MATRIXSYNTH: 1976 THOMAS 2001 ORGAN ELECTRONIC RETRO SPACE AGE KEYBOARD SYNTHESIZER



Wednesday, July 02, 2014

1976 THOMAS 2001 ORGAN ELECTRONIC RETRO SPACE AGE KEYBOARD SYNTHESIZER



via this auction

Tijuana preset. Note the 1377695 under the ACCOMP PRESET VOLUME. Curious if that's the SN.

"Item Details

For sale is this vintage 1976 Thomas 2001 organ. With it's incredibly iconic space age design, a model name with an unmistakable reference to Kubrick's Space Odyssey, and enough backlit gadgetry to be confused for a Soviet-era space capsule, it's quite clear why the famous The Standard hotel in Downtown Los Angeles has their entire entrance dedicated to their very own Thomas 2001 organ. With an obvious Panton-era physical presence and Saarinen style curves, this is the perfect instrument for a retro-inspired decor or interior. Incredibly attractive and almost subtle, this organ will undoubtedly be the conversation piece in any environment.

This particular example works perfectly, and includes; the original bench, the original smoked glass sheet music stand, and even the original owner's/maintenance manual."

Update: some additional info via Steve Cain on The MATRIXSYNTH Lounge

"I love mine, if you look closely it not only has the Tijuana preset, but the Speak Easy section that synchs with the rhythm section. There are some that come with a module called 'Band Master' [pictured below], one of the earliest programmable and commercially available drum machines...mine does not...

They weigh a freaking ton and are put together in the oddest way, I work with an organ installer (his part time job) and it took him an hour to get the pedals off of it.

Those black rectangles are module bays, one for the drum machine, one for a tape deck and no idea what went in the 3rd.

BTW, the serial # is under the top lid, usually on the back wall of the main compartment on the inside. If you are lucky, the wiring diagrams are still stapled to the underside if the top key deck, you have to lift it up and set the kickstand to find it. Those #s on the sliders I think are part #s

One last note, at the time of manufacture, Thomas was the company assembling Moog synths, while not the Combo organ with the Satellite for the top deck, it does have some of the mid 70s Moog flavor to some of the sounds."




Image of the "Band Master" expansion not included in this one.

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