1939 Hammond Concert E
This is an extremely rare organ (only two known) in the UK due to the wartime..and post wartime import restrictions (not lifted until the 1960s). So Models A, B and E as well as M3 are almost non existent here (unless imported by the US army for their social clubs). Its a pity as Hammond were establishing themselves in many of the major UK institutions and lost momentum during that period.
In 2002 my father gave me this Organ to restore...well it sat in his warehouse and now it has to be moved, and guess what...I never even touched it! I am very unhappy to have to part with it but my father needs the space.
It was purchased new in 1939 by a large Church and used regularly until it failed its electrical safety test due to the insulation in the AC and Speaker Cables breaking down (like a 6 pin Leslie cable). The AC current passes through the cables and hence is very dangerous! The church decided to buy a brand new Hammond and part exchanged this organ in.
It has been dry stored ever since and has sat where it is in the photos for 10 years. Until the affected cables are replaced it is not safe to turn this organ on, however I have no reason to believe it will not function correctly. The speaker cables can probably be removed and thrown away as it will likely be used with a Leslie.
The Concert E is unique. and features 32 note concave and radiating American Guild Of Organist Pedalboard. Two 61 note manuals, Chorus Generator, Two expression Pedals (Swell & Great), typewriter style preset pistons and split Tremolo.
You can download the owners manual free here:
Somewhere I have the original sales quote and Invoice as well as letters and invoices from B&H and later Hammond UK that I will do my best to find. But if not I will post them on at a later date.
Collection Only. Payment by PayPal at close of auction please.
International Bidders: If your outside of the UK and wish to arrange your own transport - that is fine, but I still expect payment by Paypal at close of the auction
On 19-Jul-11 at 21:58:44 BST, seller added the following information:
I might be mistaken about the age and need to find the original sales documentation. It is either 1937 or 1939. Sorry...I will do my best to find out in the next 24 hours.