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The Candy Man... Willy Wonka... I could not resist...
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Post# 373554   6/9/2017 at 20:28 (431 days old) by danorob1 (Central New Jersey)        

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Hi All,
Something a little upbeat this time - When I found the new organ had the perfect background for this I could not resist - The worst part was I had to pay almost $18 with shipping for the sheet music that had a pre-printed price of $1.50 back in 1972...

Hope you Enjoy...

Post# 373583 , Reply# 1   6/10/2017 at 03:32 (430 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Very nice!!!What kind of "new " organ are you getting?The last time I heard this song played on an organ was when I was at Glen Echo Park and listened to "Candy Man" played on a newly cut roll for their Wurlitzer 165 band organ.

Post# 373586 , Reply# 2   6/10/2017 at 07:22 (430 days old) by danorob1 (Central New Jersey)        

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Hi Rex -

This was actually done on the "new" to me organ - I got it a few weeks ago...

It is a Lowrey Stardust SU530 - It was only a few years old, and was in perfect shape..
I had had the Rhapsody almost three years, so it was time for something new...

In Between I had the Roland which I had hated... It was only here less then a week when I told him to come back and pick it up - Sounded nothing like a Lowrey from the tone/sound standpoint...

Post# 373587 , Reply# 3   6/10/2017 at 07:28 (430 days old) by danorob1 (Central New Jersey)        

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Here you go Rex - A picture or two...

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Post# 373588 , Reply# 4   6/10/2017 at 07:31 (430 days old) by danorob1 (Central New Jersey)        

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Rex - Here was the other one I had put up a few days after I had the StarDust Delivered -
While not my most favorite song in the world, I did it quick on the fly for my cousin -

For anyone who saw/heard it the first time, you can ignore it...

Post# 373618 , Reply# 5   6/10/2017 at 18:42 (430 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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Nicely done Dan. I have the same style for Candy Man on my Prestige.

Post# 373623 , Reply# 6   6/10/2017 at 19:31 (430 days old) by danorob1 (Central New Jersey)        

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Hi Gary -
I am sure the style is the same on the Prestige - It is still the same on the Sterling, Liberty, and even the Marquee -
You know Lowrey - They only add, and rarely change...

FYI - I had a bank of three LED's on the far right side of the LED Music Light Strip on the top of the organ out - When the dealer went to order a new strip, Tom at Lowrey tells him they have no more strips in stock even though it was the same exact light strip up to the Imperial - The dealer was stunned...

Common sense tells me that there is Zero Chance that three LED's could go out - Since I am fairly good with electronics, I managed to fix mine myself- Turns out that once I pulled the strip and put it on the Bench, each bank of three LED's is connected to two different value resistors -

The voltage feeding the two light strips for the pull out music rack, and to top rack is 16.4 volt DC -

The resistors on the LED Light Strip drop the voltage down to 3.5 volts per Led - When I checked, one of the resistors had failed - Replaced it with a new one, and all 3 LEDs came back to life -

Since it is only a matter a time before the strip fails again, I am on a quest to find a replacement strip that is the correct size - I will just have to add a few diodes or resistors to drop the voltage down from 16.4v to the 12v that almost all current LED Strips run on these days...

Post# 373625 , Reply# 7   6/10/2017 at 19:42 (430 days old) by S31463221 (Frenchburg, KY)        

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That organ is absolutely beautiful! Makes me wish I knew how to actually play one! Talk about a showpiece by itself! Honestly, if I had something like that in my home, I'd turn it on, turn all the lights off, and admire it like I do my Christmas tree in the winter!!

Post# 373638 , Reply# 8   6/11/2017 at 02:39 (429 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Dan the Stardust is very nice--what was the difference between the Stardust and Rhapsody?I am afraid these organs are well beyond my pay grade!

Post# 373674 , Reply# 9   6/11/2017 at 19:47 (429 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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Dan that is great that you were able to fix the light strip! I have never done much with electronics so I wouldn't even know where to start. One of the bulbs on the main music rack started to blink so it got annoying. I ordered a new light strip and did receive it. The blinking light eventually quit altogether so I could live with that and I have not installed the new light strip. I'll wait until more of the lights go out....hopefully not for a long time.

Post# 373835 , Reply# 10   6/13/2017 at 18:16 (427 days old) by danorob1 (Central New Jersey)        

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Hi Rex - There are somany differences -
Rhythm Styles - Rhapsody - 105 / Stardust - 192
Rhythm Presets - R-1005 / S-2,112
Presets - R-1,500 / S-2,903
Song Setups - R-400 / S-600
Base Pedals - R-20 / S-25
Screen - R-B&W / S-Color
Category Presets - R-50 / S-130
Bank Presets - R-30 / S-50
Speakers/Watts - R-7-240w / S-11-340W
touchbars - R-1 / S-2
Lower Right Keyboard Break - R-Monophonic / S-Polyphonic
LED Music Lamps on both Upper and pullout on the Stardust -
Stardust has 10-stage Equalizer -
These are just a FEW of the differences - There are really to many to list - The Other is the stardust has much more internal memory which allows for more elaborate intros and endings - Most on the rhapsody are 4-measures - most on the Stardust are 8-16 Measures - The voicing on the Stardust is better then on the Rhapsody -
But you get the general Idea -

Here is a link to the Lowrey Forum with the Brochures in case you wanted to see all the details:

Stardust -

Rhapsody -

Post# 373836 , Reply# 11   6/13/2017 at 18:29 (427 days old) by danorob1 (Central New Jersey)        

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HI Gary -
I was very lucky in that may father had retired from WCI/Frigidaire where he implemented and maintained the computer systems that ran the injection molding machinery in the plant, as well as most of the computer controlled coil bending machines - He also was a Licensed Electrician so I am also fairly well versed in my houses electrical service - He taught me the basics of electronic trouble shooting - That was how i figured out what was wrong with the strip - NO WAY 3-LEDS burn out at the same time -

What I can't get over is that Lowrey can not get anymore of the LED Strips from the Vendor - From what I was told they had a very high failure rate - One theory is that static electricity from turning the pages is part of the reason for the failures -

I guess when they finally fail, you are supposed to buy a new organ !!!

Post# 373842 , Reply# 12   6/13/2017 at 19:45 (427 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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I wonder what light strips are being used on the Marquee? I thought they were the same as the Stardust, Prestige, Imperial, etc.

Post# 373853 , Reply# 13   6/14/2017 at 02:52 (426 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Did see the differences the Stardust is a definite upgrade!ENJOY!!!Glad you can fix the LED strips yourself.Strange how Lowrey didn't have replacements available.Hope you enjoy your new organ for years to come!

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