|When Toy Love started
out I was using one keyboard, an old DG-EKO electronic
organ which Paul had owned for some years - and acquired
a Jansen Combo amp to play through.
|This was followed by
the addition of a Hohner clavinet - the qualities of this
instrument provided the contrast I was looking for when
it came to keyboard parts in the TL songs. Washes of sound
and poppy solos with the organ - and percussive mad rhythm
playing with the clavinet. It occupied a similar frequency
range to an electric guitar with it's 'real' strings,
and I could get feedback out of it. It was a bitch to
tune but I got that down pat after a few hundred gigs.
The organ had to be tuned regularly too.
|At some point Paul comandeered
the Jansen combo to put the jazz pickup through on his
custom-made bass. I then used a Holden Graphic (transistor)
bass amp with a JBL 12" speaker duo cabinet.
|I used to park the clavinet
on top of the organ, on top of various bits of 4"
x 2" wood and foam plastic. This dampened any inteference
between the two nicely. A simple phaser effects pedal
was also in active service.
|When we went to Sydney
I acquired 2 other organs. A Farfisa and a classic Vox.
I ended up reverting to the EKO, it had more guts and
was able to endure considerable amounts of punishment.
I remember Paul getting enthusiastic when he was doing
some overdub on the Vox whilst recording the album, which
song it was I don't know, but he did manage to smash one
of the keys. It made me realise how robust the EKO was
|These days I have a vintage
'80s SQ80 synth (from days in band Static).