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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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J-P a hobbyist user from Ottawa Canada writes:
I have had my VK-09 for over 25 years now, I was looking for the venerable B3 sound at the time but did not have enough $ and space for the real thing. Then I heard and came across this under rated animal, cheaper than the Korg BX-3 and I bought it on the spot. Never looked back, this thing is well worth it for the price, specially if you team it up with a Leslie simulator. I used the VOCE Spin for many years and it sounded awsome real but the Voce effect became extremely noisy. I switched to the BOSS RT-20 pedal which does a fairly good job plus all the fireworks. I have also the luxury of owning a faty Roland SH-2 mono synth which can be patched into it and turn the VK into a poly synth, absolute fun. I created my best ever brass stab on this VK+SH2 combo running through a spring reverb. In recent years, Korg, Nordlead and Hammond have all come with impressive B3 clones, but they will cost you a fair bit. If you are on a budget and have the luck of coming across this little gem, this is worth it while impressively reliable and sleek looking (including real drawbars)! God bless Japan!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-16-2011 at 22:21
Guy Linder a part-time user from U.S.A. writes:
JUST GOT THE VK-09 OFF EBAY - DESPITE A BROKEN KEY AND CLEANING UP,,THIS THING IS AWESOME - AFTER REPAIRING THE KEY AND DID A GOOD CLEANING I COUPLED IT WITH A BOSS RT20 ROTARY SIM AND IT IS A REAL CONTENDER - SOON AS POSSIBLE I WILL HAVE A LESLIE CAB AND WILL BE CONTENT - I'VE OWNED HAMMOND TONE WHEELS (GOT ONE NOW HERE IN THE MUSIC ROOM) OFF AND ON FOR 25 YRS AND THERE'S NOT ANOTHER SOUND THAT COMES CLOSE - ALOT OF GOOD SIM'S, LIKE THE VK-09, BUT HAMMOND HAS IT LOCKED UP - HAMMOND & LESLIE FOREVER!!!!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-21-2008 at 13:19
Adam Holmes a professional user from Texas writes:
Played the VK-09 for several years in live situations through a small keyboard amp and/or direct through mixer, sound was ok. Then I picked up an old wore out leslie, or so I thought. From the moment I plugged it in, I was blown away. I didn't think it was possible to get such a fat sound from such a small package. If you have a VK, do yourself a favor and pick up a leslie cab. and a preamp. This is as close as you're going to get to the true Hammond sound without actually using a B, or M or....

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-15-2007 at 08:24
Kyle a part-time user from United States. writes:
My uncle gave me the VK-09 about 2 months ago. I started messing around with it, and LOVE it. Works perfect for the music I make.

I was wondering how much its worth though? I have looked for a while, but I havent found a solid answer to the question.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-05-2007 at 13:08
Steve Dallman a part-time user from USA writes:
I bought my VK-09 years ago for $175. I wanted to get a Hammond B-3 sound and this gets close. I had to do a little modding. The chorus that creates the Leslie effect had too much modulation in the low end. I filtered a little of that out. The connectors inside do cause intermittent problems. The low notes miss the Hammond sound and sound more like an Atari video game. But it is a great organ. I use it with a couple Leslies, but recently bought a Line 6 Roto Machine, which does a great job shaping the tone into a midrange grind, mimicking not only the rotary tones, but the tone of the Leslie cabinets. A GREAT combination! I'll mod it to switch both the internal rotary simulator and the Roto Machine simultaneously.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-02-2006 at 09:45
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