How to do a GREEN Music Tour by Jon Hammond
*Note: Excerpt from article in April 2008 ALLEGRO Magazine of Local 802 Musicians Union in honor of Earth Day April 22 and Environmentalism "Beat On The Street":
I am about to go over to Germany for my annu-
al music tour with my Hammond organ so I’d like
to tell you my way of doing a “green tour” that I
In the past, a Hammond B3 organ weighed 425
pounds (without the Leslie speaker) so it was not
possible for me to take one to Europe.
In 1991, I got the first really portable model. It
was one of the first 10 prototypes of the Ham-
mond-Suzuki XB-2, with multi-voltage for any-
where in the world.
I flew over to Germany with it on Pakistan Airlines.
I found that by using a Kart-A-Bag Super 600
heavy-duty luggage cart with “stair slides” (like
what UPS and FedEx uses), I could hoist it up on
to any train or bus.
I traveled all over Europe this way, and was pic-
tured doing it eventually in a magazine ad for Kart-
A-Bag for quite a while. They had a contest going for
a long time where they would give away one “Ham-
mond Super 600 Kart-A-Bag” every month from a
I jokingly refer to it as my “tour bus.” I see a lot of
bands touring with big tour buses and they look real
nice and comfy but they also burn a lot of fuel.
With my technique I ride on the high speed trains
in Germany, the local trains, up and down in the
Metro of Paris and in Prague on the street cars.
Organist and Local 802 member Jon Hammond with
his touring rig waiting for a train in Germany. One
way to go green is to skip the tour bus altogether.
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