I have an analog Lowrey Symphonic Theatre Organ (two 61-key manuals, 25
radial pedals). Please don't laugh. It's the first organ I ever
bought, and therefore it has some level of sentimental value, which is
good, because it has zilch market value.
It works perfectly. I have amplified it using a couple of strategic-
ally placed Roland KC500 (150 watts, each) keyboard amps with hidden
microphones that pick up the internal Leslie and main speakers (also
Digital reverb and celeste, along with factory multi-channel chorus and
animation give my postwar ranch home a rich, syrupy reverberation that
my elderly neighbors just adore (seriously, they're retired). Problem
is, it gives occasional feedback, hisses now and then, and the mics
pick up the clanking of the pedals. Like I said, it's my first organ.
I've been thinking about buying a Leslie or two instead, simply because
I like the way they sound. The book calls for model 750 and a kit.
750s have four channels and are 400 watts each. At $2,000 each (new),
that's seems like an awfully steep upgrade for a Lowrey that just
happens to sound good. I'd almost rather spend the money on a good
used analog Conn, Rodgers or Allen with 32 pedals and really give my
neighbors something to croon about.
But, questions remain. Are there any Leslie experts out there that
could tell me if other four-channel Leslies would work so I could look
at used ones? How would I know?