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Lowry Celebration C-500 Organ

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by hugh, Dec 28, 2006.

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  1. hugh

    hugh Guest

    I have an opportunity to get a Lowry Celebration C-500 organ.
    Unfortunately it has some problems. I believe that the instrument was
    made in the late 1970s.

    1. All C# and A# are out. Mutations on the same notes are OK. I
    assume that it is in the tone generators some place - possibly even the
    same chip.

    2. There is weak and distorted sound on pedals and the lower keyboard.
    Upper sounds great except for the dead notes.

    Does anyone have any ideas on these two problems and would it be worth
    fixing?
     
  2. Guest

    Some of these organs suffered from bad connector/connections to the
    tone generator boards. Try wiggling the associated tone boards. Also
    swap a good tone board with a non-working tone board, the pitch will be
    wrong, but it will tell you if the other circuitry is ok. Strongly
    recommend you get the schematic if you can read one, it will save much
    agony.

    H. R. (Bob) Hofmann
     
  3. Here is some info on Lowery:

    There web site is:
    http://www.lowrey.com/

    Last time I bought parts for a Lowrey (back in 1999), I found them here:
    Keyboard Systems
    1-801-943-7888

    Good luck
    Tony
     
  4. boardjunkie

    boardjunkie Guest

    I'd look to the divide down circuitry. There is a master oscillator and
    all the tones are derived from that through divide down. Sounds like a
    couple of dead outputs.
     
  5. Guest

    If you can get it for a good price it is definitly worth repairing, The
    C-500 was a top line instrument.
    I worked for Lowrey for several years, I may be able to give you some
    advice on repairing it.
     
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