We thought about calling this the “Have Your Cake And Eat It, Too” but that would look silly on the back. We agreed on calling it the HAMMOND Sk2 and when you play it you’ll see that first name is indeed appropriate. For many years, HAMMOND has been asked to make a truly portable double 61 note instrument that didn’t share the gross weight of a Refrigerator. The Sk2 can do it all. HAMMOND Drawbar voices up top, Grand Piano on the bottom-or vice versa. Manual Bass and Organ comp on the bottom, Horn section up top for accents. And yes, you can play the Sk2 as a double manual HAMMOND Organ in the traditional fashion, the Pipe Organ voices, too. Add one of our optional pedalboards, and you’ll have the pro rig you’ve always dreamed of, but didn’t have the roadies or van to realize.
Sk Series Overview
The Sk Series Stage Keyboards are the most revolutionary HAMMONDS yet, from the company that invented and perfected the Drawbar/Tonewheel concept in 1934. These ultralight instruments provide the essential keyboard sounds required to play ANY show in ANY style, including a genuine and vintage-perfect HAMMOND Organ in compact packages with all the features expected in a vintage B-3, plus our most advanced Digital Leslie yet.
In addition to the authentic HAMMOND Tonewheel voices, the Sk’s Extravoice Division provides Hi-Def Acoustic Grand, Rhodes, Wurli, and FM Pianos. Clavinet, Harpsichord, Accordion, Wind, Brass, Synth and Tuned Percussion voices complete the spec. You may play any of the Extravoices “solo” or add them to the Organ voices.
The Organ Generator may be switched to provide authentic models of Vox Continental, Vox Jaguar and Farfisa Combo Organs, all of which can be registered in the original fashion. The fourth Organ mode calls 32 ranks of Genuine Classical (“Church”) Pipe Organ voices derived from our Flagship Model 935 Church Organ.
Like all modern Hammonds, the Sk’s have deep editing capabilities, allowing voicing (volume/timbre/leakage/motor noise) for each of the 96 Digital Tonewheels, faithfully delivering any Hammond Organ’s individual personality, with the ability to save these profiles for instant recall. 12 Factory Digital Tonewheel profiles ranging from “showroom clean” to “road worn” are available for instant personalization. Every Facet of the Hammond’s sound like Chorus/Vibrato, Percussion, Key Click and Overdrive are widely adjustable with all settings saved with every preset. The Pipe Organ voices are also scaling/voicing capable.
Their Fatar semi-weighted keyboards are designed to feel like a vintage B-3, yet remain comfortable for any pianist, with variable touch “depth”. An expandable Voice Library is available free from the Hammond Website.
Any of the Sk Series may be used as a MIDI Controller, with the ability to address 3 external zones. An Mp3/WAV music player is onboard to play backing tracks, break music, educational aids or any other tunes combined with the Sk’s stereo output. You may also direct connect a physical Leslie Speaker via the 8pin dedicated Leslie Jack.
Sk Stage Keyboards Receive Two Major Awards
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Jon Lord made a personal appearance on the opening day to officially launch the new Hammond Stage Keyboard SK1 and SK2 instruments to a room full to capacity with press and specially invited guests.
Our own Hammond UK's Malc Deakin was chosen to make the 'live show' presentations of the new SK-1 and SK-2 to a demo room packed with very enthusiastic and excited Hammond enthusiasts as well as some 'new blood' keyboard players.
Everyone was very positive and impressed with this new range of keyboards. One comment amongst many was really nice as it came from a very well respected recording engineer who has worked with Hammond Organs and other retro keys for years and has recorded Rhoda Scott and Dirk van der Lineden amongst many others. A man who certainly knows his Hammonds. read comments here
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We will be publishing an in-depth review and releasing a list of UK SK Stage Keyboard Stockists soon
Malc is running 1-to-1 demo days at his HamLab operation with the focus on the new Sk Stage Keyboard range.
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