2012 Honda CR-V: The Organ Fits
May 31, 2013
After much Craigslist and local eBay searching, Da Wife finally found an organ that she wanted. Stop with your gutter-minded innuendo, dear reader. This organ I speak of is of the musical instrument genus, specifically a Yamaha Electone.
These aren't your classic Smoke On the Water keyboards, nor the late Ray Manzarek's crunchy circus-music pianos. These are vintage 1980s recreational home-use instruments, with all the dopey, space-man orchestral sounds you'd expect from that era. The Electone also serves up some rich tones that you might hear in a Methodist Sunday service. But instead of some soulful Jimmy Smith licks, I get one-woman band renditions of Carpenters and Flashdance! hits. My wife plays well and her independence of limb is impressive. Still, a new pair of headphones is on order.
At 40 inches long and 35 inches tall, the Electone EL-7 is one of the baby instruments in the family, not like the larger mothership organs. The 2012 Honda CR-V swallowed it no problem, with inches to spare between the wheel wells. The EL-7 weighs 92 pounds and two people can manage it easily. Loading it on its back was a little awkward though, and made us especially appreciate the CR-V's low liftover height. One day when I decide the family deserves a genuine Hammond organ, I imagine the CR-V will be up for the job.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor