The XK-5 is destined to become The New Original™

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This is the organ for the serious Hammond player.

It has the iconic wooden cabinet look for the traditional Hammond appearance and style.

Completely new Hammond technology brings the truly authentic Hammond experience to the Hammond player and for those who demand the best in a portable instrument.

Newly designed real tube pre-amp and new digital Leslie propel the instrument to new levels of playing. Hammond has gone all out to inject all the little nuances of the iconic Hammond sound into this new organ.  This organ is in huge international demand so be quick to try it.

Let’s face it: Moving and maintaining an antique Hammond will only become more difficult as time passes. Of course we have tons of respect for anyone who does, but to get all of the sound with none of the hassle, let’s learn why the XK-5 is destined to become The New Original™

Additional information

Weight 15.7 kg
Dimensions 118.9 × 40.1 × 11.9 cm

1 review for XK-5

  1. Michael Shannon

    I’ve had my XK-5 for several months now and I have one the earliest production units. I’ve played mine mostly through a Leslie 122, so can’t offer much insight on the digital Leslie.

    I’m very pleased with this purchase, though it is pricey. Even so, I’ve waited several years for this generation to come through rather than be tempted by other models/brands. It has certainly breathed new life to my XK System setup. I upgraded from an XK-3 and it’s a big step up in terms of tone and feel. There is a depth and dimension that was missing previously. It breathes.

    For starters there is the physical instrument. The four sets of drawbars means you approach it like a B3, with all the other controls where they should be. Likewise, the wood finish smooth and solid so it’s a surprise to find that the main keyboard is actually slightly lighter than my old XK-3.

    The keybed feels very good, more springy and soft. The multi-contact system certainly adds something to the playing experience – a responsive, organic (no pun intended) quality that just makes you want to play more.

    I find the factory tonewheel sets are quite useable as they are, with some adjustments for tone. Having dedicated EQ knobs certainly helps with this, as well as being able to determine which part of the EQ spectrum the knobs will adjust. I haven’t done a massive amount of tweaking besides fattening up the tone. It takes a little time as the scope for adjustment is vast, but it’s worth it.

    The B3, C3 and A100 models are basically the same three organs with varying levels of leakage and crosstalk. I went online looked up the three serial numbers listed in the manual and it turns that Hammond has loaded (my best guess, based on the available records) a 1969 B3, a 1972 C3 and a 1963 A100. Of these three, the B3 sounds the brightest, while the A100 has a warmest bottom end. I look forward to custom tonewheel sets becoming available, whether from Hammond or being shared among users.

    The chorus vibrato is excellent – greatly improved on previous models, given some tweaking for rate and depth. It’s the closest yet to a vintage model. There are three modes apparently based on different versions of the original CV line box: (19)55-57, 57-59 and 59+, although I struggle to hear any difference between them. I hope a future update will refine this feature.

    I experienced a few early glitches as expected, including some high-pitched noise, sound cut-outs and hanging notes. Thankfully, a series of system updates since then seem to have resolved these problems. As an early adopter, I expected that there would be a few issues to iron out. I don’t hold that against Hammond, as the XK-5 is the most highly developed (and ambitious) digital organ yet. So long as the support and back-up is there.

    I look forward to seeing what further tweaks and updates can achieve, but I’m very happy with this one already. Given time for exploration, you can really fashion this instrument to your own particular tastes. I plan to spend the next several years doing so.

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