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International has been in business for 40 years buying, selling,
restoring Hammond organs and Leslie speakers. We have a trained staff
of technicians cabinet builders, and refinishers who are truly, "old
world craftsmen" in the true tradition of the term.
We pride ourselves on excellent quality and reliable service a well has
honest value. We have been selling classic Hammond organs long before
the Internet existed.
Lately, we have heard horror stories of people driving half way across
the country to buy an organ found on the Internet, only to be
disappointed with less quality than what they expected. DO NOT BE
DISAPPOINTED! Deal with a long established, reputable dealer who you
can trust. Do not be fooled by a fancy website or deceptive pictures.
Keyboard Exchange International will send you a video for the
instrument you select so you can both see and hear it before making a
final decision. Or, feel free to visit our shop, meet our technicians
and observe our craftsmen at work! You can reserve your selection with
a deposit by credit card for complete security. Custom work is also our
specialty. We can offer you a wide variety of custom finishes like
ebony, ivory, solid oak and others
We show our Hammonds with Leslies by appointment. Appointments are for our customers convenience and to insure that we will be available for you when you arrive. We request you make an appointment so that we can offer you our best attention. (407)323-7493
Hammond Organs! Introduction and Showroom March 2014
Special Offers until April 19th! Plus A-102 Demo!
The difference between the Hammond B3 and C3 models explained
Compare Hammond B-3, C-3 and A-100 model organs
Music Lessons "Jim Huss' Frozen Finger Method" Learn to play the organ or keyboard
The first day I realized that my "frozen finger method" of teaching people to play keyboards was when a customer who was buying an organ asked me to explain how I learned to play music. I explained to him my basic understanding of chords and after ten minutes he said to me "Jim, I have learned more in ten minutes with you then I learned in a year of music lessons! Now I understand better how to play the keyboard!"
Please visit our music lesson page to learn more about the DVD and enjoy Lesson One as a free complimentary lesson.
Scratch and Dent Sale
SCRATCH AND DENT SALE !!!!!! Every organ in this row, complete with a Leslie speaker $3,950 cash and carry. Optional delivery, optional warrantee , optional OBL-2 out put available. This could be your chance to get a great sounding organ at a lower price than you would expect. Play 6 or 7 different organs and pick the one that sounds the best to you. Bench and pedals included although the benches may not be an exact match to the organ. First come, first served so do not delay. Most of these organs are trade ins with internal restoration only.
#27 is a Hammond C3 #98206 with Leslie 122! Close to MINT condition.
Exceptional bass AND high end! CertifiedFOAM FREE. Organ can also accept one or more Leslies with 11 pin connections in ADDITION to the 122 for
expanded tonal expression. We can provide an additional Leslie OR you may already have a Leslie with your trade
in instrument. Using more than one Leslie is often recommended in a larger facility for more even sound distribution.
The good news is that the organ is pre-wired to allow for this either immediately or in the future. $10,950 This organ with one Leslie can be delivered to most USA locations for only $289 per month with lease to own!
#100 is a Hammond B3 serial # C-121386 (1971 vintage) with matching bench and pedals and with restored Leslie 21H!
The outstanding high end tones which are characteristic of this year of production, combined with the exceptional
low end provided by this 21H Leslie ( "grand father" of the 122 ) makes this an exceptionally good sounding package!
Normally we would pair a vintage 122 Leslie with this vintage B3 but it was tested with this 21H and our tech exclaimed
that this was the most power organ with Leslie that he has ever encountered! We are therefore leaving these two together
but also offering the buyer an option to upgrade to a 122 if that is what you prefer for an additional $1,000. The 21H
has been modified ( normally only single speed meaning fast and off) to have two speed upper rotor priced at $11,950.
$598 down and $299 per month possible with lease to own program. Delivery available anywhere!
Hammond Elegante.......TOP OF THE LINE Hammond console organ when originally manufactured in the USA between 1980 and 1985! Not a B3, but with many B3 sounds and features plus more! Sells for much less than a B3 !
This instrument sold retail for $18,000 in the 1980's so consider its value today when adjusted for inflation. Normally Keyboard Exchange International will only offer the world famous Hammond B3, C3 and similar models that share tonal character, common set of repair parts, have strong market demand and appeal. However, we now recognize the rare opportunity to be able to offer select Hammond models for home entertainment at prices that will amaze and please you.
Home entertainment models are different from institutional and commercial models in that HE models were made specifically for home use and home entertainment with lots of bells and whistles to enjoy. These extra features allow for making music fun and easier.
Many of the B3 features and sounds are included in this model plus a transpose feature, strings, rhythm machine (drums) and more!
Now your can own the best instrument that the Hammond factory was able to produce in the 1980's at a fraction of the original cost. Not really intended for church use, it is still an option when the transpose feature is required. Supplies are limited so reserve yours today!
Hammond Elegante inventory # 102 with built in transpose system, strings ALL the extras Hammond Organ Company flagship model! It was there TOP OF THE LINE model! This organ priced at $6,950 with one FREE external Leslie available. We can also offer TWO Leslies for an up charge of only $2,000. You are are hearing this organ will the built in Leslie only. Two videos showing two styles of musicians but really there could be 5 or more videos showing Jazz, Popular etc. This instrument is fully capable of playing any musical style in any setting. The FREE Leslie offer good until April 19, 2014.
#92 Budget Friendly A-100 #18671 w/ Leslie for that B3 sound!
A-100 with all the same internal parts of a B3 with Leslie that has 147 power amp and two speed upper rotor. Actual Leslie model is 45 but the two speed upper modification and the 147 power amp are two major upgrades! Priced to sell at $5,950 or only $149 per month!
#97 is a Hammond C3 model organ with Leslie 147
It is complete with matching bench and bass pedals. BEST VALUE C3 due to the fact that it was rented to a start up church for a year and then the church merged with a larger church an not longer needed this fine instrument! The rental costs have been applied to the purchase price so that another church can SAVE $3,100! Price now only $6,850 or $198 per month!
#4 is a Hammond XC-3A! with MIDI and Transposer features!
CLEARANCE SALE PRICE! SAVE $2,500 Price reduced to only $7,450! Lease to own for $199 per month Includes TWO Leslie speakers, MIDI, and transpose system!
Offered at half the price of a new comparable instrument AND WITH TWO Leslies!!!!!!! Comparable to Hammond C3 organ but newer and with newer features. If you want MIDI and transposer then this could be the best instrument choice for you ! ( Did you know that Keyboard Exchange International can add a transposer system to any B3, C3, A-100 or RT-3 that we sell ? It is available as an option for only $1,495 installed) Only one of this model in stock, priced to sell quickly with TWO Leslies! Lease to own for $265 per month or cash and carry for $9,950.
Introducing Randolph Carter and #22 is a Hammond Model A Organ!
The original Hammond organ with B3 sound! Looks like a B3! This was the very first Hammond model that Mr Hammond built in his Chicago factory USA. We have upgraded with a NEW solid state preamp with reverb! This organ is not only a collector item but a real work horse and priced at about half of the newer B3 model. Shown with a Leslie model 142 which has the 122 power amp but is 10 inches shorter. Organ also included OBL-2 which will allow you to plug your bass tones into a separate bass amp or sub-woofer system for WORLD CLASS bass! This model A has one extra octave of tone wheels giving this model lower bass tones than a B3 or C3!!!!!!! Priced at $6,950 WITH Leslie. Pay half down and be offered ZERO interest financing over the next 10 months OR lease to own with little or no money down with no payments due for two months and payments under $179 per month! One of a kind special deal so call today!~
#28 is a Hammond Colonnade with FREE Leslie 912!
This organ has TRANSPOSE feature built in and other interesting features. This is not a tone wheel
organ, meaning it is build differently than a Hammond B3, C3 or A-100 and is in fact newer than those models.
Still, and as you can hear, it has a great sound for church or home use and the PRICE with Leslie is super
reasonable! Only one of these in stock today so do not delay if you are interested! only $4,950
#33 & #62 Hammond Organ now offered with FREE second Leslie speaker!
#33 Hammond CV model organ, full size instrument is the predicesor of the world famous Hammond C3 organ with full 25 bass pedals, locking top, finished back now priced at $4,950 but for this special promotion we are offer a second Leslie for FREE included with the deal! We just want to see if people are paying attention! FREE is good!
#62 is the same model Hammond CV full size tone wheel organ but with some very cool upgrades including, Smooth pulling drawbars, NEW solid state pre-amp for high reliability and bright sound, reverb, and OBL-2 output for WORLD CLASS Bass tone potential when connected to a subwoofer or bass guitar amp. SECOND LESLIE TO BE ADDED FREE WITH THIS DEAL!!!!!! $6,950
We just want to see if you are paying attention to our web site so are offering FREE stuff as your bonus for paying attention! Stay focused! Payments as low as $189 per month! WHAT for a Hammond with TWO Leslies? Is this the best deal on planet earth?
#88 is a Vintage 1965 Hammond B3 Organ serial #95189 with Leslie 122!
What is it about this B3 that makes it one of the best sounding B3's we have ever heard? Is it the rebuilt 122 power amp? Is it the NEW Tung-sol 6550 power tubes in the 122 power amp? Is it the "red caps" on the tone generator and line box?
Is it the 1965 vintage? Is it the rebuilt vintage pre-amp with tubes? Is it from being in one home its entire life, rarely used, and still technically almost NOS? We know it is not only the acoustical setting because it sounds slightly better than other B3s in the same room. Our other B3's sound 100% GREAT but this one might be at 103% Great sounding! This is an exceptional sounding, one owner instrument. Why it sounds so great has to be a combination of factors. We know this is something extra special! CERTIFIED FOAM FREE! DO NOT BUY Hammond that is not CERTIFIED FOAM FREE! $13,950 or $299 per month with trade in or down payment of $3,000.
USED Leslies! NEW Leslies! TALL Leslies! SHORT Leslies! TUBE Leslies, SOLID STATE Leslies, TWO Speed Leslies, THREE Speed Leslies, Scratched Leslies, Refinished Leslies, Leslie Compatibility charts, Leslie CABLES, Experienced Leslie technicians, Authorized LESLIE Dealer! ADD a SECOND Leslie to any organ you see on our inventory page, We BUY used Leslies, We RESTORE USED Leslies, WE KNOW Leslies, We LOVE the sound of Leslie speakers, and we have 44 years of business experience helping our customers select the best Leslie for their needs. FINANCING AVAILABLE for NEW Leslie 122a speakers! Call of email today with your questions. TRADE IN YOUR OLD LESLIE! Hammond B3 and C3 organs also available WITH Leslie or Leslies! Leslie models include: 122, 122A, 122RV, 122R, 142, 242, 222, 31H, 32H, 147, 147RV, 247, 912, 750, 710, 760, 770, 900, 910, 925, and many more!
#85 is a Hammond A-102 #22618 with Leslie model 142 with 122 power amp!
HALF the price of a Hammond B3 but sounds the same! B3 sound for half price! This beautiful Hammond model A-102 with fancy French Provincial legs is built from the same internal parts as a Hammond B3 and C3 organ plus has its own set of internal speakers. These internal speakers can serve as monitor speakers or can be turned off so the sound comes only from the Leslie. The Leslie model 142 is 10 inches shorter than the model 122 but has the same internal parts as the taller model 122 and will therefore produce the same sound as the 122. If you want the B3 sound at half the B3 price and you appreciate the MINT condition of this fancy furniture then save some money and get the sound you want for only $6,950 plus delivery or approximately $189 per month with lease to own. Other financing options also exist. Click here for other financing options.
#78 is a 1957 Vintage Hammond B3 Organ #67911 with Leslie 122 speaker!
A true classic!!!!!! Priced at only $9,950 with a Leslie 21H or $10,950 with vintage Leslie 122 as shown and heard! Delivery possible anywhere on planet earth but ranging in price from $425 to $850 to most USA locations AND the delivery cost can be included in your low monthly payments. Now offering 8, that is EIGHT different financing possibilities, and options for churches! No church that needs and wants a Hammond with Leslie be without a great sounding instrument to enhance the worship experience!
#71 is a Hammond C3 # 78454 with Leslie 142 being played by Music Minister Randolph Carter.
Sounds GREAT! (Thank you Randolph ! ) The Leslie 142 is shorter than the 122 but with the same power rating in a more compact space! OBL-2 output installed for WORLD CLASS Bass tone potential when connected to a separate bass amp or sub-woofer system within your PA system. B3 sound ! C3 cabinet style which is preferred by ladies for purposes of modesty and preferred by anyone wanting B3 sound at a lower price ! $249 per month on lease to own program ! $9,950 FOB Sanford, Florida. We can arrange delivery or deliver ourselves at a fair price or you can pick up. Extended warranty also an option with financing terms available.
#70 is a Hammond B3 #86889 with TWO Leslie speakers!!!!!
One Leslie 122 modified to be three speeds !
and one High Power solid state Leslie model 912 also three speeds. WORLD CLASS BASS potential from the OBL-2 which is installed so you can connect bass tones to your sub-woofer system or any bass guitar amp! This super fine instrument has been selected to be our RENTAL organ but has not yet gone out on any rentals, and is therefore still in MINT condition ! It was selected to represent our company and is one of the best sounding organs on planet earth ! FOAM FREE ! This fine Hammond B3 organ with these two Leslie speakers offered at $14,950 delivered to most USA locations.THIS B3 is fused, grounded with a three way electrical cable for safety, in compliance with new building codes and requirements. $3,000 down or equivalent trade in value and only $299 per month lease to own payments with approved financing.
#83 is a Custom Finished GLOSS Ebony Hammond B3 organ #93264 from 1964
One of the best years of production! This customized Hammond B3 represents the best of our restoration efforts! All the best parts, effort, and the best refinishing have gone into this restoration project! It will soon be completed and available for sale! Being the best of what we can offer, it is also one of our most expensive instruments at $17,950 with one Matching Leslie 122 with three speeds, fast, off, and slow. NEW Leslie 122 power amp. If you want to closely match your grand piano on stage, or require something extra special, this B3 could be for you! Pre-wired to accept additional 11 pin Leslie or several more Leslies ! Not too late to add some additional custom features that you may desire or require!
#20 BEST VALUE for full size Hammond with full size Leslie speaker with B3 sound! from $4950 or from $159 lease to own with one dollar buy out at lease end.
Models RT-3 and D-152 were the two most expensive and deluxe models produced by the Hammond organ
company at the time when they were manufacturing the B3 and C3 models. These organs use the SAME INTERNAL parts as the world famous B3 ! The RT-3 and D-152 have 32 bass pedals (25 pedals with MIDI optional) built to AGO specifications meaning that these 32 pedals are of standard and acceptable size for classically trained musicians. The reason these organs now offer and deserve "BEST VALUE" status, is that Keyboard Exchange International has accumulated a substantial collection of this instruments and now must sell them at door busting prices to make room for other B3 and C3 organs soon to arrive. These instruments are NOT scratch and dent but excellent to MINT condition ! The price is lowered only due to an over supply. Lease to own for as little as $159 per month ! Cash and carry price as low as $4,950.
Upgrades and options offered include:
NEW Leslie 122a (additional $2,400) to replace used full size Leslie normally included
NEW 25 bass pedals with MIDI to replace the 32 bass pedals ( additional $1865 )
NEW OBL-2 output to allow direct connection to sub-woofer system or bass amp for WORLD CLASS BASS PEDALS (only with original 32 bass pedals)
Optional restoration of Hammond string bass unit $1,275 ( organs sold with sting bass unit as is )
Optional connection for multiple Leslie connections. Perhaps you can use existing Leslies with 11 pin
Optional three speed Leslie function with silent relay on Leslie for studio use (Add $350)
Optional NEW Spring reverb (Add $375 installed)
#84 is an AMAZING restoration of a 1939 model A cabinet with B3 parts installed! This organ is NOT a B3 model Hammond! It only looks and sounds like a B3! The first organ Hammond manufactured was the model A. You are looking at model A cabinet that has been lovingly restored to look almost new! Hammond B3 parts (parts that could have been in an actual Hammond B3) are installed with NEW solid state preamp! The Leslie 122 matching speaker has a NEW 122 power amp.. This custom project is better than a new organ in our opinion AND more compact than the B3 case. Newly refinished! New parts aplenty! Best of vintage, best of what is new = great outcome ! $11,950 or $299 mo.
#65 is a Hammond B3 serial #80614 with Leslie 147! (Brand NEW power amp in Leslie !) Fruitwood aka "Cherry wood" rare finish. As you will hear, this is a GREAT sounding instrument. Mr Randolph Carter is playing this instrument for a demo and can be heard playing some of our other instruments. Randolph visited Keyboard Exchange International in December of 2013 for the first time and we really enjoyed his visit with us. He is looking for full time employment as a musician and seeking opportunities and offers. Contact us at Keyboard Exchange for more details. We will soon have a longer video of Randolph on youtube. Randolph Carter, world class musician, playing a world class Hammond B3 with Leslie 122!
#75 is a Hammond Model A-105 with Leslie 147! Excellent to MINT condition A-105 with true B3 sound! This A-105 could have been a B3, but the factory installed B3 parts into this somewhat rare A-105 console with self-contained speakers. These act as monitor speakers allowing it to be played without a Leslie. However, we all prefer to have a Leslie so Keyboard Exchange has added a very nice sounding model 147 Leslie! This is one of the newest tone wheel Hammond organs to be found on earth! One of the last ones to leave the original Hammond factory in Chicago and CERTIFIED FOAM FREE ! B3 sound at a lower price in the top of the line A-100 series model A-105 featuring musician Randolph Carter. Organ with Leslie $10,950 or $299 per month on lease to own arrangement delivered to your church. Both this organ and Randolph could be playing in your church if you act quickly. Organ is for sale and Randolph is seeking full time musical opportunity!
#72 is a vintage 1962 Hammond B3 organ serial number 87523 with a MINT vintage 147! Some very minor sun fading allows us to discount this otherwise MINT condition B3 to a very attractive price point. The Leslie 147 is a vintage Leslie in MINT condition! Both the organ and Leslie play like a dream! Play this B3/147 in our showroom and compare with others to understand that you will not find a better sounding B3 anywhere! Restored internally to perform safely for decades to come! This organ and Leslie are predicted to long outlast the pastors new car, and the roof on your church, if you buy it or lease to own for only $325 per month! $12,500 plus delivery is the discounted price and it is ready to deliver! OBL-2 output has been added to allow for WORLD CLASS bass pedals and all the bottom end you could ever want! ( Featured in our B3/C3 comparison on home page)
#56 is a vintage 1974 Hammond B3 serial #420721. This is the last year of factory production! COLLECTOR QUALITY! This makes this one of the newest tone generator B3 organs on the planet! Also one of the highest serial number B3s that we have seen in our shop. CERTIFIED FOAM FREE. This is important. Ideal for a serious collector or someone who truly appreciates the finest things in life. Leslie 122 complements this organ.......Did we mention that this instrument was purchased from the family of the original owner and we have matching serial numbers to the original invoice when new? Plug your bass pedal tones into a separate bass amp or subwoofer system for WORLD CLASS bass! $7,000 less than the two B3's that we sold that were still in the box but of similar quality and condition! $17,950 Cash discount available, Lease to own for $469 per month plus other great plans to finance!
#53 is a Vintage 1973 Hammond B3 serial # E-234469. Bright clear crisp sound of the last five years of factory production. Leslie 122 speaker ! OBL-2 output installed. Nicely restored instrument that feels like new with new keyboard felts! Organ keyboards are CERTIFIED FOAM FREE. This is hugely important. Do not buy a Hammond that is not certified foam free. Keyboard Exchange removes factory foam that can cause problems later. This is the classic B3 with 122 combination from the last few years of production. This instrument could be in your church, home or studio for the next 50 years before needing another restoration. $15,950. Trade in your old B3 with Leslie and pay only $379 per month with lease to own.
Randolph Carter playing #53
#12 is a Hammond C3 #99794 with TWO Leslie speakers! Bright! Crisp! Powerful! CERTIFIED FOAM FREE! This Hammond model C3 has the B3 sound that we are all looking for but MORE! After years of experimenting with various Leslie combinations, we have discovered a way to give you all the sound you could ever want! We have always recommended the use to two Leslie speakers but budget considerations often prevented the addition of that second Leslie. Now, and until supplies are exhausted, Keyboard Exchange International is offering C3 model Hammond organs with TWO Leslie speakers at prices lower than a B3 with one Leslie! A limited number of instruments will be offered at this special price of $10,950 Leslies shown are model 912 full size full power, and solid state in like new condition!
You can add a Leslie 122 or 122a and actually run three Leslies or have us substitute a NEW Leslie 122a for an up charge of only $1,750. (Did you know that the C3 model has the same internal parts as a B3? The only difference is the furniture style!)
#40 is a Roland / Atelier AT-90-S TOP OF THE LINE Roland organ from 2001!
This fine instrument features a wide variety of organ sounds you would expect ranging from jazz to pipe organ to theatre organ! Some nice piano voices also with an extended lower manual so that piano players will feel very comfortable on this organ! We often refer to this type of instrument as a “home entertainment model” This instrument can be very entertaining and engaging. More here than meets the eye with the newest version of this instrument in the $40,000 price range. This slightly older version, a trade in on a Hammond with Leslie from a church is offered today for only $8,950. OBO We may even be open to doing some trading if you have something of interest to us! Lets talk!
EBONY is back!!!!!!! Custom finished Hammond B3 and C3 organs with matching Leslie speakers can now be ordered from Keyboard Exchange International ! Keep in mind that these custom finishes take some extra time and cost more than a standard finish so allow about 90 days from the time you place your order until we can arrange delivery. Our new refinishing shop is doing the best work we have seen in years so if you are interested contact us today for more details! For the first time ever, your B3 can look as nice as your new grand piano!
Introducing the "ROAD WARRIOR" B3 built into a custom ATA road case!
Check this out! ALL the sound without compromise! Let us custom build one for you! Prices start at $4,500
# 36 and # 37 Two Hammond D-152 model organs in stock and another on the way! While not as popular as the Hammond B3 organ it does have all the same sound capabilities when connected to a Leslie or two Leslies. # 36 has some sun fading and is offered at only $5,950 with its self contained speaker system. #37 D-152 (not shown but looks similar) has touch sensitive MIDI installed on the upper manual and can therefore sound like a B3 AND sound like a pipe organ, piano, or about anything you want via the magic of MIDI. $6,950 for # 37 with self-contained speakers. Leslie speaker additional cost to buyer.
5'4" Grotrian Steinweg baby grand piano. Manufactured in Germany in
1917 by the Steinway family. Recently restrung awaiting a new home.
This fine antique piano will grace any home or mansion and is a nice
sounding piano with an interesting history. Ivory keys and reasonably
priced at $10,950
These items are not in our showroom but occasionally we like to help a friend sell their instruments. Please contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rodgers 205 pipe organ ! YES actual, real pipes with some electronic additional voicing ! For the person or chapel that always wanted the sound of real pipes but did not think it possible or affordable! Trying to find a good home for this instrument which is currently located in Deland, FL. Open to offers with possible donation to a worthy charitable organization. Currently in a home where it was used by a church organist. Now part of an estate. Consider that there will be moving and set up costs to be paid plus tuning. Contact B3buyer@aol.com
Baldwin Grand piano built in the finest mid century tradition with real ivory keys. Looking for offers and a good home ! Piano located in Deland, FL B3buyer@aol.com
The world famous Hammond B3 organ, when properly matched to a Leslie speaker model 122, 122a, or 147 offers one of the greatest musical sounds on our planet! However, the Hammond B3 "sound" can be obtained or achieved equally well from a few other tone wheel Hammond organ models when one understands the true source of the Hammond B3 sound.
Let's start with the basics. The term B3 defines a model of Hammond organ. The Hammond organ company manufactured dozens of different models of organs but only one called B3. The B3 model was manufactured for a 20 year period from 1955 to 1974 with some subtle changes along the course of this production cycle. Prior to 1955 there were similar looking models including the model B2, BV, BC, BCV and model A. Put them all on stage together (or in the Keyboard Exchange International showroom in Sanford, Florida) and it would be difficult to tell them apart unless you were expert in the different models. Even the model A, first manufactured in 1935 has what we today refer to as the B3 sound. Therefore there are several options to get a true B3 sound, and also the look and style of a B3 with the open design of four stylish legs.
The Hammond model C3 is my personal second best choice to obtain a true B3 sound but with a different style of furniture. There are times when the C3 model will actually be the better choice due to the closed in furniture style. To be plain and direct, ladies who play the organ will prefer the Hammond model C3 to the B3 model for reasons of modesty. There are also financial savings to be enjoyed by purchasing the C3 model. Currently a C3 is about 20% less expensive than a B3 if in the same condition. It is also important to note that the internal parts of a B3 and a C3 are the same and completely interchangeable and this also explains why they can sound the same.
Mr. Don Leslie invented the Leslie speaker. He tried to sell his invention to Mr. Hammond but at the time, Mr. Hammond did not understand that one day no one would want to play one of his Hammond organs without a Leslie speaker. To obtain what we today call the B3 sound, a proper Leslie speaker is a necessity.
The differences between the various models of organs that can produce the B3 sound are: model number, age, furniture style, and price. Less popular models and older models are less expensive but not of lesser quality. It is of utmost importance to understand that NOT ALL organs that bear the name of Hammond are capable of producing what we refer to today as the "B3 sound". Only a select few can give us the sound we seek AND the organs must be properly restored and properly matched to a restored or NEW Leslie speaker...of the correct model!
Because the term B3 is so well known, the actual model Hammond B3 organ is the most popular and therefore has the greatest market demand. When demand is higher for any product or service, the price is higher. This is economics 101. This does however create a greater value in the other models that are not so well known but are capable of producing the same sound as the B3 model organ. It is always best to compare a lessor model, in the same room or acoustical setting, with an actual B3 to fully understand the great values found in some of the lesser known models. Allow your ears to be the judge that will allow your budget a break. Generally, most organ lovers will one day want a B3 or will want to be able to trade up to a B3. A church will find investing in a B3 will both help attract and retain excellent musicians. Marvin Gay sang it best "Ain't nothing like the real thing!"
The Hammond B3 organ does have a "cool factor" to its style that cannot be denied. Over the years, we at Keyboard Exchange International have been asked thousands of times, which is the better instrument, the B3 or the C3. The simple answer is that the only real difference is the furniture style. Organists will debate long a hard over this question but really it comes down to the organs they have played or heard, the acoustics of the rooms they were in, the condition of the instruments and other variables too numerous to mention. Modifications and upgrades can actually make these organs sound better than when they were new. A proper restoration of a 50 year old Hammond B3 is money well spent as it can prepare that B3 for the next 50 years. A Stratavarious violin can be 300 years old and agreed to be the best sounding and most valuable violin in the entire world. To our way of thinking, a Hammond B3 organ is in the same category of quality as these wonderful violins. Additionally we know of nothing new that can be purchased today that will outlast or out perform a properly restored Hammond B3 organ.
Please visit Keyboard Exchange International or make your selection from the videos and pictures we provide, to get the B3 sound you have always wanted. It will be the best investment in your musical future that you can make! Let one of the greatest musical instruments ever created inspire your playing and, or enhance your worship experience.