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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Hammond M3 repair and connect to Leslie 130 project

I have been working on this for a few months now. I wanted to share some of what I have been up to at home. I purchased this Hammond M3 many years ago at the Stanwood Lincoln Hill Senior Center thrift store. I used it for several years but when we moved into our current house I put it away and didn't use it. A few years went by and when I pulled it back out it had stopped working. Recently I decided it was time to get it going again. I studied up on the tone-wheel feature of this organ and realized the problem was probably one of lubrication to the tone wheel. Lucky for me the original owner kept a can of Hammond oil inside the organ. This didn't do the trick to I resorted to good old WD40 and after several hours of work she started back up again.

I then turned my attention to an old Leslie 130 speaker I ran across at a yard sale. The guy was a bass player and had hauled the thing all the way from across the Sound only to get it home and not be able to get the thing going. He gave it to me for free along with the control center and cords. I started doing online research and realized it has a built in amp (50 watt). This would make it much easier to hook up to the M3. I joined an organ enthusiast board online and was guided by some old timers on there. After 3 weeks of frustration I finally had a break through tonight. I forced my family and dogs to come out and check it out. They were not as excited as I was to hear that thing finally working after who knows how many years. Video to come....

1 comment:

Trent and Amanda Martin said...

Hey there! I am currently trying this very thing. I have the switch, the 11 pin cable I soldered together myself, and the 11 pin chassis mount plate. The only thing that is bothering me is that I don't have the plate with the 3 resistors and wiring harness. Is that part of the kit? And I can't find a straight answer to the wires I need to hook up either. Any help would be greatly appreciated! My name is Trent.

Thank you and thanks for the post!