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Generally, the easiest way to wire a LineOut from a spinet is to tap into the speaker outputs of the pre-amp/amp. It's not rocket science, however there are some points to consider when doing this:

Here's a simple schematic for a line-out from an M-3. (The component values are not particularly critical.)

I haven't personally tried this method on a Hammond, but want to point out that any tube amp loaded with a speaker will have it's frequency response modified by the variable reactance of the speaker. I've shot some response plots that show large variations with speaker connected, and nearly flat response with a load resistor or correct pad network. In short, disconnected speakers with a replacement dummy load resistor will give the flatest organ response with which to drive the device of your choice, be it a Leslie amplifier or a mixing console. Leaving the internal speakers connected will introduce a degree of coloration in the 'line out' signal. - Doug Williams, Electromagnetic Radiation Recorders 10/2007

I just completed this particular modification to my 1959 M3 and it worked like a charm! The speaker level output is indeed too hot to go directly into an amp or PA. This was easily solved by using a 8 Ohm, 3 Watt resistor (shown in the diagram as replacing the load of the speaker) and placing it inline with with "hot" feed just before the audio taper pot. When I plugged the M3 into a solid state, 100W half stack, I got beautiful Hammond tones, with a lot more bass, and absolutely no hum. Well worth the effort to make this simple line out box. Bruce Quade, Hammond Hobbyist, 5/2011

That Phono Plug on the Swell Capacitor Housing

That phono plug is designed to be an input, not an output. Nevertheless, it does connect to a node in the signal path, so if you try to use it as an output it will sort of work. It's certainly easy, but the results are not likely to be great.

TonyRodrigues and BruceBarnes report that if you increase the value of the internal coupling capacitor which connects to this jack it works better (as an output). Read Tony's report at GettingALineOutFromThePhonoJack. (I, personally, would not recommend this approach. --JeffDairiki)

I posted another variation at GettingALineOutFromThePhonoJack. -- Doug Williams

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