Find of the Week: A Bob Dylan Sideman's B3 Organ

Don't think twice about this week's Find of the Week: it's a 1960s Hammond B3 organ formerly owned by Barry Goldberg, a veteran keyboardist and record producer whose many credits include a stint in Bob Dylan's backing band.

Barry Goldberg started his career as a blues session musician in Chicago, sitting in with the likes of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. Shortly after, he joined the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, who would back up Bob Dylan during his now-legendary "electric" set at Newport Folk Festival in 1965. Since then, he went on to appear as a sideman for Leonard Cohen, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Stephen Stills.

A 1960s Hammond B3 organ formerly owned by Bob Dylan sideman Barry Goldberg.
A 1960s Hammond B3 organ formerly owned by Bob Dylan sideman Barry Goldberg.

The organ includes the original stand and lid, and was chopped and modified by Bill Beer before being serviced by Bill Axman of Alltek Organ in Los Angeles. For those unfamiliar, a "chop" refers to an organ which has been repackaged into a portable case. Often, this involves removing the internal speakers and bass pedals, which appears to be the case with this particular B3.

To sweeten the deal, the seller has stated that they can safely ship the organ worldwide—a rarity for an instrument of this kind, which often appears as a local pickup. Now you too can go "electric": check out the full listing for more photos and information, and make an offer on this rare beast of a B3 today.

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