... whereas now the new one is something like £18000 and uses "digital tonewheels"... they don't half look the business though. I saw one the other week and it was quite a bit of kit. I wonder if they're filled with concrete or something to make those PCBs feel more 'vintage'.
Actually, as per the original consoles, I would expect most of the weight is in the manuals (which explains why making a 'chop' doesn't really reduce the weight that much; makes it smaller though).
Re the organ listed, I wouldn't part with any money for this. To be honest, the seller should be looking for someone to take it away for nowt - not a desirable model and not in good condition to boot. My A100 and 147 cost me a fraction of this a few years ago. Basically, the seller either 1) knows nothing about the value of Hammond organs by model or 2) is taking the p155, but most likely both of the above.
As for previous ownership, unless it was someone genuinely famous, I think this info makes it LESS desirable to own. If some old rocker used it, it is much more likely to have had a harder life, possibly gigged too. I'd much rather have one that was owned by a little old lady, kept in the living room and used to play the odd hymn once a week!