Vox Humana Posted April 30, 2007 Share Posted April 30, 2007 The phone rang. On the other end was some woman who had been given my details. She explained that her father had recently died leaving a "wonderful Hammond organ" and she was hoping I could suggest a deserving organist or church who might buy it from her. It was, she assured me, quite new, state-of-the-art and produced a glorious sound. I'm afraid the conversation was quite short. I put it to her - really quite politely, I thought - that such an instrument would be of little interest to the classical pipe organists in our local association and that digital organ technology was capable of producing far more realistic organ sounds than anything a Hammond organ could. She put the phone down, muttering huffily, "Well, I can see you're not interested". A fair summary, I thought. However, it occurred to me afterwards that since I have not heard a Hammond recently, my assumptions might be wholly incorrect. I imagine that Hammond have continued to capitalise on the distinctive tone-wheel sound for which they are famous and are not particularly interested in competing in the substitute pipe organ market, but I'm only guessing. So (leaving aside the unquestionable superiority of pipe organs): was I being unfair about Hammonds? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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