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News, Advice and Technique for Hammond Organ Players

In this Hammond organ blog, I’ve gathered together as much news and practical advice as possible here to help you choose, buy, maintain, restore, gig and record these incredible instruments. In my view, Hammond organs deserve a place in every band and it’s up to us owners to keep that sound alive. In the videos below, I try to answer common questions and share a few playing tips that I’ve picked up over the years.

You can also view the videos in seasons or browse all the articles by selecting from this posts below. I hope you find it helpful and if there’s anything in particular you’d like me to take a look at, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Unboxing the Hammond XP-Pro

Hammond Organs, Video
Hello folks, today we will be unboxing the Hammond XK-Pro that Hammond UK kindly supplied me. In fact lets do an extended road test! in this next series we will unbox it and get our first impressions together, then lets go through the sounds and have a listen and then drill down into the Organ…
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Lounsberry Pedals

Hammond Organs
Good morning/afternoon how are you all going? I hope that you are all staying safe and well during this difficult time? Today I wanted to talk to you about Lounsberry pedals, a really cool independent effect pedal manufacturer based in the US that are turning out quality boutique effects , many of which are aimed…
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Staying safe? (M102 Update)

Hammond Organs, Maintenance
How you doing folks? Staying safe? Its a weird world that we are in at the moment isn’t it, we are nearly there, just a few months to go! I thought I would drop you a line as I have been quiet of late. Quiet but very busy ! My M102 project has stalled a…
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S5 E3: Unboxing a 1967 Hammond M-102

Hammond Organs, Video
This week we take a look at the Hammond M-102 which I picked up recently. Let’s run through it, what works and what doesn’t work and discuss the restoration work needed. This will take a short while to complete so I will keep you updated on progress!
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S5 E2: Deep Purple’s Highway Star Organ Solo

Inspiration, Video
Hi folks, hope you are well. This week we’re going to take a look at a recent lockdown video I put together with a few friends. We covered Highway Star and it occured to me that you might like to see how I approach Jon Lord’s organ solo in this track. I’m sure there might…
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S5 E1: A New Season

Hammond Organs, Video
Hi folks, how are you doing? Keeping safe I hope? Today starts a new season of the video blog. Here’s a quick hello and a round up of what you might expect to see over the coming weeks, hope you enjoy and remember whatever you feel get in touch, its great to hear from you!
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Lockdown

Hammond Organs
Good morning folks, How are we all doing today? Its a difficult time isn’t it, no-one really knows how this will all pan out but I think that we will get there in the end. On a brighter note it means that many of us have a little more time on our hands to play…
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Autumn 2019 Update

Gigging, Hammond Organs
Hi Folks how are you all doing? Just a quick update on whats going on with Hammond For Hire currently. There will be a couple of new videos coming soon, by popular demand. One will be the test of overdrive pedals using the Hammond XK-5 and a Leslie 145 (pedals will include Boss, Lounsberry, MXR…
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S4 E2: How to upgrade the stock Leslie driver

Leslie Cabs, Video
Hi folks, this week I finally took delivery of a package that would enable me to upgrade the stock Leslie driver on my 145. My ‘stock’ Leslie 145 My 145 is my go to gigging Leslie and subsequently gets a lot of use. The amp is from 1974/5 and is only 40watts and sometimes when…
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S4 E1: Getting that Jon Lord Sound

Hammond Organs, Leslie Cabs, Video
In my vlog this week I look at getting that stationary overdrive sound from the late 60’s and 70’s from my Hammond XK-5. You know the sound, think Deep Purple Black Night or Highway Star, dirty with no vibrato. I look at the best way to achieve this sound and also compare the Neo Ventilator…
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A new venue

Gigging
Morning guys, I had the pleasure of playing a new venue (to me) last week in Derby. A very nice place called The Flower Pot, a venue with a lot of history and character. I thought I might do a sort of day-in-the-life run through of how it went, for those of you who are…
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The Colour of Wood

Gigging, Hammond Organs
Morning folks, I’ve had a few people ask me about the mismatch of the colour of wood between the XK5, lower manual and Heritage stand recently. I can testify that there is (on mine at least) a variation in the colour between the Lower manual end cheeks and the XK5 and the upper and lower…
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Winter is Coming

Hammond Organs
Brrrr, its getting colder here in H4H HQ and this time of the year always reminds me to remind you to check your oil reserves in both you Hammond Organs and in your Leslie speakers. on occasions such as these I don’t mind repeating myself, I’ll go and check mine now!
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Depping

Gigging
Hi All, Busy time here at Hammond for Hire towers with much going on, but more to come! With my studio completely overhauled and re-built I am in a much better position to deal with my remote/on-line clients. I found that the control room wasn’t getting enough room and the open booth for my Leslie…
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