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  • Kimball Swinger 1000 Bass Pedals

    Before I begin, I know a lot of people dislike these organs, but I thought it would be an okay first project. I picked it up for about 60 dollars from an antique mall. Everything works, some stops are slightly out of tune, but I can live with that. The big problem is all the pedals from Bb down don't sound when pressed. This leads me to believe the Bb is stuck since the highest note has priority. B and C play, but when released go back to Bb. Pressing Bb does nothing. When the auto-bass is on, these missing notes play, so I know the sound is there, it's just not triggering. If anybody could point me towards what to clean/buy/etc. that would be great! The back says its a model 1025 if that helps.

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    Check the pedal contacts for the Bb note before doing anything else.
    It's not what you play. It's not how you play. It's the fact that you're playing that counts.

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      So I took the back off, everything seemed fine... except, the Leslie is blocking the pedal contacts. There doesn't seem to be a way to get to the contacts through other means, and removing that Leslie seems like it would be a pain. Is there any way to take off the front cloth maybe? If I have to go through taking a whole bunch of stuff out, I may just live without pedals, but it would be nice to have a completely functional organ.

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      • #4
        Often, the leslie unit is hinged, allowing access. If not, you'll have to remove it. Removing the front cloth is unlikely to allow access. It may be possible to access the contacts by tipping the organ on its side. I did this to change the pedal felts on my old Hammond model T.

        Don't give up on what may be a simple problem that just takes time and effort to solve. Organ without pedals - only half an instrument!
        It's not what you play. It's not how you play. It's the fact that you're playing that counts.

        New website now live - www.andrew-gilbert.com

        Current instruments: Roland Atelier AT900 Platinum Edition, Yamaha Genos, Yamaha PSR-S970, Kawai K1m
        Retired Organs: Lots! Kawai SR6 x 2, Hammond L122, T402, T500 x 2, X5. Conn Martinique and 652. Gulbransen 2102 Pacemaker. Kimball Temptation.
        Retired Leslies, 147, 145 x 2, 760 x 2, 710, 415 x 2.
        Retired synths: Korg 700, Roland SH1000, Jen Superstringer, Kawai S100F, Kawai S100P, Kawai K1

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