• bhcordovabhcordova
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    A friend just gave me a Magnum Chord Organ. Anyone know anything about these?
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  • CharlesW
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    There were plenty of them around back in the seventies. They were home "toys" for people who either didn't play or coudn't. The theory behind them was you could learn to pick out favorite melodies with your right hand and play the accompanying chords with your left. I haven't seen one of them in years.
  • bhcordovabhcordova
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    This one works. So how do you know which chords to use?
  • Liam
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    Magnus, I suspect, rather than Magnum.
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  • a_f_hawkins
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    I see you can buy a simulacrum of these! https://soundiron.com/products/magnus the 'manual ' goes into detail about everything except the keyboard!

    There were several different models. Here is a demo of one type .
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  • noel jones, aagonoel jones, aago
    Posts: 6,553
    Google search Magnus chord organ music

    You will find a lot of music and some teaching books as well!

    I grew up wanting one of these.
  • Jeffrey Quick
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    How do you know which chords to use?

    Your Genuine Magnus™ Music will tell you.
    Or guitar-chord music.
    Or you can do harmonic analysis.
    Or just play what sounds good

    A friend had one when I was a kid. Great fun. Definitely built for 3-chord music though; you won't be playing Reger or Vierne on one.
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  • CharlesW
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    Wonder if does "The Lost Chord?"
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