Captain-Foldback.com This Month
This time I'm happy to present my good
friend from Montreal, Vanessa Rodrigues, as Organist of the Month. Even if
she is a friend, I'm still very much a fan, and I'm honoured to have seen
her work up-close. Her 2005 debut CD 'Soul Project' is a favourite of mine
and titles from it are referenced in the following. Oh, and V. if you read
this - thanks for making my good buddy from Fyn happy.
2. Place(s) I call home
3. Style(s) I play
4. Current CD/project
5. A person who inspired me to play the Hammond
6. Do you use a Leslie speaker?
9. Do you have a drawbar setting that is your own?
10. Is there anything that defines 'your sound'?
Vanessa with her pet A-100
From a playing standpoint I think what maybe makes me unique is the fact that my influences are all over the place, from MMW/Scofield to Oscar Peterson to Sonny Stitt, rather than coming straight out of the jazz organ history bag.
11. A milestone in my Hammond organ playing career was:
13. Do you compose music using the organ?
14. Did you use any special drawbar settings for the intro of 'Supabad
Vanessa's Soul Project CD can be purchased directly from her website or through the iTunes Music Store. Get a copy before your neighbour!
Previous issues of This Month
Feb 2007 - Introduction
Mar 2007 - Out and about
Apr 2007 - Tony Monaco
May 2007 - Wil Blades
- Still working on the Tallboy Section, but I promise it will be up soon.
I have received some very interesting pictures and I have more in the
During the months of April and May I was involved in making an organ rig ready for a live performance. The organ belongs to Canadian organist Maynard Schutt who has kindly permitted me to write about his organ and share pictures.
The organ in question is the newest in Mr. Schutt's collection and is a Hammond T-582C from 1973. It has been Mr. Schutt's gig organ since he obtained it in 2005.
Although the T-500 series has a built-in Leslie speaker, the sound output of the console is only enough for the smallest venues. To augment the sound, a Leslie 710 was added as the organ comes equipped with an output socket for this type of speaker. The rotors in the 710 are controlled by the tabs on the organ that also control the internal Leslie speaker.
The roto-sonic drum in the 710 speaker adds a nice tibia sound that is well suited for Mr. Schutt's repertoire of light classical, polkas, waltzes and the occasional adapted hymn or Country & Western. The 15" speaker with its dedicated amplifier brings out the pedal bass - an integral part of his sound.
We decided to rebuild all main electronic parts of both organ and speaker as well as ensure all mechanical assemblies were fully operational.
In addition to this, Mr. Schutt designed his own moving covers for the organ, speaker and bench in collaboration with a local company normally specializing in slightly bigger covers - for boats! The covers are made from medium-heavy canvas with an inner padding.
In the rebuild process, the buss amps, the vibrato amp and the non-vibrato board all had new resistors, capacitors and transistors. The main amplifier had new electrolytic capacitors, as did the organ's main power supply. The result was enhanced clarity, less noise and a lot less hum. The reverb had previously been quite faint, but is now more prominent.
In order to ensure future reliability, the amp boards will receive replacement power resistors. Another enhancement to the overall rig that is in the works, is an addition of a PR-40 tone cabinet. Since the organ does not have a tone cabinet socket - no spinet model did - I will have to create an output interface. The trick is to take the signal before the filters that channel the lowest bass to the stationary speakers and adds a mid-boost to the rotary channel.
The Leslie speaker (left) and Hammond organ + bench all
Mr. Schutt before show time.