“Rare hybrid Cordovox combo organ / Moog synth in a snazzy mod case. Sometimes referred to as the “White Elephant” — This particular example needs work and is a good candidate for a parts machine or restoration project. Also, the case could make a very cool “shell” for other more modern keyboards or controllers. This was done by Beck’s keyboard player for stage use and it’s a cool look. The organ section basically works but the bass and percussion voices do not and the synth section does not presently produce any sound. No further testing was or will be done. Slider caps but otherwise complete. Sold as-is – for local pickup only in Los Angeles (North Hollywood area) ” Link
What is pictured is exactly what you will receive, if it is not pictured or stated as included, then it is not included.” Link
“ORGAN TURNS ON ALL THE KEYS MAKE SOUND. SOME ARE LOUDER THAN OTHERS . MAY BE THE VOLUME CONTROLS. VIBRATO WORKS AND OTHER FUNCTIONS, I AM NOT SURE HOW TO RUN THIS ITEM BUT IT HAS ALOT OF CRAZY SOUNDS, THE THE WHITE CASE HAS SCRATCHES, ONE OF THE KEYS HAS PART OF THE KEY MISSING AS SHOWN IN THE PICTURES. ORGAN ALSO COMES WITH FARFISA BASS PEDAL THE PLUG ON THE BASS PEDAL PLUGS DIRECTLY INTO THE ORGAN,. I CAN NOT GET ANY SOUND OUT OF THE BASS PEDALS . LOW RESERVE” Link
PHYSICAL CONDITION – Good. The housing has faded yellow over time, there are scuffs and scratches, the synth control panel on the top has some slight bends in it, the left side slider control section on the upper manual is bent some as well, but it looks good overall for a vintage piece.
WORKING CONDITION – Fair. The upper manual has the middle C and D# keys with springs out/ broken where the keys sound, but do not sit flush or feel right/ tight. The lower manual has the lower A & A flat keys sticking together, the middle B has some intermittent contact with the percussion sounds, and the G2 & G#2 keys have some intermittent contact issues with the main organ sounds. The organ section is the only sounds working, including the vibrato and percussion. The synthesizer section does NOT seem to be functioning at all, including the bass notes, filter/ modulation, or any voices/ settings on the top control panel.
This is very typical of this model, they are almost never working properly and require a dedicated servicing. Many owners gut the electronics and put new electronics and keys inside the shell since it looks so retro- futuristic. ” Link
“Mint functional condition and excellent physical condition – couple of blemishes on outer cover (from cigarettes perhaps), some extremely light pitting/rust on chrome legs (rust seems to be stable and is not spreading), small blemish in paint on the bass pedals, scratches and dents on the various faceplates and throughout the unit – all consistent with light use and little to no gigging.” Link
“This organ is in good working order Plays and sounds the best and is in the best shape of them all. very clean, and very unique and unusual. Sorry, does not include include legs — fits on a standard keyboard stand (not included). Vintage organ, so sold as-is. These are super hard to find, and you won’t find any other organs like them! Also, one of the only organs (maybe the only one?!?) that lights up — all lights working properly ” Link
“VERY RARE MOOG WHITE ELEPHANT. PARTS OR REPAIR, AS IS, NO REFUNDS. SYNTHESIZER HAS NO OUTPUT, NO OTHER TESTING HAS BEEN OR WILL BE DONE. SOME OF THE BLACK KEYS ARE CRACKED, AND SOME OF THE WHITE ONES STICK DOWN. KEYBOARD IS LOADED WITH DUST AND WILL NEED A THOROUGH CLEANING IM SURE. PLEASE REVIEW ALL PICTURES FOR FULL DETAILS. THE CROSSBAR FOR THE STAND IS MISSING AND I AM SURE THE KEYBOARD WILL NEED REPAIRS FOR PROPER OPERATION. ” Link
Manufactured as a collaboration between Moog (synthesizer company) and Cordovox (Accordian/organ Company) through Norlin Music this instrument is really unlike anything else. The top manual is a Moog Synthesizer and the bottom manual is a Cordovox organ.
I have listed this auction “FOR PARTS/NOT WORKING” -however the unit is mostly working. The Moog section needs some calibration as these units often do. I recently moved the piece from my studio in Philadelphia, PA to my home in Wilmington, DE and the tuning and functions of the moog section are now a bit out of whack. All keys trigger, and every switch effects the instrument as I believe it should. Perhaps my favorite part of the instrument is on the right hand side – called “Percussion”and acts as a very functional cutoff for the organ. The synth can also be “coupled” to turn the top section in an extra keyboard for the Cordovox. Just writing about this synth makes me wish I wasn’t in a position where I have to sell it.
Cosmetically speaking – the synthesizer is looking pretty sharp. All slider caps, switches, sliders, and buttons are present and function. All keys are also present though a few have a cracks on them and cause them to stick down when pressed – these should likely be replaced. The labeling of functions is clear and readable. The chrome faceplates that adorn the instrument are pretty shiny though have a scratchy sort of look – observe pictures – The aluminum “moog” strip along the top of the instrument is clean and straight (I’ve seen many dented and bent) The “white” part of the white elephant (the huge fiberglass shell that plops over top is solid and without cracks – there are a few holes that I’m not sure are original – some which look to be for a music stand and/or supporting another instrument or rack to fasten to it. – there is also some sticker residue on one side – but nothing major.
Also included is the original “CDX” chrome legs and their original black carrying case.
Also included is an unmarked pedal that connects via 5-pin cable and I believe is used to control volume/filter swells though this piece remains untested. ” Link
“I’m not sure what this thing is. It makes some sounds but it is difficult to get anything out of it. Picture 8 shows missing plastic beads which are necessary for isolation of the leaf as well as proper actuation of the leaf. The case is real fiberglass and it comes with a stand and red zipper case. The aluminum plates under the linear faders have light scratches and dullness. There are no signs of modifications repairs or broken parts wires or boards. Electronic components look fine. The 60 mm faders are fine and interlocking switches are smooth. There are more than a couple power supply boards and no doubt that the electrolytic caps have to be replaced. More info as it comes in.” Link
“1975 Cordovox dual combo organ with a Moog satellite built in!
There’s a built in bass section with a coupler and sustain, it has bass, guitar and vibrato depth for faders, you can make it sound like a Rheem bass keyboard, or more like a bass guitar, this whole section works great! The rest of the bottom organ is your straight vintage organ, think vox jaguar, definitely better sounding than any farfisa I ever played, there is a percussion section with repeat and mono, the effects for this do not all seem functioning, at least I don’t notice any percussion, but it sounds like an organ! Now for the top portion of the keyboard, the top is a moog satellite combined with the organ section, there are faders to blend them and basically you have the ability to make one louder than the other or match their volumes, you can great some great leads and all kinds of other great sounds just with that, there is also and octave section for the entire organ for whatever scale or key you want. There is modulation and a straight volume for just the moog and an on/off switch for the moog. The moog works and has presets, however there are minor issues with the moog, there is a tuner to tune the moog and this works and you will need it to match the moog to the organ because the moog doesn’t have completely stable tuning. Now every key on the moog does not sound completely, there is something up with the key assembly, I have opened it up and checked out the keying set up. I couldn’t figure it out with so many different keying operations, I think I may have it figured out but it’s too much of a project for me right now, there are three black keys that need replacing and one white one, they are plastic keys glued on metal and can be found on ebay, same keys as a polymoog and many other synths, they can usually be found cheap. All the keys are with it, it’s just the few I am referring to are cracked. I cleaned this thing out really well and scrubbed the outer shell, it’s a nice aged white. This was in storage for probably 15-20 years and she’s been cleaned up and is ready for a new owner to give her some TLC! I’d say it’s at least 75-80% functional and as a sweet double bar organ with a bass section, it’s 100% functional. There are 1/4″ outs underneath and a connection to hook up organ bass pedals to control the bass section is you wanted to wire some up it’d be pretty easy! I will ship via Fed Ex and buyer will pay actual shipping costs, so I will get you a shipping total afterward, however I don’t imagine it will be much more than $50-60, depending where you are, continental U.S. only! Pickup preferred and sold AS-IS, NO RETURNS! ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“versteigere voll Funktionstüchtige und Mega rare Vintage Orgel der Marke Cordovox/ Moog CDX-0652. Unter Sammlern ist diese Orgel auch als “White Elephant” bekannt. Im wesentlichen ist es eine Cordovox Orgel (Farfisa ähnlicher Sound) mit einem Moog Satellite im Upper Manual. Die Orgel kommt komplett mit Original Standbeinen und dem Original Volume Pedal, sowie der Original Tasche für die Standbeine.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“First the good…Overall in really good shape. The organ section works flawlessly…all of the keys work and it sounds really cool. The bass pedal also works fine. All of the original pieces are here. The is the first one I’ve ever seen that has all of the original cases and bass pedal…and WORKS! Oh yeah, IT LOOKS COOL as HELL!!!
Now for the bad… The synth section has issues. For the most part it is not functional. I opened it up once and got it to work a few times by wiggling some wires but really never cared enough to get it professionally looked at. The preset synth buttons have some sticky stuff on them making them a little hard to depress. There is one slider cap missing as you can see in the pic.( I actually have it around here somewhere and would send it to you once found). The volume pedal wire is disconnected from the pedal.( probably not a hard fix for someone who knows what they’re doing. Some of the chrome has come off the legs. Finally, there is a small chip in the shell on the left front corner( I tried to photograph it but it didn’t really turn out so well).
I think with a little TLC and analog expertise this thing will perform like it did in 1975! If you’re a collector get this! You may not see one this complete for awhile. Here’s a little info from the web about it.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“This Cordovox organ has been tested here at Atomic Music and it functions without issue. As it is pre-owned/used, expect that there are some cosmetic blemishes on its exterior. If, in any pictures, knobs/faders/sliders are broken or missing, assume that no repairs or replacements will be made and that this item will be sold as pictured. Please come by the store to test this item out for yourself and to view its condition before making your purchase.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
Powers on, but no sound?
Some crakes on both front corners of frame but no real damage on the outside.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“THIS AUCTION IS FOR ONE VINTAGE USED MOOG CDX-O-652 CORDOVOX ORGAN/SYNTHESIZER WHITE ELEPHANT.THIS UNIT LOOKS GOOD FOR ITS AGE.IT IS MISSING SOME SLIDER KNOBS, AND I AM NOT SURE IF THE STEMS ARE BROKE, BUT I CAN MOVE THE SLIDERS UP AND DOWN EASILY WITH A TOOTHPICK.ALL THE OTHER KNOBS AND BUTTONS ARE STILL ATTACHED AND MOVE FREELY.THE UNIT POWERS UP BUT I CAN NOT TEST IT ANY FURTHER BECAUSE I HAVE NO PEDAL OR CABLES AND I AM NOT AN EXPERT ON THESE TYPE OF MACHINES.I did plug this organ in and it powered on. I will guarantee that this powers on but beyond that, I can’t test it. All the slides, switches and knobs operate smoothly. SO I AM SELLING IT “AS IS HOW IS”I HAVE ADDED ALOT OF PICTURES OF BOTH INSIDE AND OUT, SO PLEASE LOOK AT ALL THE PICTURES BEFORE BIDDING. WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU WILL PICK UP.THIS IS A PICK UP ONLY AUCTION DUE TO THE WEIGHT AND SIZE OF THE UNIT.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.
“Well here is an inxpensive way to get a midi accordion. This is an cordovox that was basically gutted of all the old tube style electronics original to it . The inside elctronics were replaced with the basic midi setup wiring
I have a midi foot controller that i will include to power up the midi in the accordion, you will still need midi module to produce the sounds you desire.
I have used this before with a midi set up for my concertina and the accordion worked great as midi.
I have listed this accordion at a lower rate because you will need to have a button looked at on the bass side when it is depressed it is out of tune.It has several of the keys on the piano side are slightly gouged which seemed typical for the Cordovoxes from that era… not sure if it was due to poor design in making the keys …or if the players should have trimmed their nails more!!! ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.