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Hammond XK-2 Keyboard

Hammond has managed to bring the magical sound of the B-3/Leslie combo into the 21st century-without bringing along the 400-pound dual-register keyboard and the equally imposing Leslie speaker cabinet. The new Hammond XK-2 puts classic B-3 features and sound into an ergonomically designed and easily transported single keyboard, weighing in at a sleek 30 pounds.

Its dark brown, faux wood-grain exterior, ivory-hued waterfall keys and nine drawbars give the XK-2 an authentic look and feel. It comes loaded with a 64-patch RAM library covering the gamut of classic organ settings from every style of music that has embraced the B-3’s warm sound over the years. A nice feature is that as you change patches, held notes sustain smoothly into the new sound. Front panel knobs and switches allow easy real-time control of reverb level, overdrive, vibrato, chorus, percussion and the excellent Leslie simulation. For many hardcore B-3 enthusiasts, there is no substitute for an actual rotating speaker, and Hammond has thoughtfully included a direct-to-Leslie

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