Since ’09, I’ve been keeping an eye out for miniature second-hand book fairs. These pop up every now and then in Singaporean shopping malls. The reason, these fairs almost always have old Electone books for sale.
Walked into one this evening at HarbourFront Centre, and immediately headed for the music section. As expected, there were pre-loved / used Electone books for sale. Compared to previous fairs, this one had well over ten books on sale. Aside from textbooks and supplementary guides, there were also albums. There were also a few Hammond textbooks on sale. These being from a series I have not seen before.
Some players probably dislike such retro scores. Mostly published before the HS era, none of them come with pre-made registrations, and so to play them involves hours of tedious programming. I do dislike this downside too. However, a lot of the songs in them are well-arranged, and so in my opinion, a few hours of sweaty reprogramming is definitely worthwhile. At the same time, simpler arrangements could be used for uncomplicated performances. In the case of the latter, the Stagea’s many preset registrations are perfect partners.
Over the years, I’ve picked up quite a few of these retro books. Including some that were not published specifically for the Electone.
Special mention to this one, which I found last year.
During my course so many years ago, my class switched to using the newer Electone Study Course series of textbooks after Step 7. In other words, I’ve never even seen Step 8. Thanks to these book fairs, I finally have the complete set.
Where could these book fairs with retro Electone books be found at?
For Singaporean players who might be keen on buying such retro Electone books, the fairs are held every now and then at places like Thomson Plaza, Velocity Novena Square, and Singapore Post Centre. Most of the books on sale are textbooks, but I’ve also seen a couple of really difficult, Grade 4-3 collections. (I’ve ever encountered one at Thomson Plaza that was so frightening, I literally backed away) Alternately, you could check out the store of the company hosting these fairs. It’s located at Brash Basah Complex ground floor. Their upcoming fairs are listed here.