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  • Adding M3 Percussion to BV

    Hi all, brand new here so the simpler, the better.
    I just picked up a BV paired to a DXR-20 that I'd like to add percussion to. I have an M3 and have read that it's possible to use it's factory percussion circuits in a CV. Any resources that can help me navigate this process for a BV?

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    The percussion circuitry really only consists of two major parts: The switch assembly, and the amplifier. Yes, the percussion all happens within the regular amp. So you would need to retrofit both the switch assembly and the amp from the M-3. And, if you're doing such major transplants - I'd go for the "B-3" preamplifier instead, the AO-28.

    Another option is the TREK2 add-on percussion unit which sounds good but is somewhat awkward to maneuver "on the fly"; plus it doesn't sound quite right when installed in a -V because the percussion tone is affected by the vibrato (unlike how it would be in a B-3). But on the brighter side the install is _very_ simple.
    Current organs: AV, M-3, A-100
    Current Leslies: 22H, 122, 770

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    • #3
      Thanks enor, sounds like transplant might be too involved. I'll probably go with the trek ii eventually.
      Also, just opened it up and its actually a BC.

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      • #4
        Well, then you won't be bothered by the perc going thru the vibrato/chorus :)
        Current organs: AV, M-3, A-100
        Current Leslies: 22H, 122, 770

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        • #5
          In a way, Trek II percussion is more compatible with a BC than a BV because the BC's chorus effect enters the signal chain at the tone generator. I suppose it would be affected by the Tremulant, but at least you can get percussion + chorus.

          In general, I think the Vibrato (CV) preamp is less friendly to modifications or additions than any of Hammond's other.
          I'm David. 'Dave' is someone else's name.

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          • #6
            Glad to hear , thanks for the info David

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