KeyB/Legend Viscount Organ Testimonial
Testimonial By Brad Dawson, Texas, USA
Viscount Key/B Legend 6/12/17
I wrote this testimonial for musicians/organist that are in the market for a new Legend organ!
My intentions are to give musicians/organist some good insight on this awesome new organ!
To all Musicians/Organist,
I received this Legend with the wood stand, 25 note pedal board and wood bench, the week of June 5, 2017.
wanted to wait a few days to post a picture and give my first
impressions to let some of the initial euphoria wear off. The problem
is, the initial euphoria has not worn off! Wow, what an instrument.
Having had most every clone wheel ever produced, this is far and away
the closest to a fully restored vintage B-3 I have ever owned
owned three B-3's in my years along with the lower back damage to prove
it. I bought this organ from Vince at Hammond Organ World, sight unseen
and having never played one. I shopped every available dealer I could
find last winter after seeing the NAMM 2017 videos and Vince gave me an
unbelievable package deal.
Here's what I personally love about the Viscount Key/B Legend Organ:
course everything, but to be more specific, I love the percussion, it
sounds so warm. Viscount nailed it and the volume does not go down on
the second/third harmonic when you flip it to normal and/or soft. Also
the rocker switches like a B3, for percussion and Chorus/Vibrato 1,2,3.
I can't understand why Hammond Suzuki has not done this on XK5. The
percussion sound truly reminds me of some of the early records that
Jimmy Smith and George Benson recorded, the track is Mimosa.
organist should know, is the feel of the Legend keyboard is perfect!
When seated at the organ it's set up just like a B3. 5 sets of
draw-bars, no scroll through a menus, love the black and white preset
keys. This organ plays and feels like the real thing, 45 pounds, easy
to move, plays and sound just like a B3.
Lastly, and this was the
final deciding factor for my purchase. As a package the Legend organ is
way more affordable than the Hammond XK5 double manual. For what I
would have paid for a Hammond XK5 double manual, I purchased the
complete Legend organ package with pedals, wood stand and bench with a
new 122XB Leslie speaker for substantially less money than the XK5 would
Yes, I also purchased a new 122xb Leslie
speaker for my Legend. The Leslie will work perfectly with my Viscount
giving it the ultimate sound quality. I also purchased the new Leslie
from Vince; he gave me the best deal on that as well in the USA. (Leslie
is currently being manufactured by the Hammond Organ Company.)
I am running this through my studio 12 Leslie speaker and the sound is
incredible with that warm swirl we have all grown to love. For late
night or other times I want to play and not wake up the family, the
headphones right out of the organ using the on board Leslie sim is so
great I lose track of time.
My advise, get a Legend, you will be happy you did.