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Hammond B3 Value?


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it depends on so many factors... for me, if I didn't already own a Hammond, it would be worth maybe $1000 at most while a serious collector might be willing to part with double that or even more.

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In Europe a good B3/122 Leslie will do $4k /$5k

A mint one $6k / $7k.

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Location Location Location. A B-3 console with no speaker in good condition is worth around $1500 in most places, give or take. Out in Colorado, you might not get that much for it. In some cities you would strain to get $500 out of it. In Chicago you could get $3K out of it if you ran into the right church at the right time.

 

Around here in my part of Michigan I couldn't see a Leslie-less B-3 fetching more than about a grand. A regional tech sold a friend of mine a clean C-3 console for $500.

 

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Todd, let's start a Hammond business, profit 50/50 :D
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Todd, those seem like unheard-of prices to me, but I am in SoCal. Has the B3 market softened in your opinion? Everyone I know complains that, especially since the dawn of the global marketplace afforded by things like eBay, there are no more such deals to be found, no more "grandma organs," as it were.

 

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I talked to Dave Vum a few years back in regards to buying my B-3. Even as a resale dealer he seemed interested in my B without my Leslie for $1,500US. He said he would have to make some phone calls. He never did call back, but I think he was just trying to flip it. I think if you just want to buy it & flip it, you got to get it for $500 or less. If it's for personal use, I think a $1000 is a bargain. I often wonder if people really get those big numbers for B-3/122's.

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Here are some places that that are at least asking top dollar.

 

http://vintageorgans.com/inventory.asp

 

http://www.b3hammond.com/sale/sale_detail.asp?ID=7

 

http://www.b3sforsale.com/

 

Another perspective. I was in a music store recently and came across an absolutely MINT Leslie 145, just beautiful. They said it would sell for ~$1,200. At first I thought that was way out of line, but you have to consider that a) new Leslies sell for $2,500 and b) new Motion Sound stacks sell for $1,300, it does seem reasonable. I checked around and found the going price for other MINT Leslies between $1,000 - $1,500. So if the Leslie is worth that, what's a mint B3/Leslie combo worth?

 

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There is a market of people who are willing to pay big bucks for a well-matched B3 and Leslie... but even so, those people at vintageorgans.com are delusional.

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