Who would have thought that an obscure clock maker had the mind to create one of the most iconic musical instruments in history? Laurens Hammond suprised the world with his "replacement" for the pipe organ...The same guy who thought an electric bridge table would make an honest card game. But on to the B3! Or in this case, send in the clones. Enter the CX-3
. I played every clone I could find, from Roland, Hammond/Suzuki xk series and Voce before settling on the CX-3. Korg's second generation hammond clone is very true to the original with a few twists. For the average gigging musician, this is all the Hammond you would need, it is very convincing and sits in the mix well. Top marks go to the leslie sim, which is the best I have heard. In sterio it is very good. The keybed is solid and triggers early like the B3. Chorus and percussion are spot on. Drawbars are faithful and the overall tone of this organ is good, not too screechy on the higher octaves. CX-3 felt more like a "real" organ than any of the other clones I tried. My only gripe is the presswood bottom of the instrument and the veneer peeling on the front strip. This is mostly from the foam in the flightcase catching the veneer when the instrument is placed in the case. Other then that, it has been very reliable. If you find one used, make sure it is Ver 2. It can be upgraded over the web using a MIDI interface if you are brave (carefull) not to corrupt the firmware durring the transfer! I own a 1974 B3 with a leslie 251 and have gigged/recorded with that rig since 93. There is still something intangible about the B3/Leslie combo that has not been met with the clones. The analog magic that cannot be measured may remain elusive for some time.