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Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: key restoration
« on: February 07, 2012, 09:45:34 PM »
Here are some results... Ive been using 0 grade steel wool then finishing with 0000 steel wood on the top of the keys. On the bottom lip I've been sanding the grime with very fine sand paper than using 0000. I then finish the process by applying Novus 2 and buffing it off.
It does take about 30 minutes each key to do it right. Overall I am satisfied with this process but it does not necessarily restore the keys to a show room level shine. I would say this process restores the keys to about 80% and would recommend it on major discoloration. Thanks for the help everyone.

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Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / My Fender Rhodes...
« on: December 27, 2007, 12:32:11 PM »
i just bought a 88 key stage rhodes made around 1970-73, i spent $480. The condition is playable, but nothing you would want to record a record with. First I am not a pianist, so i bought this vintage peice of gear to learn notes, which will help me with my other musical endeavers. I have done quite a bit of research and I just have a few minor questions left:

1)How much (decimals) can the Rhodes fall out of tune?

2)Is it possible for a novice like me to tune it, or should i send it to a pro ?(I tried to tune it with a guitar tuner, but since i am new to understanding notes its hard for me to calibrate it)

3)Is there anything that can be done with loose keys?

4)Finaly, On the highest octave of the board the keys barely make a sound, am i being overdemanding, i mean, I know the tines are only an inch long but is it possible to get them to make a more recognizable tone?

Thanks, Aaron

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