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Want to Sell: 1939 Hammond Novachord Fully Restored

Category: Hammond Organs and Parts

Hammond Novachord made in 1939. Considered by many to be the first synthesizer commercially available. Bob Moog was five years old when this came out. I believe there are less than ten of these working in the world. It has an unmistakable, and instantly recognizable sound which was featured in movies such as "Gone With The Wind", "The Twilight Zone", "The Ten Commandments", "The Outer Limits" and even "Hawaii Five-O". The Novachord has full 72 note polyphony, envelope control, two presets which mechanically operate the front panel controls, and a six channel vibrato making for rich chords as each note in a triad has its own vibrato of a slightly different speed, emulating the sound of real string players. It has a built in amplifier and two 12" speakers. Completely vacuum tube operation, no solid state anything. The tubes are mostly originals as they run at conservative heater voltages for long life. It took me over three years and lots of searching and talking with people to find this instrument. This particular instrument originated in Detroit, Michigan where it was used for the background music of radio dramas in the 1940s. It was then stored in the transmitter room at the station where all the cool old stuff like this got tossed aside when the next great thing came out. I acquired it in 2005 from the station engineer. This instrument has been fully, painstakingly restored to working condition using modern components that should last a long time. It took over 300 hours of skilled labor and a shop full of test equipment and tools to bring this back to life. The speakers are original Jensen A12 field coils and have been re-coned. The amplifier power tubes are new Sovtek 2A3s, and some tubes in the power supply have been replaced with new old stock tubes of high quality. The instrument has been stripped and refinished in the same color it was originally but it is a satin texture and not a professional high gloss lacquer finish. It looks great in person and I get a lot of compliments on the finish. The nameplate area above the keyboard has not been refinished to preserve the original Hammond logo above the keys. Included are the original service manual, original playing guide, lots of original Sylvania green leaf spare tubes which were from another Novachord so they are period correct, and a magazine ad from 1940 for the Novachord. I will gladly spend time with any serious buyers to go over the technical details of the restoration, show you how it works, and answer any questions you may have about it. This is a vintage/antique/OLD instrument and will require care and feeding over the years just like any other classic instrument. You can play this when you pick it up to verify it is working and as described. Once it leaves our building there are absolutely no returns. You are welcome to try everything out before loading it up. This is not the time to change your mind about buying it, but an opportunity to verify it is in good condition. If you want to check it out before buying it, message us and come on by to play it. It is sold as-is, where is.
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Asking: $25000

Tim Stoel -  Email Address Hidden to Protect from Spammers
Gilbert,  AZ  United States
Telephone: 4805587241



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Cherrywood B3, Leslie 122,   $12,500.00  $9,500.00 ON SALE!

A100 Plus Leslie 147A,   $5,500.00  $4,650.00 ON SALE!

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Hammond C2 Scratch & Dent w/ 45,   $5,500.00  $4,500.00 ON SALE!

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Grandma's B3, 122,   $12,500.00  $10,500.00 ON SALE!

'69 Hammond A105, Leslie 122,   $8,500.00  $6,500.00 ON SALE!

Hammond C3, 22H Leslie,   $7,500.00  $5,500.00 ON SALE!

B3 & 147 Leslie Scratch and Dent 1961,   $12,500.00  $6,995.00 ON SALE!

Hammond B2 w/ Leslie 122,   $6,500.00  $3,995.00 ON SALE!

Hammond A102 w/ Leslie 45,   $5,500.00  $4,995.00 ON SALE!

A100 w Leslie 22H,   $6,500.00  $4,995.00 ON SALE!

Very Nice C3 w/ 122 Leslie,   $8,500.00  $6,500.00 ON SALE!

1971 Nice Hammond B3, special priced with 22H Leslie,   $12,500.00  $6,995.00 ON SALE!

Nice Hammond C3 with Leslie 22H,   $7,500.00  $6,500.00 ON SALE!

A100 Scratch & Dent Special Leslie 45 SCREAMER,   $6,500.00  $4,995.00 ON SALE!

Hammond C3 organ with Leslie 22H/String Bass,   $8,500.00  $6,500.00 ON SALE!

Hammond D-152 w/ Ventilator II + Walls of Sound,   $7,500.00  $4,995.00 ON SALE!

Concert RT3 Hammond with Leslie 22H,   $7,500.00  $4,995.00 ON SALE!

1956 Hammond B3, 122 Leslie,   $12,500.00  $9,500.00 ON SALE!

1958 Hammond B3, w/ 122 Leslie,   $12,500.00  $9,500.00 ON SALE!

Hammond C2 SCRATCH AND DENT w/ 21H Leslie,   $6,500.00  $3,500.00 ON SALE!

Hammond C2 w/ Leslie 22H,   $6,500.00  $3,995.00 ON SALE!

Hammond B2 w/ Leslie 21H or comparable,   $6,500.00  $5,500.00 ON SALE!

Hammond B3 w/ Leslie 22H,   $10,500.00  $5,500.00 ON SALE!

Hammond RT3, w/ Leslie 147,   $10,500.00  $5,500.00 ON SALE!

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