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Discussion in 'Pedal Pushers Forum' started by wildeman, Mar 9, 2019.
My sister just turned me onto this!!!
That was sofa king cool! Thanx for that!
Blimey, Cherry Wainer! Back in 1960/61 in the UK we had a Saturday TV show called Oh Boy and she was a regular on that. Her husband Don was a drummer and they worked for many years as a duo -- you can make a hell of a big sound with just drums and a Hammond.
That combo worked well for Lee Michaels and Frosty.
Pedal pushers...I see what you did there.
A bit campy but entertaining. Gimme Jimmy Smith any time. Nathan Page on guitar
There is something serious rocking with a Hammond.
My friend recently stumbled over a really old Hammond ( not a B3, alas) including a Leslie on eBay classifieds. He bought it for a song. It was completely in fine living-room condition. He was told that it served as a church-organ for dacads. It had very little issues that he took care of. It resides in his music-room today and is such a looker. Everytime I visit him I have to push some keys on it. What a fat sound!
He would never take it to concerts because of the weight and the sheer ammount of maintainance-time, though.
(I still remember lugging a B3 to a gig in a club on the second floor of a building. It took 4 strong men to carry it upstairs. What a pain in the a**. But the sound was worth it.)
Great stuff. Thanks for the share- never heard of them. Nothing better than the sound of a B3. Wonder if this is where Keith Emerson came up with his Peter Gunn version?
I like that there are other old guys like me who remember this stuff.
Cool stuff , thanks for sharing
I've seen sawed off modded C3's and they still weight a ton! Twin reverb.....pshaww, nothing compared to moving an old tube organ around! Or how bout a piano?
I love the old Hammond organs. I used to have a C3 (spinet version of the B3) with a big Leslie cab. It sounded great and I eventually donated it to the church we attended at the time. I guess that's the reason why I love playing with my EHX B9 pedal so much. It causes my guitar to remind me of the old Hammond.
@wildeman - your sis is cool! Always been a big Hammond fan. Was working in a record store when this came out and it got heavy rotation on our sound system. Not just amazing playing but THE best MOTS-covered Tele ever seen on an album cover:
Tons of organ in reggae too of course, here's one for all you Chelsea supporters:
And possibly my all-time favorite B3 tune:
I have a serious soft spot for organ. Funny thing is I have a Korg Kronos and every time I start tweaking synths I have to be very conscious of what I am doing because if I just follow my desires they all turn into organish patches!
Nice Ragae arrangement by the Cyclones. We binge watched "Death in Paradise" on Netflix, so I am learning to play "You're Wondering Now".
Being an organ player I love it. I hadn't heard of her before, but I will definitely check her out some more, Thanks.
I am more of a transistor organ person but the sound of a Hammond in full flight is a thing of joy. The great thing is you can get a great clone from Nord, the C2D, and whilst it is a couple of grand (not that that'll phase the Gretsch crowd!) it is completely portable by one person.
Check it out:
Make sure to oil the motor and drive train. It's the one thing most people overlook with a Hammond. We had to haul a B-3 up four flights because it wouldn't fit in the freight elevator. Never again. It's been decades and my back still hurts. That's one reason I went to a Korg BX-3. The cost is the other. I've had four Hammonds over the years, but, as I'm not gigging anymore, I can't justify the investment or space in my house.
There is NOTHING else in the world of keyboards as a Hammond and Leslie. It, and an electric piano, are the two main keyboard sounds in popular music. Considering that the real tone wheel electro-mechanical Hammond went out of production four decades ago it's still found in many types of music. The fact that solid state versions are being produced again is just a tribute to it's unique and distinctive sound. I'm primarily a keyboard player, guitarist second. The Hammond goes back to 1937---pretty much as far back as electric guitars.
kjmac---the C model is not a spinet. Spinets have two 44 note keyboards, offset. The C is identical to a B or a D, in a fully enclosed cabinet. The spinets are smaller, are missing drawbars, and have amps and speakers built into the console. They still have "That" sound, but just aren't quite the same.
My one gripe is that 90% of sound guys don't know how to properly mike a Leslie. (Miking a pipe organ is even harder to do). One mike, stuck next to the treble rotor just doesn't cut it. Hammonds are the one instrument that need four mikes or more to truly capture the huge stereo sweep of sound a Leslie develops.
Lee Michaels and Simon Bartholomew-Frost! Saw 'em live. I first heard "Shotgun" by Junior Walker & the All Stars (from my hometown---I went to the same high school) and aside from the wailing sax, the fat Hammond sound got me. That, and Booker T's "Green Onions". Add in Jimmy Smith and others, and I was hooked. I'd played piano for 7-8 years at that point, but hearing that massive sound did it for me. Later, the likes of Stevie Winwood, Greg Rollie, and so many others kept adding to my love for the Mighty B.