Since its introduction in 1955, the Hammond B-3 has become the essential performance tool for the world's great keyboard players. The instantly recognizable B-3 sound is synonymous with the world of popular and gospel music, while no concert stage would seem complete without a B-3´s imposing wooden design. Now look at the Portable B-3 with its simple clean lines and all that magnificent, glorious sound... and its portable!
Like Its Namesake
Now, for the first time Hammond has exactly replicated the original B-3 design specifications with the introduction of the NEW B-3. The unique B-3 sound is reproduced by a revolutionary newly designed sound generator system (96DigitalToneWheels™), which recreates all of those wonderful idiosyncrasies of the Tone Wheel Generator which have eluded all previous digital systems.
Waterfall keys & harmonic drawbars
Two, 61 note, B-3 style, waterfall key, keyboards allow for the essential performance characteristics of the Hammond masters, especially effortless palm glissandos. While four complete sets of nine traditional harmonic drawbars and twenty four reverse colour key presets achieve total ease of set up.
Mechanical multi-contact system
It is by utilizing several tone varying features that the B-3 performs so uniquely. Upper and lower pitch foldback subtly effects the overall sound, while, probably, the most important and interesting feature is the nine key contact system operating on each key. These contacts connect to each of the nine drawbar pitches through corresponding buss bars and by pressing a key slowly each individual drawbar pitch can be heard, high to low. This system created the earliest form of touch response for tone variance as well as expression. This mechanical contact system is also responsible for Hammond´s famous key click noise, an unintended feature that became an essential component of the B-3 character. The NEW B-3 incorporates a complete mechanical contact system, totally unique in a modern instrument.