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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A Look Back At Building Hammond Organs

When it comes to a recording, there's nothing better than a Hammond organ to act as the glue to meld everything together. It's tone easily blends with almost any other instrument and the natural sustaining notes are the perfect pad element. But the power of the instrument life is something else, which is why I'm such a big fan.

Here's a pretty rare video that shows how the original Hammond organs were built and how they worked. It's hard to believe that this was once the state-of-the-art electronically, especially when we can accomplish everything that's done here mechanically with ease digitally today. Actually, everything is very hi-tech for the time. Still it's pretty cool to see how manufacturing the istrument was done more than 50 years ago.


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CaptainVictory said...

Love stuff like this! I just hope that wood isn't subject to the Lacey Act ...

Rand Bliss said...

Thank you Bobby. Anytime I hear or read the words 'Hammond organ' the indelible stamped image of the great 'Jimi Hendrix of the Keyboards' Keith Emerson is conjured up as well.

Sad that no one today can match his creative genius, brilliance and showmanship (on most instruments anyway) and even sadder not enough people today are even aware of how great he really was and can appreciate that kind of colossal talent.

Instead we're force fed 'wannabe instant stars in a pre-fab box' type 'entertainment' so often and so long that most people accept that as 'talent'.

I'll step down from my pulpit now..;-)


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