Now we have a very inexpensive portable drawbar organ with digital tone-wheels The Pro XK System will fill the gap in the range for those of you who want a Portable 'Real Hammond Organ' but do not want to run to the expense of a B-3
Building the Pro System
Derived from same technology as the already legendary New B-3 Check out the XK-3c pages for full details of the sound engine and specification
Meet the Pro XK System
Fully Loaded Pro XK System pictured with B-3 style bench and stand + 25 note bass pedal board
PRO XK SYSTEM
For those of you who haven’t heard, this will turn the XK-3 / XK-3c keyboards into a two manual ultra portable Hammond Organ with the option of adding bass pedals
The possibilities offered by this upgrade are phenomenal.
Working musicians will have a full blown 2 X 61 note manual Hammond Organ which will fit in the average family car and more importantly, can be carried and set up by 1 person.
Because of the ease and speed of converting a single manual XK3 into a two manual XK Pro System it is possible to have a Hammond keyboard which can be utilised as part of a multi keyboard rig in a band and within minutes, turn the same board into a mini B3 type instrument for that Hammond lead duo or trio gig.
Of course you can also buy the complete organ as an XK Pro System as well as the upgrade kit.
Once connected, the XLK automatically plays the lower / left of split drawbars on the lower manual. This is SO IMPORTANT for playing authentic ‘Hammond Chops’. Because you now have two manuals, you can forget about split points. You can now get low down and dirty with the upper manual and hit the lower notes which before were restricted by the keyboards spilt point normally used for left hand chords or bass.
The lower manual which is also 61 notes will allow you to play in that ‘oh so cool’ style of left and bass grooves with lower manual generated chords and chops used so much by the likes of Jimmy McGriff, Brother Jack McDuff and the late Jimmy Smith + many more Hammond Groovers.
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