How to unload a "vintage" Hammond organ
  • teachermom24
    Posts: 304
    We are planning to move house within a year or two, definitely down-sizing. We acquired a 1960s Hammond organ five years ago and it has been great for our organist-children to use to practice at home. But they are moving on and we would like to get rid of this organ asap. It needed some repair when we got it; now it needs more work. We are looking for someone who would, like we did, just pick it up and take it away. How best to go about this?

  • TCJ
    Posts: 623
    Good luck finding someone because I think most people are trying to get rid of them. I see ads for free Hammond (or Conn, etc.) organs all the time. In the five years I have been at my school, we have been offered no less than five free organs (probably more like seven). I also frequently see them in second-hand stores, but I doubt most of them would pick up the item for you.
  • Jeffrey Quick
    Posts: 1,495
    Try here:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1612693582359644/
    Also craigslist.

    If it's just "a Hammond", it's not worth much. If you have a B3 or something else with full drawbars, there's a market in African-American pentecostal churches.
  • GambaGamba
    Posts: 168
    Look at this site here: https://organservicecompany.com/idorgan.html

    If you've got one of the following: A100, B, B2, or B3; C, C2, C3 RT, RT2, RT3 – don't part with it for less thank $5k (since it needs work), seriously. These are still greatly desired by jazz/rock/gospel musicians and produce what has become the Hammond Sound, which no digital instrument can replicate completely. The tone generators, chorus/vibrato, and percussion units in these are all the same; the only difference is between 32 (R) and 25 (A/B/C( pedals and whether they have internal speakers (A does, others don't).

    If you've got an M3 or M100, these have the same guts as the B3/A100/C3, and are particularly usable as a quasi-portable instrument for rock groups. Without the full 61-key manuals, they're less desirable than the A/B/C/Rs, but you could still clear at least $1,000.

    The other models are in various ways less desirable than those I named, since they lack some component of the B3.

    If you post it here, you may get some bites, or else more advice about where to sell.
    https://organforum.com/forums/

  • Take it to church and mark “free” on it. It will be gone in five minutes. That’s what I do with my stuff I don’t want that’s too good for Value Village. Is there a thrift store you can unload it on? Preferably one that takes everything no questions asked?
  • teachermom24
    Posts: 304
    Ours in an E3. It is VERY heavy, not easily "dropped off" at church.

    880 x 880 - 145K
  • Perhaps you could pay someone to take it away.
  • teachermom24
    Posts: 304
    I'd use it for firewood before I'd pay anyone to take it away.
  • Marc Cerisier
    Posts: 418
    Amro in Memphis generally sold them very well and might be interested in it. They’re used extensively in the COGIC churches there.
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  • CharlesW
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    Where's Ethel Smith when you need her?
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  • Put it out on the curb, wrap it in clear plastic like it is really worth something and stand back.

    Seriously.

    If asked about it, say you used it, it needed work and probably needs some more but you just can't take it with you.

    Preferably, hide when people stop to see it. And it will disappear.

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  • [the E3 abandoned the tried and true mechanical tone generator that made the Hammond famous, replaced it with analog parts which deteriorate over time]
  • dad29
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    If you're near a marina, post a note there. People might be looking for boat anchors.
  • teachermom24
    Posts: 304
    Put it out on the curb, wrap it in clear plastic like it is really worth something and stand back.


    Might try that. It's amazing what people will take from the "curb" (we don't have "curbs" here, though, just ditches). We got rid of a bad TV (and bikes, and half-rotten watermelons) that way.
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  • ...looking for boat anchors.
    Speaking of anchors. A once-upon-a-time friend who was a Wicks representative told of how, after WWII, the US military had hundreds of these 'organs' which had been used at field chapels and services on their hands. No longer needed, they were taken out and dumped at sea (the Pacific Ocean) by the US Navy. My friend should have known what he was talking about - he was in the navy and saw it.
  • CharlesW
    Posts: 9,960
    I remember going to the Boys Club in the fifties, and they had surplus military organs. The military donated any number of them to non-profits.
  • chonakchonak
    Posts: 7,730
    Before recycling any instruments as boat anchors, artificial reefs, etc., please contact your state EPA for info on any applicable environmental regulations.
  • >> Before recycling any instruments as boat anchors, artificial reefs, etc., please contact your state EPA for info on any applicable environmental regulations.

    right! - instead of dumping them in the Pacific Ocean,
    they might be more useful in the Florida Keys.
  • francisfrancis
    Posts: 8,177
    I would like a b3 please

    Do not dump it…

    Do not scrap it...

    It is a prized possession for an entirely different genre of music… And I would like to have one… PM me if you have one,

    Unfortunately, the E3 does not have tone wheel generators...
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  • RCS333
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    Deleted - missed the post that it was an E