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My Hammond Sounds like a sampler
Old 17th September 2012
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🎧 5 years
My Hammond Sounds like a sampler

Yep.. you read that right.

I have a 1948 Hammond M model i'm restoring, or about to. Everything actually works. EVERYTHING. However, when played, either manual or the foot pedals, on EVERY configuration (ie, all drawbars, vibrato on vibrato off, etc..) the organ sounds like a very badly looped sample of itself. You get the " toooooone,hick,tooooone,hick, toooooone" kinda thing going on. NOT really motorboating as I understand it, but it just actually sounds like a casio sampled version, VERY BADLY LOOPED of an organ. Interestingly, the frequency of the hick, or drop out, or whatever, is approximately the frequency of the vibrato. But with vibrato on, it sounds like a flawless vibrato on a casio badly looped...

you get the idea...

I've no idea where to start. Anybody have any thoughts? remember, it's on EVERY not, every keyboard, every possible setting.


I want to give this old boy another shot at the big time! haha...

Old 17th September 2012
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🎧 10 years
You may want to ask a mod to move this to the Geekslutz subforum. All the resistor- heads hang out in there, and this sounds like a probable electronic issue. That, or something very odd with the Leslie. Try to remove the obvious mechanicals from the equation first, then move on to the electronics.
Hopefully someone will have run across this before.
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