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Thomas,
My grandson learn the piano on a Kimball swinger and now he got a mellotron I was going to give the Kimball to Goodwill and this is where I could use your help can I take the components out of the Kimball and build a low power amp/monitor type of system that can be used for playing a harmonica? I don't have a degree in electronic but it would seem like with the speaker in excellent shape, the reverb tank, transformer, and other component and with the help from the right person I should be able to find a starting point of designing and building such an amp or device

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Hello Ralph!  Sounds like an interesting project.  Most organs have a signal "in" jack to connect audio equipment to.  If the instrument has this jack, your work is done for you.  You may need a small mixer to match impedance but other than that, you should be good.

If you want to eliminate the console entirely, dissecting the basic parts you need from the rest of the organ could be rather involved particularly if you are not familiar with the organ's electronics.  A schematic may also be helpful.  I suggest you find someone who is familiar with audio electronics to get you started in the right direction.  

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I am a full time organ/piano technician who has been actively involved with the design, building, repair, maintenance and installation of organs and pianos for 35 years. I began as a keyboard instrument apprentice and hold degrees in music and electronics. If you need a piano's date of manufacture, please go to http://www.pianoexchange.com/howold.htm or http://www.bluebookofpianos.com/pianoage.html I am happy to answer musical or technical questions, however, I CANNOT offer appraisals on pianos or organs. Please do not ask what an instrument is worth. For this service please contact an experienced local appraiser or try the following links: https://mmm1100.verio-web.com/blueb1/appraisal.html or http://www.57piano.com/questions.htm

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I am a full time organ/piano technician who has been actively involved with the design, building, repair, maintenance and installation of organs and pianos for 35 years. I began as a keyboard instrument apprentice and hold degrees in music and electronics.

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I am a full time organ/piano technician who has been actively involved with the design, building, repair, maintenance and installation of organs and pianos for 35 years. I began as a keyboard instrument apprentice and hold degrees in music and electronics.

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