We were relieved to discover that this Combo Compact had been much better maintained than the Compact Deluxe we worked on last month. We were working on it for a friend of ours from DC, who had gotten it from a relative who was a professional musician in the 70s and had taken pretty good care of it.
The tuning coil from one of the tone generators (oscillators) had gone bad though, causing that oscillator to produce the wrong note and be untuneable. However, over the course of this repair and the repair of that last Deluxe we worked on, we figured out that it is possible to re-wind a failed Farfisa tuning coil with new magnet wire, and successfully did so twice. If anyone reading this has a Farfisa with a bad oscillator coil and would like it re-wound, get in touch… it would be easy enough to send through the mail.
Now that we know this, we’re looking forward to finding out what other types of organs’ coils this can be done with.
Work Done: full re-cap (replaced all electrolytic capacitors), cleaned switches and key contacts, fixed bad tuning coil, tuned organ