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Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: my rhodes lack legs :(
« on: April 26, 2019, 03:17:24 AM »
Hi Sean,

Well, as you see, my set was literally built on your original idea with the treaded rods - thanks for getting me started :-) Being almost solid, they must however weigh somewhat more than the original legs. My Rhodes probably won't leave the studio, though, so weight is not an issue here.

Cheers, Retmon

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: my rhodes lack legs :(
« on: April 25, 2019, 03:30:32 AM »
My Rhodes also came without legs. Here's what I did - maybe this could be a way forward:

1) Fitted threaded rods of correct pitch/lead, as suggested in the linked post above, inside appropriate lengths of stainless steel water pipes.
2) Fastened the rods inside the pipes with rivets, allowing an appropriate length of rod to protrude at the upper end of each leg.
3) Epoxy-glued hard, solid plastic plugs inside the bottom end of each leg, drilled holes, fitted thread inserts, and mounted flexible, adjustable feet.

4) Flattened and bent the lower and upper ends of two lengths of stainless steel pipe (of a smaller diameter than those for the legs) and drilled holes for a small bolt/wing screw and the original Rhodes thumb screw in lower and upper ends, respectively.
5) Fitted the lower ends onto the legs with brackets with wing screws for yacht rails. The thumb screw holds the upper ends.

Some of the above parts could be welded on, I guess, but I do not have the proper skills. I have skipped details about dimensions, tools, obligatory secure working conditions, measuring lengths and angles, finishing etc. I believe that stainless steel can be polished to an almost chrome look if desired - I haven't done that. I bought the steel pipes as scrap metal, so the total cost was negligible compared to the price of a new or used set of legs, and the work was great fun.

The authenticity of the result is open for discussion, but I do have a very stable Rhodes with detachable, slightly adjustable legs and what I feel is a "rhodesy look".

I have attached a few pictures.

Cheers, Retmon

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