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Offline Alan Lenhoff

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David Robertson (who has posted on this forum as "Ozdoc") and I, both longtime members of this group, have been working for more years than we care to admit on a big, beautifully photographed hardcover book that pays tribute to vintage keyboards.   Electric pianos, Hammonds, combo organs, Mellotrons, Clavinets, Pianets, the Minimoog, and many others.  The book, "Classic Keys: Keyboard sounds that launched rock music," is being released late next month, and is available now for pre-order on Amazon and leading book sites world-wide. https://www.amazon.com/Classic-Keys-Keyboard-Sounds-Launched/dp/1574417762/

Want a preview?  Check out the book description, sample pages, "famous player" endorsements and other info at ClassicKeysBook.com.  And if you want to keep in touch with the latest on the book, Like us on Facebook, @ClassicKeysBook .

We look forward to hearing your reactions to our labor of love.

Alan (and David)
« Last Edit: December 09, 2019, 08:50:00 AM by Alan Lenhoff »
Co-author, "Classic Keys: Keyboard Sounds That Launched Rock Music"

Learn about the book: http://www.classickeysbook.com/
Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ClassicKeysBook/

1965 UK Vox Continental;1967 Gibson G101 organ; 1954 Hammond B2; Leslie 21H; Leslie 31H; 1974 Rhodes Mark I Stage 73; 1972 Rhodes Sparkletop Piano Bass; 1978 Hohner Clavinet D6; 1968 Hohner Pianet N II; 1966 Wurlitzer 140B; 1980 Moog Minimoog Model D; 1977 Fender Twin Reverb; Vox AC30CC2X amp.
(See the collection: https://vintagerockkeyboards.com/ )

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Re: Coming soon: "Classic Keys" book, a celebration of vintage keyboards
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2019, 06:56:01 AM »
 Can't wait! Thanks for posting this, Alan!
1960 Wurlitzer model 700 EP
1968 Gibson G101 Combo organ
1975 Rhodes Piano Bass
1979 Wurlitzer 206A EP
1980 Wurlitzer 200A EP
1980 Wurlitzer 270 Butterfly Grand
2000 Yamaha acoustic piano
2004 Hammond XK3
2009 73A Rhodes Mark 7
2009 Korg SV-1 73
....and a few guitars...

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Re: Coming soon: "Classic Keys" book, a celebration of vintage keyboards
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2019, 09:00:01 AM »
Thanks Steve!  It's been a long time coming...

Alan
Co-author, "Classic Keys: Keyboard Sounds That Launched Rock Music"

Learn about the book: http://www.classickeysbook.com/
Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ClassicKeysBook/

1965 UK Vox Continental;1967 Gibson G101 organ; 1954 Hammond B2; Leslie 21H; Leslie 31H; 1974 Rhodes Mark I Stage 73; 1972 Rhodes Sparkletop Piano Bass; 1978 Hohner Clavinet D6; 1968 Hohner Pianet N II; 1966 Wurlitzer 140B; 1980 Moog Minimoog Model D; 1977 Fender Twin Reverb; Vox AC30CC2X amp.
(See the collection: https://vintagerockkeyboards.com/ )

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Re: Shipping Now! "Classic Keys" book, a celebration of vintage keyboards
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2019, 08:49:25 AM »
Retailers are starting to ship Classic Keys this week! Strong pre-orders have left the book in short supply. (The pre-release orders from retailers greatly exceeded the book's initial print run.) If you've not yet ordered, you may want to shop around to find a retailer who can ship immediately. Otherwise a second printing will be available in mid-to-late January. In the US, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target.com and Books-A-Million (among others) all have supplies. For a preview, go to http://www.classickeysbook.com/. Or check it out on Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/dp/1574417762 .

Thanks,

Alan
Co-author, "Classic Keys: Keyboard Sounds That Launched Rock Music"

Learn about the book: http://www.classickeysbook.com/
Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ClassicKeysBook/

1965 UK Vox Continental;1967 Gibson G101 organ; 1954 Hammond B2; Leslie 21H; Leslie 31H; 1974 Rhodes Mark I Stage 73; 1972 Rhodes Sparkletop Piano Bass; 1978 Hohner Clavinet D6; 1968 Hohner Pianet N II; 1966 Wurlitzer 140B; 1980 Moog Minimoog Model D; 1977 Fender Twin Reverb; Vox AC30CC2X amp.
(See the collection: https://vintagerockkeyboards.com/ )

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Re: Shipping now! "Classic Keys" book, a celebration of vintage keyboards
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2019, 08:16:14 AM »
Just wanted to pass along this enthusiastic review of "Classic Keys" in Sound on Sound magazine, the highly regarded music technology publication:  https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/book-review-classic-keys-keyboard-sounds-launched-rock-music?fbclid=IwAR0Y_XAH_LWI-i608PB8xMZER8dIshoqEQqZWx4MPKI5RW5IpizUul2MpeY

For US buyers, Amazon is still promising pre-Christmas delivery:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1574417762

Alan

Co-author, "Classic Keys: Keyboard Sounds That Launched Rock Music"

Learn about the book: http://www.classickeysbook.com/
Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ClassicKeysBook/

1965 UK Vox Continental;1967 Gibson G101 organ; 1954 Hammond B2; Leslie 21H; Leslie 31H; 1974 Rhodes Mark I Stage 73; 1972 Rhodes Sparkletop Piano Bass; 1978 Hohner Clavinet D6; 1968 Hohner Pianet N II; 1966 Wurlitzer 140B; 1980 Moog Minimoog Model D; 1977 Fender Twin Reverb; Vox AC30CC2X amp.
(See the collection: https://vintagerockkeyboards.com/ )

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Re: Shipping now! "Classic Keys" book, a celebration of vintage keyboards
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2020, 10:08:32 PM »
Ok, I finally got around to ordering my copy. It arrived today and I thought they had shipped me a box full of bricks, this book is so heavy! I found out the weight is because of the intense amount of information and endless beautiful pictures of some pretty amazing and rare keys. It is obvious to me that there was a lot of time, thought and effort put into this. Thanks for all of your work putting this together, I know I will be spending a lot of time enjoying it's contents!
Vance

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Re: Shipping now! "Classic Keys" book, a celebration of vintage keyboards
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2020, 09:24:21 AM »
Vance:

David Robertson and I appreciate your comments, and hope you really enjoy the book!

Alan
Co-author, "Classic Keys: Keyboard Sounds That Launched Rock Music"

Learn about the book: http://www.classickeysbook.com/
Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ClassicKeysBook/

1965 UK Vox Continental;1967 Gibson G101 organ; 1954 Hammond B2; Leslie 21H; Leslie 31H; 1974 Rhodes Mark I Stage 73; 1972 Rhodes Sparkletop Piano Bass; 1978 Hohner Clavinet D6; 1968 Hohner Pianet N II; 1966 Wurlitzer 140B; 1980 Moog Minimoog Model D; 1977 Fender Twin Reverb; Vox AC30CC2X amp.
(See the collection: https://vintagerockkeyboards.com/ )

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Re: Shipping now! "Classic Keys" book, a celebration of vintage keyboards
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2020, 07:33:35 PM »
"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.

"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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Re: Shipping now! "Classic Keys" book, a celebration of vintage keyboards
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2020, 08:20:37 AM »
Thanks so much for the very kind review. The way The Real MC responded to the book is exactly how we hoped and dreamed readers would:  Classic Keys was meant to echo the beauty and high quality of the many keepsake books about guitars, and to drill deeper in telling the story about these great instruments than what's generally been done before.  This was a seven-year labor of love for David and me, and the enthusiastic reaction we're getting from readers makes that long journey feel quite worthwhile.

Alan
Co-author, "Classic Keys: Keyboard Sounds That Launched Rock Music"

Learn about the book: http://www.classickeysbook.com/
Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ClassicKeysBook/

1965 UK Vox Continental;1967 Gibson G101 organ; 1954 Hammond B2; Leslie 21H; Leslie 31H; 1974 Rhodes Mark I Stage 73; 1972 Rhodes Sparkletop Piano Bass; 1978 Hohner Clavinet D6; 1968 Hohner Pianet N II; 1966 Wurlitzer 140B; 1980 Moog Minimoog Model D; 1977 Fender Twin Reverb; Vox AC30CC2X amp.
(See the collection: https://vintagerockkeyboards.com/ )