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Classic Keyboards for your coffee table #3022794 01/09/20 11:11 PM
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Target audience alert - The January 2020 issue of Sound on Sound has a glowing review of this book, available for a mere $60.

http://www.classickeysbook.com/

They lined up some pretty legit endorsements, Donal Fagan and Rick Wakeman to name two. I got a brief look at a copy while visiting EMEAPP (that's another topic, see emeapp.org) and it looked gorgeous, it's now on my Amazon wish list.

My birthday's in July. Just saying.

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Re: Classic Keyboards for your coffee table [Re: Werno] #3022795 01/09/20 11:18 PM
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I love it! I've been told I'm hard to buy for. Not any more!

Re: Classic Keyboards for your coffee table [Re: Werno] #3022857 01/10/20 05:23 AM
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its in my cart. Will purchase it after I return from NAMM


A reason why I collect old keyboards is that I feel partly responsible for doing it, responsible for preserving history and being a custodian for these things
Plus, old gear has a story. I like that.
Re: Classic Keyboards for your coffee table [Re: Werno] #3022918 01/10/20 02:52 PM
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Re: Classic Keyboards for your coffee table [Re: Werno] #3022933 01/10/20 03:27 PM
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Amazon told me it will be in my hands tomorrow.

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Re: Classic Keyboards for your coffee table [Re: Werno] #3022978 01/10/20 06:26 PM
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Nice! I like it.


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Re: Classic Keyboards for your coffee table [Re: Werno] #3023016 01/10/20 09:06 PM
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Nice find!! This looks great. And according to the reviews it’s very well researched as well. Definitely going to buy this.


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Re: Classic Keyboards for your coffee table [Re: Werno] #3023020 01/10/20 09:20 PM
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I thought the title meant this laugh


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Re: Classic Keyboards for your coffee table [Re: Werno] #3023182 01/11/20 07:34 PM
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Well, there's good news and bad news in the Hammond chapter ......

Bad: Not one pic of a quatrefoil C anywhere......
Very Bad: A small illustration of a French Provincial A-102....

Good: All the rest of the chapter. Interviews, insights, and pics of the most flawless Walnut B-3 I've ever laid eyes on. I don't recall ever seeing one on the showroom floor of the Hammond Studio in Totowa, NJ ever gleam like the one pictured.

Easily worth the price. It's got plenty of depth, so be prepared for total immersion when you read this.

Jake


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Re: Classic Keyboards for your coffee table [Re: Werno] #3023222 01/12/20 02:00 AM
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Ordered it!


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Re: Classic Keyboards for your coffee table [Re: Werno] #3023263 01/12/20 01:46 PM
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I am the co-author of "Classic Keys: Keyboard Sounds That Launched Rock Music." When the book was released in December, I did not post about it on this forum because of the rules against using the forum to promote products. But I'm pleased that this group has discovered the book without my help. It was a seven year labor of love for me and my Australian co-author (and photographer) David Robertson.

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Originally Posted by Alan Lenhoff
I am the co-author of "Classic Keys: Keyboard Sounds That Launched Rock Music." When the book was released in December, I did not post about it on this forum because of the rules against using the forum to promote products. But I'm pleased that this group has discovered the book without my help. It was a seven year labor of love for me and my Australian co-author (and photographer) David Robertson.

Alan Lenhoff


I don’t think anyone here would object to you promoting this tome. My hat is off to you, sir; it’s an amazing resource and totally informative.
Keeping this a secret would have been far worse for this community.

Very well done, indeed.

Jake


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Re: Classic Keyboards for your coffee table [Re: Werno] #3023277 01/12/20 03:39 PM
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I received this book for Christmas. I’ve looked through all the pictures but have not read much of it due to limited time. It’s a beautiful book!

Re: Classic Keyboards for your coffee table [Re: Alan Lenhoff] #3023278 01/12/20 03:42 PM
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@ Alan Lenhoff, there is a shameless plugs section at the top of the forum page where your book could have been promoted by yourself, however it is reserved for regular contributing members. Hang out with us a bit more often and get your next project up there. thu


A reason why I collect old keyboards is that I feel partly responsible for doing it, responsible for preserving history and being a custodian for these things
Plus, old gear has a story. I like that.
Re: Classic Keyboards for your coffee table [Re: Werno] #3023281 01/12/20 04:14 PM
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Just wanted to thank everyone for the kind words about the book. We did it for people like you, who share our love for these special instruments. (Also, it was a convenient excuse for both of the authors to fill our homes with even more vintage keys. That alone was worth the time and labor we put into this project!) ;-)

And now that the book is done, yes Dave, I'd love to hang out here more often.

Alan


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This book is awesome! I got it for Christmas and am reading it cover-to-cover. I'm about through with the Wurlitzer chapter.

You can also incorporate this book into your workout routine, since it's such a heavy beast!

Re: Classic Keyboards for your coffee table [Re: Werno] #3023364 01/13/20 02:38 AM
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Wow, this looks terrific!

I'll have to buy it for my Father as a (second) Christmas present.

I'd love to own it myself too...

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Re: Classic Keyboards for your coffee table [Re: Werno] #3023571 01/14/20 03:33 PM
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"Classic Keys" just arrived yesterday.

I bought the hard cover version. The book was bigger than I expected. The photos are excellent quality, there are lots of them, the paper stock is very good quality. I have some guitar books made out of nice paper stock with excellent photos, and I have to say it is about damn time we had a keyboard book with similar quality. The book "Prophet of Silicon Valley" started this trend, this book elevates it to another level.

I shared my dad's passion with trains; when he passed away I inherited his collection of over 1000 long-out-of-print books on railroad history. Many are over fifty years old; books from that era were top quality which were constructed from hard cover and heavy paper optimized for photo reproduction. When I first held "Classic Keys" in my hand I recognized the same quality.

From what little I have read so far, there was a LOT of research that went into the history of the instruments. Even well-read seasoned pros (like me) will find themselves saying "I did not know that" as they read along. While the subject matter is light on vintage synthesizers, there's plenty of other books for that.

"Classic Keys" fills in gaps long overlooked; electro-mechanical instruments (hohners, mellotrons, hammonds, rhodes, wurlitzers, electric grands, etc) and early electronic keyboards (RMI, combo organs, electronic pianos, K250, etc). Although many have long been out of production, the authors dug into factory records and interviewed artists, former employees, and dedicated enthusiasts on the history behind these instruments. The attention to detail is equal to those with hands-on experience with these classic keyboards. The assessment of the instruments are unashamedly honest; they discuss the pros as well as the cons, such as which era has better playing sound/action and cautions on locating replacement parts. For instance if you are shopping for a Rhodes piano with a particular sound in mind, this is a valuable resource.

Well worth the money. Excellent resource and fascinating reading.

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Received my copy from Amazon today! This is a well done book! I am glad someone finally took the time to write a book on this subject. Guitar players have had their share, and Geddy Lee wrote one for the Bass. Love this book. I would have not known about this. Thank you for telling us about it Werno!

I bought this, as an early Birthday Present for myself!


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Mine's arriving tomorrow!!! :-)


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Got mine yesterday. It's beautiful, and very informative.

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Got mine and it looks like a goldmine of information. Can't wait to bore my guitar-player friends with all the history...only fair after all the endless discussion of guitars and amps I've endured smile


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Re: Classic Keyboards for your coffee table [Re: Werno] #3023717 01/15/20 01:45 PM
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We really appreciate all the kind words.

The Real MC noted: "I have some guitar books made out of nice paper stock with excellent photos, and I have to say it is about damn time we had a keyboard book with similar quality." (And Paul and Sam echoed that thought.) That's exactly what we set out to do. Classic Keys was meant to be a keepsake book that keyboard people would enjoy for many years.

A niche book like this lives and dies on word-of-mouth recommendations, so please tell your friends!

Thanks,

Alan


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Re: Classic Keyboards for your coffee table [Re: Alan Lenhoff] #3023762 01/15/20 05:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Alan Lenhoff
We really appreciate all the kind words.

The Real MC noted: "I have some guitar books made out of nice paper stock with excellent photos, and I have to say it is about damn time we had a keyboard book with similar quality." (And Paul and Sam echoed that thought.) That's exactly what we set out to do. Classic Keys was meant to be a keepsake book that keyboard people would enjoy for many years.

A niche book like this lives and dies on word-of-mouth recommendations, so please tell your friends!

Thanks,

Alan


It’s a great book and well written, and you guys covered a lot.


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