About… yeah about time I filled this page out! Heck it’s December 2014!
First of all, a big HOWDY from Robert Keeley. It has been a joy to work with so many amazing people over the years, finding tone and searching for that final touch that defines your tone. I’m even more proud to say that it has worked! People have finally found the tone that’s been in their heads for years! They have found the perfect compressor, found the perfect booster, the perfect delay or mod to their unit; and yes, they have found the Perfect Distortion! Read below for a little history about myself.
So come on in and enjoy our laid-back Web site where you still have all of the features and comforts of a bigger business. We have email and phone support, we work hard to make sure backorders are constantly being addressed and solutions found, we honor our warranties, we care about your tone AND you. Please take an evening to read the reviews on the web at www.harmony-central.com under Keeley, and you’ll see why Keeley Electronics, Inc. isn’t just a manufacturer of high-end musical electronics, but a lover of tone and customers.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST! THANKS SO MUCH FOR MAKING US A HUGE SUCCESS. LET US SURPRISE YOU WITH OUR LOVE OF TONE AND QUALITY SERVICE!
A Little Bit About Robert Keeley:
I grew up in a music and engineering family. Both my dad and his dad were electrical engineers. My mom was the nicest, kindest person you could hope to meet. Taught me how to treat people. Dad played guitar in bands during college days and was a super star in the U.S. Air Force. I eventually got his 70’s Peavey Deuce amplifier. (JFET input stage, quad 6L6GC outputs, first thing I ever modified, and a negative feedback control to it in 1996 I think.) I started playing guitar in 1978 with a student model Yamaha acoustic guitar my grandma got me. I really dug in when I got to Germany. From 1984 to 1988 I played at least 8 hours a day I swear! Heck, there was Van Halen, SRV, Yngwie Malmsteen, you name it. There was Guitar for the Practicing Musican, there was Guitar Player magazine with Craig Anderton!
I started in electronics in 1989 and have never wondered about doing anything else. I encourage anyone and everyone to become an engineer. I think it’s the greatest job you could ever have.
Vatterott College – Oklahoma City
Teacher · 2000 to 2001 · Warr Acres, OklahomaTaught Analog and Digital Electronics, Math, & Microsoft Office. 😉 Worked there for one year, first half with very rewarding. Second half, could wait to quit and build pedals full time! First employees for Keeley Electronics were all students of mine. Very exciting. Students would bring Keeley Compressors in for me to finish up and ship off.
Electronics · 1995 to 1999 · Midwest City, OklahomaService Department Manager – Electronic repair of high end tube amplifiers, home audio and car stereo. Built my first 5E3 tube amp here! I built my first effect here, a digitally controlled analog delay with built in tuner – in 1999. Ahead of its time. It used the Motorola 68HC11 to control a florescent display and 10-key panel as well as the Panasonic bucket brigade chip and tuner. Lots of code, lots of current. Lots of learning. 😉
Industrial Video, Inc
Electronics · 1993 to 1995 · Oklahoma City, OklahomaJunior Engineer. One of the hardest jobs I had. Worked for an EE that designed the Glamour Shots system. Built circuit boards for video systems. Modified Thermal Printers and Video Disc Recorders. (Yup, that’s where the mods started!) Designed medical experiment equipment for tracking mice. Repaired Sony and Panasonic industrial and broadcast equipment. Super difficult. Since these pieces of equipment went into TV studios and hospitals, etc. they had to be Right. Most influential job I had in terms of the future of Keeley Electronics. Finished up my AS in Engineering here!
Electronics · 1989 to 1993 · Oklahoma City, OklahomaFirst electronics job. Repair technician. Right out of a tech school for electronics and computers. (Our final project was building an Intel 8088 with 8087 math co-processor.) I started repairing car stereos, VCR’s, and moved to CD players and Big Screens. I learned the most from the endless Yamaha home amplifiers, and Kenwood and JVC car stereos I had to fix. Build speaker boxes for cars! I was thrilled. Made nearly $29,000 my first year at 19 years old. Barry Burns taught me more than you could imagine. Thanks Barry for giving me a no-nonsense approach to looking at electronics and the repair of circuits. He was a brilliant old TV guy. Thanks again!