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A single manual home organ from the Farfisa brand
The Farfisa Pergamon

Farfisa is an Italian manufacturer of electronic equipment. The brand name is mainly known in connection with electronic organs ; in addition, the company formerly also produced radios and televisions . Farfisa was bought by Bontempi in 1987 .

Company history

In 1863, Paolo Soprani and his brother Settimio founded a small workshop in which they developed and constructed together. Nine years later, his brother Settimio opened his own business, which was involved in the production of musical instruments on a larger scale. The name is an acronym for " FA bbriche R iunite de FISA rmoniche" (United Accordion Factories).

Over the years Farfisa SpA developed into a well-known company that produced electronic home organs in different price segments. The focus of development was in the area of ​​smaller and portable devices. As a new image carrier, Farfisa published the top model Pergamon in 1981 , which, with a weight of almost 200 kilograms and a sales price of 16,000 DM, was in a new class and should bring the company better sales figures. Due to the enormous technical progress in digital technology , Farfisa posted declining sales figures and had to stop production after four years after the takeover by the Bontempi company in 1987.

Aci Farfisa was founded in 1993 as a new independent company operating in the video intercom, surveillance and telephony sectors.

Farfisa organs in popular music

One of the first bands to use a Farfisa organ was Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs on their hit Wooly Bully in 1965 . Rick Wright of the band Pink Floyd used Farfisa instruments from the album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn to The Dark Side of the Moon . Ralf Hütter from Kraftwerk used a Farfisa on Autobahn , Jean Michel Jarre on the Oxygène album . Buddy Casino , Helge Schneider's long-time keyboardist , used an old Farfisa organ when they performed together. The Farfisa was also used in the song Misery from the album Warning: the punk rock band Green Day . The distinctive organ run in Elton John's Crocodile Rock also comes from a Farfisa. Rio Reiser used his Farfisa with ample sound effects on the studio recordings of the 1975 album Wenn die Nacht am tiefsten ... as the frontman and multi-instrumentalist of the German rock band Ton Steine ​​Scherben . The Swedish rock band Caesars also used a Farfisa.

The sound of the " Kompakt " model has been emulated since 2013 by the manufacturers Hammond and Clavia .

Web links

Commons : Farfisa  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  2. Farfisa at Pink Floyd
  3. Farfisa on the Autobahn
  4. Farfisa on Oxygene  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link / www.cnet.de  
  5. Farfisa on Crocodile Rock
  6. http://www.amazona.de/test-hammond-sk1-sk2-orgel/2/
  7. http://www.amazona.de/test-clavia-nord-c2d-electric-orgel/2/