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#2914459 - 03/12/18 09:07 AM Trek 'n Transpose
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Looks like Trek has pulled distribution through retailers and is selling direct. Thought that interesting.

And while searching about for parts I found this awesome Transpose Button - for your vintage Hammond. News to me at least.

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#2914462 - 03/12/18 09:31 AM Re: Trek 'n Transpose [Re: Markyboard]
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#2914465 - 03/12/18 09:36 AM Re: Trek 'n Transpose [Re: analogika]
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What a remarkably bad idea
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#2914481 - 03/12/18 10:04 AM Re: Trek 'n Transpose [Re: Wastrel]
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Just wondering why it's called The Caribbean Transposer. Maybe Buffalo Soldier isn't easy enough in A.
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#2914482 - 03/12/18 10:05 AM Re: Trek 'n Transpose [Re: drawback]
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I'm still looking for the AP version.

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#2914483 - 03/12/18 10:15 AM Re: Trek 'n Transpose [Re: Markyboard]
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"Caribbean Controls" was the name of Steve Hayes' company for Hammond parts, his main one being "Speakeasy Vintage". I think it might have been a collaboration with someone else, so that is perhaps why you still see the name and logo around.

On another note - pun intended - I swear I played an old BC or similar vintage that had a transpose knob built into it. The knob was like the earlier smooth chorus/vibrato knob, so it leads me to wonder if it was factory retro/fitted? Anyone ever see anything like that?

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#2914541 - 03/12/18 02:39 PM Re: Trek 'n Transpose [Re: AWkeys]
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That happened around mid-Jan, but he's been selling direct for some time now. The only time I don't buy direct from Mike is when somebody else has something non-Trek II in stock that I also need, to save shipping.

The transposer, BTW, is just a control box built on somebody else's VFD. Note that transposing this way WILL alter the character of the generator, since the tonewheel generator filters will be tuned for the wrong notes. These may actually work "better" with worn out generators than red cap units. If I had to built an organ around one, I'd start with a '63.
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#2914644 - 03/13/18 07:31 AM Re: Trek 'n Transpose [Re: WesG]
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Originally Posted By: WesG
That happened around mid-Jan, but he's been selling direct for some time now. The only time I don't buy direct from Mike is when somebody else has something non-Trek II in stock that I also need, to save shipping.


I figured it was very recent since I bought a Trek product late last year from ToneWheel Gen Hospital. Rick did have to steer me to their products at that time as they were very specific about having a dedicated section on each distributor's site for their parts only.

Good to know their parts are still available.

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#2914660 - 03/13/18 08:47 AM Re: Trek 'n Transpose [Re: Markyboard]
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Mike was good friends with Sal and my buddy Tom. I love their stuff.
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#2914809 - 03/14/18 12:25 AM Re: Trek 'n Transpose [Re: AWkeys]
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Originally Posted By: AWkeys
"Caribbean Controls" was the name of Steve Hayes' company for Hammond parts, his main one being "Speakeasy Vintage". I think it might have been a collaboration with someone else, so that is perhaps why you still see the name and logo around.


I'm not so sure about that. I was friends with Steve for many years, and Steve was never one to be quiet about his accomplishments. If he had something to do with Caribbean Controls, he would have broadcasted that. I could be wrong.....but I dont think I am. But Steve used Caribbean Controls parts for sure.
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#2914820 - 03/14/18 04:04 AM Re: Trek 'n Transpose [Re: Tonysounds]
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I'm not sure who designed it. Related posts in the Organ Forum suggest it was designed by Ted from SE, but who knows. I purchased mine from Steve Hayes after he convinced me it was better than the Hamptone... so maybe idk.

I'm just bummed that had I known about the transposer I could have saved a bunch of time rolleyes facepalm.

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#2914929 - 03/14/18 10:50 AM Re: Trek 'n Transpose [Re: Markyboard]
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My Speakeasy cabs have Caribbean Controller boards in them and single motors, not stacks.

I was under the impression that Steve did not design them, but was using them in his products. Makes sense it could have been Ted.
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