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for me the real charm of the my 1976 Mk 1 is not its spungy action, a sustain pedal that makes bids for independence, or certainly... certainly ... not the backbreaking weight. But the sound and the history is a different matter .... and render these things immaterial. And I've never played a gig with it where someone hasn't come up specifically wanting to talk about the instrument at some point.......

So, like a vintage car, you either buy into all that it is, or... you get something more convenient! I reckon... :)


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Classic & Modern Fender Rhodes Artists / Let´s post our MP3´s! :)
« on: April 06, 2010, 08:15:08 AM »
Hey, some nice sounds on this thread.

Thought I'd put this on here, a fun project for us. Can hear the piano most clearly on Mercy Mercy Mercy i guess.

Actually only two of these tracks use my 1976 Mk1, the others are using a Yamaha p90. Be interested if it is obvious which...

http://www.myspace.com/turtlewalk

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Buying / Asking prices for Rhodes out of control?
« on: May 23, 2009, 12:38:36 PM »
Uk prices although high seem to have been stable for a while now, but Ebay throws in a  random element now and again, as i guess all auctions do. Hard to see them going down much though.

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For Sale / Rhodes Piano Method DVD set.
« on: May 09, 2009, 03:27:55 PM »
i've been looking for a copy for a while. As far as I can tell it was reprinted and published by company called E-Z Way Productions in 1997 but they are elusive.  Occasionally used copies come up (i think there is intemediate video on Amazon.com at the moment) but full set seem to be out of print. Kind of thing a university library should stock, am curious about his teaching methods, is there anyone on the forum that knows more?

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The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / transporting rhodes
« on: April 12, 2009, 04:49:37 AM »
Quote from: "andi85"
CP300 from Yamaha won't help you too much, unless you want to transport it without protection. The CP33, however, might be worth looking at. I just want to buy one for myself - but I also want a Nord C2, so ... whatever ;)


memory lapse sorry, yes i meant cp33 not 300 (same prob with RD700)

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The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / transporting rhodes
« on: April 11, 2009, 11:44:09 AM »
Agreed for me keep the rhodes and buy a yamaha. Be useful in wider variety of situations. I got a second hand p90 off ebay with flightcase recently and it is great, no reservations at all (not sold new anymore tho)

My research says: New, look at Yamaha CP300. Roland equiv is RD300GX, lots of sounds but action not as good. Nord i just didn't like action or sounds but there will be those who disagree and it looks v cool. Or for cheaper options Yamaha p85 and p140, although to me 140 looks not good.

And keep eye out on Ebay for older pianos in good nick - Good luck!

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The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Facebook
« on: April 03, 2009, 04:24:54 PM »
Damn action is far too soft, where's the manual?

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The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Facebook
« on: April 02, 2009, 03:06:53 AM »
Quote from: "bjammerz"
Well now that you've opened the gates, I would mention to stay away from her... her nickname is "tine cutter."


actually she's a just a Mk 8 from the future  - she'll turn back Terminator style if you play the right tune

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Quote from: "pianotuner steveo"
By right wall wart Bjammerz means it is absolutely necessary that you do not reverse the polarity. That is the main concern. If you reverse it, you can possibly ruin the unit, at the very least,you will ruin the protection diode. .


Good advice definitely. Although when I did it the wrong way the phaser was fine but the wart started smoking ominously. Not a reassuring sign.

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The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Why do you play a rhodes?
« on: March 05, 2009, 12:41:38 PM »
Slightly round-about way for me - when i realised that first half of  Chick Corea's Children's Songs were actually written with Rhodes in mind, and wanted to hear how they would sound. So looked out Headhunters, and was hooked from then.. .

Although still haven't actually heard recording of Children's Songs on a Rhodes

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I saw him recently in Manchester UK and it was great. Liked it best when he just sat down and played the piano - amazing - he can do much more trio/solo type playing than generally people seem to talk about. Mehldau, Corea et al are fab, but I reckon Hanc**k can still probably outdo pretty much anyone in just about any style if he wanted. A true musical adventurer. Perhaps veering onto another thread tho, sorry

Got a bit late night lost Rhodestech R, was thinking we were talkign about left handed piano concertos, like the clip though, poor old Dudley  :(

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Handy if you want play some bits of ravel as well ( ouch, sozza)

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wazza musical leftie? (not that i disagree with the other sentiment)

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Amps, Effects & Recording Techniques / harley Benton
« on: January 22, 2009, 01:06:29 PM »
After looking around a bit I spent £50 on a used good condition Fender Champion 110 for home, was surprised at  decent  clean tone . 25W. Reverb not great, but volume fine for playing with anything acoustic, rarely crank it above 2.

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Nice one... 8)

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The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / My first Rhodes...am I getting a deal?
« on: January 13, 2009, 07:46:49 AM »
oh, that explains it! Same prob here...

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Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Yamaha P90 stage piano
« on: January 08, 2009, 01:42:20 PM »
First impressions of P90 - me like...  :)

A serious piano, action is really not so far off my Yamaha U3 upright (i mean ... not so far anyway). Strong piano sounds, easy interface, 2 track recorder, and cracking double bass was nice surprise.

Thanks SeaKing and The Real MC re amplication: looked into Barbetta 31c but not sure how easy to get over here in UK. Not wild on KCs much, see elsewhere people talking about using stage monitors - hmm, more research...

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The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Rhodes Piano Method
« on: January 05, 2009, 05:01:13 PM »
I'm not clear whether they are a basically a piano tutor or specifically about playing the Rhodes?

His education work sounds interesting and unusual, teaching to play by teaching to build the instrument! There will be many on the forum far more knowledgeable than me, but got this (from an obituary): 'within three years I had it all together. I had reduced the whole subject of improvising to four simple steps. Taken in order, these four steps would unfailingly analyze the harmonic innovations of Tatum, Ellington, et al. But far more importantly, they would enable my students to come up with their own unique styles.' -intriguing

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Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Yamaha P90 stage piano
« on: January 05, 2009, 01:20:03 PM »
Thanks guys, really helpful info.

Well - i bought it, good condition second hand for a reasonable price at both ends, pleased. Picking it up later in week - looking forward to proper play.

I've got the right midi cable, any advice on getting it talking to Garageband and Cubase for mac? I gave up on an old PSR keyboard a while back which used the same 5 din lead, computer just ignored it totally!

Oh, and edit: what amps are you using? KC series? Or something cheaper just as good?

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Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Yamaha P90 stage piano
« on: January 03, 2009, 05:47:44 AM »
Am thinking of buying Yamaha p90 for rehearsals, anyone any experience of these? Seems sturdy enough? (i've seen a cautionary tale in another thread - but electronics is always electronics i guess)

Seems to have a pianolike decent action and to me better piano sounds than the Rolands. Not convinced by eps so much on either though. Gator hard case isn't too heavy, seems odd to me carrying electronics about on wheels but I guess everyone does it...

Any thoughts?

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The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Rhodes Piano Method
« on: January 03, 2009, 05:37:58 AM »
there's one on amazon at the moment looks like it might be it - or at least some of it?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B000ZQCK6Q/ref=dp_olp_2

Tempted if so (even with sterling where it is against the dollar...  :? )

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The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Rhodes Piano Method
« on: December 27, 2008, 01:39:02 PM »
i didn't know there was one (should i not admit that?) . Would be v interested in any details myself

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The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Rhodes Featured In Cosmo.
« on: December 03, 2008, 12:35:57 PM »
Interesting, Rhodes spottings...

always interesting to see them on MTV vids (not much choice at the gym) with no Rhodes sound anywhere in the mix. Oh and that otherwise brilliant film The Commitments has a Rhodes emitting an acoustic piano sound at the end!

(and her indoors as I like to refer to the chief breadwinner wouldn't know one from a Hammond B3, although she likes Lonnie Smith's turban...)

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The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / chord voicings
« on: December 03, 2008, 12:27:20 PM »
thanks

Requires bit of persuasion to keep action regular, but reckon tuning is ok.  More to do with focus that bothers me

Spreading out voicing or missing notes helps but i still can't quite get the clarity i want, and think it's my playing as much as the set up. But then again there are plenty of recordings where Mk1s just don't penetrate i suppose.

Hmm *sucks cheeks in*, guess better put the practice in...  :?

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The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / chord voicings
« on: December 01, 2008, 11:41:37 AM »
so I'm after some advice on comp chord voicing in comparision with acoustic piano comping.

Drop 2 voicings seem ok sometimes, but anything thick is ... well thick.

Not sure, can't find any obvious previous discussion or articles . Am workin on my own stuff but just wondered about any learning from others (when not playin funky riffs obviously...) :D

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Other Keyboards & Software Synths / That Poor CP80
« on: October 27, 2008, 02:08:26 PM »
Quote from: "bjammerz"
Haha the one thing I can say about the Emerson videos, is that beyond the destructive, he actually is talented.  

It would be much different than a young musician who can't play at all, just destroying an instrument for shock value and to overcompensate for not being able to play.  At least Emerson can wail at the same time, while wailing literally on the organ haha.


know what you mean, but then had a vague memory of him with OP (maybe he should stick to breaking instruments !? )

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvQIobg0BwU
 :D

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Amps, Effects & Recording Techniques / Micro Synthesizer guitar fx pedal
« on: October 22, 2008, 01:42:03 AM »
Is anyone using one of these?

Be interested to know what happens when attached to a Mk1... guess probably much the same as a guitar?

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Amps, Effects & Recording Techniques / Delay Pedals?
« on: October 22, 2008, 01:36:33 AM »
Thanks - really helpful info.

Interesting that analogue memory man doesn't feature too much. Will look into the MXR Carbon Copy for now

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Amps, Effects & Recording Techniques / Delay Pedals?
« on: September 06, 2008, 11:12:36 AM »
Hi - fabulous forum, great to meet so many Rhodes-Freaks!

I'm new here, looking for a delay pedal for my Mk1. Sorry if already covered, but have had look through old posts and didn't see too much on this particular subject...

Am looking at Electro Harmonix Memory Man. Wondering whether the analogue Deluxe is what's needed, or whether the digiital version would be fine (- could use looping on it, and price bit lower). Or whether something else altogether is better?  (i'm playing through a smallstone mostly)

Any thoughts appreciated - thanks!

Andrew

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