It was 50 years ago that Jim heard his first Hammond organ with Leslie and immediately fell in love with “that sound”! His love and appreciation of these fine musical instruments has only increased over the years. He compares the Hammond B3 organ in quality to a Stradivarius violin, and believes that we must start now to preserve these fine instruments for the future. Proper restoration and maintenance are vital for our current use and enjoyment as well.
After 45 years in business, I can state with total assurance that it has taken a team effort to build a business, and a team approach everyday to preserve and restore our Hammond B3 inventory. Without the help of many people, we would not have been able to find good homes for thousands of instruments over the years. Jim credits our current staff, as well as those who have gone before us at Keyboard Exchange International. He would also like to thank the hundreds of you who stay in touch, let us know about instruments for sale, sell us parts, Leslie speakers, and custom manufactured parts. Without your efforts our goals of preservation and restoration could not be met. Thanks to all who participate in this noble venture!
Jim’s wife, Gloria Huss, grew up in the AME church which gives the KEI team a special sensitivity to the needs of churches. Gloria has been influential in helping establish financing programs for churches that are simply not available from banks and other commercial lending institutions. Jim often thanks her for wise council and input.