From about 1986 to 1996 there were no piano and organ stores in the Philadelphia area that were dedicated to the Hammond Organ, both old and new. Servicing of the vintage organs was also limited to a couple of private technicians. It seemed no one really understood how important the drawbar organ sound was in a Gospel Church service let alone those organists that play a drawbar organ.
In February of 1996 Tom Tuson, the founder of the Hammond Organ Center, left Hammond Suzuki USA. In April of 1997 the Hammond Organ Center opened its doors in Woodlyn, PA on Fairview road in a small 900 square foot location. Two thirds of the location was for servicing, upgrading and rebuilding of vintage Hammond Tonewheel Drawbar console organs. The other third was for display of pre-owned, rebuilt and new drawbar organs.
We also offered lessons, clinics and workshops for those wanting to learn more about playing the drawbar organ. Today we still offer private lessons.
Because of the location and nature of our core business we work by appointment only as we are sometimes out visiting clients. So if you would like to visit us PLEASE, Make an appointment.
For over 25 years DrawbarCity and Diversi provided Drawbar Organs and Rotary Speakers for tapings of "Bobby Jones Gospel" on the B.E.T. Network.
Our parent company Diversi Production the Diversi DV organ and MotionSound MS1771 for the video taping of "Another Level" DVD and CD.
They also have a Diversi DV Solo for touring.
Aron and the Disco Biscuits started around the same year that we did. They where making their first demo CD and the studio they where recording at had a really bad Hammond Tonewheel Organ. We help them out for the recording session and we have been there with them and even today. The band uses a Diversi Solo - and two modifed Leslie Speakers that use the SpectraSound SST-1122 amp.
DrawbarCity has worked with ShowMeThat.com (Wheatworks Productions) in providing the Gospel Music Workshop Of America, Inc with up to 15 Organs and Speakers for their conventions.
Clair Brothers Backline of Philadelphia and New York City have over 8 B3's and over 11 Leslie Speakers. These organs and speakers are used for events such as TV shows, the E.S.P.Y Awards, Concerts with major bands. When Pope Francis visited Philadelphia and Aretha Franklin sang for the Pope one of our B3's and Leslies we sold them was used for the performance.
Gospel Music Workshop of America, Inc
National Baptist Convention
Isreal and New Breed
"Papa" John DeFrancesco
Good Morning America - For the group Alabama
Bobby Jones Gospel
E.S.P.N. - Eddie Layton of the New York Yankees
Susan B. Komen - For the Cure
E Street Band