Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD. Psalms 150: 2-6

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


I have had many church musicians come to me lately to ask my opinion as to what is the best keyboard to replace their Hammond organ with. The answer is very simple:  if you have a Hammond organ with a Hammond organist there is no replacement for a Hammond Organ!

The simple fact is there are many great keyboard manufactures that clone a version of the Hammond organ sound and they are well done. Creating the Hammond organ sound is not enough in itself. The Hammond organ uniqueness has more to do with the style of playing and manipulation of the sound being produced on the fly, which no keyboard manufactory has been able to do Justice with.

If you have a good keyboard player you can get by to some degree with a keyboard that has organ sounds built in. The reality comes into play with what type of church service you have. There are no substitutes if your church has a charismatic type preacher that hoops or tunes during his message. The organist along with the organ is talking and walking in conjunction sort to speak with the preacher; this greatly enhances the worship experience.  

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Hammond SK2 Manual Keyboard Organ

We recently brought into our store a new Hammond SK2 keyboard. I wanted to check out the SK2 due to my recently playing of a Nord Keyboard with drawbars on it. The Nord was okay but it is primarily a synth type instrument with drawbars on it. I prefer the Hammond SK2 because it is more like a Hammond organ with pre-set sounds on it such as piano, electric piano, strings Et cetera.

The SK2 weighs only 35lbs, bass pedals are optional. The built in digital Leslie effect is very realistic and sounds smooth. If you are Hammond organist in need of a reasonably price instrument, easy to transport and sounds good; this Hammond SK2 will work for you.

I am not one to say it is just like the B3 but it is pretty good. A new B3 costs what it costs because it is what it is but for and instrument that has an MSRP of $3,495.00 this organ keyboard is hard to beat.

The Hammond SK2 is perfect for the working musician!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Happy New Year 2014

To all those making music in this world as we move into this new year full of opportunity: Do not leave the meaning of Christmas behind; Peace on Earth good will toward men. To those of us that believe in the birth of Jesus the Christ, his peace is with us. To those that do not know or believe, Joy to the World while seeking your way through life and good luck. In this new year of 2014, give the joy of making music. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Friday, August 30, 2013

The Hammond Mini B with 971se Leslie Speaker Cabinet

I have noticed over the last couple of months an increasing number of inquiries about the Hammond Mini B Organ. The organ does come in at a good price point with a choice of different cabinet finishes. The MAP Price (Manufactures Advertised Price) for the Mini B w/971se Leslie is only $17,995.00. This price range is well below many of today’s organ manufacturers such as Allen, Rodgers and several others.
Many keyboard/organ manufactures produce some type of Hammond/Leslie sound in their instrument. Most of them are not dedicated to reproducing the vintage Hammond sound or feel. In this digital era The Diverse Organ Company has come a long way in making a Hammond type organ, but Hammond Suzuki still has a big edge over them in sound, feel and design. Hammond Suzuki is still by far the best at reproducing the original sound and feel of the vintage Hammond organ.
 I believe the Hammond B3mk2 and the Portable B3mk2 are still the best reproductions of the vintage Hammond organ today. There are very many organ and keyboard manufactures today that produce good organ sounds, but not as good as a Hammond. If your budget will not allow a new Hammond B3mkII then the Mini B with 971se Leslie is a great option.

Thursday, June 27, 2013


I remember an old saying, when I was a child, that I think went like this “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.” I was pondering over why many Hammond Organist had to have a B3 and nothing else would do. 

The Hammond models C3, A100, D156, RT3 and even some of the older models that may not have percussion are ducks.

These other models quack like ducks and sound like ducks I guess they don’t all look like ducks in every detail. 

Then it came to me that all ducks don’t look exactly the same but they are all still ducks. I thought of a few types of duck such as Mallard, Dabbling, Diving, Perching, Scoter and Sea just to name a few. The bottom line is if you want the B3 quack and the B3 sound you can still get with these other Hammond models. They just may look a little different, but the sound production generated from the vintage Hammond Organs are all the same: DUCKS! 

Friday, March 15, 2013


I just want to take a moment to thank Hammond USA (Division Suzuki Musical Instrument) for all its years of research in technology and the pure love for the Hammond Organ sound. The new console organs are designed and constructed in such a way that Hammond organist can love and appreciate.

Hammond Suzuki was the only company to love the Hammond Organ enough to keep it alive for many future generations. To that I say Thank YOU!        

Monday, December 24, 2012


"Music is a universal language." I'm not sure who coined that phrase, but it is true.  Regardless of what part of the world you are from, you recognize the sound of joy, sadness, romance, or a sense of urgency. When you pause and consider how much music affects our world . . . it is amazing.

Shopping: you never hear sad music because the idea is to put the shopper in state of relaxation.

Driving: never listen to the William Tell overture and expect to drive the speed limit - most likely you'll discover that you're more than 10 miles over the limit: "Presto!"

Now here we are celebrating the birth of Christ; the most important factor in life and the reason we have life. Notice that whether it is Christian music or secular music it all reflects peace and feelings of warmth and joy. The lyrics are all about family, love, peace or joy.
In fact, God created music for a reason: it is man that edits its intent. "... suddenly a great multitude appeared singing..."

Music is a very important part of our lives. I recently had three sales that were Christmas gifts and one that was an anniversary gift - that's how precious and intimate music is to our lives. 

Start now and continue through the coming year to take time to share the gift of music with someone you've never shared it with before and I know you will be amazed by their response. Stop by Dollarhide's or share your experience with me on this blog.

Thursday, November 15, 2012


I recently had the pleasure of selling a new Hammond B3 Organ with a 971 Leslie Speaker Cabinet to a church congregation that believed their recently hired Musician/Worship Leader was well worth the thousands of dollars invested. 

What amazed me was they had a fine B3 organ with a 122 Leslie in the church.  The only problem was their musician was only able to play in one primary key, which was the key of Gb. One of the deacons thought the best thing to do was to purchase a new Hammond B3 because it had transposing ability. The pastor, deacons and congregation were all in agreement, in other words all with one accord. The purchase was made and delivery received within a two weeks period.  They believed God first, could see the vision for their musical ministry and the anointing on the life of their musician.

I posted this as a reminder for those of us that believe and trust God. God is in control and we are His instruments to do His will.      

Monday, October 15, 2012


This morning I thought it would be good to share with you what Vintage Hammond Organs Products we have on our show room floor. I will post pictures later.

We have a beautiful B3 with a 122 Leslie, a CV with 122 Leslie, a black C2 with matching 47 Leslie, a C2 with 22R Leslie, a Model A100 and a L-111 Spinet.

The above models are our Vintage Inventory, but we are also the representative for New Hammond Organs from Tallahassee FL to South Alabama.

For further information you can reached me at 850-494-9898 or email me at mdean@dollarhide.    

I am ready and willing to meet with your church, church officials and or committees to assist in getting the right Piano, Organ, or Digital instrument for you ministry.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

THE ROLAND PIANO (I did say this would not be about Hammond only)

I recently attended a Roland Piano Training Seminar held in Las Vegas Nevada last week. It is interesting how the Piano you plug in to the wall has evolved from 1972 when Roland invented the Digital Piano.

With the controversies over the digital piano not really being a piano; Roland has finally bridged that gap. These instruments not only sound like a piano but actually sound like grand pianos. The key bed action and pedal systems on many of their new models feel and respond just like a piano.

The New Roland V-Grand was on display and demoded, the sound was incredible. If you did not see the size of this piano you would have thought you were hearing a 9’ handcrafted instrument like a Steinway. There are classically trained professionals performing and touring using this grand piano.

The fact is there should be no reasons why a beginning pianist can’t learn on a good digital instrument; keep in mind I did say a good instrument. All the necessary tools are at their finger tips to produce beautiful music. Congratulations to the Roland Piano.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


I am asked all the time about substituting a keyboard for an organ. The bottom line is an Organ is an Organ and a Keyboard is just that; a keyboard.

If you are not an organ player you may become confused at the fact that a keyboard can produce the sound of an organ and think it can replace the organ. Not so, it can look like a duck and quack like a duck but not be a duck.

The fact is an organist can manipulate suddenly the nuance, texture and color of sound in an instant. Even with today’s technology keyboards are not able to do this. The bass pedals of the organ produce the foundation for chords that is unique to the organ. This allows versatility and total expression.

Keyboards are designed to duplicate sound and feel but can not duplicate heart and soul.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


I was just thinking a day or so ago about how many things we use everyday that are not made in America.  I am 52 years old and can remember how well things made in America worked, performed and lasted. Most things imported into our country could not compete with our brands or craftsmanship.

“Made in America”, I like the sound of that; as a salesman of vintage Hammond Organs it is somewhat amazing how the Hammond Tone-wheel Organ has lasted, I believe it is because it was made in America. There are models as far back as the 1950’s or earlier still in operation today.

I am not knocking the new organs, pianos and so forth; they are needed as the old dinosaurs go off the scene. It’s no different than us as we go off the scene, but just like us it is impossible for a replacement to be exactly the same. “MADE IN AMERICA”           

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


I have notice that some of the younger Hammond Organ players can’t grasp why it is so important to some of the older players to have the Vintage Hammond Organ sound.

The New Hammond Organs are dictated to trying to capture that vintage sound. That is why the New B3 came about. It uses modern digital technology with mechanical components as well as old analog technology. This is why to this day New B3 comes as close as possible to the warmly rich tone of the Vintage Hammond.

It is all about the player, venue and atmosphere to how important that may be. For some of the younger players they don’t need to sit behind that vintage type cabinet or hear that vintage type key click or warmer simulated sound of analog. The other Hammonds such as the XK Systems & SK1 & 2 series will work fine. But if you looking for old school in a new instrument than the New B3, B3 Portable and New C3 Hammond are what you are looking for.         

Thursday, May 17, 2012


A few days ago I was in Mobile Alabama, looking and listening to a Hammond XK System. The musician was told that it sounds just like the Hammond New B3 Organ. The fact is that it has a similar sound but it does not sound just like the New B3. If it did there would be no need for the New B3 at about doubled the price or more than an XK System. The same is true to be said about the New Hammond Mini B.

The New Mini B & The XK Systems is designed to give you a more affordable B3 type of organ sound that is also transportable; they only have some of the features and or technology of The New B3. For instance they do not have the patented multi key contact system as the New B3 does that replicates the original B3 organ. Just this one difference alone will make it sound different from the New B3 or Original B3.

The Mini B & XK System can be used in the church setting keeping in mind they do not have the same audio output, regardless of which Leslie Speaker is used to amplify them. They will not give you that full sound presence you are listening for when playing the bass pedals or pressing the expression pedal for more volume.

I like them both, but I do believe we should not mislead anyone claiming they are something they are not. That is my opinion!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


This question of which Leslie Speaker Cabinet type is the best, comes up all the time, the Tube or Solid State? The true answer is which sounds and feels the best to you. Those that like the warm sound of analog would most likely prefer a Leslie Cabinet that is powered by a tube amplifier. The organist that is looking for a great edgy sound sometimes with more power, the solid state Leslie would probably be a better fit. Both style Leslie Speaker Cabinet are great and allows the Hammond Organ to be used in any style of music be it Gospel, Jazz, Country, Contemporary Christian or Rock. “Any good Leslie is a great Leslie” The Dean of Hammond     

Friday, February 10, 2012


Recently our family celebrated The Home Going Service for my Mother-In-Law. I remember as the soloist sang her favorite song “If I Could Help Somebody” the sound of the Hammond A100 that accompanied this beautiful voice helped to set the atmosphere for praising, praying and preaching. I can still testify that no other instrument can move you like a Hammond Organ. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Don't Fall A Sleep On The Job!

I attached this blog to my work website months ago and knowing people are visiting it has allowed me to toss the ball, so to speak. I would like you to continue to share what’s on your mind and how we at Dollarhide’s Music Center can better serve you: the musician and our church community. Do not feel restricted to talking about music, organs or pianos; because I'm always ready to Praise The Lord for this day He has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it.  

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Is it bad to buy a Hammond A100 Organ and not a Hammond B3 Organ?

I was at a church in Mobile last week when this question came up again. I have had this question come up on many occasions and I will give you some simple facts. If you are looking for the Hammond Gospel Organ Sound that is usually called the B3 sound. Do you have to purchase a B3 to get it? The short answer is no; the C3 is the same identical organ as the B3 just enclosed in a different style cabinet. This cabinet is usually called the church style cabinet. The C3 cabinet is closed around the bottom portion, which creates a design that is good for women wearing dresses to be comfortable while playing the organ; this modesty-designed cabinet is the only difference.

The Hammond model A100 sounds just like the B3, the tone-wheel type generator and the use of tube amplification is the same. The A100 has full range of pedals, percussion, and tremolo. This model has a smaller frame C style cabinet, enclosed speaker system underneath it and also adds reverb to it mix of B3 features. Originally placed in the spinet organ category for the home. The A100 has proven down through the years that it sound as good as the B3. It can ignite the worship service the same as the legendary B3.

There are several other vintage models that will give you that true B3 sound as well. We will talk about them later are you are always welcome to contact me.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Take some time out to reproduce yourself

I was sitting and meditating on my unique position as being a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a musician and a seller of pianos and organs. I can see ministry needs from many different aspects. I do find an apparent need for those of us in music ministry to reproduce ourselves. As being heirs to the Kingdom of God, we need to produce fruit in every area of life. I would like to recommend that you and I do the same, to take time out for some teaching responsibility to develop musicians for The Kingdom that will worship God in Spirit and in truth.

We all need money on this side and it is good to pay musicians, but money should not be our main focus when we know Jesus is our source. This gift from God, just like all gifts from above will make room for you if you trust and obey.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Servant of God

Spoken from a true servant of God, Bro. Dean!  My name is Michael Lett a fellow servant and son of God Almighty. It is imperative that the focus of born again believers of our Lord Jesus is not on self but self sacrificed to God! We've heard the phrase it's not about us, but how often do we as individuals truly examine ourselves making sure our service is unto God rather than self-exaltation?  Yea, sure time is a factor, we may say I'll share of my talent but my time is shy! Truly this is unacceptable to God!  To whom much is given, much is also required!  I myself have been guilty and in many instances still is guilty, but the guilt is removed once I truly examine myself and ask God to forgive me of my selfish and slothful ways!  Now it's time to make a conscience effort and become instrumental in teaching/aiding others in the growth of the music ministry.  I encourage you my brothers and sisters in Christ to strive for obedience, wisdom, and humility to the perfection in Christ Jesus our Lord!  God Bless and keep you continuously is my prayer! 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


I know my title THE DEAN of HAMMOND depicts me as a Hammond expert, and I accept that. I really would like to address church worship as a whole and its impacts in ministry. The notion of its importance over the word of God is just that , a notion. The music ministry is an enhancement to the worship service keeping in mind it is just that service. The fact of being paid as a musician is nothing new, it goes back at least to king David; the most important part is to whom the Glory is given. The Almighty God is to receive all the Glory, all the Honor and the Praise in our worship service/church service. The musician is an instrument of praise just as the piano, organ, drums etc. The difference is the musician can transcend the natural and move into the spiritual where God receives it. The worship leaders/musicians must be with one accord moving by the Holy Spirit, just as in the ministering of the written word of God by the Pastor or Preacher. Pray with one another that the anointing and peace of God fills your hearts, your minds, your rehearsals as well as your worship service. I will be talking about different topics, even that of buying and selling of piano, organ, and stage pianos and whatever questions that may arise.