"If the Elka company hadn't existed, legendary synth acts like Jean-Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze or Ultravox would probably have sounded a little different. Elka instruments such as the Synthex battleship or the Rhapsody string synth, which was also used by Supertramp, among others, are cult."
Elka was founded in 1965 in the Italian synthesizer and organ mecca of Castelfirdado by Mario and Piero Crucianelli and two other partners. La Famiglia is of course always very important in Italy, and so the roots of the company go back to 1888, when Sante Crucianelli started making accordions here. Incidentally, the company name is an acronym for "ELettronica" and "KAstelfidardo".
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Both the Elka Artist 707 and the protable version X-705 are fantastic sounding, entirely analogue dual manual organs from the late 70's. Featuring a very good (for the time) Hammond clone, 2 Elka Rhapsody 610 string machines, an Elka Soloist 505 monophonic synthesizer, a punch brass preset synth, a retro style beatbox and nice sounding spring reverb. A huge beast of a synth and great fun to play!
Elka Artist 707 , restored and in mint condition playable in Musée de l'Orgue Annahütte .
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The story of the restoration is coming ...