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Good links. Im going to try Home Depot, Ace, etc before I order anything online. Thanks

@ Shade: Yes! that is the way my piano is "customized". I really had no idea it wasn't factory, can any one confirm that this is a aftermarket mod? I was surprised when I saw the lid at first because I had never seen a lid like that before. I kind of like it compared to my 50 lb heavy 88 Fender Rhodes lid on my other Rhodes. This explains why the tolex was duck taped and beat to crap on the top half of the compartment compared to the bottom. So I guess it dosnt matter what I do to those lid hinges, they probably came off of a kitchen cabinet, lol.

 My question is: do you think I can paint the latches and (physically) get away with it? Do you think if I painted a latch/hinge it would flake/chip right away? (i guess this is more of a Q for painters)

@ Allen: I think the problem is that if I buy a kit I still would have to go to Home Depot and find some lid latches that match. I am considering some new corners though.

btw this Rhodes plays wonderful, it just looked like crap when I bought it. It's 50% restored now and should be 100% by next week (harp cover, tolex, brought the keys back to a nice white shine)...thanks for the help

Im restoring a 1975 73 and Im almost done with laying the tolex. My next step is replacing my worn out metal hardware. I think I will buy some new metal corners from ebay however I have a few uncommon latches on my 73 (the top splits in half) that I havnt seen replacements for. I am thinking of just blacking the remaining metal parts out with some basic spray paint. The metal on the handles should be all right but I realize that on the hinges/latches I am going to try to paint two metal surfaces and rub them together which seems like asking for trouble from the start. Any suggestions???

It's in the manual, why not print it off the manual? If I had a scanner I would.

I have a similar problem, it sounds like a weak connection. With your piano powered up take off your harp cover and gently start playing with the wires to see if anything changes. Test your piano by plugging into the harp directly bypassing the name rail. My Rhodes is shorting out at the RCA output of the harp so all I have to do is touch it minimally to have the sound go on/off. If its loose wires it should be a easy solder. Take Care

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Keys and Bridle Strap Q
« on: February 16, 2012, 10:26:42 PM »
Also, not to seem greedy, but has any one heard of a scenario where the bridle straps were the main cause of bad action on a rhodes? Thanks

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Keys and Bridle Strap Q
« on: February 16, 2012, 10:14:29 PM »
Sorry for being lazy in not defining my problem with the correct terminology. I never thought of bending the BALANCE RAIL PINS. I might give it a try now. Thanks Steveo for clarifying.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Keys and Bridle Strap Q
« on: February 16, 2012, 01:37:00 PM »
huh. Do you mean you twisted the guide pins sideways to change the contour of the guide pin? Or did you literally bend the guide pins sideways? I am assuming you twisted the guide pins which in my experience should stiffen the action more then center the keys, but I will give that a try on my 73 key. Thanks

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Keys and Bridle Strap Q
« on: February 15, 2012, 02:26:55 PM »
I have two Rhodes Pianos

1973 88 key mk1: The action is loose when the key is pressed down, Ive done some tests and it feels like the bridle straps might be effecting this problem the most. Some of the straps are so loose they don't even appear to be doing much.

Q: Can bridle straps have such a major effect on the action?
Q: Given that the bridle straps are connected to the dampers, is this a dualism of problems?

1975 73 Key mk1: The action is great vertically but there is a lot of side-to-side looseness.

Q: What can be done to center the keys?
Q: Anybody know of a mod that could "wedge" the keys in place?

Thanks is advance

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: key restoration
« on: January 27, 2012, 11:16:28 PM »
Beautiful! I am going to try using 0000 steel wool in combination with Novus2. It seems time consuming, has any one tried a thicker grade of steel wool successfully? Although I don't want to compromise my keys. I will post results. Thanks!

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Creative Top Installation...
« on: January 24, 2012, 10:52:17 PM »
the custom legs look pretty sturdy.

This is the second Rhodes I've bought. It is a 1975 Mark 1. I bought this one last week for $480. I couldn't resist taking a look at it and after noticing the great shape it was in internally and the beautiful action, I bought it. The tines, tone bars, dampers and hammers are in great condition. The name rail shines and all the hardware was included even the pouch for the legs which I've never seen before.

this is my first complete full restoration. I plan on a new tolex, painting the harp cover (obviously) solidifying the wiring and getting the keys to shine again.

back to work...

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / key restoration
« on: January 24, 2012, 10:32:25 PM »
i've searched this forum and others and cannot find an answer to this specific problem.

     I recently purchased a 73 key Rhodes mark 1 and begin restoration. The action is beautiful but the Tolex, Harp Cover and Keys need attention. The keys are a bit yellow (most likely from sun damage, oils, etc) so i decided to swap keys off my Fender Rhodes mark 1 88 over. I found out that the keys are not interchangeable.

     After considering overhauling the rail board or re-capping the keys i decided against it. I tried many simple solutions to take the yellow off but nothing has worked- white wine vinegar, baking soda, etc. I have yet to try Magic Eraser or Bartenders friend but I doubt they'll work either. Im concerd that the yellow tint is deep below the surface.
     Q: has anybody had success buffing keys, lightly sanding keys, etc? or is there a process out there to bring them back to a nice white again?


my 73 keys on the Left and my 88 keys on the Right

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