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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #120 on: January 07, 2014, 02:19:26 PM »
Thanks very much for the support :) Gerald and I spent a great amount of time making sure it would become a quality film and book.  My brother Chris Bove is an editor for PBS so he had the experience to bring together the footage in a very creative way.

I'll admit my own music library increased after the fact as well haha. :)
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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #121 on: April 09, 2014, 10:31:16 PM »
Just wanted to let the French-speaking community know, we have the Rhodes documentary MP4 version translated into French on our website.  Would love you to spread the word abroad!
www.FenderRhodesStory.com

As well, we're beginning to post some webisodes from the former CBS Musical Instruments staff, not found in the film.  Enjoy!

Steve Grom
http://youtu.be/Qt5Rba4yzN8

John McLaren Sr.
http://youtu.be/SnCLVkif_Ak
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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #122 on: June 03, 2014, 12:13:45 PM »
Another update - I know a lot of discussions about the Rhodes action have come up recently, Here's a webisode featuring former Rhodes engineer Mike Peterson talking about the Mark IV prototype and Rhodes action design:

Mike Peterson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60WY-2jd0nM

Here is also John McLaren, Jr. talking about Harold and Leo's history together:

John McLaren, Jr.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9kWuY9DfyY
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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #123 on: June 26, 2014, 02:48:23 PM »
Here is a webisode with Steve Woodyard, many of you may have seen his name in discussions about Rhodes over the years as a key contributor to the piano and personal friend of Harold.

http://youtu.be/XQEY2VBO_7s

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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #124 on: July 16, 2015, 08:09:15 AM »
just finished watching the full documentary, bought it on monday,

it is so dense with information, i want to watch it again with notebook in hand - catch all the names of tunes, albums, artists,

and then to see so may musicians that i've loved - along with quite a few i've never heard of...

thankyou very much for a great piece of work, i have all the many webisodes to devour now x

(listening to extension of a man by donny hathaway now - )

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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #125 on: November 12, 2015, 04:15:10 PM »
Any chances of getting the "E" model on the documentary now that it has been located?  I know the owner is anonomous (which I can certainly understand), but perhaps he'd be gracious enough to let it be seen and heard after over 30 years.  I understand Mr. Woodyard has worked on it as well...
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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #126 on: November 17, 2015, 02:23:51 PM »
Cool idea, we did at least try to cover the topic in the Jay Graydon webisode on youtube.  A definitely historic piano.
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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #127 on: January 05, 2016, 07:36:20 PM »
Ben,
I want to get my father the Blu-Ray version with the book. When I go to the site you have several sellers listed such as Amazon. Which one do you recommend?  I try to avoid Amazon if possible, and I want to make sure you get the most cut.


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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #128 on: January 06, 2016, 03:23:24 PM »
Hey!  Thanks for the support, it's very much appreciated.  If you're not comfortable with Amazon, people have had great experiences with Barnes and Noble. Here is the link:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/down-the-rhodes-gerald-mccauley/1114794312?ean=9781480342422

I'm sure he's going to love it.  Thanks again.
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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #129 on: March 25, 2016, 06:34:52 PM »
Hi all,

Wanted to announce that we just posted an updated version of the MP4 "Rhodes Travels," a part 2 to the documentary, on our site.  The latest addition to the interview line up was Michael McDonald - long awaited and exciting to have him as a part of the project!

This separate, second feature includes interviews and performances from Al Jarreau with Tom Canning, Clarence McDonald, Michael McDonald, Wayne Vaughn, Brian Jackson, Robert Glasper, Kandace Springs, Mark de Clive-Lowe and Frank McComb.

Enjoy!  http://www.fenderrhodesstory.com/ordernow.html

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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #130 on: March 26, 2016, 02:45:15 PM »
Thanks for the update Ben. I hope Micheal McDonalds reveals what effects he used on his early songs like Minute by Minute :)

I really enjoy the info and interviews from The Rhodes Story, can't get enough....

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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #131 on: March 28, 2016, 06:30:31 AM »
Wonderful! I just ordered my copy. Can't wait to watch it later tonight.
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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #132 on: April 30, 2016, 10:22:27 AM »
Had mine as a gift from my girlfriend for christmas, great documentary, and played a massive role in assuring me that a Rhodes was for me. Ordered and payed for a MK1 73 stage 1977, arriving in the next few days.

Going to be watching the DVD again the night before probably lol. (basically feels like christmas but it's mid spring.)

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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #133 on: May 03, 2016, 02:04:25 PM »
Love that story, great to hear and thanks for the support.  Here to help on your 1977 if you have questions!
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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #134 on: July 03, 2016, 09:45:49 PM »
Thanks for the update Ben. I hope Micheal McDonalds reveals what effects he used on his early songs like Minute by Minute :)

I really enjoy the info and interviews from The Rhodes Story, can't get enough....

--Roy

Roy, Michael indeed plays Minute By Minute on in the video... I don't believe he mentions it by name, but that song has a phaser. Ben's video is cool because he plays it with and without the phaser. I'm familiar with all Doobie songs with Michael McDonald playing Rhodes. As far as I can remember, he used phaser, chorus, and vibrato (the vibrato was used more on earlier stuff from "Taking it To The Streets" & "Living On The Fault Line").
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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #135 on: January 22, 2017, 05:22:31 AM »
I was wondering if you guys know where I can find the version of girl from Ipanema with the early Rhodes in it?

It's on the DVD but I can't find it anywhere online! :(

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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #136 on: January 23, 2017, 12:13:29 PM »
I haven't been able to locate it in the general public, so I'd be happy to hear if it shows up somewhere.
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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #137 on: January 30, 2017, 02:24:11 PM »
So you're behind those short "Down the Rhodes" videos on YouTube? Awesome. I'm looking forward to buying full documentary. From what I've seen on YT is is amazing.
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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #138 on: January 31, 2017, 01:58:54 PM »
Really appreciate the support, thanks!
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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #139 on: May 01, 2017, 04:42:30 PM »
Hey Ben, I appear to have misplaced my DVD with the documentary on it... I am devestated and was wondering if you could provide me with somewhere to watch it online/a link to download it or something?

I can provide proof of purchase :)

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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #140 on: May 02, 2017, 03:16:03 PM »
Hey!  I'll send you a message.  Thanks again for your support.
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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #141 on: May 20, 2017, 02:43:51 PM »
Here is a webisode with Steve Woodyard, many of you may have seen his name in discussions about Rhodes over the years as a key contributor to the piano and personal friend of Harold.

http://youtu.be/XQEY2VBO_7s

Ben,

I just bought this book/DVD set a week ago. I'm enjoying it very very much. Thanks for taking to time to compile all this info, and for these links. I was actually wondering if there was additional footage of these gentlemen after reading their bits in the book, so I'm glad to see this thread.

The Rhodes is special and everyone that has one has an interesting story...

I bought my first Rhodes (suitcase) in 1990-91 for $125 (I had a few Rhodes over the years, and was lucky to have never spent over $150 on them, one was even given to me) but I had no idea how to tune it though. Not long afterward, an article came out in Keyboard Magazine about the Rhodes and Wurlitzer, and actually had Harold's phone number in it so I called him. He was super nice and supportive, and he sent me a manual (via snail mail), paid for the postage even. After that I became deeply interested in how the Rhodes worked. I was a kid then, the Rhodes were literally a dime a dozen because people wanted the DX (or later Kurzweil) so parts were hard to come by at times unless you salvaged another unit.  He later gave me Steve Woodyards phone number to buy parts and pick his brain about stuff. At the time, Steve was one of the few sources for parts, plus his VAST knowledge etc... no one knew more about the Rhodes, and he was also very kind to me and answered any questions I had. I eventually did an album (in 2000) with my band and proudly thanked Harry in the liners. I called to tell him that I sent him an album but Margit answered the phone and told me he passed just weeks earlier... it was a heart breaking loss. While I was writing and recording the album, doing crazy effects etc with the Rhodes, I was envisioning and looking forward to an interesting conversation with him that sadly never happened.  I later did an interview with Keyboard magazine and credited them for introducing me to Harry because they printed his phone number in that one issue... one of those life changing moments (I even became a contributing editor position at Keyboard Mag for a short time).  Anyways, it's about time a documentary was made... kudos on a job well done!

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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #142 on: May 22, 2017, 11:58:33 AM »
Hi Ramin,

Thanks very much for the support.  Fantastic story... and I think we all wish we did more Rhodes buying back in the 90s haha!  It's too bad a documentary wasn't done before Harold's passing, but we hope that we covered the story as best as possible.  We live in a time now where parts are much more readily available, so the outlook is great on keeping the pianos alive out there.
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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #143 on: August 24, 2017, 09:38:00 AM »
I just purchased the book from our local Half Priced Books and I can't believe how extensive it is.

You guys truly outdid yourselves on this one. Very excited to finish watching the documentary! (I put it on last night but couldn't finish it as it was super late)

This book and documentary really are a service to the musical world. Thank you from the bottom of all of our hearts.
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« Reply #144 on: August 24, 2017, 11:50:07 AM »
Thanks very much for the appreciation, it took many years to bring it all together.
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Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« Reply #145 on: November 27, 2017, 12:32:51 AM »
Watched the DVD again this weekend.  Inspired me to dig into my sparkletop piano.

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« Reply #146 on: December 06, 2017, 01:29:43 PM »
That piano was a beast of a restoration!  Glad to hear.
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