Current Inventory Price Lists - November 2017
Keyboard Exchange International is now dividing our price list into two distinct categories.
Budget Friendly, Scratch and Dent, Closeout Items
This list will include some older Hammond models, trade ins, one of a kind instrument, scratched instruments but will still be internally restored to be safe and to sound really good. In many cases some of these instruments will sound just as good as the instruments in our Premium Collection price list. The difference may be in the quality of the finish on the furniture or options added or not added. Occasionally but rarely you will find a vintage B3 within this list. They sell quickly in this price range! November 2017 Price list - Word Document
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As the name implies, these instruments are judged by us to be of somewhat or considerable higher quality for several different reasons. These reasons may include the fact that the instrument came from the home of the original owner and looks like a new instrument. Or, it may have an option or several options added that will literally make it sound better than when new and before the option was even invented. The restoration may be more extensive or the instrument itself may be from the last few years of factory production making it newer in effect but still a vintage instrument. A NEW Leslie or a pair of Leslies will affect price as you would expect. The Premium Price list has been developed so that we are not restricted by price alone in the restoration process AND in creating a professional and institutional grade instrument. The instruments on this list are for our customers who require the best we can offer and are willing to make a reasonable investment for now and the future. Ben Franklin is created with saying "Do not be penny wise and dollar foolish" At any price point, we at Keyboard Exchange International assure you of the best value for the money you spend with us. Premium Price list, November 2017 - Word Document
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Choose the price range you prefer but do review both lists. Financing may still make instruments from the Premium List affordable. Keep in mind that after a proper restoration, a vintage Hammond organ with Leslie speaker can last a life time with an estimated life expectancy of 50 more years with annual maintenance.
Hammond D-152 for sale (#286)
#286 is a Hammond D-152 AGO 32 bass pedals with self-contained speakers! Leslie included $14,950
1964 Hammond C-3 (#270)
#270 is a Hammond C3 for sale! #91886 (1964) rebuilt 122 amp in a 710 Leslie. Plays well some furniture issues. Cash $6,950
1958 Hammond B3 for sale! (#259)
#259 is a 1958 Hammond B-3 #71880 in excellent condition! Matches perfectly with a new 122A included $13,950!
Hammond B3 with Leslie 122 (#258)
#258 is a beautiful Hammond B-3 for sale, with Leslie 122! #D-166516, One family Owned! Red caps on generator! $17,950
Hammond 820 (#253)
#253 is a Hammond 820 for sale. It's a beautiful self-contained Hammond organ. We are trying to sell this for a friend of ours who's life's circumstances have changed. $5,950 or OBO!
White Yamaha Grand Piano Model C5 (#245)
White Yamaha Grand Piano Model C5 for sale. 6 foot 7 inch rare find! Price new at over $50,000 early 1990's Vintage. $14,950
Baldwin Grand Piano (#244)
Baldwin Grand Piano 6 foot 3 inch MADE IN AMERICA when Baldwin factory workers were in their prime in the 1990’s. This Ebony grand is considered by piano experts to be one of the finest pianos made in America. It is model L manufactured in 1995. Adjustable Artist bench included. $14,950.
Hammond B-3 with Leslie 122 (#243)
#243 is a Hammond B3 with Leslie 122 for sale! Hammond B-3 #A-52472 with 122 #J-00774. Normally would be $15,950! Red Caps! Reduced $3,000 due to minor scratches. Hammond bench is not original but matches very well. Take advantage of this screaming B-3 with crazy highs and serious lows! Priced to sell at $12,950!
Hammond A-100 for Sale! with Leslie (#241)
#241 is a Hammond A-100 #1308 with TREK II solid state preamp paired with a Leslie 122 XB! Super powerful and priced to sell! $7,950
Vintage Hammond C3 for Sale! (#240)
#240 is a Hammond C-3 #77604 with Leslie! This Vintage C-3 looks Great and sounds Amazing! $10,950
Vintage 1955 Hammond B3 #56171 (#235)
#235 is a Hammond B3 for sale! #56171 1955 vintage! First year of production! A brand new 122A Leslie might be the best match for this B3. Try several different 122 Leslies before you decide! $13,950 or $299 per month with a trade in worth $2,000. Lease to own with ZERO down for church
Hammond B custom project (#234)
#234 is a Hammond B custom project looks and plays like a original B-3. $11,950 includes Leslie.
1955 Vintage Hammond B-3 (#229)
#229 is a Hammond B3 for sale! #57422 Another 1955 vintage instrument! First Year of production! We like to match this year of production with a NEW Leslie 122A but you can try other vintage Leslies until your ear tells you which Leslie you prefer. New caps on the tone generator help make this instrument bright and clear! Priced at $13,950 or lease to own for $299 per month with a $2,000 trade in, or down payment of $2,000. Other option is to use our ZERO down program and lease to own with zero down and $349 Mo.
Custom “Road Warrior” B3 with custom Road Warrior 122! (#228)
#228 is a Custom “Road Warrior” B3 with custom Road Warrior 122! New cabinets, many new parts combined with vintage parts to create the best possible outcome! Legs are removable. This custom rig is designed for the professional or one who appreciates professional quality! Bass pedals optional Tone controls installed on NEW TREK II preamp. NEW SPRING reverb. Trade ins welcome $12,950. Easier to move than a full size B3 but with the same exact sound, feel, and power!
Custom Ebony C-3 with matching Leslie! (#227)
#227 is a Custom Ebony C3 for sale! with matching Leslie! This C-3 is beautiful and sounds amazing! See for your self and check out the video! $13,950
CUSTOM EBONY C3 with Matching custom 122 Leslie speaker! (#226)
#226 is a CUSTOM EBONY C3 with Matching custom 122 Leslie speaker! NEW 122 power amp in Leslie with new Tungsol power tubes for great tone and power. Consider packaging this instrument with Baldwin Grand piano for extra package discount or lease to own this instrument for only $299 with trade in with a $2,000 trade value. Priced at $13,950. ZERO DOWN possible for well established church. Pastor......." What is backing you up?"
Hammond A-102 Organ (#221)
#221 is a Hammond A-102 #12753. It has a beautiful factory Fruit Wood finish and french legs! We have paired this with two Leslie 145's and it sounds amazing $9,950 for both Leslie's or $7,950 with one.
Hammond B-3000 with 722 Leslie and a free bonus Leslie 415! (#220)
#220 is a Hammond B-3000 for sale! Comes with 722 Leslie and a free bonus Leslie 415! The B-3000 comes with factory Transpose System.
, reduced $3000 to $5950!
Hammond B2/B3 (#217)
#217 is B2 / B3 parts installed into a B-2 cabinet for major upgrade! With full size Leslie $9,950 or $8,950 for cash discount! Great price for a B-3 from Keyboard Exchange.
Hammond B3 Organ for Sale with Leslie (#205)
#205 is a Hammond B3 #99939 w/Leslie (C3 bench fits over pedals perfectly) scratches $11,950. This rather amazing B3 is discounted due to the bench and other changes that have been made over the years. You will want to play it to believe it and a deal can be had on this one! ZERO down and $299 per month with lease to own possible for a well established church. Cash discount always available. One of our most popular plans is 50% down and ZERO interest on the balance with extended warranty included in the low monthly payments. Many options for financing exist plus the lease to own option which is our most popular purchase plan.
Hammond B3 for Sale! Serial# 95115 w/ Leslie (#203)
Classic Set! Vintage 1965! One owner! $14,950 Lease to own with ZERO down and payments in the $299 to $349 range after trade in value is determined. Churches are offered special financing, delivery, set up, warranty, and optional extended warranty. Restored instruments from Keyboard Exchange International are expected to last a lifetime
1972 Hammond C-3 with Leslie (#158)
#158 is a Hammond C3 for sale! #D-216968 (1972) with Leslie! A One Owner Classic that sounds Bright and Crisp $10,950
1970 Hammond B3 with Leslie 122 (#125)
#125 Hammond B3 serial #B-91059 (1970 vintage) CERTIFIED FOAM FREE! Remember that ALL Hammond B3 organs from 1964 to 1974 must have the factory foam removed from the keyboards to prevent serious damage to keyboard wiring! THIS instrument will never have this type of problem as it has been properly address and the foam removed. Leslie 122 included and OBL-2 make this instrument a true classic made ready for decades of service into the future! Priced at $15,950 or lease to own for $395 per month with ZERO down! (Lease to own applicable for churches with excellent credit history) Listen to this video and decide if this is one of the best sounding B3's with 122 that you have heard!
Hammond Colonnade with FREE Leslie 912! (#28)This organ has TRANSPOSE feature built in and other interesting features. This is not a tone wheel
organ, meaning it is build differently than a Hammond B3, C3 or A-100 and is in fact newer than those models. Still, and as you can hear, it has a great sound for church or home use and the PRICE with Leslie is super reasonable! Only one of these in stock today so do not delay if you are interested! only $4,950
"ROAD WARRIOR" B3
Introducing the "ROAD WARRIOR" B3 built into a custom ATA road case! Check this out! ALL the sound without compromise! Let us custom build one for you! Prices start at $4,500
X-66The most deluxe and expensive Hammond organ ever manufactured in the 1960's! The Hammond factory invested heavily to produce the best instrument possible and with a great results! While we have this instrument in our store ( a trade in ) we are not actively trying to sell it. We WILL sell it but only to someone who either really wants one because they understand this instrument, or to someone who always wanted one but could not afford it when new. This X-66 has the matching bench and bass pedals and TWO original speaker cabinets. Wired to accept a 122 Leslie also. Not an instrument we suggest for Gospel music as it does not sound exactly like a B3. Still, to the right person, this could be the opportunity of a life time! We are open to offers of cash, or trade, so if you think you are the right person, please contact us. Organ has been maintained and was donated to a church who traded in toward an instrument that gave them the "B3 sound" We are not pricing this instrument......make an offer.Best offer will be accepted. Organ sold AS IS in playing condition. Full restoration optional but perhaps not needed if you have your own tech or technical skills. A rare find in this condition.
5'4" Grotrian Steinweg Baby Grand Piano
5'4" Grotrian Steinweg baby grand piano. Manufactured in Germany in 1917 by the Steinway family. Recently restrung awaiting a new home.
This fine antique piano will grace any home or mansion and is a nice sounding piano with an interesting history. Ivory keys and reasonably priced at $10,950
EBONY is Back!!! Beautiful Ebony Finishes!!! We offer custom finished Hammond B-3 and C-3 Hammond Organs with matching Leslie speakers. They are not always available so reserving one is suggested. High Gloss can be ordered but plan on a 90 day wait time. A beautiful Ebony Satin or High Gloss finish would look great next to any grand piano.
Leslie Speakers!USED Leslies! NEW Leslies! TALL Leslies! SHORT Leslies! TUBE Leslies, SOLID STATE Leslies, TWO Speed Leslies, THREE Speed Leslies, Scratched Leslies, Refinished Leslies, Leslie Compatibility charts, Leslie CABLES, Experienced Leslie technicians, Authorized LESLIE Dealer! ADD a SECOND Leslie to any organ you see on our inventory page, We BUY used Leslies, We RESTORE USED Leslies, WE KNOW Leslies, We LOVE the sound of Leslie speakers, and we have 44 years of business experience helping our customers select the best Leslie for their needs. FINANCING AVAILABLE for NEW Leslie 122a speakers! Call of email today with your questions. TRADE IN YOUR OLD LESLIE! Hammond B3 and C3 organs also available WITH Leslie or Leslies! Leslie models include: 122, 122A, 122RV, 122R, 142, 242, 222, 31H, 32H, 147, 147RV, 247, 912, 750, 710, 760, 770, 900, 910, 925, and many more!
Friends and Family Instrument Hammond D-152 with touch sensitive MIDI and Leslie 122RV speaker! This fine instrument was sold more than a decade ago to a family who wanted 32 bass pedals but also the jazz/Gospel sound of a Hammond B3! The self-contained speakers allow the organ to be played without a Leslie speaker but there is a 122RV available! MIDI on one keyboard makes this instrument truly expandable as many other voices can be added via the MIDI feature. (Rare in a classic tone wheel Hammond!) Not yet on the Keyboard Exchange showroom floor but may soon arrive. The family selling this instrument wishes to enjoy it up to the last moment before we find a new home for it. We know this instrument! It was one of our finest upgrade projects in the past and we will service it in our shop before arranging delivery to new owner. Call for more details. If you want something unique and special then this could be your lucky day!
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We are proud to offer an amazing selection of fully restored classic Hammond Organs and Leslie speakers! We also currently have an Ebony and Ivory beautiful grand piano we received on trade. We have been selling Hammond Organs World Wide to Music Dealers, Churches,Studio's and private individuals for 49 years! We offer peace of mind extended warranties and our service before and after the sale is something we take pride in. Call today to discuss the several different financing options we have to offer.
Keyboard Exchange International is now located in Sanford, Florida
After 25 years in our Orlando location, we are pleased to announce our move to Sanford Florida ! We are now in the downtown Historic district of Sanford Florida, and are very excited to be a part of the revitalization of this wonderful and historic city. We are still close to Orlando about half way between Orlando and Daytona Beach only a short distance from I-4. We are VERY easy to find. There are many nice shops and places for dining within walking distance. There is a beautiful waterfront area for a stroll after you check out our Hammond's and Leslie's so plan to spend some extra time enjoying the city of Sanford.
We are expanding our products and services to include:
- Sales and rentals of Hammond organs and Leslie speakers.
- Lease to own with one dollar buy out at lease end
- Total Hammond organ restoration of YOUR Hammond organ and Leslie speaker or trade in your old equipment and start fresh!
- Hammond organ service for B3, C3, A-100 and the other most popular models
- Export, nationwide delivery and pick up...your location is NOT a problem for us.
- FREE Expert advise when you are considering a repair, replacement, or restoration.
- Value priced used/reconditioned church organs for your church, home or professional use
Call ahead for an appointment or email email@example.com
We look forward to being of service to you!
Many of us have had the desire to own a Hammond B3 organ with Leslie speaker and there are various reasons for this. Some love the sound and style of this model Hammond organ and often imagine themselves sitting at the console enjoying the majestic beauty of the instrument, feeling the power, and controlling that power, and being able to express musically the many inner feelings within their own minds that only the right musical instrument can help them express. Others, pastors for example, know they their preaching can be punctuated by having the right Hammond organ, played by their musician or other musicians they may attract if they only had a great instrument. Hammond enthusiasts who always loved the sound and image of the Hammond B3 who play a little and know they would be inspired to play and practice more if only they had the right instrument. AND those who always wanted a B3 but could only find or afford other models that did not quite fulfill their desire to own and play the real thing. Collectors and others also feel these desires…….
As a young man I was playing in bands when the Hammond B3 was the thing to have. It took me some years before I was able to work my way up to owning my dream instrument. So, believe me when I tell you that I understand that passion and desire of wanting to own a B3 and finding it difficult to achieve that goal. No doubt in my mind that passion is what lead to the creation of Keyboard Exchange International where I would be able to surround myself with Hammond organs for my entire adult life. It brings me great joy and satisfaction to be able to restore these find instruments and find good homes for them. People just like me and people very different than me share the same passion for these instruments. Placing these instruments into lives and situations where they will be put to their highest and best use, and to be preserved for future generations is now foremost in my thinking.
If you have wanted a B3 for a long time, wait no longer. Make your dream come true and start to enjoy a great instrument in your life. If you are just newly introduced to the question of B or not to B, then get started with the right instrument not some shoddy substitute that will only frustrate you and kill your passion for the sound and feel you want. If your budget is not up to the task of getting a B3 then get proper guidance on models that will produce the same sound but with different furniture style but be careful of who you listen to. Listen and play the various models side by side and listen to your own ears! This is the best way to truly understand the differences in the models and the values each present.
At Keyboard Exchange International we have spent a lifetime working with vintage Hammond B3, C3, A-100 model organs with Leslie speakers. We have learned much in this time and a visit to our showroom will allow you to compare these models side by side in the same acoustic setting. Our numerous financing options and cash discount opportunities assure you of getting exactly what you want and require while at the same time assuring top value for your investment. Visit our website to learn more even before you visit so that when you arrive you will be well informed and can focus on selection rather than basics. Appointments are suggested so we can spend time with you and so you can be certain we are available when you arrive. Of course, a personal visit is not always necessary if you can make your selection based on what you see and hear in our video presentations. More than half the organs we sell are selected from our video presentation as well as the confidence our customers have in us from previous transactions or from our reputation within the musical community.
A Hammond C3, recently given to Keyboard Exchange by a church in Iowa, has found a new home!
Our thanks to Mr Scott Robertson, and his fellow church members, for saving this Hammond C3 from being discarded. How sad that would have been! Thankfully, one of the trustees at the church contacted Keyboard Exchange International expressing his interest in find a good home for the beloved Hammond organ, that had been in the church for more than 50 years. He gave it to us with the hope that we could be able to find a good home and we added that we could now sell the organ at a reduced price to a church in need. This we have done!
A "FREE" organ in Iowa, still had transportation costs, restoration costs, the need to add a Leslie speaker and a Leslie speaker interface kit, overhead costs etc. Still we were able to save the purchasing church thousands of dollars, install a transpose system that they required, and with zero down, and a trade in, provide financing within the $149 per month budget they required. It was a great deal all around due to the thoughtfulness of one person not wanting to see a fine instrument sent to the land fill!
If you have an organ that needs a new home there may be people in need. While Keyboard Exchange International is not a charity or a non-profit organization (we can not provide a tax deduction), we are a company that may be able to put a family cherished musical instrument to its highest and best use, thereby honoring the original owner and the legacies of Mr Hammond and Mr Leslie. In the last decade too many organs were donated to charities and the high cost of moving them now often prevents the charities from accepting them. If you cannot find a charity to accept your donation, please contact B3buyer@aol.com We also pay for instruments so this may work out better than you expect. It just depends on the costs and the situation.
We do not expect this to happen too often. We expect to pay fair value for most of the instruments we will ultimately restore and resell. However in the past few years we have tried to limit our purchases to instruments that include a proper model and full size Leslie speaker. Also we prefer to purchase instruments closer to home to save shipping costs. This pragmatic approach to staying in business sometimes causes us to loose instruments that may require a costly shipping company to do the pick up. Freely given instruments may allow us to consider organs without an external Leslie speaker.
We suggest that buyers with limited budgets contact us from time to time to ask if we have any "Freely given" instruments available. Working together we can help preserve more great musical instruments for the future and well as for modern day enjoyment and use to enhance the worship experience...
NOW is the BEST time to purchase a Hammond B3 organ with Leslie 122 speaker or similar, same sounding models like C3 and A-100. AND, Keyboard Exchange International is the BEST place to buy it! YEAR END CLEARANCE sale has lowered prices by 20% and more. Special sale ends Dec 31, 2016 or after 20 sales are made whichever comes first. Do not delay and do not miss out on great savings. Financing and lease to own plans have been revised to reflect the sales prices and even ZERO down is possible for churches with established credit history. Call (407)323-7493 or email B3buyer@aol.com
for more details. Remember....this is the BEST time to purchase or lease to own in Keyboard Exchange International history ! We are also export specialists so for those of you outside the USA......we can arrange shipping, crating, conversion for your electrical system! Spend more time on this website and listen to videos on our inventory page where you will also find published price lists. Remember.....20% discount to published prices available!
Keyboard Exchange International is ready to expand our team to include sales associates to sell to churches in your local area. Contact Jim Huss for more details through our website www.keyboardexchange.com
. Love of the Hammond organ sound is a requirement for the position. Training will be provided for qualified individuals. Keyboard Exchange International is an equal opportunity employer! Church musicians, Ministers of Music, Pastors, with sales experience will often have the skill set required to prosper from this opportunity. SM marketing skill a plus. Direct email to Jim Huss B3buyer@aol.com
A bishop was invited to a church, by the pastor, to ask what improvements he might suggest to improve the worship experience. The Bishop suggested to the Pastor that they add a Hammond organ with Leslie speaker to take the worship to the next level! Some of the potential customers we meet say that "church", would not BE "church", without the Hammond! We have heard comments like this so many times over the years, that we believe them to be true.
To any preachers who may be reading this, or any church members who are willing to pass this on to your pastor, ask him......."What is backing you up?" The right Hammond organ with Leslie, played by a musician who understands how to use it, can back up, musically punctuate, and add emphasis to the word of God as it is presented by your pastor. Most of you have heard this before and believe it
yourselves. Are you interested in going to the next level in your worship?
Keyboard Exchange International can make it EASY to have a Hammond with Leslie in your church with several financing options available, even ZERO down to well established churches. Choose from ZERO down OR ZERO interest, where every penny paid will apply directly to the cost of the equipment. Layaway and other plans available AND we accept most major credit cards. EZPZ ! Call or email today Rodkei@aol.com or (407)-323-7493
If you already have an old Hammond in your church, but it sounds tired and costs too much to maintain, it is time to replace it. The good news is that even if it is old and tired, it may have excellent trade in value! Send us some pictures so we can determine its trade in value asap
In this YouTube video, Bishop Ronald E. Brown shows us a fine example of how a Hammond organ, backing up preaching, brings a whole new level to the service!
Attention ALL Church musicians, Music Ministers and Pastors! Amazing new offer from one of the best financing companies we have worked with ever! Exclusively for churches! Become pre-approved for a lease to own program with no application fee, or any up front cost at all to become pre-approved! Keyboard Exchange International, in association with our #1 financing affiliate, is offering your church the opportunity to apply directly on the phone with our representative, to go over a few financial details. Usually, within less than 24 hours, we can get you pre-approved for funding! This new program has produced amazing results in the pilot program over the last few months, and the program is now authorized to increase and move forward to allow more churches to participate. Once you are pre-approved....select the instrument of your choice from our inventory, and we will deliver! Avoid the uncertainty offered by others. Become pre-approved today!
LOWEST COST ASSURED! One of our primary goals at Keyboard Exchange International is to provide the lowest annual cost to our customers for the restored Hammond organs and Leslie speakers that they purchase or lease from us. We accomplish this, while at the same time providing a musical instrument that sounds as good, and often better, than when it was new! How do we do this? We take a dedicated approach during our restoration process to insure long term reliability as well as outstanding audio quality. Many new parts are installed into our equipment. These parts are not individually expensive as is the case with most electronic parts, ESPECIALLY when compared to replacing them one at a time as they fail! Therefore as part of our philosophy we proactively replace the parts that we know have aged and are prone to failure, after 50 years. This eliminates and minimizes costly future service calls.
Other resellers only inspect the old parts believing that if they are not obviously burn out, they are OK to resell as is. They forget, or don't know, that old electronic parts degrade over time causing them to lose power and clarity. Other resellers will try to tell you that restoration is not necessary on a 50 or 60 year old electronic piece of equipment, and that restoration is not necessary because it is too expensive. WHAT????? PLEASE believe... that 50 year old electronic equipment requires proper restoration if you wish to have reliability and great sound. Some resellers simply are not willing to do the work, do not know how, or do not understand the importance of restoration. They subject you to the probability of higher costs of repairs and breakdowns. It remains as true as the day it was first said, we get what we pay for. If you are looking for the best value for your money, you have come to the right place, Keyboard Exchange International!
I'm looking to buy a C3. Can you give me a break down on the tone differences or internal electronic components used differently from the earlier years to the later years?
Reply from Jim Huss at Keyboard Exchange International
Your question is an interesting one and my reply to you is now different that it would have been 10 years ago. My old reply would have been.....buy the newer years from 1965 to 1974 as they are brighter and crisper. The years prior tended to have a somewhat "dull" sound in comparison.
My more up to date reply is:
Hammond B3 and C3 models were manufactured from 1955 to 1974 an amazing 20 year production run! We break this down into two agecatagories which could be titled 1) Pre-foam 2) Foam installed by facotry Hammond C3 and B3 organs from 1965 to 1974 have a brighter sound HOWEVER, they also have factory installed foam in the keyboards which MUST be removed to prevent damages from chemical reaction with keyboard wires. Once this modification is done correctly, then problems can be eliminated, assuming so serious damage has already occurred.
Hammond C3 and B3 organs from 1955 to 1964.5 tend to have a dull sound in comparison UNLESS the parts that create this dull sound are replaced with New parts thus eliminating this problem...... which is mainly age related. Each age category group can be considered of equal quality and the enjoyment and longevity of the specific instrument is a factor of condition, and quality of the restoration. Each age group has its own specific issues and requirements for a proper restoration. Also the Leslie selected should be matched appropriately and even the tweeter speaker in the Leslie should be selected in accordance with the type of sound the musician requires or prefers. There are so many potential variables that it is best to select an instrument by playing them in the same place, at the same time, to compare side by side in the same acoustical setting. Listening to any one organ in isolation will be misleading and even a damaged, unrestored instrument will sound OK or even very good, to the untrained ear.
Is Keyboard Exchange International the cheapest source of tone wheel Hammond organs and Leslie speakers?
In that I always make my best effort to give accurate information I had to say no......and I added that it is not our goal to be the "cheapest" provider of the products we sell. I went on to add that in the long term, we most likely are the cheapest source of these products due to the effort we invest in restoration, labor and parts but the up front costs will not always appear to be the cheapest.
I wish I had been better prepared to reply to this potential customers question. Now, upon reflection, I will try to clarify my own thoughts with a written explanation of the Keyboard Exchange International policy regarding our prices.
Our goal is to provide the best long term value to our customers for the restored products we sell. This may well provide the cheapest annual cost to our customers. This may not always be the lowest price available compared to other sellers who do not attempt to do a proper restoration and do not have 46 years of experience. If our prices appear to be somewhat higher than others you see or hear about, ask yourself if price is your only consideration, or if long term reliability, world class sound, and outstanding customer support are also of interest to you. In that a properly restored instrument can last decades, a proper restoration should be considered an investment in our opinion.
I am attempting to be both polite and clear when I say it is not our goal to be the cheapest provider of the restored products we sell. It is however our goal to provide the best possible product, service, financing and long term value to our customers. I trust that most people will both understand this and respect this point of view. If you agree with this position, we look forward to being of service to you!
Hammond Price Information and General Business Philosophy of Keyboard Exchange International
Our goal at Keyboard Exchange International is to provide the BEST VALUE and the LOWEST COST per year during the coming decades you will own a restored Hammond with Leslie purchased from us. However, these goals may not always render the lowest up front price. Try to think long term, like we do, about your Hammond with Leslie purchase. There are many parts in a 50 year old Hammond organ. (We do not let the age of these find instruments concern us, when we compare to a 300 year old Stradivarius violin) After 50 years there are electronic parts and wiring that need to be changed. Our philosophy is to change those parts that have worn out, dried out, or decayed over the first 50 years, AND to add improvements learned in the last 50 years, to get the instruments ready for the NEXT 50 years!
There is no reason why a properly restored Hammond B3 and Leslie 122 speaker could not be 100 years old someday, with proper restoration and maintenance. I would even suggest 200 or 300 years with proper maintenance and occasional restoration. Why not? The Stradivarius instruments have already proved that this is possible!
Please continue to read about our Business Philosophy
We Deliver Hammonds
Anywhere in the World!
Jim Huss of Keyboard Exchange International says "Thank you for your business Pastor Kim and members of the Good News Church! We wish you many years musical blessings from the B3 with Leslie that we shipped recently to your church in Korea" The pictured B3 arrived safely and is now being enjoyed. Keyboard Exchange International will ship anywhere in the world and will also convert for your electrical system. 40 plus years experience makes Keyboard Exchange International the logical choice if you are considering the purchase of a Hammond B3.
Our good friend Yoshi, in Japan, recently received a B3 from us and sent us this picture to confirm the safe arrival. AND the sound of the organ is "GREAT" and meets his expectations. As he is an expert on Hammond organs and Leslie speakers, his expectations were quite high! We are pleased to receive his good news report that all is well after the long trip from Florida to Japan! Our wood export crates, along with careful handling by hand picked freight forwarders all contributing to a very positive outcome! We especially like the beautiful setting where Yoshi displays and plays his vintage B3 with matching Leslie speakers!
Our friend Uri in Israel make great use of his B-3s with 122 Leslie at his recording studio.
Killer B3 - The Movie
Check out this Trailer we had a part in about the amazing B-3 Hammond Organ and some of the greats who play them. Our friend Murv made this documentary back in 2012 and will have it available again some time at www.killerb3.com. If you love the Hammond Organ you will find this movie really interesting. We are doing our part to keep the B-3’s alive and available for future generations.