Well As I have been involved in the battle for many years now I wanted to share that knowledge, because it IS a knowledge based on proper experienve.
I have been the lucky owner of all the software emulations of the Hammond sound, including the fabulous VB3, I have played all the clones on the market (except the Hammichord and Nord). I have personnaly owned Korg CX3 V2, Voce microB2+, Hammond XK1 and Hammond XK3C, Hammond C3, and now I own a Hammond B3 the real beast with a Leslie 145.
I can tell you one thing, if you are on the quest for the definitive emulation, just choose the Numa Organ (with the keyb emulation, so that must be true for all keyb products),. It is the best clone on the market I have experienced.
And what is fabulous is that it is right out of the box. It’s clear you can tune the XK1, XK3C to sound like a B3, but when you open the box, well the feeling of the instrument, the sound, the percussions, evrything seems fabricated and just-missed. Even if the wood-box itself is closer to the vintage Hammond style, well the sound is not as is the case with the Numa Organ.
My first reaction when I bought the B3 was to sell my XK3c as the difference was flagrant. Now I have the Numa I know the quest is over, this is the definitive replacement for the real beast.
Ans you know what I think they not only killed the contest for supremacy among clones, unfortunately I think they have killed the B3 itself. Of course I aknowledge that the B3 is better, but it is also so much more expensive to maintain. I think it’s something like when Brutus killed Caesar, The Hammond sound made that clone market flourish and the best clone may kill the father of all clones, the B3 itself.
Every time I lit my B3 I am afraid that it will stop functionning, and from time to time I can hear him grunt in Jimmy Smith’s way, like he was going to die. And I’m afraid, because all of you know how much it costs to repare a Hammond if you don’t have the knowledge, anbd the spare parts, and the instruments … well it costs you the price of a Numa. And it’s more than 200 Kilos while the Numa organ is 10 ! 10 Kilos and you can connect it to a real Leslie too ! Wouaouw.
I have prepared a clone comparison matrix but I have to update it. If you are interested in the sound the playability, the Numa organ is the ultimate winner.
And I can tell you all my friends, I’m not Italian ;-> If you don’t believe me chck it by yourself, You can go here to see/hear the comparison and believe me it’is true.
Okay the player is italian but your ears are not, well aside if you happen to be italian, but in that case you already know so you won’t be loosing time reading me no ?
So if you plan to buy a Hammond clone I advise you to buy this one as it has everything you need, in particular if you are interested in the classic hammonds styles of Jimmy Smith and followers (that’s my religion).
And the Leslie, oh my good, that’s incredible. I adore playing without Leslie, just with a C3 chorus and then you fire the Leslie-Slow and then the Leslie-Fast and … I can’t believe it, you are in a Hammond Nirvana, floating in the air and you can feel Jimmy Smith’s presence, and your fingers, oh my god … they are mooving, they have their own life, they play without you thinking, just you hearing engaging in a sensual relation with the deepness of that fabulous original Hammond sound. You are teared apart in a Maelstrom of emotions and you are part of that Jazz-Funk elite because you own in that little piece of time THE sound you adore, more than your life ! Don’t stop the Leslie, thank you Laurens, thank you Don, thank you Jimmy.
Also you have an audio input so you can play along with your favorites (check out with I got a woman) get mad ! get crazy you have the power at your fingertips, you are a kind of darvador with 10 sabres your fingers, and the power to move it in all directions and swirl by the grace of the Leslie. It’s a sensual healing my friends.
Must have been that prompted Suzuki to dig out the SK1/SK2 and the fact that the Nord guys have put drawbars on their latest models ? But as I have read so much compliments on the Suzuki-Hammond and as I was deceived I want to spare you deceipt my fellow hammond players.
Thank you Numa, Thank you fatar, thank you Sconomaglio, Thank you Italy, thank you Jeané-Marie for selling me that beast for only 850 Euros.