Hammond XK-3 Drawbar Keyboard  

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There's only one way to get real Hammond B-3 sound and unfortunately it involves back-breaking labor. The Hammond XK-3 Drawbar Keyboard is the solution for portable, authentic B-3 sound. Hammond creat... Click To Read More About This Product

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There's only one way to get real Hammond B-3 sound and unfortunately it involves back-breaking labor. The Hammond XK-3 Drawbar Keyboard is the solution for portable, authentic B-3 sound. Hammond created a sophisticated and unique technology that uses 96 digital tone wheels to create a tonal replica of the B-3 that's so accurate even died-in-the-wool B-3 fanatics can't hear the difference. A vacuum tube warms up the signal with continuous level change all the way up to serious overdrive.

It's equipped with 12 reverse key presets, three sets of drawbars, 2-rotor digital Leslie, and 6-position rotary vibrato/chorus knob -- all the features you expect to find on a B-3.

And the XK-3 does plenty the B-3 never could such as pitch bend/modulation, transpose, and MIDI. 132 programmable patches let you save your own drawbar combinations, MIDI info, and any other settings. At a mere 43 lbs., it won't break your back or your budget.

Features
  • Amazingly accurate B-3 sound and response
  • 96 digital tone wheels
  • Vacuum tube with continuous level change
  • 12 reverse key presets
  • 3 sets of drawbars
  • 2-rotor digital Leslie
  • 6-position rotary vibrato/chorus knob
  • 73 waterfall keys, velocity sensitive
  • Pitch bend/modulation
  • Transpose
  • MIDI
  • 132 programmable patches
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HammondXK-3 Drawbar Keyboard
 
5.0

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5.0

Hammond/Suzuki Did Their Homework

By sean

from ashburn, VA

Comments about Hammond XK-3 Drawbar Keyboard:

As a long-time B3 player; I've banged on all the clones...even bought an XK2, but sold it a short time later, proclaiming it a waste of time and money. Finally played an XK3 at a Guitar Center. Next day; put one of my B3s on the market and sold it to buy this and a Leslie 3300. All I have to say is...wow. Closest to real thing I've heard--in fact; I'd say it IS the real thing--just packaged differently. Sure; it's "not the same." But if you're looking for a Hammond that sounds wonderful and won't give you a hernia--this is it. End of conversation.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

True B3 Sound without the Bulk, my back thanks you

By DetroitB3guy

from Detroit, Michigan

Comments about Hammond XK-3 Drawbar Keyboard:

I recently purchased the Hammond xk-3 and truly find it to be a suitable replacement for my 59 B3. As vintage B3 guy (30yrs now), I've been waiting a long time for a clonewheel organ to sound as good as my B3, and it has arrived in the form of the xk-3. The internal presets are very good, although I'd dumped 70% of them and replaced them with my own (which are better suited for my playing). The tube overdrive is a great feature, and one I use often, but the real beauty of the xk-3 lies deep in the control panel. The range of parameters that one can control really sets it apart from the competition, along with the latest VASE technology. The other B3 clones (you know who they are) do a nice job, but they're still "close but still no Hammond." The leslie sim is very good, and fully customizible (from tone cabinet selection to amount of bleed) and while I prefer a true leslie, I don't want to move one anymore, and this fits the bill perfectlly. Was it a little expensive, perhaps, and frankly the Lower Manual option (while a great idea to make a true dual manual organ), is WAAAAY overpriced (since it is nothing but a fancy wood framed controller). All the brains for the lower are found in the xk-3, so I simply midi to my Kawai MP9000, and set the lower setting, and voila, a two manual Hammond. I'd recomment the xk3 for anyone who needs authentic Hammond sound as a staple sound in their arsenal. Nothing else on the market comes close and I've played them all. If you're and old Hammond player, you'll be right at home at the xk3. In a word, "buy it".

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5.0

Hammond..........Thank You !

By Musicman

from S.F. Bay Area

Comments about Hammond XK-3 Drawbar Keyboard:

The XK3 that is on the table has risen to a level that has me bewildered. I hear the sound of the B3 coming out of a unit that has made me and others awed due to the technology put into it. When I played it for the first time, it felt like I was playing the BIG UNIT it self. The smooth touch of the keys, the Leslie sound and the warm sound. Wow ! I'm glad I got it but now I'm wondering about the new model (XK3C). Hmmmm! Can't wait to play that one. But Hammond will always be tops in my book.

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