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Buying an Old Hammond Organ Versus a New One

  • Old

  • Tone Wheel Generators driving the old B-3’s have not been built since 1975.
  • Very few different models are available.
  • Factory Replacement Parts are not available.
  • Replacement Parts Taken from old scrapped organs.
  • Used Organs are expensive and can cost up to $10,000.
  • Financing used organs is difficult.
  • No factory warranty is available on the purchase of a used organ.
  • New

  • New Hammond digital technology using 96 digital tone wheels duplicates the exact drawbar sounds of its 1955-1975 predecessors.
  • Today Hammond offers more than 25 models with the famous B-3 sound. Click here
  • All New Hammonds have replacement parts readily available and a trained national serving network to fulfill all service needs.
  • Replacement Parts are factory certified and carry a 5 year warranty.
  • New Hammond Organs can cost as little as $2,000.
  • Hammond has several Church Financing solutions available for new Organs. Click here.
  • Hammond Organs have up to a 5 year warranty on parts and I year labor.

OK. You’ve decided to own a Hammond organ. Naturally you would to pay as little as possible. So wouldn’t an older model Hammond be less expensive? Yes, it could. But there are some disadvantages.

For one thing, an older Hammond model would be at least 35 year old, maybe even 60 years old. It would feature tonewheel technology that is no longer made. So what would happen when the tonewheel or other components fail?

Front-HammondOrganBrochureTooling equipment used to make the tonewheels and other components used in these older Hammond organs no longer exists. This means that the vibrato and chorus scanners, tonewheel chassis, pre-amp housing, motors, key channels, drawbar wiring, pedal pads, capacitors, contact assemblies and the keys cannot be re-manufactured, and the Hammond Suzuki factory does not carry any of these parts in stock.

The only way to get a replacement part for an older Hammond organ is to get one from another older Hammond organ that stilt functions. In that case, you might as welt as purchase the entire organ. But that doesn’t make much sense, because its components are also old and apt to fait at any time.

Besides the problem of finding replacement parts for an older Hammond organ, you would also need to keep the organ lubricated, as well as regularly clean the bus bars and vibrato-chorus scanner.

New Hammond organs on the other hand, require minimal maintenance, are more durable and are backed by 5 year limited warranty. So should any component become defective, it can be easily replaced at no cost to you.

In addition, new Hammonds are the result of over 20 years of digital development and technological innovation. This is new why Hammonds sound, play and feel exactly like the Hammond of old.

New Hammonds also have new features that older models don’t have such as transposer, midi capability, velocity sensitive keys, sequencing, disk drive or contact flash memory for recording and storing personal preset banks or a complete musical performance.

Another major advantage you have with new Hammond organs is their lighter weight. One new B-3 for example, weighs some 40% less than the original B-3. Our New Portable B-3 weighs even less than that, and can be setup and taken down in a couple of minutes.

From the standpoint of convenience and economics, you should definitely consider a new Hammond organ for yourself and your church. You won’t be able to detect any difference in sound quality, playability and touch between it and an older Hammond, and you will have an ‘-instrument that is lightweight, versatile and will last for many years.

  1. The Hammond B-3 has remained the flagship for 60 years for the Church Communities.
  2. The Original B-3’s have not been bought since 1975, and therefore, require sizable annual budgets for on-going maintenance and service.
  3. The New B-3 with state-of-the art Hammond Digital technology reproduces both the same historic organ sound and classic keyboard touch and feel, as its famous relative.