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Feb 3rd, 2018 12:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

Had to lighten it up a bit!

I ditched the bench, pedal board, pedal switch assy, pedal solo chassis, and the bottom half of the cabinet!

I'll probably eventually put it in an even lighter case and rewire the lower manual so the bottom octave goes all the way down to low pedal C. Most Hammond consoles "fold back" on the bottom octave, including this one.

Now two fairly strong men can actually pick it up!

Not a pretty sight, but it had to be done.

(OK so maybe this is a gear post..)

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wborys
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what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Feb 3rd, 2018 12:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Keep all the sawed-off pieces, cables, etc. Even the sawdust. Never know when you may have to sell "with all original components". ;-)

I gave my beater bass to my brother in the 70s, who shaved it in half across the body to make it lighter. Even with a pint of shellac (dried in the direct sunlight) it didn't look half as good as your creation.

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(This message was last edited by wborys at 02:39 PM, Feb 3rd, 2018)

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Feb 3rd, 2018 01:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

In my photo, you can see some of the cabinet carnage off to the right.

I think I lightened it up by at least 100 lbs!!

That sucker WAS heavy.

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Feb 3rd, 2018 01:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

I can't believe that we used to lug one of those (unchopped) monsters---with TWO Leslies---to every gig. And once we showed up and the room was up a steep flight of stairs. We somehow got it up the stairs (and back down in the wee hours) but today I really see no way how that was even possible.

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Feb 3rd, 2018 03:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

I should mention that once upon a time this thing was connected to a HR40 tone cab with 9 x 10” bass speakers and 2 x 12” treble speakers. The low bass on that cab was awesome. It also weighted a ton.

Then later I used a Leslie 900 which is also kinda big.

Pinetree
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Feb 3rd, 2018 03:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just came home from visiting a music museum, and they had more Hammonds that you could ever imagine.

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ninworks
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Too Much GAS
Feb 3rd, 2018 04:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nicely done.

The B-3's were the portable version of the bigger tonewheel organs and they were lightweight at about 300 pounds without the bench or pedals. I don't consider that portable. Now you know why bands in the 60's used Vox combo organs. They were only about 100 pounds. Still lighter than a Fender Rhodes piano. Come to think of it, the only really lightweight keyboards before the MIDI generation were the Hohner stuff. Still heavy by today's standards. Then came the MIDI stuff with the weighted piano actions. I once played with a keyboard player who had some kind of early Yamaha electric piano that was completely electronic. It still took 2 people to move it unless you were a gorilla. Then Yamaha had the CP70 and CP80 electric grand pianos. Portable but definitely not lightweight. Keyboard players today don't know how good they have it. Whippersnappers.

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Feb 3rd, 2018 04:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

A great early lightweight portable keyboard was the Wurlitzer electric piano, the student models with the built-in speakers. They did not sound anything like a piano but made a really cool sound of their own, often with vibrato.
They were a staple in Muscle Shoals studios.

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Feb 3rd, 2018 05:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

Here's the RT-2 Console before the chop. RTs are large concert organs with a full AGO pedal board with 32 notes and a Pedal Solo Unit that adds 6 octaves of bright bass notes. One of the Pedal Solo stops is 32' which is an octave below the lowest pedal note on a B or C console! It will rock your bass world! RTs are about 9 inches wider than the B or C consoles to make room for the Pedal Solo controls on the right side.

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Feb 13th, 2018 12:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Cool, I've been thinking about building a chop for years but never found a case I liked that I could afford. I don't play keys out anymore so it will most likely never get done.

Pictured is my #1 RT3 rig with Leslie and HR40. Yeah, the pedal solo stops are amazing. Being a 3 series I have percussion on mine with a paradise setting (mod).

I have a second RT3 in the garage that is the chop possible. It is complete with bench and the AGO pedal board. I have a Leslie 21H for it that needs an overhaul. The console is a Leslie virgin.

I've had A100s, M3s, M100s and a portable over the years. This RT3 fell into my hands about 10 years ago and I'll probably die with it. It belonged to my best friends mom. She was a professional organist and this was her practice organ at home. I added the Leslie.

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