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  • Hammond Leslie 700

    I received this Leslie 700 from an elder church member. Has no organ to it but I believe he said it works. My question is what model organ can I use to hook this with or should I just junk it? I prefer to use it on a small Hammond organ (don't have one) for home if possible.
    Thanks,
    Kirkwilson

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    The 700 is a two channel leslie. It has a stationary channel and a rotary channel. The rotary channel has a Rotosonic type drum. This produces a heavy, theatrical throb on fast (though in a church I guess it might have been on slow all the time) and takes some time to switch between slow and fast.

    What organ can it go on? The list would go on and on! Some organs in the early to mid 1970s were fitted with a 9 pin Leslie socket, like the Hammond T500, Concorde and Regent, or the Kawai E600. However most organs have no such socket and you would need to buy (very difficult) or build a suitable connector kit. Not rocket science but care needed as the 700's AC mains supply is fed down the 9 pin cable.

    So, as you mention 'small Hammond organ', I'd suggest a T500. The leslie would plug straight in and work.

    The most expensive item would probably be the leslie cable, quite likely costing more than the organ these days!
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