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I think all the comments here are useful and accurate; I'd like to add one from the standpoint of pure timbral analysis. The B3 has a distinctive "percussion" setting that adds a short burst of either the second or third harmonic to the start of the note. It's polyphonic, so playing a chord will get percussion on every note, but single-triggering, so ...


A few points that I think need to be added, as they may well be the overwhelming factors in answering the "what's special about a Hammond." First, as compared to a pipe organ: Pipe organs do not "speak" quickly enough for most popular music. (That is, the initial attack of each note that is played takes too long.) Classical organists adjust their technique ...

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