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Introduction to the 1960s Electrones

During the 1960s, whilst the 357 and 363 continued to sell well, Compton expanded their Electrone range to include a choice of smaller, self-contained organs intended for practice, home use and churches with little space or infrequent organ requirements. Designs ranged from the CH/2, a fairly comprehensive church spec with two full compass manuals and pedals, down to the single-manual Sonatina. For home entertainment there were spinet models with short-compass keyboards and 13-note pedalboards, that could be tucked into a corner of a living room. All used the standard 2.5-inch generator system with direct keying, feeding internal amplification and loudspeakers, although external speakers could be added to some models. The CH/2 was deservedly very popular, however the home entertainment models were not Comptons’ greatest success. By the time they were introduced, transistorised electronic organs had begun to appear on the market in many forms, often imported and very keenly priced, against which the supposedly craftsman-built Electrone could not effectively compete. By the time the home organ market really boomed in the 1970s, Compton were out of the running, so apart from the CH/2 relatively few examples survive today.

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