Pre-Hammond

Philicorda

The Philips ‘Philicorda’ entered our home as soon as enough money was coming in to pay the second-hand car installments and a few rounds of beer. It was very welcome to a family with no piano, no lessons, no musician presence. By today’s standards the Philicorda seems almost a joke, but it was a treasure – an affordable introduction to a keyboard instrument – and it traveled to Switzerland on the back seat of the car well before moving here permanently with furniture and the new Hammond model T200.

As the recording bug was already well installed (audio only in those days!) a few tape records were made – some of which have survived the intervening years and multiple shifts in technology and media standards. So, 1969 recordings of the Philicorda – including the very first one using the provided vinyl rhythm disc (see images below).

And a full demo from YouTube: merci Alain et Oscar !