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 Post subject: Re: 1939 Hammond Novachord - Unrestored
PostPosted: Aug Tue 12, 2014 12:48 am 
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Fascinating! Its not far fro me.

I'm afraid job hunting and money have been delaying my efforts on my Novachord.
I've landed a new job and started two weeks ago. I know I keep saying this, but I WILL get back to it!!!

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 Post subject: Re: 1939 Hammond Novachord - Unrestored
PostPosted: Aug Tue 12, 2014 12:57 am 
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Com on Steve a complete parts unit is just what you need!! ;-)

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 Post subject: Re: 1939 Hammond Novachord - Unrestored
PostPosted: Aug Mon 18, 2014 12:00 pm 
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Well, it went for $1625

I did bid on it, but I wasn't expecting to get it... unless I got really lucky. :wink:
Just don't have that much expendable cash at this time.

Also, this is a low serial number version. I have the high serial number version which does have some electrical differences, mostly in the oscillator section. I would hate to part out a Novachord anyway. Not enough of them left.

I hope it got a good home. The winning bidder seemed determined.

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 Post subject: Re: 1939 Hammond Novachord - Unrestored
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Could somebody private message me an email or phone # where I can contact Steve? Thanks alot!


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 Post subject: Re: 1939 Hammond Novachord - Unrestored
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You first contacted me around the 28th of December 2016, we had a short exchange of e-mails, and I thought things were amicable.

Why are you continuing to ask me the same thing over and over?

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 Post subject: Re: 1939 Hammond Novachord - Unrestored
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Steve, I do not recall speaking to you before at any time. My account has been dormant on this forum for a few years. Did you receive the private message I sent you this week? Call me, you have my phone # in pm. Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: 1939 Hammond Novachord - Unrestored
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Tim, I just responded to your last e-mail you sent me.

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 Post subject: Re: 1939 Hammond Novachord - Unrestored
PostPosted: Mar Sun 12, 2017 11:58 pm 
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I think the nova chord is a big piece of history, I have only seen two in my life, I am a Hammond lover and a teck, I have rebuilt several solo vox units . the problem they had back in the day was the paper capistors, they failed all the time. first solo vox I did had to replace every cap in it and several resitors as well. they told me it was impossible at the time and would fail earl on, that was 1963 and it is hooked up to my c-3 right now. also it had a lot of crazy value condesers that have to be made up . time consuming to say the least, I can imagine the nova chord would be way more of a restorer problem, but it is doable. good luck with it. I did see one for sale a while back , they wanted 10 K for it. was restored. just thought I would throw in a comment or two.
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 Post subject: Re: 1939 Hammond Novachord - Unrestored
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Neat thread, Steve. Have you made progress over the last few years? I wish I had seen this thread before my visit to your place last May, would have loved to have seen this. Would love to know more about it.


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 Post subject: Re: 1939 Hammond Novachord - Unrestored
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I have been reading this thread with interest i hope you do get the hammond sorted, im a big fan of hammond, one of my favourite artists is Klaus Wunderlich, he made some wonderful sounds with a hammond organ.

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 Post subject: Re: 1939 Hammond Novachord - Unrestored
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Thanks for the interest. I'm afraid I have not made much progress. Life has been keeping me very busy. My job especially.
I sincerely want to continue with restoration, but I need to take an inventory of what caps and resistors are needed and order what I can. Its not gonna be cheap! :lol:

Yes, it was a bit out of view when you were over.

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 Post subject: Re: 1939 Hammond Novachord - Unrestored
PostPosted: May Fri 19, 2017 6:32 pm 
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Interesting to see this thread is still going after all these years!!

Its hard to believe my Novachord (number 346) turns 80 next year.

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Despite the vast number of vintage synths I work on for a living this 1/4 ton 163 tube monster still leaves me feeling like its some sort of alien design from another world - it was truly remarkably ahead of its time not only in terms of engineering but just having the notion of even contemplating designing an instrument like this let alone manufacturing over 1000 of them in the late 1930s is nothing short of miraculous!

Here is a recent test recording of Novachord 346 whilst testing the action of her independent note divider/tube VCA and envelope generator on each key with the sustain pedal held down resulting in each note slowly ebbing away independently!

https://soundcloud.com/hideaway-studio/ ... piano-test

And a live improv recorded directly from the preamp output into modern chorus and reverb I recently posted:

https://soundcloud.com/hideaway-studio/ ... -polysynth

Novachord 346 was partially restored and is very much a "warts and all" instrument which, as a sound designer, I actually find more interesting.

Even this was a daunting task as the instrument had suffered considerable damage after a supply rail shorted for a prolonged period and filled the previous owners house with thick acrid smoke!

Here is the infamous segued demo I made many years ago that ended up everywhere (including on Jean-Michel Jarre's laptop!)..

https://soundcloud.com/hideaway-studio/ ... py-montage

It is indeed awash with chorus/delay/reverb ie. used in a manner many modern synths would be and it was very interesting recording this way.

Despite its age, I and a number of other owners have found that direct electrical recordings from the Novachord into modern FX are particularly effective.

This is in part because the Novachord has a rather mid-range heavy PA which colours the sound dramatically and it was remarkable how much the frequency range opened up when the instrument was recorded directly - something Phil Cirocco discovered after 100% rebuilding his Novachord.


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 Post subject: Re: 1939 Hammond Novachord - Unrestored
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This is quite possibly the most pleasing synthesizer I've ever heard. What wonderful sounds. I've listen to some synthesizer based music compositions and the depth and richness that this instrument is able to provide is far beyond anything else I've heard. Thank you for sharing your recordings with us.


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 Post subject: Re: 1939 Hammond Novachord - Unrestored
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If you can make it to Fort Wayne, Indiana on June 23rd or 24th, you can actually play the Novachord that my son and I rebuilt over the last few years. It will be on exhibit at the Sweetwater Sound Annual GearFest.

Here's a link to a video they made for us that demonstrates what sounds can be achieved with and without outboard gear.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm3RBAZChrQ

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 Post subject: Re: 1939 Hammond Novachord - Unrestored
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Thanks Joe, I will try to make it! :D

I'll check the video out when I get home.

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 Post subject: Re: 1939 Hammond Novachord - Unrestored
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Wow Joe,those are some far out sounds. Reminds me of a CD I have of Isao Tomita "Snowflakes are Dancing"


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 Post subject: Re: 1939 Hammond Novachord - Unrestored
PostPosted: Mar Sat 30, 2019 4:55 pm 
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have not seen one of these since the 1940 s, I have restored all three models of the solovox, they can drive you nuts but doable, I hate to see any of these be trashed as they are a big part of the music industry history, and as I recall had a good sound. the caps will be the main culbrit I thing with high value resisters. they told me when I built my solovox in 1963 that it wouldn't be anything but a maintanece problem, but I still have it and it still plays fine, especially when run into the c-3 Hammond and out the leslie,s the wax caps of the day were terrible.
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 Post subject: Re: 1939 Hammond Novachord - Unrestored
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Hi, Steve.... How are you doing on the restoration? I know that these things take time, and life has a tendency to get in the way. I am still trying to finish my Midwest! Hope to see you at the Radiofest in April.

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 Post subject: Re: 1939 Hammond Novachord - Unrestored
PostPosted: Apr Mon 15, 2019 12:16 am 
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I'm planning to get started on it later this year. Life has been getting in the way as well as room to work. It WILL happen!

What I find odd is the sheer number of random people contacting me to ask if it is for sale. (Ive never even hinted at it being for sale)
Some giving me long stories as to why they should own it.

Odd, as nobody has ever asked me if my 1000Z is for sale. Not once!

It seems to be an altogether different ballgame in the antique musical instrument realm.

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 Post subject: Re: 1939 Hammond Novachord - Unrestored
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Odd, as nobody has ever asked me if my 1000Z is for sale. Not once!


Who wants to pay a ridiculous price for an AM radio?


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