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...
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!
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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!