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Old 09-21-2006, 06:51 PM   #1
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Hammond Organs

my sister just moved into a new house in oshawa, and the old couple that were living there actually left this old early 70's hammond organ because they didnt want to take it with them.

It's a Romance 126, sounds pretty damn good still.

was just wondering if anyone on here has any idea of the value of it, just lookin on ebay and a lot of the old B3's are goin anywhere from 1500 to 3 grand american.

This one isnt nearly that old i know that, probably not worth nearly as much.

so if anyone could ballpark an ammount that would be cool because my sister and her husband really didnt give a shit about it until i was over there earlier today and told them they would be stupid to give away something like that.
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Old 09-21-2006, 07:07 PM   #2
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Those are the best sounding keys right there!
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Old 09-21-2006, 07:23 PM   #3
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my neighbours have a M3 I think, they had no clue it had any value until I told them the hammond was my favorite instrument and is probably worth a few g's
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Old 09-21-2006, 07:30 PM   #4
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it's really only the B3s and the C3s that will go for the kind of cash you're talking about.
they're known as tonewheel organs, in that there are dozens of wheels that spin along an axel which generate the notes.
most organs since then use transitors to generate the sounds, kind of like primitive synths.
it's likely not worth that much, but there are some later models of hammonds that do have some value.
i don't think i've heard of the one you mentioned - could you post a pic?
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just did a bit of googling, and it looks like you might be able to get a couple hundred for it.
although there is someone in quebec who wants to sell one for over a grand.

if it has a leslie speaker it will be worth more (it's a spinning speaker that creates vibrato).
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my neighbours have a M3 I think, they had no clue it had any value until I told them the hammond was my favorite instrument and is probably worth a few g's
that one's easily $2000, and is an actual tonewheel organ.

they may want to be careful moving it - there's some pretty serious mechanical stuff going on in the inside that can be damaged if you're not careful.

really interesting machines - definitely worth reading about if you're interested in the evolution of synthesis.
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Old 09-21-2006, 07:53 PM   #7
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I thought this thread was going to be about Richard Hammond dying and the selling of his organs.
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Old 09-21-2006, 08:00 PM   #8
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B3 organs are god.
dunno what they're worth, but the sound's devine.
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Old 09-21-2006, 08:15 PM   #9
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A Hammond B3 (with a big Leslie cabinet speaker) is the classic rock organ and one in good shape can be quite valuable.

The parlour organs made by Hammond are not prized for their sound or collectibility.
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Old 09-22-2006, 08:37 AM   #10
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just confirming the fact that the B3 and C3 are the good ones.

ditto for the leslie speakers.

my dad is an old rock/blues musician and he plays a Hammond B3 with a Leslie.
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Old 09-22-2006, 10:04 AM   #11
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just confirming the fact that the B3 and C3 are the good ones.

ditto for the leslie speakers.

my dad is an old rock/blues musician and he plays a Hammond B3 with a Leslie.

yea after doin some quick searches seems that those old models were the ones goin for the serious coin where as the later 60's and early 70's ones werent goin for as much.

ill probably be back at my sisters place tomorrow night, ill take some pics of it then.
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Old 09-22-2006, 05:38 PM   #12
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I was curious as well so I emailed my bro, this is what he said:

B3's can be hooked up to leslies(rotating speaker) and have "drawbars" to modify the tones. Greg Allman plays the B3/leslie combination.

Romance 126 sounds like a old heavy version of a Casio keyboard (or more modern equivalent usually found in a Walmart or bigbox store for around a hundred bucks). Hammond had a line of home/non-pro organs that were sold in malls and dept stores. Worth something to somebody but not comparable to the B series of Hammond that you'll see listed on eBay. If it has a beatbox and a speaker in it it probably won't fetch to much, maybe $500 likely less.

Here are some search terms: hammond vintage collector
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Old 09-23-2006, 07:00 PM   #13
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ok my dad snapped a couple (although very lame) pics of the thing:


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