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  • Picking up my first Hammond tomorrow. Tips?

    So tomorrow I'm picking up my first ever Hammond + Leslie. (it's a Hammond x5, Leslie unknown)

    Does anyone have some basic/simple tips I can't forget when setting up everything? I really want to do this the right way!

    Thank you all for your help and knowledge!
    Hammond X5
    Leslie 770

  • #2
    Bring a friend. 😀
    Over the years: Hammond M3, BC, M102, B3, four X77s and three PR-40s, a Thomas Electra and a Celebrity, three Fender Rhodes, Roland HS-10, HP-2000, HP-600, RD-600, JV-880, a thing made by Korg (?), two Leslie 910s, 122, 257, 258, 247, two 142s, and three custom-built Leslies. Wow, way too much money spent!

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    • #3
      Haha I will do.

      So the hammond and the leslie haven't been used for a few years. What type of oil can I use for the leslie?

      Does motor oil (say for instance car oil) work? Or do I need a special kind of oil like the Hammond oil?
      Hammond X5
      Leslie 770

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      • #4
        Don't use motor oil for sure. From my experience use oil specially made for leslies, that's what was recommended to me and what I did. The same for hammond tonewheels, use Hammond oil. But I think the X5 doesn't have a tonewheel right?
        SjoerdHammond channel with great Hammond jams: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmx...WuqqCbvtj-ktNA

        1960 Hammond A-100
        1964 Leslie 251
        2013 Hammond SK1-73

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        • #5
          Okay, thanks for your help Sjoerd! The x5 is a clonewheel indeed.

          So I will order Hammond oil, but if I want to test the leslie tomorrow, should I oil it with something different or can I use the leslie until I receive my Hammond oil?
          Hammond X5
          Leslie 770

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          • #6
            Originally posted by bramnaus View Post
            Okay, thanks for your help Sjoerd! The x5 is a clonewheel indeed.

            So I will order Hammond oil, but if I want to test the leslie tomorrow, should I oil it with something different or can I use the leslie until I receive my Hammond oil?
            You don’t want or need Hammond oil. It’s a bit on the light (as in ”runny”) side for a Leslie; and your X5 needs no oil at all.

            Any type of machine oil works fine with the Leslie motors, but get something with a little more viscosity. Sewing machine oil is too light and gets splashed around by the centrifugal force.
            Current organs: AV, M-3, A-100
            Current Leslies: 22H, 122, 770

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