Leslie speaker, opinions

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  1. Jerry_Mountains

    Jerry_Mountains Tele-Meister

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    Just when I think "well, it seems that I don't need anything else gear wise, maybe some strings and picks", this baby shows up in the local FB Marketplace page:

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    According to the seller, its fully functional it just have cosmetic issues.

    Oh the price, just 300 bucks... what do you guys think? It seems like a good opportunity to have a real rotary speaker, the downside is that is too big for my little studio I'll have to convince my wife that this is part of the mid-century interior design plan of the house :p

    Anybody knows the model of this thing? It is any good? I've heard that there's some models that are not very good, this seems like it's valve driven.
     

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  2. bluzkat

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    I gave up the idea of owning a 'real' Leslie years ago just because of the size and weight.

    I've been using one of these for a few years now and like it a lot...

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    There are a couple of other Leslie sims that work well too. That Leslie in your photos looks like its been to war. It might be a major headache.

    Is it located somewhere you could try it out?
     
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  3. Jerry_Mountains

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    Yes it's just an hour away in the city traffic... maybe it's impractical, I don't even know if it fits in the car, imagine to haul this monster to a gig!
     
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    It’s a 900-something solid state Leslie. 930, maybe? I have an old Leslie brochure from that era on my laptop. I’ll look it up when I get back to my hotel in half an hour or so, unless you’ve googled it before then.

    Keep in mind that it’s a solid-state amp. It’s not one of the walnut-cabinet tube-powered classics like the 147.

    I’d never gig it, but I’d love to have one around the house. I will never forgive my old keyboard player for not calling me several years ago, when in the ramp up to his divorce, he put his old 900-Series Leslie out for the trash men.
     
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    It’s got the all important interface pedal thing-y.

    Back in the day I’d probably be interested in that at $175 or so.

    Big and bulky/solid state.

    It ain’t going anywhere...wait him out if you really want it
     
  7. Jerry_Mountains

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    Thanks Rich!

    Yes I just google it, it's part of the proline series, solid state, very heavy.

    I don't know, at first I was "Wow a Leslie for 3 franklins man!" but the more I think about it the more impractical it seems.

    I'll think about it with my head in a pillow for a while.
     
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    I wish I had all the energy and strength back that I expended back in the day helping my organist haul around his Hammond A model and big wooden Leslie. It's a wonder I don't have residual back issues.
     
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    Buy it at that price- the preamps alone change hands for more than that
     
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    Think Srv used motion sound like Leslie.

    Enjoy
     
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    Just buy it.
    It is a Leslie Model 760.
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    I used to help a friend haul one of those (and his, thankfully, chopped down Hammond organ) to gigs back in the 60s and early 70s. Monsters, but the sound was the sound of the time and they sound so good. I wouldn't pass it up, but that's just me.
     
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    I know of at least 3 of the wood cabinet ones sitting in garages, Barns and shops. It's the perfect place for them until I'm ready.
     
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    Those things sure were innovative back in their day!

    But by today's standards they are big chores to maintain
    and lug around.

    You can essentially get a 10" or 12" speaker and floa it on top of
    a record player with a piece of foam with a wedge cut out of it.
    It would be about the size of a Fender Twin and could roll around easy.

    There were different designs to that rotary speaker effect
    and one with rotating horns wouldn't do a guitarist much good.

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    I say, no, no, a million times no. it is a monster to move around and there are plenty of good analog and digital imitations. imo.
     
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    My brother uses that Leslie with his Porta B for gigs. Sounds great. In the 70s, I used a Leslie 122 and atwin Reverb with my Strat. Glorious sound. Get it,
     
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    There's a Leslie 122 in my laundry room. It was working the last time it was hooked up to an organ in 2010.
     
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    Ah yeah but the sound of a Hammond through the rotating horns when close mic'd was the stuff of dreams ( maybe still is )
     
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