Hi Marc and Peter
I bought it for a small school chapel, and it was OKish but had occasional outbreaks of mains hum with a loose connexion. So I replaced it with a small Viscount digital instrument and the Hammond was left in the music department. There, children abused it probably by switching it on and off rapidly and the self start doesn't work. It might only be a problem with a capacitor. . . We plugged it in today and as long as you turn the spindle slightly, it accelerates up to speed from there.
I paid £50 for it but don't expect to receive anything for it. Whoever can collect it first has it . . . !
Marc - oh dear I think we suffer the same affliction.
It gives a good punchy sound. Not at all as refined as the 1937 Hammond E but it's a typical Hammond sound with good vibrato, chorus and spring reverb. THere's mains hum on the reverb which is probably on account of a loose connection. The percussion effects don't work, no doubt for the same reason.
However, with 61 note manuals, it's a console capable of serious playing and the light waterfall keys are a joy to glissando with . . . !