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The Hammond XK-3c Drawbar Organ will follow in the hugely successful footsteps of its predecessor, the Award Winning Hammond XK-3. The Hammond XK-3 has become the definitive must have keyboard for mos... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Hammond XK-3c Drawbar Organ will follow in the hugely successful footsteps of its predecessor, the Award Winning Hammond XK-3. The Hammond XK-3 has become the definitive must have keyboard for most players around the world who demand nothing but the best. After all, there is only one authentic Hammond Organ and only Hammond delivers that sound.

This musical instrument does what has never been done before - offering you the classic "tone-wheel" sound by utilizing 96-digital tone wheels. This Vase III sound generator now makes it possible to reproduce all of the characteristics of the vintage Hammond B-3. Additionally, the Hammond XK-3 houses two internal vacuum tubes that will change continuously from pre-amp mode to overdrive mode via control knob. The Hammond XK-3 organ also includes 12 reverse color key presets, 3 sets of drawbars, a 2-rotor digital Leslie, and a 6 -position rotary VIBRATO/CHORUS KNOB, all the features you would expect to find on a Hammond Vintage B-3

Features
  • A portable drawbar keyboard with digital tone-wheels
  • Split vibrato upper and lower real time assignable MIDI controllers
  • Better MIDI mapping options
  • Enhanced dual tube preamp and overdrive
  • Advanced digital Leslie and vibrato scanner
Specifications
  • Power Supply: 230V (CE), 240V (BS)
    Dimensions: 119cm(W) x 12cm(H) x 40cm(D)
    Weight: 18.5Kg
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HammondXK-3c Drawbar Organ
 
4.8

(based on 21 reviews)

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    (19)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (9)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Portable (7)
  • Responsive / good action (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

You can't be dissatified..........

You won't be disappointed with the Hammond XK-3c. I've owned B-3's, and still have 2 A-100's, and hardly touch anything but the XK-3c. Realistic sounds and...Read complete review

You won't be disappointed with the Hammond XK-3c. I've owned B-3's, and still have 2 A-100's, and hardly touch anything but the XK-3c. Realistic sounds and effects, a hell of a lot easier to move, authentic keyboard feel, and just a blast to play. And as many a organist would say.....it's got balls! Kick the pedal and it WILL scream!

I've owned mine for a year now and use it for playing in roller rinks all over (don't laugh, its a gig). It's been in and out of the car countless times and has never given me a bit of trouble. I have the full setup, lower manual, bench, and pedals. Everyone loves the sound and I'd buy another one in a instant. Only drawbacks are the wood used for the cabinet is not very durable and shows the nicks and dings easily, and some of the screws have loosened up on the lower manual case. And of course there is the price......bench and pedals I thought were kind of on the high side, but I bit the bullet and got them anyway, and I'm glad I did. Pedalboard gets pounded and never a problem and the bench is rock solid.

So stop procrastinating and order the thing.....you Won't be disappointed!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Hammond B3 versus Xk3c and others

I use to have a Hammond C3 for several years but sold it to buy the hammond Xk3c.
Lets start with Reverb its very bad.It has an ondulation sounds without rotating the leslie simulator.The...Read complete review

I use to have a Hammond C3 for several years but sold it to buy the hammond Xk3c.
Lets start with Reverb its very bad.It has an ondulation sounds without rotating the leslie simulator.The percussion on lower notes are different with the B3 because on B3 percussion on lower notes are bigger and fatter. The chorus on slow rotor sounds good but not perfect as the B3. The rest wonderfull. I have heard and played the korg x3 which at his time was very good, and have seen new roland VR 700 and it sounds good on all sounds. Reverb sounds good, but in organ, The chorus is not as good as Xk3c. I am happy with my Xk3c and waiting for the new model SK1 and SK2 that dosent weight as Xk3c and piano and other sounds are nice. I hope this review will help you

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5.0

The BEST Rock'n'Roll Organ

By Chief

from Fort Polk, Louisiana

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Excellent MIDI Controller
  • Portable
  • Realistic Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Electronic Music
    • Live Shows
    • MIDI

    Comments about Hammond XK-3c Drawbar Organ:

    Without question the XK-3c Hammond is great for a Rock'n'Roll musician and artist of MIDI, who wishes to do live shows and have a rock-solid tradition Hammond sound, but with on-the-spot MIDI control over adjunct sound and tone modules. I recently purchased a new Hammond XK-5, and am very happy with it, but have found the XK-3c to be superior for controlling MIDI hardware. There are both Mod and Pitch wheels on the XK-3c, and none on the XK-5. And a BIG plus for the XK-3c is that one can do "live" adjustments via the user-friendly and very visible controls for linked MIDI equipment. If you need the lower keyboard to flush out your style of playing, then you'll welcome the two-piece assembly approach afforded by the XK-3c, since it's easy on your back for setup and transportation issues. This is a very good investment!

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent!

    By Mindy

    from Lubbock, TX

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Portable
    • Realistic Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

      Comments about Hammond XK-3c Drawbar Organ:

      Very impressive sound

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      B3 in a Suitcase!!

      By MrNotes

      from Gulph Mills, PA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • A Real Hammond
      • Best Synthetic Leslie
      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action

      Cons

      • Overpriced Second Manual
      • Soft Wood Frame

      Best Uses

      • Gigs

      Comments about Hammond XK-3c Drawbar Organ:

      After having one of these for several years, I have to say it is SO worth it. Totally smokes all imitators (including my Yamaha Motif which I love also). Forget all previous Hammond portables. The biggest problem with those was limited controls (e.g, drawbars, etc.) and useless emulated Leslie. This is a B3 with multiple Leslie options in a suitcase.

      I run this (and my other Kbs) through a pair of Roland KC350s in stereo, which produces a noticeable difference over mono, especially if you also run it out over a PA. The stereo effect diminishes as the night wears on and the volume goes up

      The soft wood case is a problem, I've scarred and chipped mine up to the point of needing repair/refinishing. Also, the cost for the lower manual is ridiculous considering its just a midi trigger. Not really needed for most rock/pop stuff anyway.

      And don't believe any of the reviews that say its 'heavy'. Really? Compared to which other Hammond?

      If mine were stolen or destroyed, I'd buy another in a heartbeat.

      (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great, but ...

      By EOMB

      from Tucson

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • As Close As It Gets
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Midi Short Comings
      • Poor Instructions
      • Tech Support

      Best Uses

      • Live Performance

      Comments about Hammond XK-3c Drawbar Organ:

      Lots to say. First, Musician's Friend has always been, and is, the best, customer satisfaction supplier out there. The XK-3c has some cautions and Hammond USA people are unbelievably miserable, to me anyway. I have owned studios with 1 B3 and 2 C3's and for the last many years have used a VOCE V3 rack mount simulator with the same, if not more, programmable functions as the XK. If you are a live performer only, than the unit is great. Hammond really got the tube overdrive and chorus & vibrato perfectly. If you use MIDI software be aware. The XK will not send, nor, receive CTRL 7 (volume). So, if you want to sit at your virtual mixer board and move the volume slider up and down, forget it. It will record expression, however, when you play it back you will get nothing. You have to go through the onboard menu system and change the expression source to MIDI. Now, to play again, you have to go back and change it back again. Like many forum contributors have stated, out of the box, it isn't what you'd expect. You must do quite a bit of tweaking, which is a good thing, or not, but, it will end up great. It is, after all, an incredibly versatile machine. Now, let's talk about Hammond USA tech support. When I mentioned the out of the box comment, he told me I bought the wrong model and should have purchased an SX series (Honest!!) They made it abundantly clear that they have "thousands of customers and many celebrities" and I, obviously, am not one of them. (the celebrity part is true, however I am a customer). I got a "factory fresh" unit that was obviously used and I can prove it. (I firmly believe that Musician's Friend had no knowledge of this.) That really set Hammond off and it went down hill from there. Other issues that they won't address: the HI foldback does not work (in my opinion) on my unit. The reason for the return, perhaps? Tech support stated that you can not use both sets of drawbars for the upper manual … yes you can. The manual calls for a compact flash card that is obsolete. I found a 2005 forum entry that stated that a SanDisk 4G would work if it is a type 1. After speaking to SanDisk they stated that an 8G "should" work, so I got one. When I tried to format it, I got an I/O Error. Stupidly, I called Hammond and asked what card do they recommend. The manager stated, and I quote: I have seen your e-mails. There are thousands of cards out there. Go out and get one." I stated that I did and do you want me to go back to the store and randomly pick another one? He replied "Yep". When we got to the used issue he went ballistic and I ended our conversation. I started calling 18 different "Authorized" Hammond dealers and no one could tell me what card to use, nor, answer the foldback situation. Unbelievable! BTW: a SanDisk 8G card did work on the second try, although I haven't tried a restore yet. This has been my personal experience with no personal coloration. Again, I am a very satisfied Musician's Friend customer. They offered to exchange the unit, however, I do not want to put them through that until I can verify the foldback is defective.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Vintage B3 sound

      By KGB.

      from Midwest

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Realistic Sound

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Poor Instructions

      Best Uses

      • Live Performance

      Comments about Hammond XK-3c Drawbar Organ:

      If you are looking for the classic B3 sound but don't have a moving crew on hand, this is a greater alternative. All the sounds are there if you are willing to find them. There is a lot of variation in the sounds produced by the old organs and the capability to replicate them is in here, too. Leslie sim is awesome, ditto the overdrive. I was reasonably pleased with the sounds I was getting from my Yamaha Synth, but thought they were hard to tweak. Now I realize that I was just hearing what I wanted to hear. This is so much better. Yamaha is still a good keyboard, but it's not a Hammond. What's not perfect? Well, I think it's probably heavier than it needs to be by virtue of the somewhat cheesy wood case - quality plastic or metal would have been lighter and maybe more durable, too. Also, the manual is very poorly translated, and probably wasn't even very complete in its original language. But I don't care about those things. I bought it for the sound and it delivers.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      You can't be dissatified..........

      By Lonnie

      from Chambersburg, PA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action

      Cons

      • Cabinet Uses Soft Wood

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Hammond XK-3c Drawbar Organ:

      You won't be disappointed with the Hammond XK-3c. I've owned B-3's, and still have 2 A-100's, and hardly touch anything but the XK-3c. Realistic sounds and effects, a hell of a lot easier to move, authentic keyboard feel, and just a blast to play. And as many a organist would say.....it's got balls! Kick the pedal and it WILL scream!

      I've owned mine for a year now and use it for playing in roller rinks all over (don't laugh, its a gig). It's been in and out of the car countless times and has never given me a bit of trouble. I have the full setup, lower manual, bench, and pedals. Everyone loves the sound and I'd buy another one in a instant. Only drawbacks are the wood used for the cabinet is not very durable and shows the nicks and dings easily, and some of the screws have loosened up on the lower manual case. And of course there is the price......bench and pedals I thought were kind of on the high side, but I bit the bullet and got them anyway, and I'm glad I did. Pedalboard gets pounded and never a problem and the bench is rock solid.

      So stop procrastinating and order the thing.....you Won't be disappointed!

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      True Sound

      By Kris Goodall

      from Griffin, GA

      Comments about Hammond XK-3c Drawbar Organ:

      I use this organ weekly in a church setting and I must say it is one of the truer B3/C3 sounds I've ever heard on anything electronic. It's easily expandable through MIDI, lightweight, and my favorite function HAS to be the overdrive tubes inside. Nothing replaces a B3/C3 of course, but if you're looking to save money or space and get the closest sound possible, I highly recommend this board.

      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      All Hammond

      By MidiOnKeyz

      from Kansas City

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Pre-programmed music
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Chamber Music
        • Concerts
        • Electronic Music
        • MIDI
        • Travel

        Comments about Hammond XK-3c Drawbar Organ:

        I could ramble forever about thie board. The short version is if you ever wanted the sound of the B-3 without having to hire a moving company to haul it to every gig. This boards for you (no punn intended :). The only difficulty has been locating the recommended HFC 32 compact flash card for backing up created or preset editing. I was told by a Hammond rep that a San Disk CF card of 1G or less would suffice. Any larger memory might confuse the units formatting/initialization. Had I been in better financial position i would have purchased the pro line or the lower manual as well. Definitely get the expression pedal, a leslie, the foot pedals, and and and .....ooohhh snap Im rambling. Just buy it and treat yourself as only the best for the best. Enjoy!

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Yes indeed!

        By dcox1881

        from Orlando FL

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Realistic Sound
        • Responsive / Good Action
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Hammond XK-3c Drawbar Organ:

            I've been playing funk and jazz for the last 12 years and love the sound of the Hammond organ. My biggest pet peeve w/ music is moving equipment and I would never lugg around a full size B3. The XK3 is the best of both worlds. You get the sound w/o needing a moving van and 3 guys to move it. You can take that thing to a gig, plug it up to any amp, and wail. I get goose bumps playing the XK3 and can't tell the difference between it and a 300lb B3 on stage or on a recording. Get this thang man and play it!

            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Hammond XK-ME

            By YardSmash

            from Bel Air, MD

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Portable
            • Realistic Sound
            • Responsive / Good Action

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Hammond XK-3c Drawbar Organ:

                It is really amazing how great this machine is. I've had mine for 2 years and have had no regrets. Leslie is spot on and the tube od is NASTY. When the band i'm in (Hundred Yard Smash) was ready to record an album i found that this organ is flawless in the studio. Listening to it on record you can really appreciate how smoothe the leslie sounds while switching speeds. And did i mention how nice it is to have physical drawbars to play with!

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