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No... freaking way! You should make a few more, I'll bet a few fanatics would buy one :)

For Sale / Mark III for sale in Bellingham
« on: November 22, 2017, 05:30:55 PM »
Not my piano but I thought it would at least interest this forum!

For the more unique collector!

I'd recommend using imgur for photo hosting. Alternatively get yourself a hosting plan for ~$3-5 a month and have unlimited photo hosting for as long as you want... plus a website and email and domain name!

For Sale / Re: $500 (CAD) Rhodes Piano Bass
« on: February 25, 2016, 02:25:44 PM »

Mark V without legs... $1200

Mark 1 full suitcase for $1200 -

Mark V with legs! - $2200

This is crazy to me. I got lucky with mine for $460 a while ago but it wasn't nearly as good as these in terms of condition. If you close to Vancouver, come up to get some serious deals.

For Sale / Re: $500 (CAD) Rhodes Piano Bass
« on: February 25, 2016, 02:21:46 PM »
It's still up!

Seriously dang I wish I had time to do something with it but my rhodes needs a lot of work still as is. I would be interested to see the internals.

For Sale / $500 (CAD) Rhodes Piano Bass
« on: February 11, 2016, 11:22:28 AM »
I don't have the money to afford this but if you're in Vancouver, this might be of interest.

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Re: Columbia Elepian Restoration
« on: January 29, 2016, 03:31:51 PM »
Video of the Elepian, little improvisation using the MPC2500.

wow this is one of the best sounding electric pianos I've ever heard. Almost like a super clean crispy Wurlitzer

Hey man,

I would suggest opening the box and taking some photos of the inside.

I've spent a bit of time fixing mine (which still has issues but works 95%) and I can try help you, not to mention other members can check it out. I had to actually resolder my harp input wire back to my preamp because they made some really weird modifications to it. I've since returned it to the original configuration. Here's my thread: (I truly did not know anything then haha)

I also have the cheek block and it operates well, though my power supply makes noise. Not sure on the quality of them but it hasn't had any issues so I'm happy with it.

Also VV sells a rebuild kit which I've yet to start on

This weed-end


but really there's probably some people in this thread: that would really love to see more pics/hear more on that elepian piano you have there. Those are like Mark III Rhodes rare...

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: New tines? Could use some advice!
« on: January 19, 2016, 11:56:07 AM »
Tone bar clips didn't work :(

A3 and C4 have tines which aren't cut off straight and have no even oscillation as an initial beat. I think I'm gonna try use a file   

A#3 also has an initial beat but that is due to the spring at the very end of the tine

E6 and F#6 still lack sustain. I saw one thinner older grommet

2 questions remain
1. Is it save to take a file to flatten the tip of the tines?
2. Would some new grommets increase the sustain given the fact that one of them is a bit thin and the trick with the screw driver dramatically increased sustain?


Hey there,

The answers are:
1. Yes! As long as you have a bit of room at the end of the tine to keep it in tune, as filing it down will change the pitch slightly.
2. Are the grommets old and hard? Are some cracked? If yes, then buy a whole new set of grommets and replace them all. It's a bit of work but well worth it.

You asked earlier and yes, you should make sure the tines are perfectly lined up with the pickups as well. Simply remove the tinebar assembly, loosen the screw and move it in the location which centers it.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Play Test your E.P.I.Q.!
« on: November 06, 2015, 11:37:34 AM »
Here's the answer!

Stay tuned for the next one, we'll be doing them weekly :)


Have you ever tried to figure out what causes a tine to go bad?  I would be suspicious of a poor fit into the steel block, but I've never had one to troubleshoot.

Good question. I think I have a tine that's going bad which I might replace this weekend. If it is bad (could be something else though) I will inspect it and see.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: The grandfather of all rhodes
« on: November 02, 2015, 06:01:07 PM »
I just wanted to bump this to see if anyone has discovered anything since 2007. I was wondering about the Xylette just today and this was the only thread about it.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Leveling Keys
« on: October 30, 2015, 12:15:09 PM »
I took off all my shims when I dissembled everything and I did not find it very hard to re-level the keys on the piano but it was rather time consuming (and mine aren't quite even). As steveo said, do not do it while the keybed is out of the frame.

Heres a track she plays the rhodes in as well:

Classic & Modern Fender Rhodes Artists / Estella Yun Trio - 6PM Mass Ave
« on: October 27, 2015, 05:49:49 PM »
I found this while looking at the Roster for Rhodes Fest, I had never heard of this artist, but I'm glad to have discovered her and her amazing band.

Check it out:

If it is not too much too ask, could we have a picture of the top of the blue perf board so we could see what the numbers on the ic chips are?  Someone spent some time putting that together building from the power supply up! I don't see anything indicating a tremolo circuit myself, but I could be wrong.
Thanks for sharing!

This would be amazing. Here's to getting an answer by February 2016 ;)

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Play Test your E.P.I.Q.!
« on: October 27, 2015, 02:32:06 PM »
Well, I was on the trail.   I should have gone with my first instinct.
No one else wanted to venture a guess?

I posted directly to their FB and in this thread - I was right :D Yahoo

I honestly think I should start offering local Rhodes repair services in Vancouver BC as the only place that used to do them no longer accepts Rhodes to repair. I just can't tune very well... but I can fix virtually anything else now :)

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Play Test your E.P.I.Q.!
« on: October 26, 2015, 04:09:47 PM »

This note has the dull thud reminiscent of my Wurli 206 just before the middle Bb snapped, so perhaps it's a tine on it's last few strikes.  However, I've never broken a tine, and I haven't replaced any due to loss of tone, so I really wouldn't know what to listen for to say whether or not it was the tine.

I'm going with that guess (I answered on FB), it's just so similar to the messed up tine that I had, but it sustained even less.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Starting my restoration
« on: October 23, 2015, 11:10:02 AM »
I hope it isn't too out of date.

Haha yeah it's all out of date since they released the "Rhodes Piano Software patch 1.698343" in late 2010 making all previous rhodes restoration guides out of date.

But really, if your grommets are replaced, just move the tines away from the pickups and set the volume. Set escapement by using a tine block sideways against the back screw and level it out. Adjust the front screw to define sound.

If you really want to restore the piano, strip it all the way down, replace any felts you think are worn out, hammer tips and dampers. I had never done anything with a real piano before and I gutted mine, replaced everything and rebuilt it from the ground up. It takes time but it was totally worth it, plus you become really acquainted with it and able to understand what causes certain problems more easily. But also, if it aint broke, dont fix it! So it's up to you :)

Take a picture of the innards and we can tell you what you might need to have done.

The easiest way to explain this is that different parts were built at different times and the stamps are different.

I have a 1973 Harp with a 1972 key bed if I recall correctly.

Hey guys,

So as I go through some of the "last steps" (you know there will be more) of getting my Rhodes 88 key mark 1 sorted out, I have two things I'd love some help with.

1) What screws/hardware are used to hold the "arms" to the harp - the arms are those 2 metal pieces on the side that allow you to lift the harp up and stick it in place for maintenance. Mine never had screws so I need to figure that out, my harp has just been resting on the mounts really.

2) Can someone measure their exact harp mounting locations on the wooden harp mounts? I think it will come down to me just doing it based on how I feel it needs to be placed. The last guy who "tried" to restore the piano decided to use wood filler on the old holes now I have no real reference beyond getting the highest keys to strike the tines correctly. Actually, it's probably pointless to ask for this, I'll just have to place the harp best I can and mount it based on that.

3) bonus question: will the Vintage Vibe sustain pedal work with a random piano stand? Is it adjustable?

Thanks again for all your help guys!

In the interest of saving you money, I would recommend just going with some passive electronics or straight up running it off the harp.

The preamps are nice but at the end of the day, they consume a lot of time and money in order to get them working. Unless you are looking to bring your keyboard back to "factory condition" then just look to getting your studio set up to amplify and add effects to the rhodes.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Best lube for pedestal felts
« on: October 05, 2015, 11:46:26 AM »
looks like I'll need to go get some silicon spray after work today...

Don't reinstall those keys until it's good and dry.

Yeah, I might even do some tests with a few keys to see if it affects the glue on the felts/look to see how much is good to use. I'll let you know.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Peterson Preamp--ho, hum
« on: October 05, 2015, 11:29:14 AM »
I made a proto of the dyno-my-piano preamp based on a schematic found on the forums. The eq curve is quite different compared to the peterson, but the output signal level is very very low. Here's a video, this rhodes is a mk2 5280:

I've also used the BBE Sonic Stomp pedal with Vintage Vibe stereo vibe preamp on my Rhodes 54.

Just sharing these for comparision. It's still a work-in-progress. :)

Hey! This sounds like a really cool project.

Can you post the schematic?

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Best lube for pedestal felts
« on: October 05, 2015, 11:20:02 AM »
I'm sitting here at my desk thinking "damn I haven't even lubed my pedestal felts... no wonder my action feels heavy..."

oops. Thanks for doing the test! looks like I'll need to go get some silicon spray after work today...

Although Mike has some, here was my list when I was looking for them:

Vintage Vibe sells them but for $5 a piece, I bought mine from there and they worked so I'm happy with that -

Alternatively this link was posted ages ago:

Free shipping on these: apparently high defect rate though

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Peterson Preamp--ho, hum
« on: October 02, 2015, 04:48:18 PM »
Chords demoing the different tri-stereo tremolo settings - triangle wave, sine wave, square wave.  Intensity and speed differences... you'll want to use a pair of stereo headphones to get the full effect.

Some photos that will give you an up close look at the rail controls:

Welp. looks like I need to start over and buy myself a dyno rhodes. That sounds magnificent!

Edit: As someone with a Peterson pre, I kind of agree with your assessment on the Vibrato itself but I like the "chunkyness" of the pan so its not a bad thing. Not sure that I agree with the treble sound though, I quite like the way mine sounds.

I'm curious to know whats going on with the electronics and harp wiring. Looks custom.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: White Suitcase Done!
« on: August 18, 2015, 05:35:47 PM »
Likely the most beautiful non-black rhodes I've ever seen! Stellar work!

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: 1969 transition model Rhodes
« on: August 11, 2015, 01:27:17 PM »
Woah crazy this is the first piano I've ever seen like mine with just the DIN connector and no other connections on the preamp.

The insides on that one are beautiful. what a find.

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