After 51 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.
I have literally grown up surrounded by Hammond organ and Leslie speakers. My father (Jim Huss) was already in the Hammond business and shipping them all over the world when I was born. Many hours we spent together traveling in trucks around the USA gathering old Hammond organs to be shipped worldwide. Being raise in a family business has allowed me to fully understand the needs and requirements of our customers. I am an owner in the family business, but also fully invested in its future. I understand that the future of any business depends on every customer having their expectations fully met and even exceeded.Contact
Staff musician, church advisor, quality control inspector
Randolph brings his musical talents, and experience as a Music Minister to KEI along with his energy and passion for Hammond organs. From the moment he walked into our showroom, to the present day, he loves to play all the organs to make sure they will have “that sound” and play perfectly when they arrive at your church, home, or studio. Some have said that Randolph has the dream job playing organs all day long but believe me; he stays busy with many of the other responsibilities of quality control beyond playing the instruments. He wears many hats here at KEI and we are so pleased he started watching our web site at age 12 and wanted to become a part of our KEI team. We hope you enjoy listening to Randolph playing on some of our demonstration videos!
Web Designer, Educator, Traveler
Patrick helped Keyboard Exchange enter the modern world with our first web site many years ago. His continued input, allows us to spread the word that preservation is needed before too many of these instruments are lost. His world class web design skills and innovative ideas have been a blessing to our company. As a trusted team member, as well as family friend, we will always be grateful for the amazing contribution Patrick has made to our efforts.Contact
Brian is currently an intern learning the ropes of running a business first hand while he pursues his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from UCF. Joining the KEI team in January of 2019, he has helped with organizational development, Hammond restoration, and account management. While he may not be an organ player himself, he has been engaged with music since elementary school, playing instruments like the clarinet and viola before embracing the saxophone through his middle and high school years.
Rick is a welcome addition to the work force here at Keyboard Exchange! His father was one of the top Hammond techs in Central Florida many decades ago, and worked for Keyboard Exchange also. As a second generation technician of his family, he joins with the third generation of the Huss family preserving and restoring vintage Hammond organs. He also is a musician who enjoys playing his Hammond organ!
While in the Navy, Rick graduated with honors in the electronics field of Aviation Mission Missile Fire Control. He went on to become an electronics instructor in the Navy. While working for an authorized Hammond organ dealer, Rick earned Certification as Master Hammond Technician.
From 1968 to current, consultant to Aerospace Industry in addition to providing training and technical expertise to all Keyboard Exchange International staff members. Rick is actively involved in perfecting the KEI restoration process and new product and procedure development.
Note from President of Keyboard Exchange, Jim Huss: As these vintage Hammonds become older, new technical issues develop and solutions need to be found and perfected. We are pleased to have Mr. McClain available to assist and guide us into the future.
"In Memory Of"
Horace purchased the first Hammond organ for his son Jim and then participated for many years in the KEI shop and was company driver for a decade. He delivered restored instruments to dealers all over the eastern USA. He kept records of the thousands of instruments he worked on as there were prepared for sale. His electrical background from his previous work was often put to good use and there was not a job, big or small, that he was not willing to offer his help and energy. He served as a perfect example of the American work ethic and will always be remembered for his willingness to train younger workers in safety, electrical, and mechanical skills. Thanks Pop! And Grand Pa!
"In Memory Of"
Steadfast senior technician at KEI for 26 years until his passing. If you have one of the thousands of Hammond organs that Gary restored you may find his initials inside the back of your Hammond GE. Although Gary is no longer with us, his pictures are scattered around our shop and his important work and pleasant demeanor will not be forgotten.