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    Hey guys I just wanted to share with you my joy, maybe get some advice. I just grabbed this '53ish B2 with a 21H Leslie. A guy who had it for sale was seriously threatening to take it to the burn pile I scrambled right away. It's a lovely red Mahogany and has smooth drawbars! Complete with bench, pedals, and these great custom metal rolling carts. The leslie needs some serious sorting, but he practically Gave it to me. The organ seems in perfect working order, still quiet action. So happy I could save this!

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  • #2
    Nice, these are the deals I dream of. I've been lucky enough to score a couple too! Enjoy
    BCV, C2, M3, C3
    HR40, 142, 760, 771
    Once upon a time I was a musician, now I just collect Hammonds!


    • #3
      Sweet! Howards mahogany wipes right over the walnut.Who's to know?
      I have one too.
      sigpic A100/251 A100/147 A102/222 B2/147 BCV/122 M3/145 M102/145
      Various modern keyboards and modules.


      • #4
        Very nice score for both pieces. A B2 with smooth drawbars is very desirable. Just add Trek II percussion. Looks pretty clean inside.

        I've ended up being something of a specialist in 1950s Leslies, so keep us posted. Does it have the 21H amp in it, or the 32H amp? And does it have the original Jensen woofer?

        21H amp = 4 x 6V6
        32H amp = 4 x 5881/6L6
        I'm David. 'Dave' is someone else's name.


        • #5
          that's more or less my dream rig! I absolutely love the tone of the -2 series Hammonds, and the 21H is my favorite Leslie. Congrats!
          Current organs: AV, BC, A-100
          Current Leslies: 22H, 142, 147, 760
          Organs in the past: L-100 (several), M-100 (x2), T-100, E-100, CV
          Other keyboards: Roland FP-4, Yamaha DX7, Yamaha TX81Z, Yamaha Motif ES Rack, Korg Krome, Novation Mininova


          • #6
            Very nice find. Congradulations. Bet it will sound sweet when its all done.


            • #7
              Serious congratulations. It looks just beautiful. I too have a 21H with my 55 B3 and love it. I added a plugin 2 speed adaptor. If the 21H speaker magnet is square, it's likely the original.

              Have fun!!
              1955 B3, Leslie 21H and 147. Hammond A100 with weird Leslie 205. 1976 Rhodes. Wurlitzer 200A. Yamaha DX7/TX7. Korg M1. Yamaha C3 grand, 67 Tele blond neck, Les Paul Standard, PRS 24, Gibson classical electric, Breedlove acoustic electric, Strat, P Bass, Rogers drum kit, Roland TD 12 digital drums, Apollo quad, older blackfaced Fender Twin, other amps, mics and bits and pieces cluttering up the "studio."


              • #8
                Very Cool. Let us know how it pans out.


                • #9
                  Congratulations! It’s a beauty!
                  1937 Hammond BC
                  1970 Leslie 147
                  1968 MK2 Farfisa Compact Duo/1964 Binson Echorec 2
                  Yamaha KX88


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by enor View Post
                    that's more or less my dream rig! I absolutely love the tone of the -2 series Hammonds, and the 21H is my favorite Leslie. Congrats!
                    It's my dream rig, too -- and in fact I have that combo, as well as a 31H. It's very sweet-sounding. My late '54 also has smooth drawbars, and Trek II percussion and reverb had been added before I acquired it. I added motor controllers to add Chorale to the Leslies, changed the upstop and downstop felts, had the preamp and Leslie crossovers rebuilt and recapped the vibrato line box -- all of which made a big difference. Years ago, I thought I would eventually want to replace it with a B-3. But the B-2 is just awesome!

                    1954 Hammond B2; Leslie 21H; Leslie 31H
                    1965 UK Vox Continental
                    1967 Gibson G101 combo organ
                    1974 Rhodes Mark I Stage 73
                    1972 Rhodes Silver Sparkletop Piano Bass
                    1978 Hohner Clavinet D6
                    1968 Hohner Pianet N II
                    1966 Wurlitzer 140B
                    1977 Fender Twin Reverb
                    Vox AD100VT Valvetronix modeling amp
                    (SEE THE COLLECTION: )


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Tonewheel View Post
                      If the 21H speaker magnet is square, it's likely the original.
                      If the speaker is a large Jensen field-coil woofer, it's original. They're pretty unmistakable.
                      I'm David. 'Dave' is someone else's name.


                      • #12
                        Thanks guys, This thing is a dream! I am torn between adding the trek perc. and just leaving it.
                        The Jensen is a field coil, very cool! I'm still sorting the 21H -it is blowing it's fuse.
                        The plan is to split the pair with my friend who needs a leslie, (and made the pick up possible) but I want to keep them together- especially now that I realize the 21H kit also makes it 122 ready
                        I plan to make this available for gigging. I might like the cart more than r.o.k.'s! Oh yeah, the bench was Loaded with books! Hammond instructionals, hymnals,...
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