Wednesday, 13 April 2011
POST # 572 Did you know that the Leslie model for organ has a...
The Leslie model for organ has a low-end 15" speaker mounted within a rotating drum at the bottom of the cabinet, and a high-end horn mounted at the top. Both the horn and drum spin in opposite directions and at slightly different speeds.
The Univox Uni-Vibe and Maestro Phase Shifter were the earliest attempts to bring the leslie sound in a portable format for guitarists. Hendrix used the Uni-Vibe on 'Star Spangled Banner' and 'Machine Gun.'
Fender released its guitar-friendly rotating speaeker cab, the Vibratone in 1967, it used a single 10" speaker within a drum that roateted on its vertical plane. It can be heard on Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'Cold Shot', Beatles' 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds', Hendrix's 'Little Wing' and Jimmy Page's solo on 'Black Dog', and Pink Floyd on 'Dark Side of the Moon.' It was discontinued in 1973.
Other roatating speaker cabs include Maestro's Rover, Farfisa, Mesa/Boogie's Revolver MkII and Songworks' Little Lanelei Rotary Wave.