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bohus
Chicago, Illinois
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One nice thing about some chord organs is that they're simple enough inside that the mechanically inclined among us can take a shot at fixing them ourselves. In Chicago we still have a couple stalwarts who repair creaky old instruments. I'd recommend that you look into anyone who repairs accordions as the general method of creating sounds is roughly the same in chord organs i.e. air blowing across a series of reeds. There don't tend to be any electronics in a chord organ aside from the electric motor in there. If you look up an organ repair place, specify what you've got. When I was looking into getting my transistor organ fixed I found that the local folks that repair church organs don't know a lot about the electronics side of things. Good luck!
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Sorry - this isn't an item that we ever had for sale. Also from my memory of using the Magic Fingers, it doesn't sound like it'll offer you the gentle rocking motion that you're after. sorry I couldn't be more helpful. Good luck!
Toggle Commented Apr 3, 2016 on Magic Fingers Vibrating Bed at Retro Thing
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Great way to summarize the slightly nutty history of the Wollensak name. Thanks for the assist! This email has been sent from a virus-free computer protected by Avast. www.avast.com
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2016 on 3M Wollensak T-1500 Reel To Reel at Retro Thing
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You are so wonderful! I will definitely pursue this direction... and I'm sure my mother will want to thank you. ;)
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2015 on Dining Room Lamp Mystery at Retro Thing
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So should I admit that I coincidentally picked up the Thunderbirds version only a few days before seeing this post. Real or not, I had to know how the stuff is supposed to work.
Toggle Commented Mar 13, 2015 on A Soyuz Space Capsule Owner's Manual at Retro Thing
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That wall was kind of a false wall, so there was actually a lot of room around the TV. Still not the best idea though, I wouldn't think. Yet, the TV did survive in there some 50+ years so it couldn't have been all bad. ;)
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2014 on My "New" Retro TV at Retro Thing
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That's easy. Just ask the Magic 8 Ball.
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We should totally do that, but for some reason 9 is a harder number. ;) We'll have to knock our heads together and see what we can come up with. We do have plans for some posts leading up to the holidays, so we should try to sneak in a couple of 9's.. you're totally right.
Toggle Commented Oct 27, 2014 on Retro Thing Turns 8! at Retro Thing
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It's just simple optics, so no... there's no reason that one company's titler would be exclusive to that same company's camera. Bolex offered a couple of very elaborate titling kits that you could use with any camera. In fact, I saw some of those titlers still in use in the 90s when I was in film school! So in summary, if your camera fits on the device, and there's room enough to adjust the macro lens and get focus, you're good to go.
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2014 on Home Movie Titling Sets at Retro Thing
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Ride-on Power Wheels kiddie cars are 30 years old this year. In that time, some ingenious hacks have come along to not only dash away those tedious safety concerns, but also to lure adults into squeezing into the tiny plastic cars for racing. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Retro Thing
Before YouTube & Instructables, video instruction came in the form of VHS tutorial videos. In 1989 Casio created one that is banal and kind of fascinating at the same time. Plus you can take it to the streets by learning the tape's "rap". Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Retro Thing
One of my favorite things about new cameras is adapting old lenses to work on them. Here's a video showing what happens when you put a 1950s home movie lens onto a modern Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera. Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Retro Thing
I have to admit that after watching this video, I felt that I'd seen a mockumentary about organist Cameron Carpenter, but no... this guy is the real deal. Carpenter is a controversial virtuoso organist with a custom instrument and more than a little rock flair. Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Retro Thing
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Keystone took on the 80s with their fashionable Le Clic disc camera. You could find this flat pocket-sized camera in the bottom of the many voluminous knockoff fashion purses of the time. Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Retro Thing
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In the height of Transformers mania in the 80s, lots of knockoffs appeared on the scene. While some went through the trouble to invent new storylines, others were like Lock-Man. He's... uh... a robot padlock... and that's about it. Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Retro Thing
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Like every kind of object in the world, there are collectors for thimbles. No thimble collection is complete with a Max Headroom or a Dalek decorated sewing notion. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at Retro Thing
Here's a rare 16mm kinescope of a performance of BIll Wyman's "Monkey Glip Glue". It's color which makes it even more rare! Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at Retro Thing
Sorry to hear you feel that way. Knowing Ben a little, I have to say that I'm constantly amazed at everything he's able to accomplish; his various projects, his weekly show... all in the tangled wilds of Wisconsin. :)
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Retro Thing favorite, Ben Heckendorn, has his own weekly internet TV show. In this episode, he tears down a Mac Classic. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Retro Thing
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The Thrilling Adventure Hour is an exhilarating new take on old time radio. bohus sat down and interviewed two of the many talents behind the project; Ben Blacker, and Mark Gagliardi. Thrilling Adventure Hour is hilarious, sophisticated, ad available anywhere thanks to their weekly free podcast. Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2014 at Retro Thing
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With all the genuinely vintage mics out there, you might wonder what's so interesting about a retro-Elvis-mic-styled modern mic. For one thing, it's around $40 - and second - it's bright red! Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Retro Thing
There's a fairly notorious shot-by-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark that a couple of young boys started in the 80s and working on for nearly a decade. There's still one scene left to shoot, and the boys (now men, clearly...) are asking for your help to finish the epic. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at Retro Thing
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my life changed when I went from storing all of my records on mismatched wire racks and milk crates, to the perfect shelving system I found at Ikea called Expedit. The shelves are perfectly matched for vinyl collectors, which is why the community went a little nuts when the Swedish flat pack giant announced the extinction of Expedit. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Retro Thing
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While looking for crazy electronics In the open markets of Shanghai, I found the next best thing. A reminder of my 8 bit gaming heritage - a Pac-Man figure! Though I don't remember Pac-Man having a huge mechanical tongue, do you? Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at Retro Thing
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Nano Blocks are a Lego clone of sorts. In the US they're sold as collectible models rather than toys because the kerjillion microscopic parts are not going to make kids happy. Here are some sets I found in the streets of Shanghai that they could never sell in the states. Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at Retro Thing