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Pros: tonewheels, scanner vibrato/chorus, waterfall keys, sounds great through a Leslie, lots of pure Hammond mojo.
Cons: no harmonic percussion, no presets, vibrato is non-selective (on or off for both manuals at once, not split), sounds meh without a Leslie, 250 lbs, at least 60 years old, so probably gonna need a cap or two...
The chord organ is a very very distant descent of the Novachord, if it makes you feel any better.
That Northern Hammond model M -- I offered to take it away for them a number of month ago, but they want money for it. I would gig it if I could get it working right -- I'm not using percussion at all on my L100 in my current band. Just not my style, unless playing something like AWSOP or Child In Time.
piano39, how do you differentiate the S6 from the earlier models?
Here is a Hammond Chord Organ played by a pro, side-by-side with a B3:
It looks pretty old, and it goes on sale Friday at a yard sale.
How timely is this post? My bass player has one and I just did some research on it yesterday for him! It's an S-6 and there was one on EBAY yesterday for $125 with a BIN of $159. Probably worth under $100. I played it Saturday night. Doesn't have the B3 sound at all. Actually sounded horrible. I'd pass on it.
From the theatre organs site:
S6 Chord Organ
Synopsis: Autochording organ.
Manuals: One 37 note manual.
Features: Three sections: Solo unit, Chord unit and Bass unit with seperate volume controls. Solo unit is monophonic and driven from the keyboard, taking the highest key pressed, the chord unit is driven from tabs which has one oscillatoe for each group of two or three keys, preferring the lowest one, and two pedals to play the bass notes; one for the tonic and the other the fifth of the current chord. Very difficult to keep in tune. Two internal speakers.
'57 Hammond B3; '69 Hammond L100P; Hammond XM2/XMc2; '68 Leslie 122; Motion Sound Low Pro/Pro 3T; Neo Vent; Kurzweil PC3; Generalmusic Equinox 88 Pro and 76 key versions; Voce V5+; EV ELX112P; '67 Howard Combo Organ; http://www.dyinbreedband.com