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The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Hammer height
« on: January 06, 2019, 05:46:41 PM »
The back rail felt is worn. But I assumed replacing that would make the problem worse, not better.

Hammers are screwed down. Bridle straps not really a factor when the keys are down, that seems like a clue. Not sure how to test the action rail, or what I would do about it.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Hammer height
« on: January 05, 2019, 06:08:55 PM »
All of the pedestals are just short of 1 3/4". They have the late '70s wooden mod like the photo. And new felts on the pedestals. The bottom rail felt was not replaced but seems uniform. There was a lot of mildew when I got it, perhaps the top hammers soaked in moisture and expanded? But they are all 1 3/4" from top to bottom.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Hammer height
« on: December 29, 2018, 08:57:55 PM »
I'm having the most difficult time setting my escapement. I got as far as shimming the harp up, but four popsicle sticks is still not enough to clear the top keys. The hammers towards the top strike the tine and hold it, so the tine won't ring. I took off the harp and this is the hammer height I'm seeing, photo below. The highest hammers are 3/8" higher than the bottom keys.

Is this normal? If not, how do I adjust it? I have replaced all of the pedestal felts, hammer tips, and leveled the keys already.

Thanks for your help, – Jeff

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Escapement this far off?
« on: December 11, 2018, 02:58:14 PM »
I don't see anything missing. I haven't connected the side brackets but the harp is lined up with the vertical screw holes

Does it sound good? Well, 0" escapement means the hammer rests on the tine after being played. So that's sub-optimal. :P I think it needs to move, I just wasn't expecting 1/4".

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Escapement this far off?
« on: December 10, 2018, 09:35:37 PM »
I watched the Vintage Vibe video and they recommend an escapement "3/8”-1/2” in bass; 1/16-3/16” in treble." Mine is more like 1/4" in the bass and 0-1/16" in the treble. Can I really be this far off? Or did I forget to put something back together properly?

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Range of pickups not working
« on: November 20, 2018, 09:54:57 PM »
Yeah, that was it! Thank you.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Range of pickups not working
« on: November 19, 2018, 10:38:55 PM »
Here is a video of the "glitchy key:"

Keys above that one do not sound. Is that pickup dead?

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Range of pickups not working
« on: November 19, 2018, 10:34:43 PM »
OK, I measured from the top lug to the bottom lug on each of these pickups. Here is the resistance (please refer to the drawing above.)

12 (Ab0): 88 ohms
13: 88
14: 88
15: 70
16: 84
17: 82
18: 84

15 (B0) is a bit low but it doesn't seem like it should take out all of the other pickups.

When I play 16 (C1), I hear a click/glitch every time. And when I hit the magnet with a screwdriver now, I hear the same glitchy click. But 15 and 17 do not make a noise when I hit them with a screwdriver, and 17-75 do not make a sound.

I hope this is an aha moment for someone because I am stuck. I'm ready to just touch up every solder joint in that range.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Loose Keys - wobbly Keys
« on: November 19, 2018, 10:10:19 PM »
You might want to buy the full Vintage Vibe restore video (it's $5.) They recommend extra screws in the balance rail for bouncy keys with aftertouch. They have other recommendations for hammer bounce which may help your key bounce.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Range of pickups not working
« on: November 19, 2018, 04:47:00 PM »
Zero to one ohms on the pickups that are wired together, as I would expect. (I was just checking if there was a break that I couldn't see.)

This is a recent purchase, but the pickups were working when I purchased it. So something got broken when I removed them for the copper foil mod. The pickups are wired according to the diagram on the VV site (click on diagrams):

That was an old photo, the tonebars are now reinstalled in the piano. I can take a photo if that helps, maybe if you tell me what you're looking for I can take a better one.

I will try measuring the resistance from top to bottom on the pickups. I forgot to mention that measuring resistance from one end of the pickups to the other also shows that they are connected. I assumed there must be a break in there somewhere, but I can measure from the first pickup to the black wire on top and it was showing a signal. (I can't remember right now but I think under 300 ohms.) I thought I would just find the break that way but it appears to be connected together. And I assumed that a bad pickup wouldn't take out the whole piano because they're not wired in series?

I was also thinking that a jumper cable to the capacitor at the high end of the piano to the lower pickups might help me track down where it's broken.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Range of pickups not working
« on: November 18, 2018, 06:11:34 PM »
No, mine looks almost identical to the ones that VV sells.

I've brushed the rust off of them since this picture was taken, and did the copper foil mod.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Range of pickups not working
« on: November 17, 2018, 06:01:52 PM »
Most of the pickups on my Rhodes are not working. From the bottom key of my 88 to key 14 (Bb0) is OK when tapped with a screwdriver. 15 is very faint, 16 does not work, and none of the pickups work past that until I get to key 76, which is where the pickups split to a second wire. I assumed that one or more of my pickup wires were broken, but everything seems correct. They are wired correctly according to the Rhodes spec.

When I measure them with an Ohm meter, that seems correct too. In the diagram below, the top shows the resistance in the wiring breaks. 186 ohms between 12-13 top break, 173 ohms between 14-15 bottom, 156 ohms between 16-17 top. Between those other stages is 0-1 ohms resistance.

Any clues? Thank you for your time.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Is this mould on my keys?
« on: October 27, 2018, 04:00:00 PM »
White vinegar seems to be working for me on the mold.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Bent tines?
« on: October 27, 2018, 01:09:55 PM »
OK, I need to read up on tine alignment. I’ve seen how to align them up and down but not side to side. Thanks.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Bent tines?
« on: October 25, 2018, 10:49:28 PM »
Should I straighten out bent tines? They aren't pointing straight at my pickups.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Is this mould on my keys?
« on: October 23, 2018, 11:19:53 PM »

Not sure if image link will work but I think I have mildew on my upper keys. I’ve tried sanding it and bleach solution. Small improvement so far. I might try second pass with bleach solution. I’m using a toothbrush because I’m worried about getting the keys too wet and warping them.

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