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    B3 Restoration

    I live in the Cayman Islands and recently bought a 1961 Hammond B3 Organ
    I need to restore the entire Cabinet including Pedals and Bench.

    I could afford to fly in someone from the U.S.A. to have this done.
    How easy is it to take everything out of the Cabinet to have a proper Job done?

    are the wires easy snaps or would have to un-soldered and re-soldered?
    Michael

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    hmmm. if this is for real someone could get some beach time.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stone Cold View Post
    are the wires easy snaps or would have to un-soldered and re-soldered?
    Michael
    There is quite a bit of unsoldering, Michael. It's time consuming, but not exceptionally complicated. Sorry you haven't received a comprehensive reply before now; I just found this post. Frankly, importing labor seems impractical to me. Surely, you could fine two craftsmen there... one to disassemble/re-assemble and one to refinish.
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    The reason for the lack of replies is simply that the thread was placed in a section that isn't frequently visited. None of the mods caught it, sorry.

    Probably too late but I've moved it to a better section.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stone Cold View Post
    I live in the Cayman Islands and recently bought a 1961 Hammond B3 Organ
    I need to restore the entire Cabinet including Pedals and Bench.

    I could afford to fly in someone from the U.S.A. to have this done.
    How easy is it to take everything out of the Cabinet to have a proper Job done?

    are the wires easy snaps or would have to un-soldered and re-soldered?
    Michael
    This is not an easy request to answer.
    The cost of any restoration depends on the condition of the organ.
    Any broken wood, missing veneer, missing parts, etc. will drive up cost and complexity of cabinet refinish.
    The condition of the keyboard...keycombs, buss bars, etc make a difference if anything needs replacing.
    Condition of the electronics...will this include an amp rebuild or tonewheel recap?
    What about a Leslie or Tone Cabinet?

    My suggestion is that it would be cheaper and more efficient to ship the organ to someone in the States for rebuild.
    If you fly someone in, there may not be parts available for the project, and it could take days just to get parts.

    Just removing the keyboard and Tone Generator is not difficult, but requires desoldering a few hundred wires.

    We could guide someone to do this if all you want is the internals removed from the cabinet for a cabinet only refinish.
    Pedals are easy.

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    Hi Michael,

    This is just a thought, but several years ago there was a DVD released by Alain Kahn (a French Hammond Tech) on the Care and Maintenance of a B3. In that video he fully disassembles and services Bruno Micheli's B3 whilst the cabinet went for restoration and refinish.

    The DVD is quite detailed (with an English language over-dub) and will give you, or any other person a very clear guide as to what you are up against in terms of the removal of the component parts (and servicing if required) of your B3. It certainly de-mystified much of the Hammond inner workings for me.

    PM me if you want more information.

    Peter
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    would like to know where I can purchase this DVD

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    Quote Originally Posted by larryjanca View Post
    would like to know where I can purchase this DVD
    I purchased my version about 10 years ago for AUD130.00 so the price is now (relatively speaking) somewhat less.

    Alain Kahn was very helpful when I had some email interactions with him. However, that was long time ago and he was unwell at the time. I can no longer find his website.

    I also took a look on the Bruno Micheli website (
    http://www.brunomicheli.com/) and it appears that you can purchase the DVD directly from there ... EU75.00.
    However, clicking on the purchase link appears to go to a dead page. He is also on facebook so that could also be an avenue of enquiry for you.

    This purchase page appears to work OK though:
    http://shop.mautnermedien.de/tontraeger/dvd/jazzorgel-bluesorgel/1514/alain-kahn-bruno-micheli-hammond-inside-ntsc ... EU69.00


    Hope this helps...
    Peter
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