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  • Finding Hammond Parts in Australia: a nightmare of any Hammond player.

    Okay, so as you guys know, Hammond players here in Australia have always received the short end of the stick. Basically I'll sum the whole thing up. Used prices being overpriced up the wazoo and a lot of scammers/people who won't do anything unless you pay $$$ and that type of thing, but the most sad thing about living in the so called "lucky country" is the absence of good parts suppliers for Hammond organs like the H100 (mine needs a new AO71 power supply) and even the more common models. Why do we get the short end of the stick as far as parts are concerned and meanwhile you Yanks and British people seem to have better luck finding parts for an organ? It just doesn't make sense to me. I have several friends who have Hammond organs and they also complain about the lack of parts suppliers.
    Current Organs/Keyboards:1967 Hammond H-111, 1971 Hammond L-112, 1972 Hammond T-524

    Leslie cabinets: 1975 Leslie 825 & 1974-76 Leslie Model 705
    Past Organs/Keyboards: 1961 Hammond L-101, 1974 Kawai E-300, 1968 Yamaha B-55N, 1979 Yamaha Electone B-55N, 1984 Yamaha Electone ME-50 and a lot more!

  • #2
    Why isn't your power supply repairable? Why a new one?
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    • #3
      Obviously less were probably sold there, but not so obviously, probably a *lot* less were scrapped there.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Admin View Post
        Why isn't your power supply repairable? Why a new one?
        The 6.3v heater voltage for the tubes is not present, sadly. and my tech can't seem to diagnose the issue at hand. Les incompetant technician at a big box music store, since I have no local stores here.
        Current Organs/Keyboards:1967 Hammond H-111, 1971 Hammond L-112, 1972 Hammond T-524

        Leslie cabinets: 1975 Leslie 825 & 1974-76 Leslie Model 705
        Past Organs/Keyboards: 1961 Hammond L-101, 1974 Kawai E-300, 1968 Yamaha B-55N, 1979 Yamaha Electone B-55N, 1984 Yamaha Electone ME-50 and a lot more!

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        • DrawbarDreams
          DrawbarDreams commented
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          Any suggestions on how I can do that? The sad thing is the TWG gets power, but none of the tubes in both PSU and amp get power.

        • KC9UDX
          KC9UDX commented
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          First, I'd make sure all the other voltages work. I don't know anything about this power supply, but I assume that it also provides a B voltage around 300V, which probably starts at the same transformer. If that isn't working, then something simple could be causing all this, or, you'd have to buy a more expensive transformer.

          If it's really just the filament winding on the transformer that's bad, it's just a matter of buying a transformer with the same primary voltage as the original, and a 6.3V secondary. Mount it wherever it's convenient. Then wire the primary in parallel with the existing transformer primary, and move the filament wiring from the original transformer to the secondary of the new one.

          Best to consult with someone familiar with this actual power supply first. There should be several people here who know this power supply very well. I do not.

        • DrawbarDreams
          DrawbarDreams commented
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          Sadly man, no one here in Oz knows a damn thing about the Hammond AO-71 power supply that the H100 uses. Plus almost everybody here that deals with the Hammond is a reseller or ripper offer.

      • #5
        It's actually at the point now where it makes more economic sense to invest in a quality clonewheel than the real thing, since it's almost impossible to find an experienced Hammond/Leslie technician anywhere in Australia.
        A used XK3c can be had for less than $2K..... versus $5-10K for a console and another $5K for a Leslie.
        I just saw an M3, no Leslie - asking price $3K, and probably needs another $1K of work done on it to make it safe and reliable.
        It can actually be cheaper to import a 110V Console/Leslie pair from the USA, and invest in a power line frequency/voltage convertor..... the market has gone nuts.
        I'm just glad I got my T202 and Leslie 122-V more than 25 years ago for about $700 each..... just before the Acid Jazz craze hit and the trendsetters started snapping up Hammonds.
        Current:
        1971 T-202 with Carsten Meyer mods: Remove key click filters, single-trigger percussion, UM 16' drawbar volume correction. Lower Manual bass foldback.
        Korg CX3 (original 1980's analogue model).
        1967 Leslie 122 with custom inbuilt preamp on back panel for 1/4" line-level inputs, bass & treble controls. Horn diffusers intact.
        2009 Marshall 2061x HW Plexi head into Marshall 4x12 cabinet.

        Former:
        1964 C3
        196x M-102
        197x X5
        197x Leslie 825

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        • #6
          I've sold a ton of stuff to Australia, including shipping an A-100 over there, but for years one of the setbacks was that your postal service is so restrictive as it pertains to the limitations on size of items sent via our USPS service. I think it's been upgraded, but for years the total size dims were at about 78" overall, compared to 84" elsewhere and 108" which is most common all over the world. Too often I just couldn't get something into a box small enough. Shipping a tone wheel that way, for example, would be virtually impossible. I've sold a lot of stop rails filled with SAM's to Aussies, but every time I had to remove the stops from the rail in order to ship them. In some cases I could ship items on a pallet via air freight cheaper than I could mail them.

          That could be part of your problem. Many times I emailed a client to suggest they contact your postal service and loudly complain. That may have worked.

          Recently we weren't even allowed to use Priority Mail to ship a 15" speaker to Australia, the option simply wasn't listed, reportedly due to COVID. Why? USPS Express Mail was fine, but not Priority. What's that got to do with COVID?

          I do have a Hammond or two that I've pulled apart, and several amps, but I rarely deal with Hammond so the parts are just sitting on a shelf. I also know a great Hammond tech in San Diego, CA, if you wanted to ship your amp to him for repair, though it would be quite costly.

          Have you tried to put a wanted ad here on the classifieds? I may even have an AO71 sitting out in the warehouse.

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          • Admin
            Admin commented
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            Services are restricted due to the impact that Covid has the workforce, limiting the ability to process packages. To make this manageable, services have been restricted. USPS International Priority Express being the most expensive likely has less volume, and therefore more manageable during a shortage of workers, than the more economical alternatives.

        • #7
          I still have some Hammond parts which I will never find a use for. Shipping etc may however be an issue. Our mains voltages are the same as OZ which will work more easily. Here are some parts I can remember:

          Hammond M-100 and E-100 - complete TWD without drive motor
          Hammond M-100 complete Amp AO-29 minus tube set

          For what its worth

          Nico
          "Don't make war, make music!" Hammonds, Lowreys, Yamaha's, Gulbransens, Baldwin, Technics, Johannus. Reed organs. Details on request... B-)

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          • #8
            I have to ask, Do Hammond's spin counter clockwise in Australia?
            Regards
            Pat

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            • Organfella
              Organfella commented
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              Is your tongue in your cheek?
              Nico

          • #9
            Nico,
            yes it is, but a dingo ate my Leslie... really.

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            • #10
              I always find it odd to read about the lack of Hammond parts in God's own country because I always remember that Hammond (including the Leslie company) was bought by an Australian. Did he get all the old stock? In which case, maybe there's a warehouse full of Hammond parts somewhere in that continent?

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              • #11
                Originally posted by JamesOrgan View Post
                I always find it odd to read about the lack of Hammond parts in God's own country because I always remember that Hammond (including the Leslie company) was bought by an Australian. Did he get all the old stock? In which case, maybe there's a warehouse full of Hammond parts somewhere in that continent?
                Company ownership trail:

                The Hammond Organ Company (1935-1985)
                Hammond Organ Australia (1986-1989)
                Hammond-Suzuki (1989-present)

                The short-lived Australian ownership: https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1986-01-04-8601010914-story.html

                The only warehouse full of Hammond parts that I'm aware of was in Chicago, owned by former Hammond service manager the late Jerry Welch who purchased all of Hammond USA's parts stock when that company folded.

                Until recently his company's website was still online, but the domain name is now up for grabs. I am not aware of the fate of all of those parts.

                https://web.archive.org/web/20210506...cecompany.com/
                Last edited by gtc; 04-10-2022, 07:37 AM.
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                Leslie 147 #F7453.
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                • #12
                  Thank you very much for that very interesting post. I looked at the links - nothing came up on the "highbeam" link, and the JWelch one has a parts list dated Jan 2011.
                  I also looked at the "top of the line" link and was amazed to see the model 350 - which looks remarkably like a Wersi model. I've no idea which came first.

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                  • gtc
                    gtc commented
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                    I've replaced that "highbeam" link with a better link to that article

                  • JamesOrgan
                    JamesOrgan commented
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                    Thanks, I can read your post, but when I click the link I get...highbeam and nothing. Weird.
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