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What is a Tonewheel?

The original Hammond™ Organ was Designed and built by Laurens Hammond in 1935 using technology from Cahill's Telharmonium of 1900, but on a much smaller scale. The tone generator assembly consists of an AC synchronous motor connected to a gear train, which drives a series of Tonewheels, each rotating adjacent to a magnetic pickup. The number of notches in combination with the rotational speed determined the pitch. Here's a photo of two Hammond™ Tonewheels with the drive gear in the center. Click here to see a rendering of a Hammond™ Tonewheel assembly.

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Why buy a B-free™?

It's a fact that musicians prefer the natural feel and tone of an Analog sound source. Players know the difference. When you play the B-free™, you immediately know the sound. Sample schemes have always failed to catch the natural ambience of a Tonewheel. Various Analog schemes have faired somewhat better, but wind up sounding lifeless and sterile. Live players will love the portability and flexibility the unit provides. You can seamlessly incorporate it into any midi rig, and everyone will wonder where the B3 is hidden! Studio engineers can run sequences thru it, add any processing they wish with zero hassle as well as earning a bunch of floor space. The B-free™ brings the electromechanical wonder into the 21st century.

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Does the B-Free require oiling?

Yes it does. The oiling system is completely modified to better suit the needs of the B-Free™.

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Are Hammond™ B3ís being sacrificed to create the B-Free™?

No.

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Where is TEA Labs located?

We are based in northeast Ohio.

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