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Post  Posted 23 Feb 2019 11:06 pm    
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The pipe organ industry was so threatened by the Hammond organ that they took their case to the Federal Trade Commission.

https://nmbx.newmusicusa.org/hearing-the-hammond-organ/
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Scott Duckworth


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Post  Posted 24 Feb 2019 3:19 am    
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If it ain't a Hammond, it ain't a church organ...
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Charlie McDonald


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Post  Posted 24 Feb 2019 7:56 am    
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Maybe they needed "hearing" aids.
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Bobby Nelson


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Post  Posted 24 Feb 2019 8:02 am    
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Reminds me a little of Henry Ford's fight with the all powerful ALam.
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Mark van Allen


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Post  Posted 25 Feb 2019 9:03 am    
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I don’t think it got to the FTC, but didn’t the Nashville String Union take legal exception to studio steel players doing the BossTone-simulated-string-section thing in the 70’s?
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Donny Hinson


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Post  Posted 26 Feb 2019 6:25 am    
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Verrry interesting...I'm wondering if the pipe organ industry is still viable, since organ pipes are made mostly of lead, and these days that's a highly controlled and regulated substance. I can almost see the standard disclaimer now being required on the pipe organ keyboards, something on the order of...

"WARNING! - THIS INSTRUMENT CONTAINS VAST QUANTITIES OF A SUBSTANCE KNOWN TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO CAUSE CANCER, BIRTH DEFECTS, AND OTHER REPRODUCTIVE HARM."

Laughing
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Jeff Garden


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Post  Posted 26 Feb 2019 7:30 am    
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Donny Hinson wrote:
Verrry interesting...I'm wondering if the pipe organ industry is still viable, since organ pipes are made mostly of lead, and these days that's a highly controlled and regulated substance. I can almost see the standard disclaimer now being required on the pipe organ keyboards, something on the order of...

"WARNING! - THIS INSTRUMENT CONTAINS VAST QUANTITIES OF A SUBSTANCE KNOWN TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO CAUSE CANCER, BIRTH DEFECTS, AND OTHER REPRODUCTIVE HARM."

Laughing


Suddenly the expression "lead pipe cinch" doesn't seem so appropriate!
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Bobby Nelson


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Post  Posted 26 Feb 2019 7:30 am    
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Dang! It's that "other reproductive harm" stuff that would steer me off!
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Ian Rae


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Post  Posted 26 Feb 2019 1:29 pm    
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The European Union passed a law designed to ensure the use of lead-free solder in electronic keyboards which had the unforeseen effect of rendering pipe organs illegal.

Maybe it's sorted now.
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Matthew Walton


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Post  Posted 13 Mar 2019 9:42 am    
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Donny Hinson wrote:
"WARNING! - THIS INSTRUMENT CONTAINS VAST QUANTITIES OF A SUBSTANCE KNOWN TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO CAUSE . . . REPRODUCTIVE HARM."


As if just being an organ player wasn't already enough to cause that! Laughing
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Godfrey Arthur


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Post  Posted 15 Mar 2019 8:55 pm    
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Hammond then proceeded to distribute a module that provided classical pipe tones for your organ as an expander. Made by Dutch pipe organ makers, Content Organs and sold by Hammond as well.




The expander connects through MIDI and it sounds similar to this Content unit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTghqkjKJg0

Another company Organtechnologies offers this module for serious pipe players.



Then there's the software versions of pipe tones:


But yeah Laurens had his hands full with trying to launch the Hammond organ and from his Hammond clock company which today are collectible and still keep time running off of 60hz. Laurens used to give power company people his clocks to incentiveize them to keep the cycles at 60hz so his clocks would run properly.

This idea translates to today with any Hammond using the tonewheel generator that gets A-440 from AC 60Hz.

So much so is this an important issue, that frequency converters are made to keep your B3 in tune as power companies shift Hz constantly today.




Hammond made clocks before he made organs.
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