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    need advise and info on the Lowery Cotillion Organ?



    Seen one of these on our Trademe site, here in New Zealand.There is a Lowery Cotillion for sale. Love the sound of the Lowery, had one many years ago. Was this model a good one and is it worth getting. He says when they came out was $15000 NZ and his reserve is $500 and am in the lead so far, seems a fair price. And says it's been well look after etc.</p>

    I know the later lowery Organs lost the plot ended up not very good. I think these came out in 1981? Think around the height of the Lowery Organs?</p>

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    The Cotillion is a good sounding Lowrey, one of the best ones before they 'lost the plot' with the awful Genius things.</P>


    No leslie for the flutes but a very good Vibratrem electronic tremolo, that keeps the flute sound nice and smooth like it should. Strings and Brass are typical Lowrey - typical analogue, and again, are nice and warm. It has a Choir on the lower manual that cycles through various vocal soundsas keys are struck. This can be quite effective. You also get the Harmony Plus feature, Lowrey's first advanced version of AOC. </P>


    Downsides? Rhythm box is a bit iffy-sounding and things like Piano are nothing like what you'd get even on a cheap keyboard today, but that's about it.</P>


    I'm not sure what $500NZ is in 'real money' ie sterling, and I don't know what the NZ market is like, but don't pay too much for any organ of this era. If it has any electronic problems, factor the potential repair costs into what you're prepared to pay.</P>


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    Thanks Andy. Think back then the rhythm section was pretty poor and tiny on any of them. Tried an Electone D85, which also suffers in the rythm department compared to today are poor. I have a Yamaha PSR S500 and the rythms are as real drumming etc accually drumming. Seems strange no real Leslie? Was this Lowery's first attempt at an electonic Leslie? </p>

    Technics did this with there U90, but the effect is very poor. Seems Lowey was light years ahead when produced. Good to hear Lowery got it right? How does it compare to the modern electronic reproduced lesile effect?
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    It's not really like today's twin rotor leslie sims. It's more like a single rotor unit (the kind of thing that the older Lowreys would have had built in) but with a bit more of a theatrical throb to it. Vibratrem was coming in on a few Lowreys at the time, most notably on the MX1.</P>


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    G'day from OZ,</P>


    The Lowrey D575 Cotillion was released in Australia in 1982 with a retail price of $A12,995. I agree with Andy inthat it was one of the last of the good Lowreys, in fact over here after the range that included the Cotillion was discontinued the Lowrey name all but disappeared from the Australian market. To give you an idea of 2nd hand value, a member of our local organ club recently traded his Cotillion on a Baldwin Cinema 3, an older organ with a cheaper price on release, because his wife liked the idea of having a big brown box "theatre?" organ in their living room. His Cotillion is currently in the dealer's showroom with a price tag of $A2995. That should tell you that $NZ500 (approx $A435) is probably pretty fair. Good luck!</P>


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    What is the console equivelant to the Cotilion? </P>

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