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I see from your signature you have a 1971 Suitcase Fender Rhodes. For me the tines and pickups from the 1960 to early 70s rhodes are really special. I appreciate it is harder and harder to find replacements...
Quote from: Piano&Drums on February 05, 2022, 06:00:49 PM
Is $3K for a fully restored by vintage vibe Mark II suitcase a fair price? Wooden keys.
Yes...but it does depend what part of the world you are...
Absolutely love the sound of a Fender Twin. I used to have one but also have a Dual Showman which is essentially the same amp in a head form. Following Alan, many guitar players are not interested in such powerful amps so the prices are much more affordable. I actually like an "overpowered" amplifier for at home levels because you get a completely uncompressed sound. That said, it is nice to push the tubes a little bit without getting phone calls from the neighbours.
I would strongly encourage you to not rush into buying an amplifier but rather borrow or try out some amplifiers to get a sense of what you like. And then, keep an open mind. Rather than chasing a particular amplifier, if you come across a well-priced used amplifier then consider it as an option. I have gotten great tone from vintage Ampegs, MusicMan, and other Fenders. I even once used a little Yamaha THR amplifier just for noodling at home which was quite nice for recording and playing with different effects.
If you get stuck then this (and the online Facebook group) are great places to turn to for advice.
The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Requesting reactions to my Rhodes recording, is it too bell-y?March 27, 2021, 09:33:05 AM
Quote from: mjbarber431 on March 25, 2021, 06:25:04 AM
Thanks for the feedback! I have actually already replaced the hammer tips with VV's angled color tips, which are the softest they offer besides the felt ones. I'm really starting to dig the sound, however. FYI, my Rhodes is a 1983 mk II with plastic keys.
I swear I thought 1983 within just a few seconds of hearing your recording Rhodes Flower. The more rhodes you play and listen to then you really can recognize the tonal differences recognizing as people restore them with different parts they are creating different sounding rhodes. It really is wonderful how different each rhodes sounds. It gives those of us with a passion for these instruments many different textures to choose from.
Anyways, I enjoyed your playing and think the piano sounds very nice. I owned a 1983 suitcase for awhile. I really had it sounding quite nice but ultimately it was the action that lead me to sell it.
The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Differences between Fender Hot Rod Deville & Twin Reverb and Pre-ampsOctober 16, 2020, 08:59:23 AM
I quite like this DI box for use with PA: https://www.radialeng.com/product/firefly
The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Rhodes Stage Piano paired with MusicMan 212 HD One Thirty ampSeptember 26, 2020, 10:02:35 PM
The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Re: Got my first 200A this week. A couple issues & seeking some advice.August 29, 2020, 10:47:33 PM
If you move the electronics out of the way then he could probably tweak the let-off.
You're welcome to borrow my let-off tools as well. I have both the the ones from VV as well as Ebay.
It's actually worth owning both as they are slightly different.
They have a bunch of Wurlitzer's at NMC in Calgary (https://www.studiobell.ca) if you want to compare to get a sense of what are reasonable expectations to have a Wurlitzer as far as action. Some years ago John Leimseider had adjusted the action on your Wurlitzer before he passed away. I made some adjustments over the years as well but it had sat idle for sometime so could use some tweaking.
I usually just scrape away the old glue with a blade and sandpaper, and obsessively get rid of any dust, and then apply the glue.
The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Is a 30watt Crate Amp not powerful enough for '73 Rhodes high end notes/sounds?July 24, 2020, 08:32:24 AM
On late-model suitcase pianos, the effects loop (Accessory 1 & 2) has an internal connection that is temporarily broken when you use the loop. Normally the connection is restored when you unplug your effects loop, but sometimes the internal connection goes bad. Symptoms that the connection is bad include a drop in the piano's volume, along with static that is only heard while you play a key. Try running a short patch cord from Accessory 1 to Accessory 2 as a quick fix for this problem. It should restore the signal to full volume and eliminate the static.
Where is the internal connection that needs fixing so I do not need to keep using a patch cord to bypass the issue?
Thanks so much
It really is worthwhile bringing your Wurlitzer to a music store and trying out different amps and maybe even a powered speaker to find what you really like. Everyone has their own preferences.
Any chance you could make a recording of it? Retrolinear has one of the best reputations in the restoration business. Without hearing it...I would not dream of making any recommendations.
What is your frame of reference for a Fender Rhodes? Most sampled or digital versions usually do not have the "character" that comes with electromechanical keyboards including the inherent noise of the upper registers from harder tips hitting shorter tines.
If you have a chance to post some pictures please share.
Here is a video showing the process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2JywMJxVAo
Fresh hammer tips is probably the best money and time I have ever spent on making my clavinets sound awesome!
Quote from: scotts72 on December 17, 2018, 07:06:36 PM
also... what is the outlet under the "ia" under the words "Stage Piano" ?
I bet you this is the jack for a power cord...like you would find on a guitar pedal. Perhaps it is one of those mini power supply jacks like you find on some older MXR pedals, tube screamers, etc.
I think there must be a battery or power cord to supply the custom electronics...but having never seen these custom electronics I have no idea how they work.
It looks like a really interesting Fender Rhodes. Congratulations on the purchase. I am sure you will get it playing soon
As far as which is more mellow, I think it truly does depend very much on how they are set-up. I think that the early 1970s can be voiced across a wider range meaning I can voice a 1973 to sound similar to the late 1970s/early 1980s Rhodes. But I find it hard to get a late 1970s/early 1980s Rhodes to cover the same voicing range as a 1973. To my ears, late 1970s/early 1980s also have a bit of a thin, nasal quality to their sound that while being very musical never gets quite as fat as the early 1970s models.
If price is no issue, I would suggest buying the 1973 and send it to a really experienced tech to restore and set it up exactly as you like it. I have no doubt a well restored 1973 can be voiced however you like it!
That being said, I could not see any pictures of the inside to get a sense of the hammer tips, grommets, and whether there are any broken tines. Replacement tines do add up in price. I have found most of the early 1970s pianos really benefit from having their grommets ± hammer tips replaced which is not a huge job by any means but still is an additional cost of time and parts to consider.
Good luck with your decision!
Amps, Effects & Recording Techniques / Re: Rhodes Stage piano: split signal to two Twin Reverbs w/ effects loop for re-201November 08, 2018, 12:09:03 PM
BTW I would love to hear your set-up. Twin Twin Reverbs sounds epic!
I hear what you are saying about the cost of these replacement reeds.
Then I would phone Ken Rich, Vintage Vibe, Chicago electric piano company, etc. and ask if they have any they could sell you.
Perhaps someone on the forum might have some extras?
I do not have any experience DIYing replacement weights.
You could try re-magnetizing any particularly quiet reeds. I also have found it useful to experiment with some different amplifiers to find the right match, or even just trying out an EQ pedal, even something simple like one of those MXR 10-band EQ pedals. All that being said, I have found it most useful to adjust the pickups primarily with the aim to get even volume/tone across the keybed (rather than maximum bark) as some tines just seem to bark more than others on my pianet despite all manipulations.
Quote from: EvanBingham on November 18, 2017, 06:17:20 AM
Does the supa-trem 2 have less background noise?
I have one. No background noise.
Very little to no tone loss.
I put the bag partially on when the legs are still screwed then lay the wurlitzer on the side to unscrew the legs and zip up the bag the rest of the way. This way the surfaces of the wurlitzer never see contact with the floor. The bag for the the pedal and legs works fine too.
All that being said, if I were to have other people moving my stuff I would invest in a hard case.