Maybe you noticed that this is a very unusual "business" website. There
are no parts lists and no price lists, because we aren't selling things.
Most business websites have menus so you can choose things to buy,
and even add them to a "shopping cart". We never had a shopping cart.
You may have noticed that the business sites have an address and phone
numbers, plus their hours of operation. This site never
had those things either. But our phones never stopped ringing with Hammond
problems - we liked helping Hammond people. Mostly, we worked and
learned together, to keep my Hammonds and Leslies sounding right.
Sometimes, we worked on other people's Hammonds - for money. That
barely qualified as "income", unless you think about $5.00 per hour is "income".
Our work with Hammonds wasn't based on PROFIT. It was based on love
for Hammonds, and quality "family time" for Rebecca and me.
"business" isn't a business and never was
is a hobby website, which contains descriptions,
technical articles, facts, and hundreds of pictures to educate other Hammond enthusiasts. At one time, we
sold LSCA-3s - each system was custom built to
the owner's specifications, therefore - no price list. We haven't built or sold an LSCA-3 since 2002.
Actually, we haven't worked on any Hammonds/Leslies since
Almost everything stopped on June 28, 2002. That was the day
was diagnosed with lung cancer, and the radiation and daily
chemotherapy started - 14 months of it, non-stop. One day, we added up her medical costs: over
$2 million dollars - for nothing. But let's move on ....
before I get upset.
Rebecca and I started
ProKeys many years
ago - 1969. I don't remember exactly how or why, but the name
ProKeys sounded pretty good to us.
We liked it. The very first Hammond we rebuilt together was
in 1969. It belonged to a keyboard player in Memphis.
Occasionally, we got a call to help out another Hammond player. From 1969 until 1973, I didn't even
own a Hammond organ. I didn't really need one of my own, so I
never bought one. I always had one or two available, though.
During that time, I was mostly doing recording sessions. The studios had Hammonds,
and - if the studios weren't in use - I was usually welcome to come in and
practice, so I put in plenty of Hammond playing time. We
bought a Wurlitzer spinet piano in 1969.
I almost wore that one out, and I also learned how to tune pianos. In
1973, Rebecca bought me a brand-new B3 and three (3) Leslies.
Through the years, we made many mistakes and discoveries,
and came up with plenty of ideas. Some were pretty good, some were too
embarrassing to even write about.
We really loved getting Hammonds and
Leslies to sound and work great.
died on August 21, 2003, and ProKeys died then, too. She helped create
this website, she worked tirelessly on more Hammonds than anyone
could ever imagine. Of course, the word "ProKeys" was Rebecca's idea, and is
lovingly, respectfully dedicated to her memory.
we were full time perfectionists