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  • Leslie Model 25 Orpheus speaker

    One of these has come up for sale locally. It says it is a 1959. Is this speaker worth owning for the $250-Cdn asking price? Or should it be passed up for the more popular models? Thanks. Sunshinecoaster

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    Re: Leslie Model 25 Orpheus speaker

    I betcha its the same one I tried to buy last winter. It was being sold by an old radio club. I would have bought it, but there was confusion among the members as to who actually owned it. Its probably the most 'affordable' leslie you will find for sale. All the others I came across want more like 400 even though the 'experts' will tell you its worthless. It has a bass rotor but no treble. Its also a bit shorter than a two rotor leslie but with the same cabinet style as the traditional leslies. I ended up with a 122 while the club members were sorting each other out, which makes me happy, but if the 25 does the same thing for bass the 122 does, I would have been happy with it as well.

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      Re: Leslie Model 25 Orpheus speaker



      The 25 is slightly better than the standard built in leslie of later spinets. If it has an amp, it will be a tube amp of half the power of big leslies. They were sold both with and w/o amps. As to bass, it is not only shorter, but it has a 12" rather than a 15" speaker. </P>


      It has a single speed motor. The later 125 had both chorale and tremelo speeds.</P>


      The lack of a treble rotor with divider and treble driver is a huge drawback if you are into jazz/gospel/blues, but for theatrical/broadway it is OK. What are you planning to run through it?</P>


      Last time I looked they were going for $100-150.</P>


      Lee</P>

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        Re: Leslie Model 25 Orpheus speaker



        I really don't have a current use for it. It came available, so I thought I might buy it. I currently own a Yamaha HS6 and I could run an electric guitar through it if It would stand up to that use.</P>


        Any idea where I can get a 6-prong cord for it?</P>


        Sunshinecoaster</P>

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          Re: Leslie Model 25 Orpheus speaker



          They appear on ebay from time to time. But the hookup is simple just using shielded wires on the signal input to connector 1 and 6[8] regular AC into 3 and 4[li], and something like a light switch connected between 6 and 7. [I]</P>


          If you cant read the numbers on the female connector box, ask and we'll tell you how to count it.</P>


          Lee</P>

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            Re: Leslie Model 25 Orpheus speaker



            Thanks Lee for your advice.</P>


            I chit-chatted and thought about it too long. The price was dropped to $150-asking and it sold. So it's not my problem now. I will wait for a better unit and will happily pay more.</P>


            Sunshinecoaster</P>

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            • #7
              I bought one for $100 and made a 142 out of it. Now that was a deal!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Bonehead View Post
                I bought one for $100 and made a 142 out of it. Now that was a deal!
                How do you turn the 25 into a 122

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                • #9
                  Leslie stretcher, actually 142 would be closer
                  1956 M3, 51 Leslie Young Chang spinet, Korg Krome and Kronos

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                    The single rotor leslies really don't do it for me... they just sound nothing like the two-rotor ones. If you want "that sound" that you're hearing on just about any record, 99% chance it's a two-rotor one. Only famous recording of a single-rotor that I can think of is Steppenwolf's Born To Be Wild, but even then they may have just unplugged the top motor to get the treble response.

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                    • #11
                      no top rotor was blown out too many times, full amp signal to bottom rotor only for Steppenwolf, you can check with Goldie yourself on facebook at rock and roll hammond players, why he has a distinctive sound.:-)
                      1956 M3, 51 Leslie Young Chang spinet, Korg Krome and Kronos

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                      • #12
                        Steppenwolf Switch

                        In my FrankenGigger (TM), I put in a Steppenwolf Switch. 4PDT switch (it had a center off position I didn't need, but it's what I could easily find, sufficiently large enough to handle amp output). It bypasses the crossover and treble driver completely, and sends it all to the bass speaker. While I was pleased at myself for being clever, I like the sound of the horns too much to ever really use it. A primitive drawing, but you get the idea.
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