Our Fake B-3 Organ

Where would we be without our B-3? Or perhaps our fake B-3 shell? At risk of beginning to look like a cheat and a liar—just remember, Seeds is full disclosure... Here’s a look at a fake B-3 shell we made and used for quite a while on our mainstage until our music director, Marcos, was able to unearth a beautiful real unit.

For this fake shell, Chico was able to pattern it identically to a real rental we were using at the time—it’s a simple unit in appearance and function but very much like the fake Rhodes shells we have built, it works great, looks good and serves us well.

Here are a few photos of the real deal we are using now:

And some assorted photos of the faker:

The top is hinged to open much like a real B-3 so you can gain access to all of the space behind and under the keyboard shelves so all of the associated power, cabling, and DI connections can stay hidden nicely.

Hopefully this can serve as another way to use a bit of creative thinking to improve your look and feel onstage without spending the coin on the real thing.

I leave you with a shot of musical-wizard Marcos using the faker at a recent Women’s Retreat—it looked great and served the stage design very well...

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Andrew Stone
Production Manager
Andrew Stone is the Production Manager and Audio Director at Church on the Move in Tulsa, OK. His 27 years of touring experience have brought a unique, and sometimes unorthodox, perspective to his approach towards production in the church. He has been a key part of changing the culture behind COTM's live events and he loves sharing his knowledge with other churches. He's been married for 20 years, rarely wears anything but black, and genuinely loves to rock. You can find him on Twitter (@stone_rocks), Instagram (stone.rocks), and is a blog contributor on Seeds, COTM's free resource site.