Larry Pennisi writes to BtP:
70s FARFISA VIP 255 Dual Keyboard Organ Serial # A 6088/380.
Unlike virtually every other VIP model that utilizes drawbars, the VIP 255 D uses tabs to initiate its broad palette of sounds. The sounds are comparable to a Professional.
Lower manual tabs for Flute 8, Clarinet 8, Trombone 8, Flute 4, Piccolo 2, Flute 2, Percussion 8, 4 and 2.
The Upper manual has Flute tabs in 16, 8, 5 1/3, 4, 2 2/3, as well as Bassoon 16, Oboe 8, Trumpet 8, Strings 8, Quint 5 1/3, Clarinet 4 and Nasard 2 2/3.
There are tabs also for Piano Forte, Honkie Tonkie and Harpsichord with a Short / Long decay switch.
Percussion on the upper manual are: 16, 8, 5 1/3, 4 and 2 2/3.
Finally, there are upper manual cancel switches for Flutes,
Orchestra, Sustain and Percussion. Each section of tones has
its own vibrato on/off tab.
There is a knob to control vibrato speed.
There are also three orange Compact-like tabs to alter the percussion. One controls long/short, and the other two are upper manual p/f, and lower manual p/f (that is, soft or loud). The lower manual has a separate volume knob.
There is also a slalom tab.
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