Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Kimball swinger 1000

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Recently donated to church and no instruction book and current piano player trying to learn.  No problem playing with chords, but can not get it to play individual notes. is there a button that needs to be adjusted.

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Hello!  Some of the latter "last stabs" to build American style organs to compete with the Japanese keyboards resulted in organs so complicated that even I had a challenge navigating my way around them, so I understand your frustration.  Probably the best way to approach the problem would be to make certain all of the stops, buttons and switches (not including the power switch, of course) should be placed in the off position.  This includes pistons (the buttons directly beneath the keyboards).  The pistons should be "out" and not in.  All lighted stops should be off and all stops should be in the upright position (i.e., pushed forward or upward).  Organs typically come with auto-play modes which take control of the keyboards and pedal board...which is exactly what you do not want.  The goal is to turn all the auto-play modes off.

Once done, depress an 8' flute stop on the accompaniment manual (usually colored white) and play a chord on the lower manual.  You should be able to play a full chord provided the instrument is operating correctly.  

If this doesn't work, then you can try working backward by keeping the flute stop down, hold a chord then start turning every button, stop and knob on then off, one at a time, until the chord you are playing suddenly sounds.  Check which stop gave you the desired affect and make note of it for future use.  Kimball made about 200 models so it's difficult to be specific regarding your model.  You can contact me at www.britson.com for further help.  

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