The Hammond Corner
Edited by jmrukkers on 29-11-2015 11:05
Do the rotating bits ever wear out?
Here's a nice video on the tonewheel generator.
Edited by jmrukkers on 29-11-2015 18:57
I really enjoyed the insight into this amazing instrument (via YouTube). It's truly a wonder that somebody could ever think to create such a complex Instrumental machine:).....And Hats off to you m8tey 4 owning such a beautiful piece.;)
The keys player in my band has a full-on Leslie cabinet and a '60s Vox Continental II - an awesome combination! He also has a proper Hammond (portable one though but it has the stops on it). That lot combined means everyone wants to talk to him at gigs and not the rest of us!
I've nicknamed his Leslie cabinet 'The Zanussi' because it's about the size of a washing machine and wobbles ever-so-slightly when the RPM picks up! When he's not using his Leslie he amplifies his keys through a '60s Vox AC30 for the full vintage sound!
Edited by mpointon on 15-12-2015 23:55
Some of the electronics do age through, many of the capacitors used are now so far off their original spec that this may impact the tone of the instrument, making it a lot duller than they used to be. Happily mine does not seem to suffer from this problem; I just found out that there is actually a Hammond Service Bulletin out for my type of Hammond (from 1965) suggesting a way to add additional filtering to the mid-range of the organ, which is what was installed on newer (post-1964) organs to reduce cross-talk. I may take the soldering iron out over Christmas and give that a go, it only involves adding a simple RC network to the 12 notes or so that are most affected my this phenomenon, which is in a way also part of the character of the older Hammonds... perhaps I should just leave it alone.
The Vox Continental is also a cool organ, hard to find in decent condition, over here anyway; I sometimes use the emulation on my Nord that gets quite close for that Doors-type sound.
Good name pick for the Leslie ;) I'm on the lookout for a 251 (2-channel, rotary + reverb which can be fed from the A-102 amp), but Leslies are way overpriced here, it may be a while until I find a functioning one in my price range.
The guitar player in my band has a Vox AC30, maybe I should borrow it sometime for some experiments; I've use Marshall amps in the past, but nowadays usually go for amp modelling software on recordings. Live I'm sure the Vox would be awesome.
I think the AC30 he has is from around 1963!
For live use I'm happy with my Leslie clone, the 1975 Elkatone 610, top rotor sounds quite good on that, and I take out most of the bass anyway when playing with a bass player. It's around 30 kg and fits in the boot of my car, a lot easier to handle than the real thing.
Edited by adu on 30-12-2015 23:23
Edited by jmrukkers on 24-12-2016 11:58
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