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I'm curious what effects (boosters, preamps, chorus, phasers etc etc)  pedals you guys are using with your rhodes?

I agree with Allen

I have a Neo Ventilator, but then I am an organ player primarily and have 2 vintage tube leslies (122 & 145) and a new solid state leslie (3300).

Although I haven't tried them, the Strymon & Tech 21 pedals get a noteable mention on various forums. Others such as  the line 6 rotomachine, Boss RT20 are pretty lame from my experience if you wish to replicate a leslie. They may be ok as an effect if you like the sound..

On the other hand, If you want to replicate a particular guitar sound from a recording (say Hendrix, SRV etc) find out what they used and use that. Often they didn't use proper leslies.

IMO the Ventilator is miles ahead of anything including most onboard sims from current Hammond clone keyboards, but then its alot of cash so the value equation will vary depending on who you are.

Great find - Congratulations on that. The beauty of these instruments is that they're pretty easy to work on....

Good luck getting it in shape....


The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Rhodes in movies - Sapphires
« on: August 23, 2012, 06:29:13 AM »
How funny. I noticed the Shure mics were a bit too new and shiny for something in a war zone?

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Rhodes in movies - Sapphires
« on: August 23, 2012, 12:55:56 AM »
I know this borders on trainspotting behaviour but I just saw a new Australian movie called The Sapphires. Was pleased to see it featured a rhodes stage piano through out.

I was probably the only person who noticed that it was not period correct given that the movie was set in 1968 and the rhodes was a MK1 Stage not available until 1970.

Are there any other movies featuring the rhodes?

Preamps, Modifications & Upgrades / Re: Dyno circuit pots.
« on: August 17, 2012, 08:49:35 AM »
Thanks for that. My concern however is that each of the 3 schemes I've seen including the one from john Hines who reverse engineered his original all show different pots? Given I'm not using concentric pots I may start with 50k and experiment from there.


Preamps, Modifications & Upgrades / Re: Custom stage 54...
« on: August 17, 2012, 12:01:18 AM »
Nice work.

Don;t know what the piano started like before the mods, but wouldn't it have been easier to just get a 54 in the US?

Preamps, Modifications & Upgrades / Dyno circuit pots.
« on: August 16, 2012, 08:58:17 AM »
Hi All

I'm putting together a dyno preamp using schematics found on the net. Each circuit of the 3 circuits I've seen have different values for various components, especially the pots.

Any thoughts on whether the values are critical or not? My concern is that if the pots for part of a filter circuit, then messing with the values will have an effect.


OK... it's just about finished!! New pics here:

Restoration pics here:

Taster for you:

Go on... tell me you like it  :o

Great job on the resto. certain to look amazing both on stage or in the studio...

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Resto tips - Chrome Legs?
« on: August 05, 2012, 07:19:18 PM »
Got the legs back from the electroplater and i must say i was impressed with the outcome. The legs came back looking new.

Given the extensive flaking of the previous finish, even painting would have been a poor outcome and a lot of work on my behalf.

Well worth the effort/expense in my view.

Thanks, Picked up some 1/4" machine bolts from the local hardware chain (Bunnings). Works a treat.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Stage leg brace screw thread?
« on: August 02, 2012, 06:37:04 PM »
Hi Guys

Does anyone know the thread size for the brace screw on a Mk1 stage?



Running my Mk1 Stage 88 into my '73 deluxe reverb for home use. Sounds great. Was thinking of building a dyno preamp for it but can't see how it would sound much better.

Amps, Effects & Recording Techniques / Re: Using powered PA speakers
« on: July 19, 2012, 08:19:07 PM »
There are loads of amp simulators you could use between your rhodes and QSC (I have a K10 which is awesome). Check out some of the pedal varieties like this from tech21

For even less $$ check out some of the clone pedals by Berhinger or Joyo available online for as little as $40.

Most come without vibrato or reverb but you can add whatever flavour you like to the chain.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Resto tips - Chrome Legs?
« on: July 18, 2012, 10:01:26 PM »
Looks like rechroming the legs is not a bad option. First place I got a quote from suggested $150 which didn't seem unreasonable given how bad they are and that they'd require a reasonable amount of polishing and cleaning prior to plating. It is also 8-10 piece once you pull them all apart.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Resto tips - Chrome Legs?
« on: July 16, 2012, 07:06:26 PM »
I'm no expert on this, but I'd think that to get some good advice, you'd need to be far more specific about how bad the corrosion is.  Are the legs rusty?  Pitted?  Is the chrome surface totally gone in some areas?  Or have the legs simply lost their shine? Photos would help, too.


Yeah - Good point. The rear legs and braces are particularly bad with chrome surface totally flaked off in certain areas and other areas the legs are totally brown. A mate who restores drums suggested rubbing with some 0000 steel wool for pitted surfaces however these are well beyond that point.

Pity the vintage relic look isn't in vogue with EP's as it is in the guitar world. lol

I'll get a quote for a replate in the next couple of days and report back....

As for photos. My mac is down at the moment so will load some pics once that is sorted.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Resto tips - Chrome Legs?
« on: July 15, 2012, 07:48:17 PM »

Doing my first resto (first anything really) on a stage 88. The Legs are very corroded. I was curious if there was anything to worry about regarding getting them rechromed or is it just a matter of taking them to a electroplatter?

Also if anyone in Melbourne, Australia can recommend someone I'd be keen to hear.

Cheers Rob

Preamps, Modifications & Upgrades / Re: Suitcase Preamp PCB?
« on: July 12, 2012, 09:22:30 PM »
Hi T

Yeah saw that thread. Doing my own boards may be the likely outcome however I thought I'd check to see if there were any about first.



Preamps, Modifications & Upgrades / Suitcase Preamp PCB?
« on: July 11, 2012, 07:33:14 PM »
Hi Guys

Apologies if this has been covered previously, I've has a look in the archives but haven't found anything on the topic. I've just started my restoration of a 76 Stage and reckon I need a preamp in the rail.

Does anyone have or know where I might get a reproduction PCB for a suitcase preamp? I thought it might be worth ask before I try to get an original or design up a custom one.

Any advice one doing this would be appreciated?


The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: New to forum and rhodes
« on: July 11, 2012, 05:47:59 AM »
Thanks for the welcome. Will check out the mentioned eBay auction. Cheers rob

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / New to forum and rhodes
« on: July 10, 2012, 06:27:51 AM »

Thought I'd pop in and introduce myself. I've just signed up having recently acquired a 1976 Mk1 Stage 88.

Its pretty rough and going to go through a complete rejuvenation which wiull be challenging since I knew virtually nothing about these beauties untill 2 weeks ago. Having spent enough time in and on hammond organs and with some of the amazing resources available on line, I might get through relatively unscathed ... well not too badly eh.

If anyone knows of a sustain pedal and rod available in Australia please let me know.

Cheers Rob

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