Hammond 102200

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Around 1974/75 Hammond Japan released the 102200 Preset Synth - a single oscillator keyboard that was intended to complement (or sit on top of) your Hammond Organ or Piano. It is in the same league as the Pro-Soloist from Arp, the Satellite from Moog and the SH-1000 from Roland.

There are a desultory six presets. These are French Horn, Tuba, Violin, Sax, Clarinet and Solar Echo. The two things that make this synth very cool indeed are its rarity (around 200 were made and most of them were probably junked years ago) and the patch matrix that allows even a simple organist to get some pretty synth-like sounds by selecting buttons alongside a graphic of what the button does to the sound.

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There probably is divide-down technology in there somewhere as the manual suggests multiple selection of octaves. A square and a triangle wave are available at 32',16', 8' and a saw wave only at 4'. There are over 300 possibilities using the matrix which is divided into: Tone Pitch, Tone Filter, Filter Rise and Fall, Attack and Decay, Pitch Bend, and Modulation. There's a filter modulatable noise source too.

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7 Visitor comments
Fulvio
June 16, 2014 @ 6:09 am
Hi friends and music lovers

I found in landfills (unbelievable!?!?!) the essential components (keyboard + 7 pcb)
Now I must find the service manual of 102200 on the web.
If I will to get news I will let you know!
Many greetings from Italy!
Maxwell1981
January 2, 2013 @ 8:07 pm
Can we add the Novachord to Hammond's line of synthesizers? It WAS the first commercially available synthesizer, after all :/
Oliver Miller
January 18, 2012 @ 12:55 pm
You wont get allucinatory sounds out of this gem, but you will get fat and harmonic rich sounds with a minimum or no effort at all.

I also have to point out that it is very stable and rarely gets out of tune...weird for a synth its age.
gothicgrave
September 27, 2011 @ 1:00 pm
I always wonder where VSE get or obtaing the prices ...
Malcolm Doak
April 27, 2011 @ 11:39 am
Back in 1976-77, this was my first "real" synthesizer; I eventually ended up owning two of them. You could select multiple Tone Pitch buttons simultaneously to get a fairly fat sound.
In 1978 I recorded 4 or 5 songs using this synthesizer with my first band "SAUCERS." These recordings were re-released on CD a few years back (SAUCERS: "What We Did" -Grand Theft Audio.) Came with a chrome stand that could hold the keyboard level (Sitting) or tilted, for playing standing.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - monophonic
  • Oscillators - 1 Osc.
  • LFO - One
  • Filter - Yes
  • Effects - None
  • VCA - Simple Attack/Release
  • Keyboard - 44 keys
  • Memory - Presets: French Horn, Tuba, Sax, Violin, Clarinet, Solar Echo. No User Memory
  • Control - None
  • Date Produced - 1974/75
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Hammond Synthesizer Page.

    Additional info provided by Keith Pomfret.

    Reviewed November 2007.

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