Thomas Austin was a key part of the Sherman Clay team for over 40 years! The store chain focused on pianos; however, Thomas recalls the home organ boom in the 1970s as the company was a Hammond Organ dealer. The company was formed in San Francisco in 1870 and grew to be the biggest (for a time) and oldest chain music store operation. Thomas was involved with the company until it was announced in 2013 that the company would be closing its doors. Thomas served on the NAMM Board and remained involved with the industry even after the company went out of business.