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Discussion in 'Shock Brother's DIY Amps' started by RollingBender, Jul 19, 2020.

  1. RollingBender

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    Facebook Marketplace find. They wanted $30. I told them I wouldn’t give them anything for the organ but I would give them $30 to help me take it up out of the basement.
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    This ain’t your standard Hammond M3...this one has been modded.

    This is an aftermarket dodad that gives you a selection of preset tones!
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    now that will come in handy!

    And I’ve never seen an M3 with reverb. Look at that pretty necklace!
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    The added amplifier to drive the reverb is an AO-35
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    The plan is to chop it and make a set of removable legs (so it looks like a B3 when assembled), move the AO-29 amp unit to above the tone generator, add an effects loop (actually pretty easy...most of it is already there), and add a speaker out jack to drive a home built passive Leslie type speaker system.
    I’ll be completely removing the reverb system and will replace it with a pedal in the effects loop.
    Suppose I’ll have to build something out of the AO-35...
     
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    Sign of the times...she's a beauty and what you have planned to do to it is cool I think. Hope you post back when finished.
    Out here in California it's tough too...unless it's top flight, no one wants them at all, even then..
    This was not cheap when new...now he can't give it away.
    https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/zip/d/surfside-1959-lawrey-organ-still-works/7158383311.html
     
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    2 words: Organ Trio! Dude! You roc!
     
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  4. RollingBender

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    There must have been a good Hammond salesman around here 60 years ago as there are a ton of them within a couple hundred miles. Picked up a free A102 a couple months ago and sold it to an organ jockey from Florida for $350 and they came to Minnesota to pick it up. Earlier this week I picked up an A100 freebie.... that one will end up down there too. A few blocks away, someone is trying to sell an M103. They have my number for when it doesn’t sell and they are tired of it hogging up a garage stall.
     
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    Nice score!!
     
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    Congrats.
     
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    Great set of keys when ya have room for 'em!
     
  8. RollingBender

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    Quick and crappy video of the organ running through my DIY Vibratone

     
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    Second hand organs and pianos are cheap and plentiful everywhere

    Back when my father grew up everyone took piano lessons now kids play on computers and tablets, not as many people play anymore

    Most of these things are just sitting around in the way, some people will pay for them to be taken

    What a shame

    I hope the o.p puts new life into it
     
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    I picked up a early Yamaha which had a tube power amp but a germanium transistor tone section. If it was all tube I might have kept it as is. If I find a decent tone wheel organ I might pick it up. On the flip side I let someone know his asking $500 for a transistor 'Lawrey' organ, generally they go for about $25 to free. He was not appreciative of my helpful advice. It is still listed. More Yamaha's up for free, I just do not need any more speakers from them. Barely see the other brands here. Just noticed the Lawrey is dropped down to $200.
     
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    Those pretty lights Lowreys are what they hock in malls to old folks, my grandma and grandpa upgraded theirs a few times. My folks said those cost as much as a car. I dunno what's true but I feel bad when folks find out they have negative resale value. Poor fella.
     
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    I have an M3 in my shop. Back in the 780's I played with two different keyboard players that had M3's with Leslies.

    Little known Fact, Booker T used an M3 on the early recordings.
     
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    Last year there was a guy selling an M3 over in TorC. I was visiting my daughter there, and told the guy I would take it off his hands when it didn't sell. 6 months later, he texted me, and I told him I would be over the next month, then he told me his dad said he had to get $100 for it.
    I see it advertised now and again.
     
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    Not to be argumentative but I think that's actually the most well-known thing about the M3...

    Green Onions.
     
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    Dang it guys. I picked up an M2 about ten years ago that was practically free. Just needed a little oil and it fired right up. Played it periodically, but it just took up space. I gave it to an acquaintance that expressed some interest and I've been missing it. I'm on craigslist now. Thanks.
     
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    @sds1 That's the part you replied to? I'm just amazed at how old @zook must be. He's been playing for over 1300 years! He must be a vampire? :D
     
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    So it's a little more well known that I thought... When your a vampire you lose a little time :)

    I meant the 70's though :(
     
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    Very cool!
     
  19. RollingBender

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    Everything that I’m keeping has been moved “upstairs”.
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    A few strategic cuts with a circular saw and I now have a chopped M3!!!

    I was able to move the remains down a flight of stairs into my basement rehearsal area by myself with only the help of a two wheel cart. I also discovered that I can grab a newly installed handle at each end and hoist it onto a heavy duty keyboard stand by myself.
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    Progress on the chop continues. Today a friend of mine gave me an old table...it’s legs are to be donated to the conversion to go towards making that “B3” look more authentic.

    I did one internal mod to the organ’s percussion tone which prevents a massive volume drop in certain settings. Here’s a video (and I’m a hack keyboard player).

     
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