Mar 31, 2014

Hammond Model S Chord Organs: The Non-Musician’s Instrument of Choice

Americans value their leisure time. I know I do; it’s nice to have some time to spend however I see fit. My ancestors (yours, too, I suspect) worked all day and had little time for hobbies and amusements. Now, middle-class families have a wide range of leisure activities that they can engage in.

As the middle class grew in the late 19th and 20th centuries, entertainment technology grew as well. We all love to be entertained, and over the years manufacturers have fed our desire for amusement. From machine-age diversions like mechanical arcade games and player pianos to digital-age gaming consoles and smartphones, our leisure hours have been filled with technology for more than 100 years.

Some technologies (player pianos, for example) took a while to reach their market saturation point. Other technologies—like radio—gained a foothold quickly. Every technology needs an infrastructure to support it, whether retail distribution, phone lines or radio transmitters. Whenever a new entertainment technology was introduced into an existing infrastructure, the possibility of a sales explosion existed. Such was the case with America’s first electric chord organ, the Hammond Model S.

Introduced in 1950, the Model S was designed to have non-musicians “playing lovely organ music within 30 minutes.” The Model S chord organ was laid out in easy-to-navigate divisions: keyboard on the right, chords on the left, and two pedals underneath. Read More...


  1. I couldn't resist commenting. Perfectly written!

  2. Hi, just wanted to tell you, I enjoyed this article. It was
    inspiring. Keep on posting!

    Also visit my web blog - michael kors purse

  3. Howdy! This blog post couldn't be written any better! Looking through this post reminds me of my
    previous roommate! He always kept preaching about this.
    I most certainly will forward this information to him.
    Pretty sure he will have a good read. I appreciate you
    for sharing!

    My page メンズファッション publish パブリッシュ

  4. Woah! I'm really loving the template/theme of this website.
    It's simple, yet effective. A lot of times it's difficult to get that "perfect balance" between user
    friendliness and visual appeal. I must say that
    you've done a great job with this. Additionally,
    the blog loads very quick for me on Safari. Exceptional Blog!

    Take a look at my web-site: oakley sunglasses canada

  5. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on cheap air
    jordan 4 you. Regards

  6. Hello! Do you know if they make any plugins
    to protect against hackers? I'm kinda paranoid about
    losing everything I've worked hard on. Any suggestions?

    my page ::