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Model E has a chorus generator which the A does not. It also has separate control of tremulant and swell per manual.

 

I do not know if the foldback (or lack of same) is the same as the model A but I would expect it to be.

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Most of them had bass all the way down, though I believe some of the last ones were made when they switched to the 82-note generator (which folds back at the A above low C in the bass, it's wierd playing LH bass on these instruments!) But don't quote me on that...my friend's E goes all the way to the basement on the manuals. If this one is a 1939 it won't likely have bass all the way down, IIRC the switch happened in 1938.

 

It's rare to see one of these that hasn't been utterly trashed. Lovely instruments once restored. Hammond was trying to appeal to pipe organists with this, hence the tpyewriter keys over the regular preset mechanism to resemble a pipe organ's combination action. It even has indicator rods protruding from the music rack base showing the position of the swell pedals!

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If this one is a 1939 it won't likely have bass all the way down, IIRC the switch happened in 1938.

 

I don't think the 1938 cutoff date is correct on the switch, as both my Model D (1940) and Model BC (1942) have bass wired to the lower manual that goes all the way down with no foldback.

 

FWIW, If I'm playing LH bass, its great to have those tones go all the way down and it gives a different character to the music than playing the same thing with LH bass on my B3 or C2.

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Well they are great organs anway. Here is some info that I read:

 

Since it is an older E which still has the two-tooth tonewheels, it has a very solid low end on both manuals and pedals. It would sound more or less the same as a BC or D from the same period, but in my opinion they voiced them a little brighter. The pedal harmonics go all the way up to the 16th, so the 8' pedal drawbar is very bright.

 

The 31H has good bass but not good enough for the bottom octave. The QR-40 tone cabinet it comes with (same as a PR-40 but without a decorative cabinet) really brings out the low end, especially if toed-in to a cormer.

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A QR-40 or PR-40 is ideal for this organ, those cabinets have superb bass. It's funny...the tone cabinets Hammond made back in that organ's day (A-20, D-20, F40) were nowhere near adequate...the PR-40 was the best straight speaker ever made for a tonewheel Hammond. The other tone cabinet Hammond made that I always thought sounded amazing was the Series 12 that was sold with the X-66, but that's another kettle of fish entirely. Best bass I've ever heard out of an electronic organ.

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