At a car boot sale, the ability to identify something of value is always important. Equally, you should be able to spot a fake if you're planning on spending a lot of money. If you're looking for an electronic organ, being able to spot a genuine Yamaha Electone organ can land you a bargain -- or help you avoid wasting your hard-earned money on a fake. Knowing a little bit about the models from across the history of Yamaha will give you an understanding of how to identity a Yamaha organ.
- Skill level:
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Inspect the sides. The D-1 was the first organ released by Yamaha, and it came out in 1959. The unit has a simplistic design, and there should be a horizontal seam on either side where the keyboard section meets the base.
Check the front panel. The D-1 has a wooden front panel, with a circular emblem on the left-hand side. The C-401 has the same number of pedals and a similar front layout, but it has no emblem. It also has grille material on the front.
Identify the key features. The D-1 has a 13-key pedalboard on the lower left-hand side and two 49-note keyboards. The higher of the two keyboards is further over to the right. Above the keyboards is a dark-brown, front-facing panel with 10 rectangular buttons. Above that is a sheet music holder. This general design carries across the D-series and, indeed, many Yamaha organs.
Look above the keyboards for the backward-tilted control panel. This is a key identifying feature of the HX series. The panel of the HX-1 can be laid flat or brought up at a 45-degree angle.
Check the stand. The HX-1 has a trapezoid stand, which is a very unusual feature for an organ, and one that can be useful when hunting for the model. The legs of the HX-3 tilt inward slightly but not to such an extreme degree.
Count the pedals on the pedalboard. There are 25 pedals on the HX-1, and this is also true for the other HX models. The pedalboard extends out from the main unit of the organ and is underneath two larger, metallic pedals.
Search for other distinguishable features. The HX series organs usually have two five-octave keyboards, which are arranged in line with each other. There should be two roller dials to the top left of the keyboards, and the word "Yamaha" is printed underneath the keyboards. It lies between the "E" and "A" keys in the middle octave.
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