Discussion in 'The Bar' started by Teabag, Apr 21, 2016.
It suits me fine.
Our organs are meant to be handled.
Have you ever blown a load on your organ?
In the last year I have been given 2 free organs.
1st was this '57 Hammond M3
Does it play the samba and Bossa nova beats? My great aunt had one that did and she used to get pissed at me because I'd wake my uncle up from his nap trying to play Stranger on the Shore with a Bossa nova beat.
No beats on the M3. It's a simple spinet style. It has the Hammond tone wheel sound, percussion (think Green Eyed Lady), and vibrato/chorus.
There was no Lesie with this organ. But, the vibrato/chorus serves the same purpose and sounds great.
Also, it didn't work - wouldn't start - according to the Dr that gave it to me.
You were given two free organs?
So you had organ donors?
The first organ came from a VA Dr named Mike no less. He drove it home to Seattle from an estate sale on Whidbey Island 4 years ago. He could never figure out how to make it work, and he decided that he wanted the space back that it was taking up in his garage.
His neighbor is a longshoreman. My union brother called me and hooked me up with it.
I had to do a complete electronic restoration on it. But first, I tested the vacuum tubes, and filled the oil reservoirs with the good stuff...
I let it have the time it needed to work it's way through the generator, scanner and start motor while I learned about this thing, ordered electronic parts, and waited for them to come in.
For a month I studied the schematic. I was comparing the drawing to the physical layout - tracing it through the circuit. When the math came out right, I was confident to proceed.
For safety, I plugged it into my dim bulb tester before I engaged the start motor switch.
It took off kinda slow on the first pulse. But, I think that helped work the oil around better. Because; on the second, it took off and the motor stabilized running at a high rate.
So, I pushed the tone generator "run" switch. It sqealed for a couple of seconds, and then it took off too. I let go of the start switch and listened to the generator's low but steady hum.
Looking at the power supply chassis, I could see the vacuum tubes were heating up to a warm glow.
I stepped down on the swell pedal, dropped my hands on the key, and I heard nothing...until I figured out how the drawbars worked anyways. That took about 5 mins. Then, I tested all of the keys, switches, drawbars, and pedals. everything was working.
It passed the test. So, I set up the phone and recorded a celebratory movie.
That was last September. It was the first time that I ever started up a Hammond organ. I had no idea it was so complicated. Not really, but still.
I used to get M3's for free on Craigslist.
Though I love their sound, I parted them out- the transformers went to amp builders like Richard Goodsell and I hogged the tubes for myself.
Never found anyone giving away a B3 dammit.
After I brought this one home, I started noticing how many came up for free on CL.
Bringing this one back gave me the confidence to move ahead to a bigger console. Last October a great deal showed up on CL for an A100 and Leslie 770 combo. I snatched it up for well under a grand.
The snag was that I had to drive 7 hours round trip to bring it home - which I did.
These are the original CL pics from the advertisement.
These are the nice people from the small town church that sold it to me. Check out the painting of organ pipes hanging on the wall behind us. I should have asked for them to throw it in to the deal.
The organ and speaker lived in this church since 1963.
Now that makes 2 organs in my house.