HAMMOND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

1970 Hammond Collaborates with Sakato Shokai of Osaka, Japan to establish Nihon Hammond, Ltd. for the purpose of manufacturing, selling and distributing Hammond products in the Far East and for utilizing technology in Hammond Organs sold domestically.

 

- First automatic chording instrument in the industry. The Piper autochord is a single keyboard instrument with automatic rhythm, automatic chording and no bass pedals. Also a first is the unique library of piper music with colour-coded numbers and piper chords, and a promotional program involving Piperettes who demonstrated the Piperís easy-to-play, instant involvement features.

 

1971  - Hammond agressively pursues the professional market with the introduction of the X77. This featured modern styling similar to the X66 and a matching 200 watt Leslie Speaker cabinet. Also introduced this year was the first Hammond portable model for professional use - the LP-100,  later rechristened the 'Porta B'

 

1972 - First LSI (large scale integrated circuitry) all tab spinet, the Phoenix. Hammond uses the slogan: "Hammond Enters Tomorrow in One Giant Step!"

 

1973 - Laurens Hammond, 78, the man whose invention created an industry, dies July 1st 1973 at his home in Cornwall, Conn. after  a brief illness.
1973 - First LSI tonebar console; the Concorde (2100); features drawbars...but no tonewheels! Also introduction of the first all tab Hammond Organ with theatrical styling; the Regent (4000), and the new mid-priced all tab organ, the Maverick (5100)

 

1973 - First Organ sold under $500 sold through both music and mass merchant outlets; the Sounder.

 

1974 -First Automatic rhythm Auto Vari 64 with four automatic playing patterns. 17 rhythm patterns are expanded to at least 64 continuously changing variations, controllable by rate of progression and speed.

 

1975 - First true composite organ with both tonebars and electronic voices on upper and lower keyboards; the Aurora Spinet.

 

- The spinet model 9900 Dolphin introduced with built-in polyphonic synthesizer and 20 one finger chords.

 

1975 - An era comes to an end! Hammond ceases production of the tonewheel generator. One final production run of B-3s and C-3s is made prior to the production line being closed forever. The units from this run are identified by the light brown coloured Sub Fundimental (16' & 5 1/3') Drawbars.

 

- Model 9900 Dolphin spinet introduced with built in polyphonic synthesizer and 20 one fingered chords.

 

- Introduction of the first single keyboard drawbar organ, the X-2
1978 - Hammond B3000. 1970s version of the B3, Included built in Leslie and reverberation controls, string division, electric and grand pianos, variable sustain, transposer, bass sustain, and key click is re-introduced. Similar in appearance to its father the B3, with two 61 note (spinet type) keyboards, reverse colour preset keys and 25 note radiating pedalboard.

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