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General => The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano => Topic started by: pnoboy on December 15, 2017, 04:21:28 PM

Title: voicing--your ideas and techniques?
Post by: pnoboy on December 15, 2017, 04:21:28 PM
I have not been fully satisfied with the sound of my '78 stage piano.  With the piano's so-called bass boost knob turned up, the left half of the piano sounded dull and boomy.  With the bass-boost knob turned down, the sound quality of the lower notes was fine, but then their volume was too low.  BTW, I should mention, as many on this forum no doubt already know, that the bass-boost knob is actually a bass-cut knob; turned fully clockwise, all the signal from the harp is applied to the volume pot.  As the knob is turned counterclockwise, more and more bass signal is filtered out.  Also, the volume potentiometer on these pianos is 10k ohms, which definitely removes some brilliance from the sound, and also cuts the volume to some extent.

A couple of days ago, I decided to revoice the piano with the bass-cut knob fully clockwise, and then to be sure I was hearing the full sound from the pickups, I decided to bypass the piano's bass and volume controls altogether and connect the harp output directly to my amp.  In preparation for the revoicing, I set my amp's tone control for a flat frequency response.  The result was very gratifying--the bass end of the piano sounds punchier, and, in fact, with the bass-cut knob all the way up, the sound is almost just right, needing only a slight adjustment from my graphic equalizer.  This result got me to wondering what ideas other contributors to this forum have about voicing the Rhodes.  Do you have a procedure that works well?

BTW, while we're talking about the stage piano's controls, I made some simple changes to my piano to eliminate almost all the reduction in brilliance caused by the low impedance of the stock components.  I replaced the volume pot with a 50k audio taper, replaced the bass pot with a 250k reverse audio taper, and replaced the .047u tone capacitor with a .010u tone capacitor.  This leaves the bass pot's frequency adjustment as it was.