Organs

Sheilah McDowell is a saleswoman and Lowrey class instructor at Piano Craft in Springfield, Missouri. Her passion for the industry goes back to the days she first met her husband, Jim McDowell, and worked in his family's music store in St. Louis.  She traveled the country with Fred Waring playing...
Frank Seta began his career in the music industry working for Baldwin Pianos before working for Gibson and then establishing his own retail store. Frank has built lasting friendships within the music industry due to his passion and drive; as a result, he was one of the most suggested people to be...
Don Holcombe owned and operated several music stores during his long career. Among the most noted stores were those he opened with fellow salesman Russell Lindquist in and around Houston under the name Holcombe-Lindquist Piano and Organ. The stores played a big part in the home organ boom of the...
Roy Larrick was a well-known sales rep for Hammond Organs and Panasonic's Technics products before opening his own retail store.  Larrick Piano & Organ in Northern California was established after Roy worked for Colton Piano stores in the area.  Back in the early part of his career, Roy's...
Marty Baxter entertained the troops during World War II as a member of a singing quartet.  While with bands, such as Frankie Master’s Orchestra, she not only sang but arranged the four part harmonies. When she met and fell in love with the band’s piano player, Eddie Baxter, her life in music would...
Dave Starkey is the engineer who served on the teams that brought us such innovative instruments as the Lowrey MX1 in 1979.  For that special project, which included sixty circuit boards, he worked with the designer and engineer, Jack Cookerley.  Dave has worked on several amazing teams over the...
Enrico Monaci loved to hear the stories of his uncle, who started the ORLA Company to make parts for accordions.  The company expanded over the years and Enrico grew up helping in every element of the business.  During the 1950s they began making reed organs and within a decade the company created...
Scott May knew since he was five years old that he wanted to play the organ!  He fell in love with the endless possibilities of the instrument as he grew and discovered that the Hammond was the ideal organ for him!  While working for the Hammond Organ Company, Scott has assessed new innovations and...
Akio Hiyoshi was on the engineering team at Yamaha in 1959 that designed the Electone Organ, which brought the small piano manufacturer into the electronic musical instrument market, where they would become dominant for decades.  The team also worked on the Clavinova, the CS 80 (Yamaha's last...
Mitsuo Kasahara served as the first president of Yamaha Corporation of America after setting up the branch office in Southern California in 1961.  Three years earlier he established the first Yamaha office in Mexico as well!  These were the first branches in North America, which led to a period of...

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