As the reviews in this issue show, clonewheels are getting ever more light and compact, and the company that started it all isn’t sitting on the sidelines. Though demo units weren’t available in time for a full review in this issue, we’d be remiss not to give you a peek at the Hammond SK1, which debuted at the 2011 Musikmesse gear show in Frankfurt, Germany.
“Think of an XK-3C in a 15-pound package,” says Hammond’s Scott May—who also happens to play B-3 in the Ides of March, “only with extra sounds like acoustic and electric pianos, Clavs, pipe and combo organs, and even a vintage string machine. It also has our latestgeneration and best Leslie simulator.”
Obviously, we can’t wait to get our hands on one. Hammond is also making a dualmanual version, the SK2. Prices are yet to be set, but we’d guess the SK1 will street for somewhere around the $1,500 mark. Find out more at hammondorganco.com.