Until the Boardmaster make a forum for the keboardists, I changed the title of this thread to what it is now.
So some thoughts. Anyone modded the console Hammonds to have a lines out? That's tall on the list of things to do to my L143. I'd like to run a line from the power amp out and one pre (to a separate powered amp or a board).
How about tube replacements? Any swapping done to non-OEM tubes, like the 12AX7's to another in that family? How about mods to the amps or such. I do have this linky I found. http://www.dairiki.org/HammondWiki/HammondModifications
Right now, I'm cleaning mine. Need to tear it down, then do a fold back mod to make it more B3'ish. This appears to be a big thing to do. Links are here to tear down http://comics.limo.net/FOLDBACKDOCS/L100_CHASSIS.DOC
and for the foldback mod http://comics.limo.net/FOLDBACKDOCS/L100_FOLDBACK.DOC
I'm also cleaning and polishing the furniture as it needs it. I'm replacing the back masonite panel as well. I picked up a piece of birch luan board with a grain very similar to the console. My bro-in-law is cutting it to fit, but replacing the 3 pill-shaped vent holes at the top with 13pt bolts. Installing LED lites inside the console to light up the bolts, red on one side, blue on the other. And of course, a big metal SYF smack dab in the center as a tribute to the Brentster. Will post pics when done. Might consider a full chop. I was thinking, can I lose the main amp and reverb all together and run to a keyboard amp? I could use a Leslie simulator and reverb pedals very easily that way, and lose the weight of the console, amp and speakers.
Comments and critique sought. As I look at it, a B3 and Leslie would be awesome...for about 5 grand. But a free Lseries Spinet chopped, with some tinkering, and a Roland keyboard amp, a rotosphere or a Korg G4, and a nice reverb pedal seems like a low buck, small stage friendly alternative. I mean, Emerson used a L100 so it can't be that bad.