Of the Novachord, Howell says:
It was amazing to be in the same room as this magnificent instrument in all its glory … and to play it and mess with it and touch and feel it and see it and hear it working in the flesh (so to speak) … and to peer inside her and see the massive valves and the capacitors and miles of hand soldered wiring and hand sewn cable looms and the components’ hand painted colour coding … the (now slightly yellowed but intact) ‘instructions’ stapled to the inside of the lid, the hand written note names on the tuning chokes (who’s handwriting – Mr Hammond’s himself? … we’ll never know!), the slightly aged but otherwise perfect ‘plasticon’ white keys and bakelite black keys, the bakelite controls, etc..
It is an absolutely incredible feat of human engineering and ingenuity with few compromises. And the elegance and beauty of the design (both mechanical and electronic) is something that has to be seen to be believed.
Howell and Wilson are working together to sample the instrument and create a new Novachord virtual instrument.