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Monday, September 5, 2011

Vintage Hammond B3 Vs. A Clone

I've been a Hammond organ player and lover for years. I can remember carrying my first B3 up multiple flights of steps, over bars, and onto trucks without lift gates, but that was when I was a lot younger and more eager to suffer for my art. You could never beat the sound of a real Hammond and Leslie cabinet though. But the new generations of clones and virtual instruments are getting oh-so close to where it's difficult to tell, especially if they're played through a real Leslie.

Here's a great side-by-side comparison by Jim Alfredson (check him out at, that shows you just how close they really are these days.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The venue I work at has one that is setup every Sunday. We sometimes have maybe one guy to help move it. Mind you, not the fat asshole who plays it. who complains about how its being handled and not kept clean and gets bumped around. the keys are stained orange from the hot wings he sucks down between songs. If a fire broke out Id push it myself into the flames.


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