Until organs go silent
on June 14, 2013
Bob Schleicher has been repairing Hammond organs and Leslie speakers in Oakland for nearly five decades–and he’s one of the best at what he does. Something magical happens when you plug in a Leslie speaker to a Hammond organ, Schleicher, now 71, says. “Lawrence Hammond and Don Leslie hated each others’ guts, and if it weren’t for each other neither one of them would have been successful as they were. The Leslie speaker made the Hammond organ sound like something you really wanted to listen to.”
Schleicher has built organs for musicians he calls “names”–people like Carlos Santana, Huey Lewis, and Dave Matthews–and many other organ enthusiasts. He makes a special, chopped-down type of organ that touring musicians like because it’s easier to move. But as he approaches the end of his career, he senses the world of Hammond organs going silent.
Click play to listen to Schleicher talk about his life working on organs.
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