Captain-Foldback.com This Month
After a brief summer break, we are now back with a new issue of This Month. I am very happy to present our late-summer Organist of the Month: Gerard Gibbs. Gerard, of Detroit MI in the USA, has studied with the late, great Richard Groove Holmes. Not only a top-notch organist, he also plays piano in various jazz-settings.
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?
Can you share how you use
(-Editor's note: The Captain is very pleased to hear about the
If yes, how do you do it?
8. Do you use the percussion effects in your organ?
If yes, what is your most used percussion setting?
9. Do you have a drawbar setting that is your own?
10. Is there anything that defines 'your sound'?
11. A milestone in my Hammond organ playing career was:
12. A great recording of Hammond music not of my own:
13. Do you compose music using the organ?
14. Can you describe your relationship with the saxophone(s) in
15. What is your website address? www.gerardgibbs.com
Amp rebuild services by Captain Foldback
The Captain now offers Hammond/Leslie amp rebuild/repair services at very reasonable prices. For most projects I do not charge for labour, I do it to help and out of love for the Hammond/Leslie sound. My speciality is old Leslie amps such as 31H and 32H. I rebuild in various 'grades' depending on how original the owner wants it to look and sound. Conversions from one model to another are also possible, as well as voltage conversion of later models. Solid state Leslie projects are welcome.
Please contact me by filling out the contact form, if you wish to discuss a project. References are available.
No, I want that organ!
The Swedish music software house, Propellerhead Software, has created an interesting concept. In a nutshell, you can buy a package of sampled sounds from the famous keyboard collection at the even more famous Abbey Road Studios in London. Among these instruments is the Hammond RT-3 mostly known from the photographs taken of The Beatles as they were preparing for the recording of Sgt. Pepper in 1967. With the organ is a Leslie model 122RV and the reverb is controlled by the third half moon switch on the organ. I can't tell if the Leslie has the optional brake function or not. On the Propellerhead website, there is a link to Youtube with a short promotional film featuring Mark Vail (author of Beauty In The B). Unfortunately, Mark Vail is not the authority on Hammond organs that they claim: He mentions that the RT-3 has 96 tonewheels.....
Nevertheless it's an interesting concept - now you can add a celeste track to your own recording that will give it an authentic Beatles-esque touch. You can look at the product 'Abbey Road Keys' here: www.propellerheads.se
Propellerhead logo used with kind permission.
R.I.P. Doug Riley
Doug Riley's 'Yardbird Suite' - click to listen