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Jazz Kat

"Organs"

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I been thinking about making either piano or guitar my main instrument. I guess I'm meeting half way. I always loved that greasy sound. I been learning some organ technique. My keyboard has a pretty lame organ sound, and I'm sick of calling myself a so called "organist" and not even own one. I'm looking for something close to an organ. Either like a portable organ or some kind of electric keyboard that has a REALLY authentic organ sound and is easily affortable; something like in the 300-700 dollar range. Any recommendations?

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I thought this thread was going to be about kidneys and stuff like that.

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How about any kind of modules that have organ sounds that i could perhaps put into my keyboard and into my amp to make it sound like a real b-3?

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tried local papers / musician trade mags?

organ / piano shops in your area?

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Not yet. I want to go into the store with some kind of information on what to look for.

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mine is a 1964 A-1oo serial number 36,9??, i'd be after barry foster

i'd have to pull out my organ out ...(hehe) to get the last 2 digits

did you notice jim's name on the b3 list?

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I did--twice! Lucky bastid!

mine is a 1964 A-1oo serial number 36,9??, i'd be after barry foster

i'd have to pull out my organ out ...(hehe) to get the last 2 digits

did you notice jim's name on the b3 list?

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Just get a book. Learn some chords, some scales, and some heads. It onyl took me about a year to get decent, so if you practice hard, you'll master it.

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one day i'd like to be able to play the intro to Moanin'

that would be the shiznett

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Well, that's a pretty simple song. I forget what key it's in. I think it might be in the same key as blue train, or it might be an f blues. You can do it.

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"The greatest obstacle to enlightment is laziness," Buddha.

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"Weed is from the earth. God put this here for me and you. Take advantage man, take advantage." Smokey - Friday DVD

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Well, that's a pretty simple song. I forget what key it's in. I think it might be in the same key as blue train, or it might be an f blues. You can do it.

I think it's in whatever key you want to play it in, actually.

Although in fairness, usually F (as you say) in my experience.

To answer the question, I sometimes play a Viscount DB3. This has drawbars, so might be a good way to get used to learning your own registrations. It has a good touch, and is also available as a module. It's also much cheaper than other models.

However, what proper organists will correctly tell you is that just because it looks a little like a piano doesn't mean it can be dabbled in...it's very much it's own instrument. The techniques are ultimately very different.

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Definately. That's the main reason why i quit piano. They are two completely different instruments; in sound and technique.

When i was talking about what key it's in, I meant the key of the original recording.

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The cheapest alternative to a B3 that you're going to find would probably be an M3. It uses the same theory of operation (tonewheels) but just less of them. It doesn't really have a bass octave except for an octave of small pedals (much smaller than real B3 pedals). That's what I learned on, though. It has drawbars, the percussion feature, chorus/vibrato, etc. I used to put a synth on top and play left hand bass lines on that using a very simple patch that emulated the B3's bass.

They are usually very cheap. Under $400 and as little as $150 sometimes. They have a built-in speaker so you don't even need an amp or Leslie. An M100 is another good alternative, almost the same as an M3.

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When i was talking about what key it's in, I meant the key of the original recording.

Fair enough! Didn't mean to sound sarcastic with my remark - just short of time, and it came out wrong! :)

Don't know what Jim would make of this, but you might want to think about keeping the piano up, at least at first - a LOT more gigs going, I'd have thought...

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The cheapest alternative to a B3 that you're going to find would probably be an M3. It uses the same theory of operation (tonewheels) but just less of them. It doesn't really have a bass octave except for an octave of small pedals (much smaller than real B3 pedals). That's what I learned on, though. It has drawbars, the percussion feature, chorus/vibrato, etc. I used to put a synth on top and play left hand bass lines on that using a very simple patch that emulated the B3's bass.

They are usually very cheap. Under $400 and as little as $150 sometimes. They have a built-in speaker so you don't even need an amp or Leslie. An M100 is another good alternative, almost the same as an M3.

Where would I go about finding one?

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