Allen Organ Company Museum Tour
Analog Transistor Years: 1959-1970
Early Keystick-felting Machine
In 1963, Allen began manufacturing its own keyboards. This hand-fed machine built by Allen applied felt bushings to
keysticks with heat-activated adhesive.
Toroidal coils were used in tone generators from 1958. Winders similar to this are still being used for making
analog service replacement parts.
This full-size home entertainment console was completely new in concept, unlike anything ever attempted in an electronic
instrument designed for the amateur as well as the
professional. It was a piano and an organ-with a musical synthesizer capable of creating many kinds of musical
sounds. A particularly unique feature was the "flying hammers" that allowed even a beginner to create rich
strumming effects such as mandolins, guitars, banjos, etc. The patented system consisted of a flat ribbon spring with a
weight at the extremity of each key. When striking a key with varied intensities, the resulting re-iterating speed was
changed causing random strumming of the contacts. The harder you struck the keys the faster the strumming, and the lighter
you struck the keys the slower the strumming-producing very authentic sounds.