home in the rain where they belong!</P>


    Cheers,</P>


    Ian</P>

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    And Thomas, eeehhhrr Sean,</P>


    don't despair if you miss out on the $10 Thomas 2001. Here is another one: <SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-AU; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"><FONT color=#800080>http://cgi.ebay.com.au/RETRO-Thomas-2001-electric-organ-Eames-Modernist_W0QQitemZ380127589274QQcmdZViewItemQQptZ AU_Musical_Instruments_Instruments?hash=item58815e b39a&amp;_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&amp;_trkparms=66%3A2 %7C65%3A1%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A 1%7C294%3A50</FONT></SPAN></P>


    <SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-AU; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">Good luck to the seller is all I can say. Looks like a 0 bid to me.</SPAN></P>


    <SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-AU; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">Cheers,</SPAN></P>


    <SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-AU; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">Skippy</SPAN></P>
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    Re: Thomas 2001 for newbie

    [quote user="crossyinoz"]

    And you're right, Skip, those Poms ought to keep their stiff upper lips at home in the rain where they belong!</p>

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    Hang a minute Ian, we need to practice our 'sledging' and Aussie bashing ready for the Ashes series this summer. Let's face it, we might win on the verbals but we sure ain't gonna win back that little urn! [] After that, we can become whinging Poms again! []
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    Retired Organs: Lots! Hammond T402, T500 x 2, X5. Conn Martinique and 652. Gulbransen 2102 Pacemaker. Kimball something-or-other.
    Retired Leslies, 147, 145, 760, 710, 415 x 2.

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    Thanks for the info guys. Yes I saw that last 2001 in Echuca. I also had my eye on that wurltizer with the orbit synthesizer in Newcastle that sold for 6.50. I'll keep my eye on it and see what happens. I'm in no rush to get one and am a poor uni student.</P>


    Thanks for all the help</P>


    Sean</P>

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