About me and my KeyBlog
My name is Simon Beck. I am a self-taught multi-instrumentalist and self-proclaimed musical instrument fanatic. I was born in 1961 in London, England, and spent most of my early childhood in Switzerland and the USA. On returning to the UK in my early teens, I suddenly developed an interest in music, building first an almost unplayable electric guitar and, the following year a reasonably playable bass guitar which I taught myself to play. When I was 18 I bought my first and only vintage keyboard, a brand-new Hohner Pianet T. By the time I was 20, I had taught myself not only bass guitar but keyboards, chromatic harmonica and double bass.
Nearly 30 years on, I am still a gigging musician, but I am also a proud father-of-two. I currently play organ, electric piano and Stylophone in The Skanx, a 9-piece ska and funk band based in south-east London. Since 2001 I have run a website called “Simon’’s Hall of Electric Pianos” which details every commercially produced electric piano from the 1920s to the present.
The Vintage KeyBlog is the follow-up to a short-lived but popular E-zine called “Vintage Keys” which I created and edited in the early 2000s. It ended up taking too much effort and time in terms of HTML scripting to make it practical, but the Blog format has made it worthwhile to bring back a magazine-style site dedicated to vintage keyboards, so here it is!