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Just wanted to post that a company Shipnex was used successfully by a a fellow in Iceland to get a keyboard from America to him for about $500. I thought he was kidding but I checked the company online and sure enough that price was correct even adding $2000 insurance and choosing that the shipper picks it up from the seller. Took about 10 days to get there. I would have missed that estimate big time on The Price Is Right as I figured it would be at least twice that or more. And their shipping rates inside the US are low as can be. BUT, have any of you have any experience using them and if so how did it go. And I do know ideally, it's best not to ship. He's interested in getting my 73 Fender Rhodes Mark 1 Stage 73 to him and gave me the name of that company. I probably won't do it but I thought this company Shipnex might be good option for some of you willing to ship. If I were going to do it, I would put substantial rope around the case, bubble wrap all around the case on top of the rope, couple of blankets taped well on top of the blankets and more rope around the blanketed case. What do you think?

Hi Fender Benders,
       Just happened to check Wikipedia's description of "Fender Rhodes" and thought it was well done and just a good brief overall take on it. Wonder if there are any errors in the description you Rhodes wizards know of. Here I hope is a working link to it....

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Mildew Removal From Tolex?
« on: September 02, 2020, 12:49:32 PM »
I cleaned mine with a mild cleaner using a cloth, a medium stiff bristle brush, a toothbrush for nooks, crannies and corners and then Armor All detailer to finish up and coat it slightly. Tolex is tough stuff and you don't have to baby it unless its in bad shape. My guitar luthier friend has cleaned tons of Tolex cases and amps using Windex, Bounty paper towels and Armor All and he swears by it. When you use the cleaner don't let it sit too long before you wipe it off and I would work medium size areas one at a time. Worked great for me. If it has a bad smell like mine did, diluted white vinegar and water will help and so will letting the sun hit it for a good while afterwards. Good luck!

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Rhodes Help
« on: August 05, 2020, 08:47:20 AM »
Hey Sonicbed,  First of all I'm a novice who just got '73FR73 and no expert at all but for whatever it's worth. Mine finally cranked up but not until I cleaned the back left rca connection assembly using fine sandpaper and some electrical cleaner. I had already cleaned the input jack on the front panel and looked close at all the pickups/connections and 2 ground connections on the long wires. I missed a basic. Some metal and even solder just oxidizes/deteriorates from age. It didn't look oxidized and maybe it was something else but my very fine luthier friend said you can't tell by looking even if it looks clean and that he has fixed a ton of equipment doing just that. Check your grounds too. Hope you'll be as lucky as I was and it comes to life. JB

Thanks Mr Keyz for posting that though I'm late seeing it. I take it, that's a Rhodes he's playing? If so, any idea what model he's playing? Very Cool. Am a Beatles loving Trex. Had an oyster blue pearl set of Ludwigs in the 60's that is still nearby. Late for the sky and the grommets. JB

T-Rex here..Sorry about my mistake fellas and thank you Vintage the kit yesterday along w the new tine. Will be watching Chris's video again before I install them. Borrowed a vise yesterday from a friend to put the tine on the tonebar. JB

Thanks Pbean, you're right as rain, my mistake though it wasn't obvious to me when ordering that they did. Either that or I just plain missed it somewhere. I will post an apology and correction to VV. Looks like a 1/2  days work ahead of me but I am anxious to see what difference it makes and hope nothing goes awry like a stripped screw hole. Thanks again. JB

Would like opinions on this. Since a Rhodes is somewhat acoustic and electric, wouldn't having the keyboard on a flat table vs original legs possibly change the tone of the Rhodes. Just curious. I don't have the legs or pedal with mine but have it on a table. I did, yesterday, by sheer luck come across a heavy duty Titan stand for it that will hold it. Thanks everyone and I will leave you all alone for a while. JB

I have 2 tine blocks that are up flush against the rail and they are not supposed to be according to tech will dampen the sound and the sustain when the hammers hit the tine. Wouldn't the most likely cause of this be old grommets or bent screws? Could it be anything else? JB

Just wondering since I have new grommets and screws coming from VV for my '73 Fender Rhodes 73 and I thought the washers came with them but don't, will local hardware washers work just as well? And if there's anything else you might add to help with me changing them all out I'd be grateful. I have read just about everything I can find on it. One place recommended filing off the top threads near the heads like earlier screws used but is that really necessary or recommended? Thanks. JB

Morning Sean,
    Thanks for your input. The tine tips are darn close to the pickups and I believe all are in front of the magnet not missing it above below or to the side. I adjusted the position 2 days ago using the new tine block as the 3/8 clearance for the front springs. I'll put found springs on the last 2 today. There is not a loud pop when I test them but all are just like tapping on a hot mic on stage and consistent. I do feel some magnetism but didn't now I was supposed to be concerned that all feel the same pull. Do you mean that the magnet of the pickup can come loose from the housing or bobbin as you put it? I will check that. My good friend BC who is a terrific guitar player and vintage repairman forever and knows amps and guitars thoroughly but can't look at it said he believes my pickups are probably good due to my multiple magnet tap testing results and that he has seen tons of amps and pickups that had lousy original or redone soldering or that the soldering itself has oxidized to a point to where it shorts out. He said good soldering is an art and not many people are very good at it..Just seems odd that all 10 or 11 keys aren't sounding off and they are lined up correctly at the magnets. The tines aren't rusted or loose on the tone rail and I tapped and sort of strummed all of them with a screw driver with amp connected with harp vertical yesterday and the last 10 or so made no or little sound compared to the notes before it. Do you suggest I get vohm and alligator clips and go that route or will that help if it's just a bad or corroded connection or soldering spot. Btw, I'll take the new low e tine to him and use his vise to tighten it to the tone bar and put one more spring on it and see if that works. Thanks Sean.

Thanks very much. I have about three more springs so I will monkey with that and put 2 on the low e.  JB

Thank's Ozdoc, Will try adding another spring. All the tines are targeted well and as consistent as I can get them at the pickups. Thanks for the quick reply. JB

Novice t rex JB here,
   The very first far left tine was the only thing missing on the harp I purchased and I installed a new pre-cut one from VV today and it's doesn't sound very good plus I can't get it to sound any lower than the key next to it even with spring almost to the pickup.The tine was almost too long and I had to move the pickup away from it when I installed it. I am using a, found in the case spring, that looks like all the rest already on the harp. I know the screw that holds the tine body has to be put on the tone bar very tight and I did not have a vise and but it seems very secure and I did the best I could with a rachet and socket. Up for suggestions and thanks once again. jb

Hi Wizards, Fans, Players, Sean, Rhodesmasters, Stevio and forgive me if I'm leaving someone else out,
Though I have done the "tap the magnets test" 3 times with the amp on and gotten consistent good results thru all 73 pickups and aligned all tines and pickups correctly but still can't get much if anything out of the last 11 high treble keys I'm suspecting hammers aren't hitting the tines but can't actually see it even when I look directly at them while striking such short tines. It's not like longer ones you can see vibrating as you strike them. Or maybe it's my eyesight and departed high end and cobwebs. I hope someone has a recommendation, I'm all partial ears. So, my question is: If I pivot the harp up vertical after removing the screws, with the amp on and strike the tines lightly with say, a small screw driver and it makes good noise, wouldn't that indicate the pickups are good and the hammers aren't hitting them? Note, I did the above and get no sound from keys 61 thru 73 after tappinng the tines with the harp top vertical. All the magnets on the pick ups sound exactly the same when tapped and plugged in to an amp so is the tapping the magnets not a fool proof way to ascertain pickup performance?

Just want to say what a great website this is with a great attitude and terrific players to be part of..thank you all.  JB

Thanks Stevio, it's all about attitude and alignment just like life. JB

Thanks for your input. The tooth shaped damper felts do move away from the tines when struck but do look a bit inconsistent. JB

Hi Sean,
    Thanks for helping this t-rex. I have the missing springs for those 2 tines as I found 3 or 4 cut tines and 4 springs when checking out the keyboard. Magnetic wand sure came in handy to get those out of various places. I noticed and wondered about that one tine block against the rail compared to the rest and can that be adjusted away from the rail? As far as what I've read there isn't much room to move the treble end by moving the harp but am not sure. I've been absorbing a lot of info and still don't see how to adjust the hammers or whatever so the last 2 will hit the tines and not the tine block. I guess I should move the pickups on those 2 away a bit from those tines because they are too close? And to get the springs on the 2 tines I will have to move the tines away from the pickups to get them on correct? And lastly the corrosion on tone bars, should I clean them somehow or leave them alone. I will check to see if I have the tonebar springs 3/8 above the bottom.  Thanks Ace! Added a couple of more pics.

One more having trouble posting them.JB

Thanks very much Pianotuner...Here are a couple of pics of that area. JB

Hi Pianotuner and thank you for trying to help. Actually the higher treble keys and tines that I'm having trouble getting much sound out of are very close to the pickups, closer than the rest of the keys almost touching the magnets. I retested the pickups one more time with tapping method while plugged in to my amp and they all made the same sound so that's good sign. I have a guitar luthier friend who knows his stuff but can't look at it and he mentioned that the tapping method isn't fool proof. The high end hammer pads 72, and 73 are hitting the tine block instead of the tine rods and one gets stuck against the block. And I think the others may not be hitting the tine rod or are barely. I know the tines are quite short up at the right end. How do I get the hammer tips to come up higher and how do realign it to not hit the tine block? Thanks. And just as an aside I was watching Chris on Vintage Vibe replacing grommets and his upper registers didn't sound to good or loud either.


I think I finally figured out why no sound from keys 71, and 73. Looks to me like the hammer tips on those two are hitting the block part of the tine not the rod itself. What might be the remedy or can I adjust the hammer position to hit the rod like it's supposed to? Thanks. JB

     Don't laugh too hard, at an impasse with my "73 Rhodes Stage 73 not apparently putting out any sound on the last 11 keys, 62-73. All pickups tested good by the magnet tapping test and I can't see any breaks in wiring so I have a  question. Since these keyboards don't have much output to begin with and I'm using a cheapo POS Crate 30Watt amp, could it be it's not strong enough for the high end or am I just howling at the moon? I have a friend who has some vintage Fender amps but don't want to bother him if this is surely a pipe dream. Thanks very much.

One last thing. Should I be able to hear the note slightly on every key when I hit them firmly with it not plugged into an amp?

Hey there, I showed my ignorance not knowing the springs on the last group are supposed to be blue, sorry about that. I did check to see if any of the back soldered wires on the pickups were touching the front ones and doesn't appear to be, they are very consistent. JB

Hi Sean,
    I just tested all the pickups and they all make the same thumping noise thru the amp. The alignment of tines isn't perfect on the keys that don't sound off but no different than a lot that are sounding off fine. Did notice one thing about where the keys that don't sound off, 62-thru 73, the front and possibly rear springs for those keys that don't sound off are blue tinged, almost like a factory coating but it doesn't look like corrosion. Otherwise they look the same as the rest except for color. Any thoughts on that as I'm not sure what else to check. The tines are close to the magnets so distance shouldn't be it. Gotta be something simple. JB

Thanks. I checked all pickups w a screwdriver tapping the magnet, all 73 make the same thump when I touch them so you said a loose connection otherwise. I did notice at about 62 thru 73 have blue tinge colored springs in the front and it doesn't look like corrosion but almost a factory coating or color which makes no sense. Would or could that be it? Thanks. I can shoot you a pic later. JB

Thanks Sean...I'll look into cranking the amp and treble up first. I think you're a wizard and I thank you.B n touch. One guy said to tap the pickups and see if I hear anything.Do u agree to do that and do I uses a metal tapper or does it matter?  Jb

Hi folks,
Anyone recommend what to check to find out why I'm not getting any sound when I hit the high end keys 62 thru 73. Nothing obvious that I can see or feel upon close inspection and I don't see any corrosion on any pickups. 1 thru 61 work and sound fine. I would think it has to be something simple though not necessarily obvious or easy to fix. Would a posted photo of that section help? I didn't have the amp(Crate) I used to test it up very high in volume, would that make any difference? Thanks!

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