Re: Suit against Hammond Organ

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Posted by Rod on September 20, 2000 at 15:14:35:

In Reply to: Suit against Hammond Organ posted by Michael B. Kac on September 18, 2000 at 20:10:48:

Mark Vail of Keyboard magazine recently published a book about the hammond organ. Having read some of Mark's previous books he likes to dive into the historical aspect of instruments, so you may find some information. I think the name of the book is 'Hammond Organ: Beauty in the B'


: I am trying to authenticate a story about a
: suit brought against Hammond by a pipe organ
: manufacturer
: seeking a judgement prohibiting Hammond from
: using the word 'organ' to designate its pro-
: duct. According to the story, the suit was
: decided in Hammond's favor when a jury of
: experts in a blindfold test could not re-
: liably distinguish between the sound of a
: Hammond organ and a 'real' organ.

: This story, or one very much like it, was
: related to me many years ago by Margaret
: Hammond, daughter of the founder of the
: company. I would now like to cite it in a
: scholarly paper on which I'm presently at
: work, but enough time has passed that I
: no longer recall the details correctly, and
: I do not know how to contact Ms. Hammond. If
: anyone can help me out, particularly with
: regard to reliable references I might cite,
: I would be most obliged.

: Thanks in advance to any and all who re-
: spond.

: Michael B. Kac
: Professor
: Dept. of Philosophy
: University of Minnesota

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