December 2, 2012 6:02 PM
posted by sweet mister (6 comments total)
What's in the box
(unSane's sockpuppet here cos I used up my weekly post on the challenge)
In the late 90s I had a Vox Continental Mk II
which I played in a surf band. One of the surf bands we often played with had a Farfisa which always sounded WAY better to me. So I've been jonesing for one ever since then.
Imagine my joy when I saw a Farfisa Compact I
advertised semi-nearby (that means a 2-hour drive round here). I went so see it, but it was in terrible shape... half the keys didn't work, one was stuck on, etc. So I knocked the guy down to a ridiculous price and took it home.
When I opened it up I found out why it wasn't working
-- there was a huge mouse nest
inside. Once I cleaned that out
and hit all the contacts
with some cleaner, and worked the keys, I managed to get it back to 99% functionality. There's just a couple of 4' contacts that aren't working but you don't really notice.
Anyway, the point is HOLY SHIT
. Farfisas have a reputation for cheese but when you put it in full boost mode this thing will kill cows at two hundred paces. The entire house was shaking. It's so much less POLITE than a Hammond or Vox.
The only problem is, like my Vox, it weighs a friggin' ton. Makes the Fender Twin look light. Oh, did I mention how it sounds through the Twin...?