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I am now the proud owner of a Hammond model A102.

This organ has actually been in my guitar player friend's, Ryan, practice room for several years. Back when I was just getting into organ playing 7 years ago, I told my singer friend, John, in my first band about how it was the Hammond organ that we were hearing in all those songs we were covering. We started scouring local ads to see if we could find one. John recalled an organ that was in a local community center that was located in an old house. It turns out that the house had just been sold to a family that he knew. He contacted them about it, and went to check it out. Turns out it was this very organ, an A-102! The family gave it to him for free.

We moved it into our band's practice space, where it has remained until this evening. I would use it occasionally at practices, but it needed some work and didn't have a leslie, and playing it though a guitar amp got old after a while (the internal speaker couldn't compete with all the other instruments). It got less and less use over the years, and since I got my Electro, it hardly got played at all.

Ryan was cleaning up the practice space recently and was looking to gain more space, and wanted to move the organ out. John didn't want it, so I stepped in to save it from an early demise.



Not shown in this picture is the pedal board.



Based on the serial number it was probably made in the early 60s.

I'll probably work on restoring it some day, and transfer the guts into a better looking cabinet. laugh

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French provincial has never bothered me, but I ain't tradin'! wink

Congrats man, enjoy the ax!

What work does it need? Are the built in speakers there and working?

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Are you going to get a Leslie for it...

or a vent?


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Great news and excellent vintage of organ. Don't worry about about the cabinet as "you don't look at the mantelpiece when you're stoking the fire"!

Hope you have many hours of fun with it.


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Congrats! Yours is a 1963 or close to it. Find a Leslie and go to town. Or a Ventilator. You got yourself a great Hammond.

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That's fantastic Richie, enjoy! Interesting story too.

As for me, I have to stop opening threads like this.... they always give me a strong envy attack... freak

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Thanks for the well wishes, everyone!

Originally Posted By: Joe Muscara
What work does it need? Are the built in speakers there and working?

Off the top of my head -
- Upper manual preset switches don't stay latched
- Percussion doesn't decay
- A few drawbars don't work
- Reverb is screwed up. It emits a very bizarre tone when turned on

The speakers are there and do work.

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Are you going to get a Leslie for it...

or a vent?

I would love to get a Leslie but I don't really have the space for one at the moment. Of course, if a good enough deal showed up on craigslist I could probably make room...

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Don't worry about about the cabinet as "you don't look at the mantelpiece when you're stoking the fire"!

True!

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As for me, I have to stop opening threads like this.... they always give me a strong envy attack... freak

I have a Hammond M3 here (also acquired for free) that's yours if you want it!

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Originally Posted By: B3Nut
Congrats! Yours is a 1963 or close to it. Find a Leslie and go to town. Or a Ventilator. You got yourself a great Hammond.

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Todd how long was the production run of these?


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A-100 series in the US ran from 1959 to 1965, with the A-105 continuing to the end in '75. After 1965 European licensees continued to make the standard A-100 since the extra amplifiers were still being made for the A-105. One of the Euro licensees made a shallow-depth A-100 with a locking lid, even sleeker than the A-105. There's a video of Joey D. playing one on German TV someplace. Quite a handsome console. The Europeans even made an A-100S, with pedal sustain! Licensee Brodr. Jorgenson in Denmark IIRC came up with that one, if memory serves.

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Originally Posted By: RichieP_MechE

- Percussion doesn't decay

This might be an easy fix; look for a pot on the preamp marked "perc cutoff" and tweak it.

Congrats on the acquisition!


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Reminds me of a near-altercation last summer. Guy had an A-102 French Provincial w/Leslie 122 at a weekend jam session. Wicked sound.
Anyhow, the owner told me it was a C-3. I told him I didn't believe it was, and then surreptitiously checked the Hammond Wiki on my iPhone to verify what it was. I told him, and he about came uncorked and threatened to beat me up (I'm 5'11", 225, Former USMC, he was about 5'6" and 130 pounds soaking wet). I think alcohol was involved.
Later on (several drinks later on his part) he invited me to play the Hammond. Great, great organ.

Nice organ, Richie. /good save.


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All I know is it seems the days of getting good deals are gone. For awhile I was finding Leslie's and organs for cheap.


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Originally Posted By: dazzjazz
..."you don't look at the mantelpiece when you're stoking the fire"!


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Wait. sick

Wrong forum. laugh

Happy Friday!

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I keep telling myself that commandment about not coveting. :-)
Play some 'Lazy' on that baby.


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Originally Posted By: Outkaster
Todd how long was the production run of these?

http://theatreorgans.com/hammond/faq/all_hammonds.html


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Originally Posted By: RichieP_MechE
I have a Hammond M3 here (also acquired for free) that's yours if you want it!

That's even *more* cruel. freak

Oh wait, I could use the M3 as a boat to cross the ocean... grin

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One of the few French Provincial walnut A 102's that I have ever seen. Most are made of cherry with a light stain.

Some of the later A 100's don't need leslies in my opinion.I had a '64 once that was quite beefy sounding on its own for solo playing. Think about it.... 3 12 inch woofers with no crossover. It could potential give you a very pure Hammond sound.

As far as percussion not cutting off, if it is not the cut off pot there is a method of zapping the circuit safely that should remedy this. I actually have a tool that does it. PM me if interested.

Also....If it doesn't have a black transformer on the preamp, it is from 1962....a very good year,the same as my home B-3. The last year before big changes started to happen.

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Like the dreaded foam....


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I know.... foam.

I actually like the mylar cap period organs ( 1965 and later)if you can deal with the foam. Some people just swap older manuals into them.

I think Brian Auger's organ is from 1968. One of the best Hammonds I have ever heard live.

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The latest Hammond I ever owned was a 63... They are all great... Especially the A100 series...


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Here's a couple more pictures of some goodies I discovered in the bench -



The original registration card





This organ was originally owned by Pearl Huntermark of Pittsburgh.





The bench is full of music books and sheet music





And it came with an original bottle of Hammond oil - probably a half to two-thirds full! This ought to last me quite a while.

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That's some really cool stuff! I thought mine was cool when I found the bench had some of the original "learn to play" type books and info about wiring the presets and things like that. I wish I had the original certificates.

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Bench candy is always a fun find! Never quite know what you'll snag...

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Nice find, Richie! Congrats! thu Solidly in Carlo's camp on this one... wave

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You also might check to see if this organ has Jensen P12N or P12Q speakers. My 1962 A 105 did.

If they are there they could add several hundred dollars to the value.


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Originally Posted By: LX88
You also might check to see if this organ has Jensen P12N or P12Q speakers. My 1962 A 105 did.

If they are they could add several hundred dollars to the value.

Yeah, those speakers rock, mine has them. Don't let your guitar player know. If you ever see an A-10x without speakers, that's usually where they went.


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Some of the replacements sound very good though. And some of them are even a bit more efficient than the Jensens.

Quite a few times I have replaced the Jensens with other original issue woofers to fund the purchase of an A 100. They used to sell even higher than they do now. Sort of like real estate.

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It's nice to have the birth certificate with it!


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