I saw an old organ pushed to the side at the backstage dressing room of a rock pub yesterday. It looked very much like an L100 including the drawbars and the flip switches, but it also had some additional controls including something that looked like a big volume knob, to the right side of the lower manual. If someone knows what it might have been I would like to know. It could have been not even a Hammond but some other manufacturer's lookalike, if there's such a thing. This is in Europe
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Those T’s are the last mechanical tonewheel generator organs. They have a cult following of guys that like to mod those things. There used to be a guy at Organ Forums from New Zealand that did some crazy things to his T. The amp in them is solid state. But they are a dream platform if you like to mod the heck out of stuff.
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I think Wurlitzer made a similar knockoff in the 60s-70s which I had -- it also had a built-in leslie but transistor sounds vs. tone-wheel.
Mods were plentiful. The internal leslie speed could be easily manipulated with a variable rheostat. Dual mikes resulted in a cool stereo whirl. The amp was some sort of hybrid tube/solid-state thing, and I succeeded in overdriving the input stage to produce a a variety of gritty and crunchy sounds. Some were even musical.
Best of all, I could mount four dolly wheels on the back, and get its svelte 400 pounds into and out of my parents station wagon. I think I paid $400 before brutalizing it.
I did a lot of gigs with the thing back in the day. It could sound pretty cool. No, I don't miss it
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