Corinthian Organ

The Vox Corinthian Organ

The Corinthian Organ was introduced into the Vox product line in 1969. It first appeared in the "Colossus incorporated" portable organ sales flyer producd by Vox. It wasn't really a new product, though.

The Corinthian Organ was little more than a rebadged Vox Jaguar Organ. Like the Jaguar Organ, the Corinthian was produced by Electtronica Musicale Europea, or EME, a large Italian musical instrument manufacturer that had produced most Vox organs manufactured since 1967.

One might wonder why Vox would change the name of such a successful product as the Jaguar Organ. I believe that this name change was a result of the bankruptcy of Vox Sound Limited (or VSL) in 1969.

When the finances of VSL collapsed, the main creditor was the Corinithian Bank. The bank continued to operate Vox in receivership while they looked for a purchaser for the business. Even in bankruptcy, the Corinithian Bank would want Vox to develop innovative and new products to enhance the marketability of the defunct company. With the introduction of the "Corinthian" Organ, Vox created a quasi new product that was even named after the bank that held VSL in receivership!



Like the Jaguar, the Corinthian Organ had three octaves of treble tones and one octave of bass tones. A "Bass Chords" rocker switch on the control panel allowed the treble tones to be extended into the lowest octave.

Like the EME produced version of the Jaguar Organ, the Corinthian had a tone control labeled "Contour."

Separate audio output jacks were provided for the treble and bass sections of the keyboard. The level of the treble section was adjusted by the volume pedal that rested on the floor under the organ. The level of the bass section of the organ was adjusted by the "Bass Volume" control on the control panel. The "Bass Volume" control also included the power switch.

Twelve individual tone generator cards produced the pitched tones of the organ. Each of these cards had seven germanium transistors each. The capacitors and resistors used in the divider circuitry were packaged into "couplates" similar to those used on the tone generators of EME manufactured Super Comtinental organs. The Corinthian tone generator circuit cards incorporated the same divider distribution system as used in the Jaguar Organ.

The traditional chrome plated tubular steel "Z" leg set was stored in a wooden carrying case covered in vinyl that matched the organ. The volume pedal and power (mains) cable were also stored inside this carrying case. Eight wingbolts fastened the leg set to the organ.

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