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04-22-2010, 06:57 PM
My grandmother purchased a Hammond H-100 for her personal use, several years ago.</p>
This instrument is now sitting in my parents home unused. I would like to have it removed to create more space in their living room.</p>
What is this organ worth? Is more info needed to determine it's value? Like what?</p>
Thank you for any help you can provide.</p>
04-22-2010, 07:12 PM
Production for this model ceased in about 1970. It went through several internal changes/improvements over the production period that may or may not affect resale value, which is likely only a few hundred dollars at best. Do not use asking prices for what you may see as similar instruments on craigslist or ebay. What is asked for is almost never anywhere what these sell for, if they even are ever sold for money. Proximity to a large city might help get this sold, but thesad fact is the home organ market, especially for 40-70 year old instruments, no longer exists. This is also not an especially collectible or "antique" or otherwise desireable instrument.</P>
Sorry to be the bearer of what I expect is bad news.</P>
04-22-2010, 07:42 PM
This model has been deemed "unreliable" by the marketplace and is frequently given away. I paid $250 for mine, have installed $250 in parts on it, and still don't have all the reliability problems cured. It weighs about 400 lb without the bench, is top heavy, and difficult to move. It sounds wonderful when working for classical organ, but is not correct for pop musicians, and weighs too much to carry to gigs. Try clicking on your name in the upper right to give your vague location, and somebody on this forum may make you an offer. The tubes of the power amp are worth $200 if sold individually, and many user would want to cut it up for the capacitors of the tone generator to re-cap a Hammond B3 which is worth $3500 junk or $5500 reworked in the US.
04-22-2010, 09:31 PM
Thank you Larry K. and Indianajo for your quick reply.</p>
My plan from the start was to give it away. I thought it was wise to check on its value just in case. I understant now that it is only valuable to a small market and at a small value.</p>
Any ideas on how to 'market' this item as a giveaway?</p>
It would be great to give it to someone that would actually play it and enjoy it. </p>
Is this the kind of instrument a storefront church would want?</p>
04-23-2010, 10:49 AM
You could always advertise it as 'spares or repair', as unless it's in very good working order, the most likely buyer would be another H owner, buying a second instrument as a donor.</p>
It would be a shame to part it out, as a good H is a great sounding organ - not everyone wants to move it, or uses a Hammond for rock, pop and jazz. Finding those buyers is a tough game, though.</p>
But if it's an H that's well past its prime, that's a different matter.
04-23-2010, 02:51 PM
The biggest problem with the H100 is it's internal amplifier and speakers, much more powerful than other tube models. It is so loud with $200 in fresh power capacitors(I replaced all mine), the woofer knocks the tubes out of the sockets. Think one of those cars with the boom tube bass, but with a tube amp. It also knocks the trimpot wipers off the track, causing silence. You have to leave the back off and reseat the tubes or trimpots occasionally. Since there is high voltage back there, it is unsuitable for exposure to children with the back off. If you like your JS Bach as loud as the Lubeck cathedral pipe organ, it is great. It has a wonderful stereo slow vibrato like a pipe organ, and built in reverb which has an echo time like a stone cathedral. It has the best low bass sound of any Hammond, and better than the small pipe organ I practiced on in Kansas. I'm trying to figure a way to replace the tube amp in mine with an inexpensive PA amp, but haven't figured out a connector source yet. If I owned a pickup I would make you an offer, since I destroyed the case on mine moving it,(rolled it off the ramp 4' onto the ground) but it cost me $150 to U-haul mine home from 50 miles away. The for sale thread of this forum reaches a lot of H fans, also craigslist.com musical instruments for sale is searched nationally, and is also free. The ideal purchaser is a classical organ fan who doesn't have a lot of money but is willing to learn some electronics to fiddle with it. When working, it is better sounding for classical organ than electronics organs costing $27000, like the Rogers at the church I attend. It also has some cool sounds- I have ginned up a "Dance of the Sugar Plum Faries" with the harp and percussion features that sounds a lot like Tschaikovsky's celeste.
04-23-2010, 04:39 PM
Give it to someone who will love it and care for it, if it can still be played without too many issues.</p>
I've also seen these severely chopped, removing basically everything but the top of the case, tonewheel generator, drawbars, and the output transformer. Less to go wrong, I suppose. The TWG is still an ultra-reliable, amazing piece of tech, even if the rest can be a bit too complicated. On the other hand, modifying 400lbs, mega-complicated, 40 year old Hammonds into super-simple combo organs isn't exactly a big business, though, if you know what I mean, and buyers aren't exactly falling out the sky.</p>
04-24-2010, 09:50 AM
There is an H182 on Cincinnati Oh craigslist for $200. Looks great.
Do you still have it?</p>
I'd love it and take care of it!!!</p>
I'm near West Chester, not far from Bryn Mawr...
The OP is probably not here anymore???</p>
Anyone know how one might get in touch?
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