The V301E Continental Organ - Removable Chrome Stand and Carrying Case

The Continental organ was loaded with unique styling cues. The reverse color keys and orange top made this organ unmistakenly a Vox product. However, the unique chrome plated "Z" stand may have been the most distinctive feature of the Continental Organ.

When JMI designed the Continental organ in 1961 and 1962, they contacted a British product design firm to come up with a distinctive design for their new poratble organ. The slender body, orange lid, revesred keys and the "Z" shaped stand were all contributed by this design firm.

There is a minor difference between the British and Italian version of the organ stand. The top end of the Italian stand is cut at a 20 degree angle and has a black plastic cap in the end. The top end of the British version of the stand is cut off at 90 degrees and has a metal end cap. The difference is merely cosmetic, the stands are interchangeable between the Italian, American, and British versions of the organ.

The stand is affixed to the organ using eight threaded wing bolts. I have found that the easiest way to assemble the stand is to lay the organ upside down on the closed lid and partially thread six wingbolts into threaded body recepticles. Next I slide the "Z" legs into place and tighten the wing bolts. Then the flat front braces are connected to the ends of the drawbars and to the front body of the organ. Tighten the wing bolts and turn the organ over.

The Italian made V301E is easily distinguished from the British and American versions of the organ by the way the front braces cross over each other on the front face of the organ. The front braces on the British and American versions of the Continental meet at a single wing bolt. Except for a few V301E organs at the very start of production, most Italian Continentals have this unique cross over in the front braces. The length of the braces is the same on both the single point and crossover style stands, again making the Italian, American, and British legs sets interchangeable.

A slender carrying case for the leg set and volume pedal was included. It was covered in the same dark gray vinyl as the organ. Vinyl straps restrained the legs and volume pedal for transport.


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