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I'm interested in buying an organ, but since I don't know much about organs I don't really know where to start. I've tryed an old korg cx-3 and did enjoy it. Please give me some tips on what organ I should go for and why. the new cx-3 is out of the question for the moment since the price tag is way over what I will be able to pay. I would really appreciate some help. thanks

 

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Ahhh... the old CX-3 was nice, provided you had a real Leslie to run it through. Service-wise they're a nightmare, especially if you're not in the U.S., so I'd stay away from it.

 

I've done a bit of A-B listening of the new CX-3 vs my old workhorse, the Roland VK-7, lately. The new Korg is nicer, but with VK-7's coming down in price (saw $1300 locally recently) they offer a lotta value.

 

Questions to ask yourself: Do you have a real Leslie or other physical rotor like a Motion Sound product, or is the onboard Leslie simulation what you'll be using? Do you intend to gig with your new keyboard or will it live at home? What's the top of your price range?

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the oberheim ob3 squared keyboard is good enough for the price. theres a good on board leslie sim (thought the overdrive is absolute crap). i wouldn't be so fast in recomending the ob3 sq. module-the little one i tried moved all over the place when i tried to change the drawbars quickly. the sound is good quality on them (though its no cx-3 or vk 7).

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The Korg CX-3 is my fave of all the current Hammond clones. Its Hammond & Leslie simulations are very good, and it's easily portable. And since it has MIDI you can use it to drive other devices. The other clones are acceptable also - and if the Roland is now 1300 (as seen elsewhere in this thread) it's certainly good enough.

 

HOWEVER - if you have a van and a strong friend or two there's "no thing like the real thing". Hammond A100s are available out there. They are electrically & sonically identical to the famous B3 and often sell for less than a clone. There's a certain magic to playing a real Hammond..... Good luck and enjoy whatever you purchase!

 

 

Originally posted by dissident:

I'm interested in buying an organ, but since I don't know much about organs I don't really know where to start. I've tryed an old korg cx-3 and did enjoy it. Please give me some tips on what organ I should go for and why. the new cx-3 is out of the question for the moment since the price tag is way over what I will be able to pay. I would really appreciate some help. thanks

 

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How are you planning to use it? Rock and roll, church, recording? When you say the Korg is way over your price range I am guessing you want to invest $1000 or less. In that range you are better off with a module rather than a keyboard. Do you have a controller keyboard? Do you already have a Roland, Korg or Emu P2K which can take expansion boards?
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