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cm215
07-22-2010, 07:50 PM
From what I've gathered from various sources online, the Hammond J100 series organs are described as "not having that Hammond sound" ... So what exactly do they sound like? I know it's difficult to describe, but how it is it different in relation to the "Hammond Sound?" I know this is a loooooong shot, but if any straightdoper has a J100 -- can you record / post a sound clip?

cornflakes
07-22-2010, 09:15 PM
The original Hammond organs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hammond_organ) used tonewheeels to create the notes, with tube preamp and power amps. The J100 is a transistor organ without tonewheels (I assume that it uses oscillator circuits to create the notes.) Unfortunately, I couldn't find a sound clip either.

Chefguy
07-22-2010, 10:48 PM
The Hammond B3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FpDubag4Uw) was the only instrument most bands used for a long time. Made famous by Jimmy McGriff (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDC2dExxj0o&feature=related) in the 50s/60s.

astro
07-22-2010, 11:08 PM
The Hammond B3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FpDubag4Uw) was the only instrument most bands used for a long time. Made famous by Jimmy McGriff (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDC2dExxj0o&feature=related) in the 50s/60s.

Farfisa organ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farfisa) was also quite popular.

96 tears used Farfisa (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc69zr_5uH4&feature=related)

pulykamell
07-22-2010, 11:18 PM
Farfisa organ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farfisa) was also quite popular.

96 tears used Farfisa (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc69zr_5uH4&feature=related)

And to round it out, the Vox Continental (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vox_Continental) was the third most popular 60s rock organ sound.

pulykamell
07-22-2010, 11:32 PM
The Hammond B3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FpDubag4Uw) was the only instrument most bands used for a long time. Made famous by Jimmy McGriff (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDC2dExxj0o&feature=related) in the 50s/60s.

The B3 was the most famous of the bunch, but there's a whole series of tonewheel organs--the C3 and A-100 probably being the most popular--that were used in rock/blues/gospel/jazz music at the time. The B3 and the C3 are exactly the same organ internally, just look different from the outside. The other ones also have the distinctive tonewheel Hammond sound.

antonio107
07-22-2010, 11:52 PM
I was hoping to add something helpful to this, since I'm writing my thesis on organ music in the NHL, and have a chapter looking at the Hammond organ sound as a "hockey synecdoche" so to speak.

I have a book on my shelf that's a very nostalgic rehashing of the history of the instruments (The Hammond Organ: Beauty in The B). In their index, they have about close to a hundred different model numbers listed, and yet there is no mention of J-100; there's a strange gap in between Model H and Model L.

So, judging by this one (authoritative-ish) source on Hammond organs not even bothering to mention the J-100, one could probably guess that it wasn't an especially popular model.

Interesting bit about the L models, which may be applicable to Js, as well:

The L-100 was developed and released at the same time as the M-100. They were both designed to replace the M-3 at prices above and below it....The vibrato system wasn't scanner-delay vibrato; it was a three-stage magnetic phase-shift circuit, which gave a fair imitation of...vibrato at the low end, but at the upper end it was very thin...You can't do the same tricks with the three-stage phase-shift that you can with the scanner-delay vibrato.

pulykamell
07-23-2010, 12:34 AM
So, judging by this one (authoritative-ish) source on Hammond organs not even bothering to mention the J-100, one could probably guess that it wasn't an especially popular model.

I've never heard of a J model, either, but there is a reference to it here (http://www.theatreorgans.com/hammond/faq/all_hammonds.html)


Model J-100

Synopsis: Non-tonewheel Spinet Model, transistor design, no drawbars.

You'll note that it and the K-100 have virtually no other information available about them.

Wait, I found a little more info here. (http://www.hammond-organ.com/Products/_deleted/html/model%20J100.htm)


Name: Model J100

Years Of manufacture: 1966/1969

Description:

2 x44 note manuals
13 note pedalboard
Vibrato/Reverb
Legato Percussion
Reiteration
Cymbal/Brush
Transistorized tone generator

cm215
07-23-2010, 07:17 AM
Thanks for the replies. I know that the J100 is almost frowned upon but I have the chance of getting one for free... What I'd really like to know if it's worth my trouble of moving it if I'm going to be disappointed because it does have that Hammond sound one attributes to that name. I know it works differently as far as how the sound is generated and everything... I've even see some people say it's the worst Hammond out there!

antonio107
07-23-2010, 05:22 PM
Thanks for the replies. I know that the J100 is almost frowned upon but I have the chance of getting one for free... What I'd really like to know if it's worth my trouble of moving it if I'm going to be disappointed because it does have that Hammond sound one attributes to that name. I know it works differently as far as how the sound is generated and everything... I've even see some people say it's the worst Hammond out there!

I'd say that judging by how ridiculously rare it seems to be (this thread comes up on the first page of a google search, lol), that alone makes it worthwhile to get it. The fact that it might not have the fullest vibrato, or whatever, doesn't mean that it's not a novel investment in and of itself. If the Hammond timbre is your only requirement, you can get a much more portable synthesizer that emulates it pretty faithfully. That's my two cents!