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    M2 price

    I'm negotiating the price for an M2. Works, showroom finish. Trying to get the price down from $50 to $10. Am I being unreasonable? And is the M2 relatively disappointing if what I'm looking for is the B3 sound?
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    The M2 has no percussion. The M3 does (one of the reasons its called the "Baby B3"). If you want to do pop/jazz/rock I would recommend at least an M3.
    $50 is pretty reasonable if everything is working.
    On the other hand I've picked up M3 and M100s for free from people who are moving out and just need things gone.
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    The cost of moving is $50 - $200, the money you give the owner is trivial in my opinion. Even if the cost is favors owed your buddies that are hulks and own a truck.
    M2 should do classic 08800000 fast vib sound, just a bit lacking in highs on upper notes (see rewiring modification, many threads )
    Biggest limiter is 12 pedals instead of 25, but rock & rollers never use the pedals anyway, to look at the TV examples. Also fewer keys, but most play on the upper two octaves of the UM only, the TV says.
    But if you've got a T and an L, I don't see the point of another. Unless you've got a trailer in the country like me. (I have electricity and a Hammond but no running water- keep your priorities straight!)
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    An M2 in good shape is well worth 50 bucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coffeebot View Post
    I'm negotiating the price for an M2. Works, showroom finish. Trying to get the price down from $50 to $10. Am I being unreasonable? And is the M2 relatively disappointing if what I'm looking for is the B3 sound?
    B3 sound? Something to consider:
    1.) No percussion (this has already been mentioned - can be remedied by adding an M3 amp, cheek block, and matching transformer.... etc.)
    2.) No fold back (this can be added later, but doing it right requires donor key contacts and a lot of soldering)
    3.) No manual tapering. (Can be added by putting appropriate resistors parallel to the appropriate manual wires in the wiring loom... a daunting task but doable.)
    4.) Missing the lower octave and a half on the keyboards. (You can put a band-aid on this problem by adding bass foldback in the lower manual.)
    5.) Spinet pedal tone wheels have a distinct tone that sounds nothing like a console or B3 hammond pedal tone.
    6.) Even if you add percussion, fold back, and manual tapering to match a B3 tone quality as close as possible, the preamp/amp of the M series has a different characteristic from that of a B3.

    Just know these things. However..... honestly, if it works, depending on what your true needs are, 50 bucks is a pretty damn good price

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    And incase you didn't already know --- if you snag this thing, *be sure* to lock down the tone generator before moving it. Otherwise you'll wreak havoc on the generator. Best-case, you'll be noodling around soldering wires back onto it that snapped off during the tug-of-war and bumping around. Not a fun experience.

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    I picked up one last summer for 35$ but it needed work to get it going.
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    You convinced me the M2 is not for me.
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    Hammond Commodore
    Henry Miller Spinet Piano 1960 (original price $580)

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    m2 is a great organ.After a while percussion is off more then on for me........
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    Looking for that mythical cheap or free A, BV, CV, C2, C3 or A100 but wouldn't say no to a free B3

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