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General => The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano => Topic started by: soulsystem on June 20, 2019, 11:14:09 PM

Title: Sustain problem
Post by: soulsystem on June 20, 2019, 11:14:09 PM
Hey guys, need a little help. My Rhodes Seventy Three Mark I is having eternal sustain. I can take the lid off and lift up and set it back down, then its ok for a while. But eventually the sustain remains on for a bunch of notes. Is there a quick adjustment I need to make?
thanks,
Steve
Title: Re: Sustain problem
Post by: spradders on June 21, 2019, 03:11:50 AM
Hi, what year? The early 70s Mk1 have a screw in the middle of the damper rail; it allows you to pre-tension the dampers so that they move the right distance when the pedal is depressed.  Your screw could be too tight, hence keeping the dampers off some of the notes. If not, then you need to look at the damper felts (are they working ok, not too floppy etc), the bridle strap tension (small cloth strap on the front of each damper arm; if too tight then stops the damper returning fully). Your harp shims could be a bit too big one end, stopping the tines resting low enough. Otherwise the individual problemtatic damper arms probably just need a little bend upwards so they make better contact with the tine.
Read this: http://www.fenderrhodes.com/org/manual/ch4.html#4-3
Title: Re: Sustain problem
Post by: soulsystem on June 25, 2019, 01:00:20 PM
Sure enough, that did it!  Thanks so much for your help. As for age, its got a red ink stamp of 12 75 on the tines board, so I suppose 1975. I loosened the screw a couple of turns and voila. thanks again, cheers!! Steve
Title: Re: Sustain problem
Post by: spradders on June 26, 2019, 01:54:10 AM
Woo!
Title: Re: Sustain problem
Post by: keyboardlewis1 on September 24, 2019, 03:15:12 PM
I had the same problem. This fixed mine as well. Thanks for posting!