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  • Just found a Hammond H-100... good deal?

    Just for some background info, I'm a guitarist that likes to dabble in keyboards a bit, and I've always loved the sound of old Hammonds, but don't really know all that much about them.

    Today I found a Hammond Model H at an estate sale (looks like a H-100 from what I can find). It's in great shape and seemed to be working great when I tried it out. It's a big console with two manuals & pedals. No Leslie cab included, but I know where one is I could pick up if I feel the need. They're asking what I considered a very low amount for the organ.

    Does anyone know what these beasts are worth (average price and maybe what you would offer)? I know it's no B3, but is it all that different? Also, how hard are they to transport?

    Thanks for any input!
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    The furthest from a B-3 as you can get. Not much value.
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    • #3
      they're also unreliable and prone to breaking keys.
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      • #4
        I know techs hated working on them.
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        • #5
          Thanks for the input guys... They're asking $250 but I think it may be negotiable some. I wouldn't give it a second thought but it's very very clean and fires right up. I guess I'll wait and see what happens.

          Can you even hook this thing to an external Leslie?
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          • #6
            About the best $100 organ around.


            yes, it's definitely my favourite organ to be paid a hundred dollars to haul away.
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            • #7
              yes, it's definitely my favourite organ to be paid a hundred dollars to haul away.


              Ouch...

              So what makes it so radically different from the "good" Hammonds? They're all electromechanical tonewheel organs with tube driven amps, right?

              You guys may have to dumb it down into guitar player-understandable terms
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              • #8
                They're asking $250 but I think it may be negotiable some.


                That's a ripoff. They should pay you to haul it away.

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                • #9
                  Buy one of these:

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                  • #10
                    Ouch...

                    So what makes it so radically different from the "good" Hammonds? They're all electromechanical tonewheel organs with tube driven amps, right?

                    You guys may have to dumb it down into guitar player-understandable terms


                    B3 - tonewheel generator, scanner vibrato (classic "purr"), percussive "wooden" thunk, vacuum tube audio path (you guitarists understand the "warm" sound of tubes, no?), waterfall keys (rugged).

                    H100 - tonewheel generator, phase shift vibrato (too churchy), percussive "plastic" beep, solid state audio path (sterile and cold), diving board keys (prone to breaking).

                    They only thing they share is the tonewheel generator. All the other components are radically different.

                    Like I said - the furthest you can get from a B-3.
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                    • #11
                      They were so supposed to replace the B-3 from what I understand.
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                      • #12
                        About the best $100 organ around.



                        false.

                        This model is less reliable, and is more of a bitch to fix...and besides that, the classic tonewheel hammonds are the most reliable instruments I have ever seen. You don't have to recap ever if you don't want to. It does not have "the real tonewheel sound". Anyway, you can't even play it on shag carpet.

                        The only thing this organ has going for it is the slow vibrato .?


                        and BTW, this organ is the best model to get paid $100 to haul away.
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                        • #13
                          also the H-100 is a complete abortion on the inside ... the amp chassis have a combination of tube and transistor electronics. it was rushed into production without a prototype being built first, and it shows.

                          these things were failing as soon as they were shipping. Groove Holmes tried gigging with the X-77 for a week and a half, and it ****************ed him so hard he kicked it outta the hearse while it was still moving and went back to his '58 B3.
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                          • #14
                            Buy one of these:





                            Which one - the blonde, or the brunette? !


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                            • #15
                              The blond. As you can plainly see, the brunette B?.
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