Chopping a Hammond Organ: How to Get Started and Avoid Common Mistakes

If you want to sell, repurpose or donate an old Hammond organ, follow these steps to avoid mistakes and get the most out of your gear.

Tools You’ll Need

  • A circular saw or jigsaw with a blade appropriate for metal and wood

  • Safety gear: eye protection, gloves, long sleeves

  • A hammer or mallet

  • A level

  • A measuring tape

How to Disassemble Your Hammond Organ

  1. Remove screws and bolts using a hammer or mallet.
  2. Unplug the organ from the power source and remove internal components before cutting.
  3. Mark where you want to cut with a measuring tape and pencil, then use your saw to cut straight and evenly.
  4. Repeat for each section that needs chopping.

What to Do with the Various Parts

  • Sell parts on eBay or at a local pawn shop, price competitively, and include detailed descriptions.
  • Use scrap metal for recycling.
  • Donate parts to schools or music programs.
  • Repurpose parts for DIY projects (e.g., furniture, wall hangings).

Common Mistakes to Avoid

  • Cut too close to electrical components or wiring.
  • Cut through structural beams or supports of the instrument.
  • Assume all parts are worth keeping.
  • Take your time and double-check work before making cuts.

Expert Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Old Gear

  • Research market value of each part before chopping.
  • Be prepared to put in some effort and patience.
  • Consider donating parts to organizations that could use them, such as schools or music programs.

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