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Hammond XK3c system - $1,850 (Lake Mary)


make / manufacturer: Hammond
model name / number: XK3c

This is the Hammond XK3c keyboard that emulates the sounds of the legendary Hammond B3 without the weight. Recently replaced in the Hammond lineup by the VERY expensive XK5 and now hard to find on the used market. ( I have played the XK5 and don't see a noticeable improvement in the sound. Yes, it has 4 sets of drawbars, but that is not something that my musical style required.)

The sound is incredible. Just like a real B3. You can also hook up a second MIDI keyboard and have the classic 2-manual operation with a set of drawbars for each manual. You also have a direct 11 pin out to hook up a real Leslie to it, if that's your thing (and you can stand the weight of a real Leslie)

It can also function as a MIDI controller itself and control several zones at one time so you can control other keyboards that receive MIDI.

Also included for the $2000 price:

The CU-1 half moon speed switch for changing the speed of the Leslie emulation. New is $184. Installed with the wiring routed inside the unit to a female plug on the back panel. You can use a cable to connect that to the XK3c or to your outboard Leslie simulator, like the Ventilator (what I used). I found it much easier to find the switch when performing as opposed to the buttons on the XK3c.

The EXP-100f footpedal. I tried all kinds of third party foot pedals but none of them work as well to give the smooth control of volume/expression that this pedal does. In fact, most are terrible. I tried Yamaha, Roland, etc. New is $230

The Hammond gig bag. I must say that this is not constructed all that well, but it is better than nothing. It was all I needed to transport it to performances. New is $120

The stand in the pictures is not the VERY expensive Hammond stand, but does a fine job. Very sturdy with no shake or wobble. It also leaves plenty of free room under the unit for foot pedals and so forth. Most X stands and even Z stands only have about 34" of side-to-side clearance, so bass foot pedals (like below) won't fit properly for playing with your left foot.


This is a great unit, but I have moved onto a different phase of my musical career that has prompted me to get a different keyboard setup.

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