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The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Re: My $20 Wurlitzer bench
« on: December 07, 2018, 06:58:12 AM »
Great bench! Hey, by any chance are the legs stamped 'DECAR PLASTIC CORPORATION'?

If so, that would be a fun connection to Wurlies, since Decar made the legs for the first 200's. They were primarily a manufacturer of laminated "plastic school furniture tops". (1212 N. Central Park Avenue, Chicago 51, Illinois)

Unfortunately no, there aren't any markings on the legs. However, the leg plates look really similar. It would be a very cool connection.

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The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / My $20 Wurlitzer bench
« on: November 26, 2018, 09:40:03 AM »
I've been looking for a bench/stool/chair for my Wurlitzer 206a when a "kindergarten" style school table popped up on CraigsList for $20



The ad said it was 21.25" tall which is about 1" taller than the bench for my acoustic piano. I was going to get it just to use the school/Wurli style legs but realized it might be cool to leave it as is but cut it down to bench size instead. It worked out great. I cut the seat to be 15" x 24" which seems to be a pretty comfortable size. I also rounded the edges and painted them black.

I think it gives off a great "student" vibe that fits the piano.



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The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Re: Wurlitzer 206a - To chop or not to chop?
« on: November 06, 2018, 02:04:49 PM »
This is one of the coolest things I've seen. That's the way to do it and keep it classy with a nod to the past.

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The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Re: Wurlitzer 206a - To chop or not to chop?
« on: November 05, 2018, 06:58:12 PM »
The result is still a heavy beast.

You have a good point there

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The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Re: Wurlitzer 206a - To chop or not to chop?
« on: November 05, 2018, 02:16:12 PM »
Anyone with a 206a with a console find the piano very bassy amplified through the 8" speakers?

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The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Re: Wurlitzer 206a - To chop or not to chop?
« on: November 05, 2018, 02:11:16 PM »
Unfortunately it already isn't an original 206A... the faceplate is a 200A faceplate. Heck it might even have vibrato already with history like that.

Correct. It isn't a pristine example of a 206a right now. At the point of me purchasing it...Vibrato had been installed, faceplate changed, 1/4" out added, all the wiring coming out of the "junction" box in the console had been clipped, and only one of the two 8" speakers was wired up.

Still on the fence on whether to do anything further but I appreciate everyone's opinions.

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The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Re: Wurlitzer 206a - To chop or not to chop?
« on: November 03, 2018, 11:51:27 AM »
I'm happy to just take the Nord Electro.

That's what I do. Mainly for ease of moving between Wurli, Rhodes and B3. There would be a few times a year where it would be nice taking out the real deal.

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The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Re: Wurlitzer 206a - To chop or not to chop?
« on: November 03, 2018, 06:46:14 AM »
That's the one!

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The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Wurlitzer 206a - To chop or not to chop?
« on: November 02, 2018, 01:35:16 PM »
Hi all,
Just got a great deal on a Wurlitzer 206a with a cool story. I purchased it on Reverb with Local Pickup Only option. Nice gentleman. Told me it had previously been modified by Richard Goodsell of Goodsell Amps for a 1/4'' out. The whole time I'm talking to him I'm thinking he looks familiar. Turns out the guy used to be the guitarist/bassist in Sheryl Crow's band, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and has toured with Sugarland. Pretty cool.

On to the piano. It's in good shape. It has two 8" speakers in the console and none in the piano itself. I find the sound of the speakers in the console to be very bassy.

I've been debating since I got it whether to chop it or not. I'd love to have it more portable to take out. Then I got to thinking about unscrewing it from the console and installing a speaker jack. I could still play it through the console when I'm at home, then if I play out I'd just take the piano itself and put it on a stand. Anyone done this?




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Amps, Effects & Recording Techniques / Re: Eq pedal
« on: October 18, 2018, 06:44:56 AM »
Anyone have experience using a guitar EQ pedal - 100hz to 6.4k - as opposed to a bass EQ pedal - 50hz to 10k?

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Preamps, Modifications & Upgrades / Re: Noise Suppressor for your Rhodes?
« on: October 17, 2018, 08:17:40 PM »
Looks like my hiss was the Tech21 after all. I started from scratch and totally reworked my settings. I was trying to get too much volume and treble out of the unit rather than letting my powered monitor do the work.

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Yes, I run the T21 first. I don't seem to get that much hiss when played with guitar. I am not boosting the signal nearly as much though.

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Preamps, Modifications & Upgrades / Noise Suppressor for your Rhodes?
« on: April 23, 2018, 10:33:09 AM »
I play my '75 MKI Rhodes through a couple effects...Boss TR-2 Tremolo, Small Stone, etc. for that kind of goodness.

Since the Rhodes is quiet and pretty dark naturally, I also use a Tech21 Liverpool as a preamp to bring the signal up and introduce some top end sparkle. The only problem is when I boost the signal I get hiss.

Does anyone run a Noise Suppressor with your other effects to quiet your Rhodes?

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Excellent!

I think we all struggle with the low volume and noise coming out of our Rhodes. I've been boosting mine with a preamp pedal (Tech21 Liverpool) and have gotten good results but there is still a good bit of hiss that I just live with. This is really nice.

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Here's what I'm using on my Rhodes...



Tech21 Liverpool - as my preamp
Boss TR2 Tremolo
Garagetone Oil Can Phaser

The phaser is remake with tweaks (depth knob instead of color switch among other things) of an old 70's Electra which was just a rebrand of an Electro-Harmonix Small Stone.

Initially when I set up the effects I had the Phaser > Trem > Liverpool but I got amazing amounts of hiss. I tried a couple different orders of the effects and putting the "preamp" first lowered the noise considerably.

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The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« on: February 07, 2018, 07:53:37 AM »
Great job!  Now there's one more beautiful Rhodes in the world...

Alan

Thanks!

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The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« on: February 06, 2018, 07:51:38 AM »
I picked up what I believe to be a 1975 Stage Mark I Rhodes a few months ago for a steal. Only catch was that it was in really rough shape. Always up for a challenge I've taken the last three months to restore it.

As I got her...


Mid-way through the process, here's the workstation I set up for myself in the basement with strict instructions for the kids to not touch anything  ;D


Restored...


There was obviously MUCH in between all this. I had to have a leg repaired at a local machine shop, replaced some broken bridle straps and one damper comb, screws and grommets, etc. etc. Still working on the voicing and will probably replace the hammer tips eventually. All told, it's been a joy to restore this old gal.

I've got a ton more photos in a Flickr album...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/85422586@N06/albums/72157691982101275

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The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Tolex colour
« on: February 06, 2018, 07:36:47 AM »
I think black is best but recently came across this tolex I thought would look amazing on a Rhodes...Blackened Tuna Tolex


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The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Hammers Hitting Dampers???
« on: February 02, 2018, 10:14:14 AM »
I'm having the same issues as the OP - upper register keys clicking. It appears the be the hammer hitting the front of the damper arms (since the problem is on the longest combs)

I'm a little hesitant to clip the ends since it's not reversable. Anyone have examples of what they've used to fix the problem?

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The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: New Vintage Vibe Electric Pianos
« on: January 31, 2018, 11:41:29 AM »
Wow! Gorgeous. Such a nice collection of pastels.

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The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Remove corrosion on metal parts?
« on: January 25, 2018, 09:43:16 AM »
I've used Scotchbrite pads on the metal harp frame to remove oxidation. It worked well.

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Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Balance Rail Felts
« on: January 25, 2018, 09:28:14 AM »
Thanks. I ended up with the medium felts. I haven't levelled the keybed with paper punchings yet but you can see a vast improvement. This was just with a cleaning of the deteriorated punchings/flattened felts and putting in uniform thickness ones.



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Beautiful work and rig!  :D

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Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Balance Rail Felts
« on: January 12, 2018, 08:41:06 AM »
Hi all. I'm working on restoring a '75 Mk1 Rhodes which has quite a few balance rail felts deteriorated or just plain missing. Some keys were wood-on-wood. This would explain the unleveled keys and stacks of different thickness punchings. I'm taking all the felts and punchings out and replacing them so the keybed will be uniform.

I was curious if there was a standard for balance rail felt thickness specifically for Mk1 pianos? A starting point, if you will. I'm seeing a variance of thickness that I can buy online. Vintage Vibe has three different ones ranging from .05" to .095" - this would mean their thick felt is almost double the thickness of the slim.



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Late to the party but I have to give a kiddos. So well done. You've got to have clips by now, right? ;D

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Preamps, Modifications & Upgrades / Re: Tube pre-amp for Rhodes/Guitar
« on: January 11, 2018, 12:13:01 PM »
This is super cool. Thanks for sharing.

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