The Vox Continental is probably
the most famous of the 'new breed' of transistor organs that started
emerging in the early '60s.
Previously, organs were built around tone-wheel technology.
This undoubtedly created a fantastic (classic) organ sound but made
the instruments heavy and unwieldy (and expensive).
With the advent of transistors, it was possible to create
lightweight, portable organs.... in theory.
In practice, the majority sounded thin and weak by comparison.
However, that sound in itself appealled to the new 'surf' and 'beatnik'
music that was evolving at the time. The portability also appealled
The Vox Continental was unusual in that it actually sounded
quite good.... not cheap and cheesy like so many of its rivals.