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Title: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Chris Carroll on December 23, 2010, 11:49:18 AM
This should give everyone more food for discussion- www.vintagevibeepc.com  



Moderator edit.. renamed thread, made sticky and merged two other related threads into this thread.
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: sean on December 23, 2010, 02:28:06 PM

I hope it has those cool blue hammers.
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: kphlx2000 on December 23, 2010, 10:12:20 PM
Man, I can't wait!!!! ;D
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: rockstardave on December 26, 2010, 12:22:28 PM
A newly fabricated electric piano, or a "new" electric piano made from the parts of old pianos?  I wonder what Senor Brandstetter will say...
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: Cormac Long on December 26, 2010, 01:47:09 PM
I just checked here.. http://www.namm.org/thenammshow/2011/directory .. and found the following after a search..

VINTAGE VIBE
76 Cobb Street, Rockaway, NJ 07866 USA
(917) 880-9763
www.vintagevibeepc.com
Booth# 5805 (Hall B)

.. So we'll know for sure some time between Jan 13th-15th.

FYI.. Someone else, who shall remain nameless is exhibiting at booth 5807, Hall B. Within a stone's tine's throw!..
You can download an Excel spreadsheet of all exhibitors to see for yourself.

If anyone is planning to attend and can get pictures or possibly audio/video etc during the exhibition, then get in contact with me. This event will no doubt spark a lot of interest among enthusiasts in this forum!
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: GetWithTheTines on January 02, 2011, 08:51:10 PM
Hi, everyone.

I hope I'm not spoiling the big unveiling, but I just found a picture gallery on flickr under "vintagevibeepc" with a "VV64" piano that looks like a Rhodes/Wurlitzer hybrid.

Let me just say that it looks *awesome*!! It looks like a Wurlitzer body with 64 keys and a Rhodes Stage pedal. It has a pre-amp with 3 knobs (presumably volume, vibrato, and tone?). The finishes are amazing, too. They have silver, red, light blue, and light green (all sparkle top), and a very elegant looking high-gloss black.

I'm not sure if this is all that they're planning to unveil. Maybe they're planning to offer a series of pimped out hybrids. In any case, you will all drool when you see the pics. I can't wait to hear it!

Take a look here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vintagevibeepc/5304054787/in/photostream/

Chris, sorry if I'm spoiling the surprise, but I assume it's ok since your gallery is open to the public. Nice job, by the way. I'm sure it will be out of my price range, but maybe I can get a poster of one for my wall like the one I had of a Ferrari when I was 10 years old ;-)
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: Cormac Long on January 02, 2011, 09:27:55 PM
May look like a wurly shape but the key fitting image shows a tonebar harp, single damper strips pickups and more or less the same pedestal blocks. Not sure if the harp is actually using wood. It looks great and will probably also sound great!
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: pianotuner steveo on January 02, 2011, 09:33:54 PM
I am guessing it is a modern Wurlitzer like piano, not Rhodes like except the pedal design.
It would cause legal hassles if it were a Rhodes clone. If this is so,bravo, Chris. I have always wanted to see this done.

I cant wait to hear what it sounds like.

Also, I am guessing volume, speed and intensity for the knobs....

Where are you seeing interior photos dresdner353????
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: GetWithTheTines on January 02, 2011, 10:06:01 PM
I'm guessing he saw the Rhodes 54 that was included at the end of the series.
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: SWANG on January 02, 2011, 10:08:57 PM
are these new?  the photo date says september 2006...
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: bumpyrhode on January 02, 2011, 10:15:56 PM
Just beat me to it SWANG. Maybe a little pre-dating to thwart industry espionage.

Also, the black one has Stage type controls, not Suitcase controls
like the Green, Blue, Silver and Red. I'm digging the green and red the most. Maybe because I'm
still in the Christmas mood.
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: Emielskey on January 03, 2011, 09:22:29 AM
it's a rhodes, but I think as light as possible. they even sawed away the tonebar-wood, used the lighter wurli bottom, and designed a custom cover. (and adjusted a few more things ofcourse)

I'm convinced it sounds 100% rhodes, but (much) less weight.
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: Fred on January 03, 2011, 04:10:38 PM
I cannot begin to tell you how excited we are to present these new pianos. Each one is a custom, hand-made-to-order masterpiece of tone, quality build, and portability. Thanks for looking! Here are some details (as of now)!

   These are tine-based electric pianos, set up with the classic Early Seventies tone.

   Configurations are practically endless. The "base model" piano will look like the black (passive) model pictured, but in a matte finish plastic shell. You will be able to choose from many optional upgrades, including mono or stereo tremolo pre-amps (with built-in power supplies), high gloss solid or sparkle finishes, and 64 or 73 note keyboards.

   The pianos can be ordered with any combination of options, or, the base model may be purchased and upgraded later. Our custom solid wood chassis will be pre-drilled with "delete plates" installed for easy addition of pre-amps and power supplies.

   Best of all, these pianos are light. Less than one pound per note! Our 64 weighs around ten pounds lighter than a Wurlitzer 200A! 

      Thanks again for checking it out, and hope to see you at NAMM 2011!
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: rockstardave on January 03, 2011, 05:10:16 PM
   These are tine-based electric pianos, set up with the classic Early Seventies tone.

The asymmetrical tuning fork is a closely guarded design, and you guys are no dummies.... which can only mean you invented a new style of tone generator.  Right?

Don't be coy.... what's under the hood?
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: Cormac Long on January 03, 2011, 05:45:49 PM
The pictures I saw showing the harps etc have been removed.. hmm..

I was also surprised to see that the top has a slight curve.. you'd think that a curve would be a no go these days for stacking etc or is it assumed that its stacked on something else or you just don't stack at all :)

The devil will be in the sound and pricing if that is made public. But in fairness, the very best wishes with it and I sincerely hope its a roaring success.
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: kphlx2000 on January 03, 2011, 07:36:17 PM
I'm ready to buy a couple of these. Great job guys. ;)
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: Peacefrog35 on January 03, 2011, 08:10:34 PM
I'm seriously going to want one...I just hope my bank account and wife will let me .  Looks like I may have to sell something soon to fund one of these...this will be a must have... The design/cosmetics are killer!
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: tylert on January 03, 2011, 08:23:55 PM
WoW!!  Very intuitive design.  You sold me on looks alone buy then you start talking about early 70's tone and I'm looking around my studio thinking what can I sell. When? Where? How Much?
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: tylert on January 03, 2011, 08:28:25 PM
Any chance we can get a brief description of what the action is like?
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: bumpyrhode on January 03, 2011, 08:43:10 PM
Anyone for starting a poll/pool on how much $?

My guess $2500.
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: GetWithTheTines on January 04, 2011, 01:44:41 AM
Based on what I've seen them selling restored Rhodes for on their web site, I'd be surprised if they're under $4K, especially since they're made to order.

So, Fred... When can we see you lighting one of these up on YouTube?  :)
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: Peacefrog35 on January 04, 2011, 09:11:30 AM
You make a good point....these are made to order. I'm afraid it'll be a long time before I can get one... I'll have to hit the used market in a few years...or sell my gold sparkle piano bass in addition to the silver... :'(  I'm going to have to live vicariously through some of you guys.
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: tylert on January 05, 2011, 04:15:26 PM
I'm hoping the base level (black one) will be within my reach. If they start at $4k, I might have to pass this round and see whats shakin next year. I could add a lot to my studio with that kinda money.
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: Fred on January 05, 2011, 05:00:53 PM
We will certainly have a video soon!

I will have to let Chris handle price queries, but I can say this...


We have our final weight numbers, and...


     The passive base level 64 weighs in at 53lbs.

     The passive base level 73 weighs only 60lbs!

For those of us who opt for the chrome legs, the leg plates will add 1.5 lbs. 
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: GetWithTheTines on January 05, 2011, 11:43:27 PM
Wow. Is that with the cover on?
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: Fred on January 06, 2011, 11:04:10 AM
Yes.
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: Cormac Long on January 06, 2011, 01:39:46 PM
27.2kg.... amazing!
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: Peacefrog35 on January 06, 2011, 03:19:31 PM
Wow...it weighs just a little more than a piano bass.   This has to be the sweetest ep I"ve ever seen.
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: bumpyrhode on January 07, 2011, 04:26:03 PM
Here it is. $2800 - $3455.

http://www.vintagevibeepc.com/pricing.html

My guess off $2500 wasn't to far off.  Knew they had to be in that range to
compete against the Mark 7. Active 73 w/o midi is $4000.

Can't wait to see NAMM pics and vids.
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: sean on January 07, 2011, 04:47:16 PM


Only a hundred bucks extra for the awesome sparkle top finishes.  That's great.  How can anybody resist?

Even the green looks so pretty.  It needs the matching green sparkle on the sustain pedal housing.


And $275 for the active preamp is a fair deal. 
I am amused at the offering of the mono-tremolo, only $75 gets you the stereo version. 
(Why no quadraphonic or 5.1 surround?)

This is amazing.  Very cool.
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: GetWithTheTines on January 08, 2011, 10:39:36 AM
Excellent! I may actually be able to get one if I sell my other pianos. I seriously had trouble sleeping last night, thinking about what configuration I want :-)

I'm curious. Does the VV piano have all new parts (keys, tines, tone bars, pickups, etc.)? I'd love to know more about what those are like. Can the tone be adjusted by moving the tine & pickup, like a Rhodes?

I'm also really anxious to know what the action is like. I'm concerned that it might be too light, like a Nord Electro, which is too much like an organ action for me. Do we have to wait until NAMM to see photos of the inside and videos of this thing in action? You're killing us.
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: bumpyrhode on January 08, 2011, 11:37:55 AM
Excellent! I may actually be able to get one if I sell my other pianos. I seriously had trouble sleeping last night, thinking about what configuration I want :-)

I'm curious. Does the VV piano have all new parts (keys, tines, tone bars, pickups, etc.)? I'd love to know more about what those are like. Can the tone be adjusted by moving the tine & pickup, like a Rhodes?

I'm also really anxious to know what the action is like. I'm concerned that it might be too light, like a Nord Electro, which is too much like an organ action for me. Do we have to wait until NAMM to see photos of the inside and videos of this thing in action? You're killing us.

GWTT - Didn't mean to cause you sleepless nights. I just saw the page was up
and figured you guys would like to know. I guess the answers to your specific
questions will have to wait until after NAMM. Next week is going to seem
like an eternity. Wouldn't it be nice if VV had a live feed from NAMM like Dean
Guitars did last year?
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: bumpyrhode on January 08, 2011, 12:08:28 PM
Here is VV's Flickr page for their new EPC. If you look at the second pic down you
can makeout what looks to be a I/O panel on the right underside. Scroll to bottom
to view additional 5 pages.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vintagevibeepc/

Their other Flickr pages

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vintagevibe/
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: Miguel Tuna on January 08, 2011, 07:22:33 PM
OMG
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: GetWithTheTines on January 09, 2011, 10:17:06 AM
I did want to know, as I'm sure others did as well, so thanks for posting it. The "you're killing us" comment was just a playful remark directed at Chris and Fred to get some more information about the new pianos. I am anxious to know more about it, but I can wait. A live feed would be fun, though :-)
Title: Re: Food for Thought
Post by: bumpyrhode on January 09, 2011, 10:29:48 AM
Did you guys notice on th models page there is a dead link for a "44"? Are they doing
a bass model also?

Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Fred on January 10, 2011, 05:45:16 AM
We're thinking of a 44 note super-light... Could be cool, right?

...And we're off! Wish us luck!!!
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Nitrofunk on January 10, 2011, 05:05:34 PM
Good Luck! Sounds very interesting!
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: GetWithTheTines on January 10, 2011, 05:54:24 PM
Very cool, Fred - especially if you can customize the range of the 44-keys for individual preference. Have fun at NAMM!
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: bumpyrhode on January 10, 2011, 06:30:11 PM
Very cool, Fred - especially if you can customize the range of the 44-keys for individual preference. Have fun at NAMM!

If the harp boards are "similar" to the Rhodes then this should be doable.
Specify your desired range then they would cut the appropriate section
from the harp board pattern. Of course the range may be dictated by
by retaining a middle C.

Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: tylert on January 10, 2011, 06:56:17 PM
This is all I've ever wanted in a rhodes... sounds good, plays good, light weight, and Brand spanking NEW!!!  Does it get any better?  I'm going with the Red sparkle top 73 passive. Its about all I can afford at the moment and I've gotta have it.
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Cormac Long on January 11, 2011, 06:40:27 AM
Any footage or sounds surface yet?

I've been scouring the interwebs and googles.. found nothing  :'(
Title: Re: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Cormac Long on January 11, 2011, 11:57:31 AM
Just realised namm opens Jan 13th
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: pianotuner steveo on January 12, 2011, 03:57:13 PM
It looks like the base is an actual Wurlitzer part. too bad I threw out a bunch of those!

I do have a few if you are interested, Chris.
Title: Re: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Cormac Long on January 12, 2011, 04:05:55 PM
The harp images which were removed from the Flickr feed showed tines and not reeds. It's not going to sound like a Wurlitzer without reeds.


Edit: forgot our own rules here. No RMC discussion. This post edited along with others after it. Let VV worry about any legal issues. We can just gaze in awe of the new EPs.
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: pianotuner steveo on January 12, 2011, 07:40:37 PM
Edit: removed RMC references

Maybe those pictures were accidentally added Rhodes harp pictures which is why they were removed....

We should know more after tomorrow.
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: bumpyrhode on January 12, 2011, 09:34:52 PM
Here's what I figure.

Wurly style case to keep the weight down. Possibly light weight composite harp
boards too. Reclaimed or reproduction tines

Edit: removed patent reference.
Title: Re: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Cormac Long on January 13, 2011, 04:05:44 AM
The harp was recognisable as a Rhodes harp with tonebars and pickups. But the harp was not uniform in shape. The front seemed to slant inward as you moved up in pitch. So they seem to have removed excess weight in a number of places.
Title: Re: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Cormac Long on January 14, 2011, 02:28:17 AM
Here we go!... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLl4bgAoqcQ
No doubt at all now what it sounds like.
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Rune W on January 14, 2011, 04:47:57 AM
Cool! Sounds Rhodes-like. Let's hope there will be more vids and sound-samples out soon.
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: GetWithTheTines on January 14, 2011, 10:05:22 AM
Well, the sound didn't disappoint. And that guy looked like he was really having a ball playing it. I doubt you'd see anyone enjoying playing a Nord that much. I would still like to see a video of the action, but of course there's no substitute for actually getting your hands on one.
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Cormac Long on January 14, 2011, 12:12:20 PM
Some more videos below.. I wasn't messing earlier when I said, based on booth number that they would be within a tines throw of another tine piano vendor!.. but man.. right next door

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvdyGt6iFfc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xskpaQlJnFo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8UjXwdd8CA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAut3Sw0EuE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvQDr_T3SA4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYUIlsE1xuU
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Cormac Long on January 14, 2011, 12:17:03 PM
Still waiting for some video of the harp raised!.. C'mon lads.. open her up!
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: bumpyrhode on January 14, 2011, 01:34:19 PM
So funny about their location. Maybe that's why the lid stays closed.
Wouldn't you like to be a fly in those booths?

Having done conventions myself (non music related), I appreciate the guys
are letting the pianos speak for themselves. No heavy pressure selling.

Looks like more activity going on in the VV display. 
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Dote on January 14, 2011, 02:02:04 PM
Hi gang,

I must say hats off to Vintage Vibe for pulling this through. I have the utmost respect for them to bring this type of piano back to life without any long before roll out teasers.

Thinking about patent issues and trademarks, without having checked the facts, I think that all original Rhodes patents have long run out and they do not use any trademarks resembling anything Rhodes. I even tend to think, from the youtube-clips, that these pianos will have their own sound/character. I realy like what I hear.

I would love to see Wurly-style pianos in the future from VV, but I understand that the whole action and harp is much more complex and expensive to make, but maybe.

Again kudos to VV for all their support of vintage pianos and for the future of electric and electro-mechanic pianos.

If the price is right here in Europe I will definitely buy one.

@Chris: will you attend Musikmesse Frankfurt 2011? Have you found a german/european distributor? Thomann comes to mind?

I wonder if the stated local techs have received a piano yet (Jens?) ;)

Cheers,

Dominik
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: tylert on January 14, 2011, 03:57:11 PM
Sounds like a rhodes. I would like to hear it without the background noise though.. is there any proper demos up yet?
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Nitrofunk on January 16, 2011, 02:49:25 PM
This is unbelieveable. Are you Guys coming to the Musikmesse in Frankfurt? I hope so...
Peter
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: martin on January 16, 2011, 03:50:37 PM
put me down for one!!!!!!!!! cant wait to try one!!! are you coming to the uk!!!!
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Fred on January 18, 2011, 12:16:49 AM
Well, we're back from namm, and what a great experience. We met a lot of artists... CJ Vanston, Brian Auger And Stevie Wonder(!!!!) to name a few, all played our piano! Response was very positive, and we could not have asked for better neighbors. The Hammond guys where awesome, playing our pianos and pointing out all the greats (and even sending them our way)!
  
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Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: rockstardave on January 18, 2011, 05:03:33 PM
That is wicked awesome.  I want a  VVEP, and I ain't ashamed to say it :|

Can we puh-lease look under the hood now?

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Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: martin on January 20, 2011, 08:01:38 AM
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Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: FerrorB on February 23, 2011, 01:16:31 AM
Hey All,
I am new here, Vintage Vibe is my first choice, I am planning to purchase or design own custom one-of-a-kind  vintage Fender Rhodes piano or Wurlitzer electric piano then there is no one better qualified to help my achieve custom vintage keyboard design and fabrication..  :)
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Cormac Long on February 24, 2011, 05:27:28 PM
Saw this today on Twitter..

Quote
@vintagevibekeys tune in to Letterman tonight on CBS to see a Bright Eyes performance featuring a Vintage Vibe piano!
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Cormac Long on February 25, 2011, 06:27:48 AM
And this would be the performance..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3eaO8ZWo0k
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Fred on February 25, 2011, 03:37:17 PM
Our "Television Debut"! You beat me to it, Cormac! =)
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: GetWithTheTines on February 25, 2011, 07:00:18 PM
It was really hard to pick it out of the mix :-( At least it looked cool, though.

Fred, I've been checking the epc site and haven't seen much more info about it yet. Any idea when we can learn more about it? I'm seriously contemplating buying one.
Title: Re: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Cormac Long on February 26, 2011, 04:15:00 AM
Still waiting for pictures of the inside..... come on guys put us out of our misery ;-)
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Cormac Long on March 04, 2011, 04:06:40 PM
VV have uploaded a video of the new piano.. sounds real nice. Still no view inside :(
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSxU3HS7j2o
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: tylert on March 20, 2011, 02:18:21 PM
Just put $1000 in the bank yesterday to start my vintage vibe fund.  Just wondering if anybody ordered one yet and if so which one?  what do we do about a Case? I plan on using mine on tour and I haven't heard or seen a top or case being advertised.
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Fred on March 27, 2011, 12:03:32 AM
Flight cases can be made custom, but we are DEFINITELY looking into a soft case as well.
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Cormac Long on April 11, 2011, 04:45:21 AM
A new video of the VV EP. I like this the best of all the demos so far. The tines are really well tested by the player and they sound absolutely wonderful.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfmVL2bipr0

The cool part is that there are two exposed harps and assemblies in the background.

You can see the harp is clearly reduced in size and weight as it contours with the reducing size of the tonebars. Its also vertically supported from the keybed assembly in line with the harp brackets. The side harp supports seem to be wood.

Here's a snapshot of the video at a point where it pans toward the exposed assemblies.

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/__q3sDJIrc_E/TaLDxTfeukI/AAAAAAAAAFc/t5nbKnkCcJw/vlcsnap-2011-04-11-09h58m01s163.png)

All in all these look to be very well thought out. Kudos to VV.
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: PianoSam on April 11, 2011, 06:46:15 PM
Any plans in the near or distant future to do a 32-key Piano Bass style? Or is the 44-key model that's upcoming more in that area?
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: GetWithTheTines on April 12, 2011, 06:31:27 PM
Flight cases can be made custom, but we are DEFINITELY looking into a soft case as well.

This is interesting. I have been wanting a flight case for my Wurlitzer, but I'm not satisfied with the options I've seen. Do you guys have one designed for them? I bet there would be a lot of interest.
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Fred on August 20, 2011, 01:30:26 PM
...Now available at Miyaji, Tokyo!

http://www.miyaji.co.jp/vintagevibe/ (http://www.miyaji.co.jp/vintagevibe/)
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Cormac Long on August 20, 2011, 01:56:03 PM
Fantastic news guys.. Lets hope there won't be any exploding TV sets this time around
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Fred on August 20, 2011, 06:20:33 PM
Ahh, the poor EK-10...
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Cormac Long on August 29, 2011, 10:29:45 PM
Simon Beck has posted an interview with VV's Chris Carroll and Fred DiLeone....

Click Here (http://alphabeck.co.uk/cgi-bin/weblog_basic/index.php?p=51)
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: kphlx2000 on August 30, 2011, 08:06:03 AM
Great interview.

Kenneth
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Rob A on August 30, 2011, 12:02:58 PM
This raises the question of whether a Corona edition VVEP is out there.
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Cormac Long on August 30, 2011, 12:11:28 PM
Also brings new meaning to the concept of a well lit workplace
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Cormac Long on March 01, 2012, 01:48:39 PM
Well... they can be midi enabled now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2viDPr330O8
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
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Just bumping this thread.
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
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Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: ideasculptor on July 15, 2013, 02:36:45 AM
If anyone wants to know about the VV ownership experience.  I've been playing a VV73 with midi and active electronics since late last year. I've probably played 40-50 shows with it (ranging in audience size from about 3 to 1000), have recorded a fair number of tracks with it, and mostly love it, but do have some reservations.

Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: goldphinga on July 15, 2013, 03:36:12 AM
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Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Fred on August 20, 2013, 08:12:54 AM
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Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: jbarkley00 on July 12, 2015, 05:05:33 PM
About to acquire one of these beautiful things... Anyone here have one? Looking for any pros and cons
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: Jenzz on January 14, 2016, 02:58:13 AM
Hi .-)

This is my small setup since Nov. 2015... and lovin' it for sound and portabiity .-)

Jenzz
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: zoooombiex on September 12, 2017, 04:49:46 PM
Old thread, but there isn't much info out there from regular owners so I thought I'd offer my experience FWIW.

I bought a VV64 Deluxe used, but it was basically unplayed. The original buyer had to flip it for financial reasons. For reference, my other rhodes are Mark V's and a Mark I.

My main takeaways so far:

-the VV is ridiculously light and portable. not just a little better like the 54's and the Mark V's.  way way better. like, carry it under one arm with something in the other hand, better. for some gigs that might make the difference in whether i would bring a EP or something like a Nord.

-the action is excellent. nothing at all like the Mark I (mine is pretty much stock, and very spongy). the VV is super fast and snappy, with a very defined stop at the bottom of the key travel. it feels like the overall key travel is shorter than the mark V's, though I haven't measured. i'm pretty used to the mark V as my reference for good rhodes action, so i wouldn't necessarily say the VV is "better", but it's certainly not worse. excellent, but a different feel.

-very clean sound (little/no hum)

-i had a bad pickup when i opened it. maybe that was just a fluke or it happened during shipping. but i've had a lot of rhodes shipped to me and never had one arrive with a broken pickup. again could be a fluke, and VV sent me a replacement very quickly. it was easy to install and has been fine since.

-the sound is a little tamer than my mark V's. when i just play it by itself, it sounds beautiful and I have no complaints. but when i've had it side by side with the mark V's, the VV's high end seems almost dull by comparison.  I spent a little time trying some different pickup placements and adjustments to the tines but couldn't capture that extreme clarity I get from the V's. but that's not to say it might not be possible. and again, when i just sit down and play it i never feel like it is lacking anything at all. so it's very much a taste thing.

-i'm interested to see how it holds up physically. i'm pretty careful with my gear. other than the pickup it has been fine. but there's that ironic suspicion of whether something so much lighter will hold up as well.

-i wish the lid were flat, as (just like the mark I's) it makes putting other boards/effects/etc on top tricky. maybe they make a flat option? i've seen some comments about the lids not holding as much weight as the rhodes (introducing buzz on keys), and the VV material does seem to have more give. i usually stack a D6 on my rhodes without any issues, but i'm not sure i'd be comfortable doing that with the VV. but lighter stuff seems fine.

Finally, FWIW, here is a recent set where i used the VV. it's a more experimental set overall, but there is some cleaner playing in the middle and towards the end

https://youtu.be/0NffbWrxtLU?t=14m30s
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: sookwinder on January 31, 2018, 04:57:37 AM
Hi guys... another post to this older thread.

This delightful Vintage Vibe 64 EP in Lilac sparkle arrived on my doorstep here in Australia a couple of days ago.
My first impressions of the EP leave me speechless … I am over the moon. 
Earlier posts have said how great these VV EPs are , but let me just reiterate how awesome the key action and the sound is on the VV64.

I already have a 1973 Rhodes, Wurli 206A/200A, Pianet N & T and this VV64 has a voice of its own that fits in perfectly and fill a gap at the same time.
What is great is that the sound with the active electronics can achieve a multitude of styles and feels   …   totally different to my Mk1 Rhodes or my Wurli 206A/200A

The fit and finish of the instrument is first class, the quality of the parts used, the design, the fitment is very impressive.
Little things have blown me away… like the location of the on/off switch … yes you need an on/off switch, but it doesn’t need to be staring you in the face when you play. 
Again discussing the action of the keys … they make playing just so easy … to use an auto industry metaphor … while I love my 1973 Rhodes , comparing the action of the Rhodes to the VV64 is like comparing the steering of a 70s Chevrolet to a 2017 Chevy SS  -  chalk and cheese.
The Lilac sparkle top is perfect .. both in colour and in the finish surface.
I also like the fact that the active electronics allow a guitar to be plugged into the return and utilise the preamp FX.

In short …  this VV64 is a superb instrument.
Plus communication with Chris and the VV guys was easy.

David

(http://www.offsetguitars.com/personal/sookwinder/vv64/vv64%2002.jpg)
(http://www.offsetguitars.com/personal/sookwinder/vv64/vv64%2001.jpg)
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: d-rock on January 31, 2018, 11:41:29 AM
Wow! Gorgeous. Such a nice collection of pastels.
Title: Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
Post by: eddie_bowers on March 25, 2019, 12:18:25 AM
Cool article I ran into while searching for what Rhodes was used on Midnight Rider.
https://www.emusician.com/thewire/peter-levin-brings-vintage-vibe-to-muscle-shoals-sessions-at-fame-studios
It's not linked from the VV site or mentioned, but it's practically and ad for them.

Back to the song. For me it's the quintessential tone of a Rhoads.