The Great Testing Continues
Part 2

12 January 2015

A conversation concerning the delivery of the Hammond L-122 organ.

Audible Smile: "HEY! You can't carry that on it's side, it needs to be upright! There's an oil reservoir in there!"

Delivery Man: "How were we supposed to know that? You should have marked it 'This way up'."

Audible Smile: "We did - it was all over the crate it was shipped in, that you took out of your truck."

Delivery Man: "Yeah well, we kept the crate upright. But this isn't in the crate any more!"

True story.

We suspect that there was an amount of over-exuberance in opening the crate too - a whole bunch of scars were added to the middle of the top of the organ, in front of the music stand.

The ridiculously heavy D-85 from Yamaha.

We caught them trying to move this from the truck to the studio block by first turning it on to it's side, then upside down, and then by trying to lift it by it's pedals!

Thankfully it seems to have been robust enough to survive this without damage.

This was already a very clean Philicorda GM755 when we obtained it from the very generous Hamstall Ridware of the wonderful Sundae Club, and in it's last weeks in the UK it was stripped and cleaned internally and polished externally so that it looked like new.

It was supposed to be transported to Australia in a crate, but when it was delivered we found that they hadn't bothered and all that protected it was a few sheets of bubble-wrap. The vent-holes on the back are now broken but should be fixable without leving any permanent scars.

Isn't it ace, fab and groovy?

That's right, we're back in Moog monosynth territory - this is the Moog Taurus III Bass Pedals. Shipping in it's original boxes - double-cartoned - was enough to get this beast of a machine here in it's minty condition. Boy, did the walls shake and my trousers flap when I tested this out!

This is a Jazzman by Crumar. It says so on the case.

This made it's way to Australia simply wrapped in bubble-wrap then taped. Until a few days before we left, we weren't even aware we had it! It was only when we reached the deepest, darkest corners of one of the lockups that we found it, abandoned since goodness knows when, and obtained from goodness knows where.

We gave it a quick try and loved the funkiness of it, especially the 'vibraphone' with 'tremolo'. So, we cleaned it, wrapped it, labelled it and hoped for the best. And that, apparently, was enough.

It's that big old built-like-a-tank UF80 master keyboard from CME again, this time being tested by hooking it up to the Little Phatty. Unsurprisingly, it was in perfect condition. It would probably take a tactical nuke to damage that thing.

Doesn't the Phatty look tiny in comparison?

For some reason I thought this old Jen Synthtone SX1000, was dead and had kept it only because The Wife (bless her) loves it, and we thought we could use it for 'something' one day. Turns out it's working well. It just needs the knob top foils glued back on.

It travelled here in a large rolling rack flight case with a load of other gear:

Top to bottom what you can see there is (1) a Jennings Univox J6, (2) a Moog Rogue, (3) the Jen SX1000, and (4) a Roland System 100m rack and modules. There was also a pair of JBL passive monitors, a Melos Phaser, and some other assorted studio bits and bobs.

Here's that Jennings Univox J6 getting tested:

Despite my worries about the mains cabling (which was iffy before it travelled), and also the valves, once it warmed up it worked perfectly other than a little occasional crackliness that I'm sure a good clean will fix.

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