Popular model retains the legendary sound at a price all churches can realize…
The HAMMOND B-3 has been the world standard for Electronic Organs from its release in 1954 through today’s B-3mkII. Its “little brother”, the A-100, was created in 1960 to bring the B-3’s magic to a wider audience. HAMMOND USA announces the release of the A-162, inspired by the original, which has become a legend of its own.
The classic A-100 was a self-contained instrument needing no external speakers, providing the inimitable Hammond B-3 tone in a compact “footprint”, having all the features of the Hammond flagship, at a more modest price. The New Model A-162 continues that tradition.
The same VASE III Tonal “Engine” found in the top-of-the-line B-3mkII powers the A-162 with a brand-new Custom Digital ToneWheel set that replicates the characteristics of the classic A-100, with an enhanced Chorus-Vibrato section which allows the A-162 to reproduce the Chorus-Vibrato effects from Vintage Hammonds at different time periods. As on the classic A-100 the new model utilizes the familiar reverse-key presets, and features Hammond’s exclusive “Touch-Response Percussion”. Twin waterfall keyboards, a 25-note pedalboard and matching bench complete the full Console package.
Convenience features added expressly for the Church market include dedicated Transpose controls, allowing the Organist to raise or lower the pitch by ± six half-steps, plus a series of couplers designed to allow the Pedal voices to be played on either manual, besides the pedals, for the Organist who prefers to play Bass on the Swell Manual. The new A-162 features a powerful 150-watt onboard sound system with a compliment of five heavy- duty speakers, one of which is a 15” woofer for rich pedal/bass tones. This system even surpasses the beloved antique A-100 with the inclusion of a state-of-the-art Digital Leslie™, a benefit not found on the original. The option remains, however, to attach a physical Leslie speaker (with independent volume control) to expand the tonal range, if necessary.
The demand for the “vintage” Hammond Organ sound remains high, but the number of instruments from the 50’s and 60’s are rapidly diminishing, Hammond has mined its 80 year history to produce instruments that look, sound and perform like their beloved models, bypassing the complex mechanical apparatus of the past, executing their exact functions in the digital realm.
This modern approach provides not only stability and confidence, but allows for precise control and extensive customization and adaptability. You can now “dial in” all the unique characteristics and intangibles that you desire in a Hammond Organ and Leslie. You can have the “A-100” you’ve always wanted.
Its small “footprint” is perfect for smaller Churches, Chapels, Schools, Homes and Studios, and its affordable price is in everyone’s budget. The classic A-100 brought the Hammond magic to a wider audience, and the same spirit is alive in the technologically advanced A-162, providing all the stirring and traditional music Hammond is famous for. The A-162 has a MAP price of $12,995, and will begin shipping in July.
For 80 years, Hammond is the SOUND, the SOUL, the ONE!!