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What are the best Leslie speakers for jazz?


Floyd Tatum

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If you are using a modern organ like the XK-3c/System as the source, a 3300 / 971 would work well.

 

I've heard Tony Monaco play a Portable B3 through a 3300 and the New B3 MkII through a 971 as well as Jim Alfredson play an XK-3 through a 3300. They all sounded great.

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The 122 isn't single speed.

 

Honestly, I don't think it matters. You can change the tone of a Leslie by using different tubes.

 

Old Leslies are just like old Hammonds, they can vary wildly even if they are the same model. Depends on how they were maintained, what tubes are in there, how old the tubes are, if the amp has been reconditioned, etc.

 

I've heard a 3300 on a real B3. Sounded killer.

 

I like the 21H Leslies because they have big bass from those field coil woofers. But I wouldn't want to haul one around; too delicate.

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Single speed for jazz. My vote is the classic 122.

My 122 is 2 speed. I didn't know they made a single speed version. :confused:

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I don't think anyone has really responded to my question about single or dual-speed. Or if you did, I got confused.

 

So, do jazz players generally prefer single or dual speed? Or, do they not have a preference? I think a lot of jazz players use 122's don't they? Which are dual-speed.

 

 

 

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I have a more generic, dumber question - what makes a particular Leslie better or not-so-better for jazz? Is it just single- vs. dual-speed? Or are there other considerations like, I don't know, overall timbre? And are the Speakeasy boxes better or worse for some particular genre? And what about the Motion Sound units (the rotating ones)? You can tell I haven't spent a lot of time with real units...

 

 

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The single speed Leslie is the 21H. The 122 came out with two speeds and the 21H was discontinued. I have owned both models. The 21H has a mellower tone and much better bass response than the 122 because of better quality heavier wood used in the cabinet. If you like your tone warmer and with great bass response go with the 21H.
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Most jazz players I've heard, R. Scott, B. Dennerlein, Joey D, Tony M. all seem to use 2 speeds (122)and some have a brake installed.

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The classic Jimmy Smith stuff that defined the jazz Hammond sound was played through a single speed Leslie. I like having stop for a variety of applications, particularly jazz and southern soul.
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Joey D likes to use stop and fast and only every so often uses the chorale slow speed. Southern soul-the Memphis sound, was actually a compromise. Only the lower rotor slow motor was unplugged so that the bass had a bit more presence. With my C3 and 251 combination, I always used both chorale and tremolo but since the 21 system has the brake function, on gigs these days I use both speeds and stop.
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JSouthern soul-the Memphis sound, was actually a compromise. Only the lower rotor slow motor was unplugged so that the bass had a bit more presence.
That really depends on the recording, the label, the era, all that stuff. There's a whole lot of southern soul from outside of Memphis too...
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True enough, and I grew up playing it north of the border in Kentucky (I guess that's still southern) during the 60's and 70's. For me though, southern soul organ meant Booker T and that's the way he ran at least the times I saw him. The best part of all of this is, of course, to experiment. Doesn't take much to plug the motors back in if the sound doesn't please you.
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My 122 is 2 speed. I didn't know they made a single speed version. :confused:

 

They didn't - Mate was mistaken. Either that, or we mis-interpreted what he said. The 122 is 2-speed.

 

Sorry for the confusion. I like single speed sometimes and double speed sometimes.

 

122 is the best leslie ever made, so that's what I would carry - either unplugging the slow motors for single speed, or wiring it to control them from the console.

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122 is the best leslie ever made, so that's what I would carry - either unplugging the slow motors for single speed, or wiring it to control them from the console.

 

Thanks for all the great info, everyone.

 

Ok, sorry if this is a dumb question, but this is somewhat new to me: so, do some some leslies come with all three options: fast/slow/brake? And, is brake the same think as stop on a 1-speed? And, so, people that have a 122 with just fast & slow, they can either a) unplug the slow motor so that essentially have fast and stop, or b) modify the leslie to have a brake installed that can be controlled from the console, thereby giving them fast/slow/brake? Am I summing it up correctly?

 

What about people that have a one-speed leslie, is there any option for them to have a second speed installed?

 

 

 

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Goff Professional makes a conversion kit to add slow speed to single speed Leslies. Hamptone Electronics makes a conversion kit that gives fast/slow/stop with multiple possible slow speeds (and does not add additional motors). Speakeasy also markets a two-speed conversion kit.

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The 122 is the best Leslie ever made? Hmmm.... not sure if I agree. I actually prefer a 21H most times when put against a 122. But like everything music, it's all subjective.

 

I think the biggest factor is the kind of organ you're using and like kanker said, the context. An older tube Leslie is vastly underpowered for today's stages.

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Amen. I used to gig with this itty bitty Leslie 860 with 12" low rotor that eats my 122 alive. I still use the 860 sometimes. It rolls straight into the back of my Taraus wagon. My 122 isn't loud enough for rock 'n' roll or the blues band I gig with.

 

I think the new Leslies H-S is selling today kick the old Leslie's rear ends. But, I'm a piano player that has been trying play organ for the last 35 years. If I was a real organist maybe I would feel differently.

 

I would buy a brand new 3300 before I would pay what people are asking for these old 122s. but that is just me.

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The 122 is the best Leslie ever made? Hmmm.... not sure if I agree. I actually prefer a 21H most times when put against a 122. But like everything music, it's all subjective.

 

I think the biggest factor is the kind of organ you're using and like kanker said, the context. An older tube Leslie is vastly underpowered for today's stages.

 

True. I prefer the 122 because it has more power than the 21H, and because it already has slow motors. But some guys swear by the bass response of a tallboy, and won't use anything else.

 

As to the power: yes, 40W is underpowered for today's stages, but at least it is 40 tube watts, which is a lot louder than 40 solid state watts.

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I think the new Leslies H-S is selling today kick the old Leslie's rear ends. But, I'm a piano player that has been trying play organ for the last 35 years. If I was a real organist maybe I would feel differently.

 

I would buy a brand new 3300 before I would pay what people are asking for these old 122s. but that is just me.

 

I haven't heard the 3300, but I'm sure it's great since a lot of folks I respect like them.

 

I don't have much use for a 122XA or B though. Why bother - just get an old one which is better built, and has much better motors.

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I'm always surprised in discussions like this that no one mentions the 145. It's always all about the 122. I had both and always thought the 145 sounded much warmer and fatter than the 122

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I have a 1966 and 1971 Leslie 145. One is plywood shelves and the 1971 has particleboard. They are cool but made for the home spinet market. The 122,142 was made really for the 3 series organs.

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I think the new Leslies H-S is selling today kick the old Leslie's rear ends. But, I'm a piano player that has been trying play organ for the last 35 years. If I was a real organist maybe I would feel differently.

 

I would buy a brand new 3300 before I would pay what people are asking for these old 122s. but that is just me.

 

I haven't heard the 3300, but I'm sure it's great since a lot of folks I respect like them.

 

I don't have much use for a 122XA or B though. Why bother - just get an old one which is better built, and has much better motors.

 

Yes the new 122s have like a $3200 list and are still under powered. I would be curious to hear some of the new solid state wooden cabinet leslies. They are making configuration that have 400-watt of output now. Those might be multi-channel setups where the power is divided by a bunch of amps. I had an HL722 that was like that. 210 watts ... yeah :mad: If you add the two rotary amps and and all the stationary channels together.

 

The 3300 kicks butt.

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