Sunday, 19 December 2010

Hammond Solovox Sounds

The Solovox Solo-Pedal-Unit was built in to Hammond's RT2 & RT3 organs to provide monophonic accompaniment/ lead voices.

The picture and sounds were kindly passed on to me by my colleague, Christian. The recording was made from the direct outs of the unit that was built into his 1952 RT2.

It was the first time I'd heard of the Solovox and its wonderful tones. Sadly, he'd already sold it before I could get a chance to experience this rare, tube-based instrument for myself. Worse still, apparently the new owner is a fan of 'easy listening'.

Here are a few links (1, 2) to the history of the Solovox. I notice one credits Eric Barbour of Metasonix. Now, why doesn't that surprise me?

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