The Electric Chord Organ

Magnus Chord Organ 1960s - Electric Vintage Keyboard Piano image 1A hidden bit of history: my first musical instrument was an organ, similar to the one pictured here. Mine was ivory colored, not dark brown. Its stand was a little more robust than this. 

Today I wouldn’t consider it a real instrument; it had three octaves and push buttons for twelve chords. My parents did know I had a desire to learn to play the piano. I suppose if you’re pinching pennies to raise a family with three children, a spinet in the 60s was a gamble. Little did they know I’d still be playing music over five decades later.

I spent about a year on my electric chord organ, teaching myself to read treble clef. I didn’t have much space for bass clef, but I did experiment playing two hands. Not much room for it though.

My wife has been lurking on social media marketplaces. It is amazing and troubling and interesting to see so many pianos being given away for free. Baby grand pianos and uprights that look, on the surface, like they’re in pretty good shape. Boy, that would’ve been fun in the 60s. 

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to The Electric Chord Organ

  1. Patty says:

    We did have that old organ in the garage

  2. Liam says:

    Many of them given away by people who got them decades ago. I grew up hearing musical instruments played in homes. I don’t hear that any more (and I don’t live in an area with much central air-conditioning, given homes are generally over 100 years old and close together on small lots that don’t have a lot of room for what’s needed), and it’s been a long time since I last did – very much including drums, guitars and synthesizers along with other non-rock instruments. One never sees kids carrying instruments to school the way it was common decades ago. I know that there are still school bands, orchestras and choruses, and students thereof progressing to collegiate/conservatory study, but it seems that participation rates are down. Way down. This has downstream effects.

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