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!
It was thanks to the comprehensive assistance and advice of Keyboard Exchange International that I finally had the confidence to purchase an original B3 from the USA. It will be something that I treasure for many years to come.
I'll also say that If anyone else in the UK or Europe has any questions about obtaining one of these instruments from Keyboard Exchange International, I'd be happy to advise.
Thanks again to Jim and his colleagues, Chris
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