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date: 15 November 2019


  • Hugh Davies


Polyphonic electronic organ developed by Harald Bode and manufactured by Jörgensen Electronic in Düsseldorf between 1953 and the late 1950s. Similar to the Clavioline, it was a portable one-manual instrument with a range of three octaves, which by means of an octave transposition switch could be set within a total compass of five octaves. The sound was generated by 12 oscillators and 12 sets of valve (vacuum tube)-based octave dividers. A second manual, or an octave of pedals, or both could be added. The Tuttivox was used mainly by small dance bands that transported all their instruments in one car; the organ and amp each has a wooden carry/storage case and the organ has a collapsible stand. During the same period Jörgensen also manufactured the Basilika (a two-manual, five-octave church organ with full pedalboard, based on the Tuttivox), Bode’s concert model of the Clavioline, and the hybrid Combichord, which consisted of a combined Tuttivox and Clavioline played from a single three-octave keyboard with 38 stop-tabs contained in a console like that of a piano attachment....

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