Posted 29 October 2010 - 05:53 PM
Of course Ray could've used a Vox at the Aquarious shows for more prosaic reasons... his Gibson bust and, as you guys say, he brought in his Connie to fill in... but I am positive I read somewhere (Ray's book or the blurb released when the Aquarious shows first came out?) that Ray used a Vox during the Aquarious shows on purpose, and yeah I recall it was to recapture that early Doors sound, and to help put all the Miami madness behind them.
I have never had a play on a Gibson, so I am serious jealous of the guys on this board who own them. I am sure that Ray switched to a Gibson originally because it was more versitile in terms of tabs, vibrato settings, etc., and gave more breadth of sounds as the band were gaining momementum and filling stadiums. Were Gibsons more reliable, too, though? I know Ray had problems with the wooden keyed Connies and switched to plastic keys (or vice versa?) but I am also aware that Vox organs had an atrocious reputation for reliability. Don't know much about U.S. models... but over here in Europe, I understand the Spanish built ones were worst, followed by the UK built models, with the best being built in Italy.
Having owned a UK built Connie MkII some years ago, I can honestly say it was the least reliable combo organ I have ever owned, with one or more boards having a fault more often than not.
But I guess when Ray switched back to Connies in 1969 he could afford to have another organ on stand-by, in the event it let him down...
* I am a vegetarian because I hate plants, not because I love animals *