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  • Moving a "Concert E"

    I haven't been able to find any good pictures that show the back and case construction. Is the case built in such a way that it is safe to use a two-wheel hand truck to move the organ from the back side?
    Thanks!
    Tom in Tulsa

    Fooling with: 1969 E100, 1955 M3, 1963 M100, Leslie 720

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    The back panel has ornate carved arches..either remove it or use padding.Just curious,what kind of entry/exit will give you enough room to move it like that?

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    • #3
      Not sure of the exact layout yet, it is supposed to be in a 'basement' that opens directly outside. I do have a 4-wheel dolly if I have to go through a single door but getting it up on it would be a challenge. The 2-wheeler is the only way I can get it onto the trailer.
      Tom in Tulsa

      Fooling with: 1969 E100, 1955 M3, 1963 M100, Leslie 720

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      • #4
        Spec for the Concert E is that the weight is 579 lbs with bench and pedals and 57" wide. Organ alone I estimate is at least 450.
        Quite a handful for a 2 wheel hand truck.
        I would use at least a couple 4 wheel dollies, and at least 2 strong friends to help. Just be careful because it is really top heavy.

        Bob
        In theory, there is no difference between theory and reality.
        In reality, there is.
        '54 C-2 & Pair of 122 Leslies
        H-324/Series 10 TC
        '35 Model A (Serial# 41) with a 21H
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        • #5
          Roll-Or-Kari dollies. There's really no point in using anything else!
          Current organs: AV, M-3, A-100
          Current Leslies: 22H, 122, 770

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          • #6
            The Roll-Or-Kari would be the perfect solution if I can just get my hands on a set. I'll call some tool rental places. I suppose one solution might be to just call a local moving company and say "please put this on my trailer, thank you very much".
            Tom in Tulsa

            Fooling with: 1969 E100, 1955 M3, 1963 M100, Leslie 720

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            • #7
              Yea, found some to rent!
              Thanks for the help!
              Tom in Tulsa

              Fooling with: 1969 E100, 1955 M3, 1963 M100, Leslie 720

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              • #8
                You might know this already but the tone generator is suspended by springs to isolate from vibrations. It should be locked down before transporting or turning up on end. I have an RT-3 and you lock down the generator by tightening two bolts underneath the console, as in above the pedals. When you remove the rear panel you will see how the generator 'floats' and will be able to confirm it is locked down before transport.

                Congratulations on scoring an E, but I don't envy you for moving it, as an RT-3 is enough of a beast.
                Hammond RT-3, Boston studio upright piano, Fender Rhodes Mark I 73 stage piano.

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                • #9
                  Ditto on locking down the chorus generator.

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                  • #10
                    Yep, I'm down with the lockdown. I rescued a M100 that apparently rode in a moving van from California to Tulsa, turned up on end with the TG loose, bolts missing! It was somewhat of a crime scene inside, about a dozen broken wires and one of the plastic oil funnels had broken and jammed a couple of tone wheels. Could have been worse, I suppose 8)
                    Not sure why I'm getting the E, I have four Hammonds now. I guess I just can't stand the thought of it coming to a bad end!
                    Tom in Tulsa

                    Fooling with: 1969 E100, 1955 M3, 1963 M100, Leslie 720

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                    • #11
                      The E will likely have a different type of generator suspension with different lockdowns than the -3 series. But you'll figure it out!
                      Current organs: AV, M-3, A-100
                      Current Leslies: 22H, 122, 770

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                      • #12
                        You will enjoy your Concert E Hammond. I had mine at home years ago as a practice instrument and an RT-3 at church. I had it professionally moved and can't offer any DIY suggestions. But it is a heavy monster to be sure.
                        Lloyd

                        Happily retired organist/pianist from the Church of the Brethren...Allen ADC-4300-DK.
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                        • #13
                          This will be a Hammond with AGO pedals. I think that is reason enough to get it.
                          Hammond RT-3, Boston studio upright piano, Fender Rhodes Mark I 73 stage piano.

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                          • #14
                            Thanks, guys! I don't quite want to count this 'chicken' before its 'hatched' yet 8) I also don't know yet if the pedals and bench are with it. At the moment my plan is to rescue the instrument and get it up and running electrically and mechanically. Since I plan to use the A100 for my home instrument, I'm thinking of keeping the E at the shop to be eventually adopted out to someone who is specifically wanting the unique features of the E and maybe would enjoy doing a proper cabinet restoration, etc.
                            (I assume I should be able to connect it to the lonely HR40 that I have)
                            Tom in Tulsa

                            Fooling with: 1969 E100, 1955 M3, 1963 M100, Leslie 720

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