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Tubes with "Hammond" silk screened on them typically have a code consisting of two pairs of numbers separated by a dash.
The format is YY-WW, where YY is the last two digits of the year and WW is the number of the week in that year. Many capacitors have a date code on them, but some do not.
However, by examining those components as a group one can determine that the instrument was produced no earlier than the latest date indicated by its component parts.
In general, tubes appear to have had the shortest stock life and speakers the longest.
What follows is a breakdown of the more common parts and a description of their codes.
Some of the component parts of Hammonds and Leslies have EIA codes printed on them.All available information must be taken as a whole, and, combined with some general tips and observations provided below, a narrow range of probable production years can be arrived at which in many cases will be accurate enough for most people's desires.One thing to remember in this chronological quest is these instruments were built to be played, not (in most cases) to become museum pieces.To help determine the manufacturing date of Hammond organs and Leslie speakers.
Use this form if you would like to submit your Hammond Organ for inclusion in these tables.Just to get started, 21H's are 1951 to 1958, 22H's are 1958 to 1963, 122/142/147/145's are late 1963 and later.