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Real Hammonds - definitive list of the candidates? #2433905
06/20/15 04:52 PM
06/20/15 04:52 PM
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Hi all.

I have HAMMONDITIUS!

I have decided that clones will not do. I have had a lot of them, but I need the real thing - like Dracula needs the blood of virgins.

I have very little money.

I know that the A100 gives the identical sound of a B3. I could buy one. I know the basics - I need a Leslie too.

I recently spotted a HAMMOND L112-2. This seemed ot have what is required, percussion vibrato, chorus, drawbars.

After doing some research I found that the vibrato was not quite right ( . So I ducked the chance. I need 100% authenticity.


There are a lot of organs out there and some are worth little.

There are lists http://theatreorgans.com/hammond/faq/models.html
for example. But this is too comprehensive, what I need is lists of the right models - for THAT sound.

There are the B3's and the cheaper A100s. There is the C series too.

I cant seem to find a list of ONLY those Hammonds that have the 'right of passage' controls, tone generators, percussion, chorus/ vibrato to use.

Like I say this time I need 100 percent authentic.

I don't mind additional buttons, and switches, as long as the core elements are there

Basically I am hoping to find some more obscure models, that can cut the ice.

Does anyone know of some models, beyond the standard.

BTW I am UK


thank you

Z



Last edited by ZeroZero; 06/20/15 04:56 PM.
Re: Real Hammonds - definitive list of the candidates? [Re: ZeroZero] #2441930
07/16/15 04:22 PM
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Hi ZZ,

I'm assuming when you say "100 percent authentic," you mean a Hammond that has the B3 sound.

Like you said, the A-100s and C3s are the most common Hammonds that have the B3 sound. The only other two I know of are the RT3 and the D100. Both have percussion, chorus, and vibrato like the B3, and both use tubes rather than transistors.

The M3 and M100 are similar to the B3 in some ways, but the M3 doesn't have foldback, and the missing keys (44-key manuals vs. 61 key manuals on the consoles) and small pedalboards put them in a whole different category, at least for me.

Good luck on your search! You mentioned money is a critical issue for you right now. I have a nice C3 now, but I started with an M3. I found the M3 very disappointing for playing jazz (Jimmy Smith, McGriff, McDuff, etc.) because of the missing bass keys and small pedals.

If I were doing it again on the cheap for a first Hammond, I'd start with the E-100 series. They do lack percussion, but that can be added with a Trek unit. But what they have are the full-sized 25 note pedalboard and the 2 61-key manuals. But that's just my humble opinion in hindsight.

Again, best of luck in your search! There's nothing like the sound (and feel, and smell even) of a real tonewheel Hammond.

Re: Real Hammonds - definitive list of the candidates? [Re: ZeroZero] #2442022
07/16/15 11:21 PM
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Thank you Ludwig,

I have now bagged on - an A100.It's a 1965 and in general good order, though the vibrato scanner needs zapping. Since this post I have been doing a lot of research over in the organ forum. I now know that one has to think about types of capacitors used (red are good like mine), foam, and the vibrato scanner Is' an absorbing hobby for those electrically inclined.

what a great sound she makes

Z

Re: Real Hammonds - definitive list of the candidates? [Re: ZeroZero] #2442030
07/16/15 11:53 PM
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Congratulations on your A100! That's a great organ. There's nothing like a Hammond.

Re: Real Hammonds - definitive list of the candidates? [Re: ZeroZero] #2450188
08/13/15 12:52 PM
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i had a A-100 when I got married. I used it to get a Masters of Music even though the 24 note pedal was useless but it is bullet proof.


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