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Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine! So cool...

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by RiverDog, Jun 18, 2014.

  1. L.A. Mike

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    I kept waiting for him to play "Light My Fire".
    I think I'll get one and do a one man band at the local working man's lunch/bar.
    My tip jar will runneth over!
    Gonna have to learn more chords.
    I wonder how it will sound stacked with a KLON?

    Sarcasm alert/It's a joke/Don't get offended!
     
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    I just recalled its granddaddy -- the guitorgan, which took an electric organ and replaced the keyboard with a fretboard. Again, you have to play very cleanly, but watch this video for an early example of tapping!

     
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    Also heard on Eddie Harris's Turbulence (starting at 9:10)
     
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    I just worked up Light My Fire this morning. I'm going to transcribe the vocal melody for the trumpet player, hand out chord charts with no titles, count it off and launch into the intro at one of my Monday Night jazz gigs.

    Next project will be In-a-Gadda-Da Vida - that more for the soul group for a laugh.

    And of course, there's the Booker T catalog. By the time the pedal gets here, I plan to be ready to go.
     
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    I'm going to need a volume pedal after the B9.
     
  6. vjf1968

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    No the B9 is the name of the pedal. I think you meant B3. And yes you can pitch bend on an organ. Seen Keith Emerson do it.
     
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    I probably do mean B3. I actually don't know much at all about organs, but pitch bending is not something I think of when I think of old Hammond organs. That's more of a modern, digital thing, using the pitch wheel - at least in my mind. I believe Emerson did his pitch bending with synthesizers, not so much with organs. I did just look up pitch bending for old organs, and apparently it can be done by turning the motor on and off. Getting back to the main point though - I didn't notice any pitch bending in the demo video for this pedal, probably because it just wouldn't sound very much like a traditional Hammond B3 organ... Not in the same sense as string bends done on a guitar.
     
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    Yes, you can pitch-bend (kinda) with a Hammond/Leslie combo, speeding up/slowing down the rotors, creating a Doppler pitch-bend effect... nothing like a whammy bar or string bend, though...

    Franc Robert
     
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    I preordered one from sweet water last night.
     
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    I was waiting for "Hush"
     
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    Gotta have one! Amazing pedal.

    This and a looper would be a ton of fun.

    I wonder how it would sound with a baritone guitar or a Bass VI!
     
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    I just saw this on the EHX site today and WOW!
     
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    Tom Scholz did the last pitch bend by pressing down on part of the organ to drop the pitch a half step.
     
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    Ok. Tried out the B9 this afternoon. There are 3 things that immediately concerned me:
    1) there is no EQ control on the pedal
    2) there is no external control on unit to control the Mod knob.
    3) there is no way to change the programs with a foot switch.

    It is basically WYSIWYG so if do decide to get it, take those three things into account. Any changes have to done by hand.

    I didn't walk out with it since I need to have my pipes replaced on my hot water heater so I'm holding off for a little bit until some other folks chime in who have bought it and used it.

    And you really have to adjust your playing and rig or else you will sound like a guitar player with a organ patch.
     
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    Actually it was "Smokin'"
     
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    Looks like I'll have mine on Tuesday, from the Fedex tracking info I have... looking forward to this one!!!

    Franc Robert
     
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    I don't think he was tapping. If it's anything like this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swede_Patch_2000

    which it appears to be, the strings actually complete an electrical circuit to the frets which have a wire connected to them. I'm not 100% sure though...
     
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    Sounds great.. curious to know about the touch sensitivity and lag... I would wager it feels pretty numb when playing..
     
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    Interesting pedal but the more I listen the more I find that only a few of the models would be all that useful. But I like the ability to mix the dry signal in with the organ sound to create the aura of two different instruments. It deserves a look.
     
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