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    Hello!

    It has been a couple years since I've been here. I recently picked up an A100 that was in decent working order (but completely filthy). I've started building a new case to transplant the keybed, TWG & AO-28 into. This instrument pre-dates the dreaded "key foam" so I lucked out there. However, when I say it was dirty, I mean really dirty. Mouse poo everywhere. The black keys were almost starting to turn white due to all of the filth on them. (here's an image. so nasty. http://gregi.am/1b350Z3e2B0B )

    I'm having some paralysis by analysis on what to do with the bass pedals. I want the ability to use them, and am not willing to cut up the original wiring harness. So I guess I need to make my own with some type of connector on the cabinet. It looks like a couple EDAC connectors is probably the way to go.

    So my question is, if you have done this on an instrument with the large pedal board (A100 or -2/3 series), what have you done? Do you have any photos you'd be willing to share?

    Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    I recall a conversation with Bob Schleicher several years ago about the chops he was making. I was of the opinion that cables would never work between pedals and the main housing - crosstalk and all that. He said, no it really works okay. ZIF connectors would be better for a portable situation but he may have mentioned DB37 cable assemblies.

    BTW, the image no joy.

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    • #3
      Why aren't you willing to cut the original harness? That would be the easiest way to get from point A to point B IMO.

      Whatever connector you use, it will need a lot of pins. 73, I think.

      Wes

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      • #4
        Maybe he wants to keep the harness and someday find a clean A100 cabinet to use it in.
        From what I've seen on 'Oakland Chop' organs there are a pair of 37 pin connectors and a 25 pin?
        Two shielded snakes cable tied together from the lower that carried everything including basspedals
        from what i recall.
        I had the pleasure of watching Chester Thompson in TOP at Oil Can Harry's a few times in '74-'75-'76.
        And upstairs at least once at the same time? Average White Band.....

        I haven't yet tried to Google Image 'Oakland Chop Hammond' but I will!
        sigpic A100/251 A100/147 A102/222 B2/147 BCV/122 M3/145 M102/145
        Various modern keyboards and modules.

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        • #5
          Indeed. If I ever want to make it original again, I want that ability. That, and given the fact that these instruments are no longer made, I just can't bring myself to do something destructive to it. Thanks for the tips so far. If anyone has photos, that would be amazing

          Thanks!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Sweet Pete View Post
            Maybe he wants to keep the harness and someday find a clean A100 cabinet to use it in.
            From what I've seen on 'Oakland Chop' organs there are a pair of 37 pin connectors and a 25 pin?
            Two shielded snakes cable tied together from the lower that carried everything including basspedals
            from what i recall.
            Bob's chops used a Trek 2 preamp. He include an expression pedal on the bass pedal assembly. He would also need wires for the expression pedal signal resistance and the pedal-mounted sidekick switch. The picture seems to show a single large cable at the lower right.

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            • #7
              I'd go Elco/Edac if you can find them at a good price. I like that they are comparatively roomy. Or you could line the bottom of the organ cabinet with a s*** load of bannana jacks

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