Through a friend of mine, a dream has finally come true. I have acquired a Hammond B3, and begin taking keyboard lessons at my university tomorrow. This organ started its life as a late production Hammond B2, which is basically a B3 but lacks smooth adjusting drawbars, and percussion. It was later factory retrofitted to a B3, with replacement drawbars and preamp (including percussion now). The cabinet had veneer damage and the legs wobbled due to loose glue joints, so my buddy turned it into a chop, duratex coating the top, and making it so that the legs are held together with bolts and T nuts, for easy transport. Currently its missing a cheek block on the left side of the top manual, but I have some walnut that I'm going to make 4 replacements with, which will be painted black. I also need to plane or cut down, and paint, the top of the cover for the drawbars, as the lid has been lowered slightly. It has some missing tones and intermittent contacts in the keys, but they're coming back with play time, and I can always shift the contact bussbars if necessary. This acquisition would not have been possible without the generosity of my friend, who gave me a great deal. I only have about $800 into the organ, mostly in the form of traded equipment, including a Wurlitzer 120 in great cosmetic condition, that needed action adjustments and an amp rebuild with power transformer replacement. He largely gave me this great deal as he needed the space for other things, and since he has another B3 for his personal use. I helped him out a while ago by getting him in contact with a local music store owner, that owns an old defunct gospel church in South Philadelphia, which happened to contain its original hammond organ. That organ, which I thought was in rough shape, ended up being a near mint Hammond Model A, the first model of hammond ever produced, that was covered in a single easily stripped layer of white latex house paint. I helped my friend move it. I run it through my Motion Sound R3-147 electro-mechanical leslie simulator, and my stereo pair of Fender 400 PS amplifiers with custom 3x12 cabinets loaded with Eminence Delta 12LFA's, in a closed back 2x12 + open port 1x12 arrangement. Amazing tone. I figured I would learn, and why bother moving an M3 twice when I could just jump right into the real deal. I understand the organ won't be ideal for practicing piano pieces, so today I traded my old Epiphone Dot Pro for a 2011 Yamaha DGX-640 portable grand, featuring hammer action weighted keys, 545 voices (including Rhodes, Yamaha CP-80, and Wurlitzer voices, all of which I particularly wanted), midi, and more.