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  • Hammond 820

    Hi, everybody. I’ve been offered a Hammond 820, for less than a $100. Did anyone know anything about this model?. Thank you.

  • #2
    That's one of their "hybrid" models -- has the regular Hammond drawbars but also has tabs with pipe organ-ish markings. I believe the 820 would be from the early to mid 80's, so not a digital organ, just a dressed up analog. It has a built-in Leslie speaker for the drawbar tones, and a separate stationary speaker system for the pipe tones. The pedalboard is AGO 32 pedals, fairly good one.

    The price sounds right. Not a great organ, but interesting, and pretty flexible in many ways. Worth picking up, though if it has problems you could be stuck with doing some fixing.
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    • #3
      It won't get you the "B3 sound", but still a good instrument, and the inbuilt Leslie is half the battle towards sounding passable.
      The Leslie is worth salvaging even if the organ itself is beyond hope.
      1971 T-202 with Carsten Meyer mods: Remove key click filters, single-trigger percussion, UM 16' drawbar volume correction. Lower Manual bass foldback.
      Korg CX3 (original 1980's analogue model).
      1967 Leslie 122 with custom inbuilt preamp on back panel for 1/4" line-level inputs, bass & treble controls. Horn diffusers intact.
      2009 Marshall 2061x HW Plexi head into Marshall 4x12 cabinet.

      1964 C3
      196x M-102
      197x X5
      197x Leslie 825


      • #4
        Thank you for the advice. I’m planning to go this weekend to check the organ.