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Hammond XK-5

Postby ramthelinefeed » Sat Apr 09, 2016 1:32 pm

I'm hearing that Hammond have unveiled a new model at Musikmesse, an "XK-5" - can't find any info yet about it online though. Anyone know anything?

It's been over half a decade since their last clonewheel engine proper (subsequent repackagings notwithstanding), so this could potentially be a significant improvement.
(And I wonder will it finally include a model of the Spinet sound?)
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Re: Hammond XK-5

Postby Wonks » Sat Apr 09, 2016 4:24 pm



It's the full monty BX3 style installation model - dual manual + casing, pedals and bench, I assume using the XK3 engine.
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Re: Hammond XK-5

Postby ramthelinefeed » Sat Apr 09, 2016 7:07 pm

Oh - well a preposterously large, heavy and expensive new re-hash wasn't really what I was hoping for ;) I thought they might manage a new portable model just with an even better sound engine.
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Re: Hammond XK-5

Postby Dave B » Sun Apr 10, 2016 11:03 am

IIRC, the newer XKs are using the refined engine that was done for the SK series. I have one of those and it's loooooverly ...

My only gripe is the wall wart. Oh .. and no midi over usb either which is silly. But it sounds great and is quite compact for a double manual (I have the SK2).

Maybe I shout take it along to a sosmeet and see what Hugh makes of it...
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Re: Hammond XK-5

Postby Zukan » Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:50 am

......sigh.....here we go....
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Re: Hammond XK-5

Postby ramthelinefeed » Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:22 am

Dave B wrote:IIRC, the newer XKs are using the refined engine that was done for the SK series.

Yes, the XK3c or whatever it's called - but that is half a decade old. The engine *is* very good, from the 20 mins or so I doodled around with in at last Musikmesse. I just thought they might have revamped it yet again by now!
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Re: Hammond XK-5

Postby ramthelinefeed » Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:52 am

OK, I have a bit more info on this now:

- it IS a brand new sound engine. They've retired the "VASE" thing (which I gather had some sample-based element) and gone for an entirely modelled approach. The new model includes emulation of the 9 different key contact wires under each key (one for each tonewheel).

- it's not an entire monolithic wooden behemoth, it's the same modular approach as the X3c, i.e. you can just buy one manual if you want, and get the 2nd manual, pedals and bench all seperately.

- the 1 manual does have more drawbars than the X3c though, so no drawbar sharing needed when you add the other bits.


This all sounds exciting to me!

The only slight reservations I've read expressed are "it's gonna be more expensive, heavy and not sound that much better than the hugely cheaper and perfectly good Crumar clonewheel" - well I've never had a go on the Crumar clonewheel yet, but since it's just using a VSTi that's years old, I'd be surprised if this new Hammond model didn't improve on it. And the ergonomics surely are better?
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Re: Hammond XK-5

Postby Wonks » Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:13 pm

Dave B must obviously get this new machine, then he can tell us all how much better (or worse it is) than the previous model.
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Re: Hammond XK-5

Postby Dave B » Tue Apr 12, 2016 3:32 pm

IIRC, the Crumar is a bit of a con : it's basically running the code from the GSi VB3 inside a keyboard - that's a €50 bit of software in a €1900 keyboard... it wasn't much more for my SK2 and that's got a much better spec.

As for the new XK5 .. I'm fine with what I have thanks.
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Re: Hammond XK-5

Postby Wonks » Tue Apr 12, 2016 3:36 pm

Dave B wrote:As for the new XK5 .. I'm fine with what I have thanks.

This is a first! :D
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Re: Hammond XK-5

Postby Zukan » Tue Apr 12, 2016 3:40 pm

give it time
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Re: Hammond XK-5

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Mon Oct 10, 2016 11:15 am

Bumping this old thread just to say the first production batch of XK-5s has finally arrived in the UK and I'm expecting one this week for review... Stay tuned!

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Re: Hammond XK-5

Postby Dave B » Mon Oct 10, 2016 5:23 pm

:o :D
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Re: Hammond XK-5

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Mon Oct 10, 2016 5:25 pm

It looks luverly, Dave, and has some interesting engine updates... but your SK2 is a lot lighter!

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Re: Hammond XK-5

Postby The Elf » Mon Oct 10, 2016 7:08 pm

Just let me know if my imminent drooling is justified... :D
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