National Geographic : 1938 Feb
Who buys Hammond Organs? Thousands of Hammonds have been sold. They are be ing played in palaces and cottages. Great symphony orchestras-the Philadelphia Orchestra is one-own and use Hammond Organs regularly. More than fifteen hun- dred are in churches of nearly every de nomination, ranging from lofty cathedrals to tiny missions. Other hundreds have been bought by conservatories, schools, colleges, hotels, restaurants, radio sta tions, hospitals, lodges, etc. Answers to your questions about the Hammond Organ Is it difficultto install? The Hammond fits in a four foot square. Installation is merely a matter of con necting to an electric out let. Two men can carry the Hammond anywhere. How are the tones created ? In the conventional organ the tones are created by vibrating columns of air in pipes. But the Hammond originates its tones as minute, pulsating currents of electricity. This modern principle makes possible an instrument remarkably compact and rugged, which cannot get out of tune. Is the Hammond Organ easy to play? Many claim the Hammond is easier to learn than the piano. Anyone who plays the piano can, almost immediately, play rich and inter esting music on the Hammond Organ. Why are two keyboards used? Two manuals allow you to use two different tones at the same time-brilliant contrasts that make rich and satisfying music out of even the simplest tunes. Can I afford a Hammond Organ? Yes--the Hammond is in the price range of fine pianos. With a small down payment, you can buy it out of income. The Hammond dealer in your city will be glad to play the Can many different instrumental tones be played? Yes- just by touching various"stops" you can change the tone. Flutes, vio lins, wood winds and hundreds of other voices are available. Why are pedals used? Pedals make an organ easierto play. Organchordsdonot keep on sounding after the fingers are lifted. But with a single pedal note you make the music sustained. Hammond for you. Go to him now. Or write to The Hammond Organ, 2959 N. Western Ave., Chicago. In Canada, address North ern Electric Co., Ltd., Montreal. $1250 and up f. o. b. Chicago.