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Late getting back to the party, but me and this Rhodes went there and back again.  Broke it down most of the way and deep cleaned.  Rewound all of the pickups on a little jig I made.  Reassembled, and have been tweaking and tuning over the last few days.

I am NOT a keys player just a dabbler/synth nerd/drummer, but dang it is my favorite sounding instrument.  Only had the pickup wire break once while rewinding.  Incase anyone was wondering, 1 pound of 38AWG will get you 72 pickups at 2900 rotations (if you mess one up) haha  Had to order a 4oz to finish the last pickup....  Pickups took about 4 nights of moderate work. 

All in I think I spent about $430 including the piano.  Lots of hours though.  Sustain pedal and cross bars were a little pricy, but top notch stuff from Vintage Vibe.  My goal was to keep costs low, worked out well.
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Perfect!  That was the answer I was hoping for.  Thanks!

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That for the info other Sean:)

I think my only concern is with whatever coating that will be on the new wire and getting it to tin and make a good contact with the pickups.  Gonna start unwinding tonight I think :o

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Hello all, new guy here.  Just picked up a Rhodes Mark II for next to nothing.  I knew going into it that many of the pickups were bad, it has the dreaded "white tape" pickups that have the corrosion issue.

Went through and tested all of them using the Vintage Vibe youtube videos as a guide.  26 were bad ::)

I am on the fence as to what to do next.  Keeping with the spirt of a budget project I don't think I am going to buy 26 new pickups and install them.  Leaning towards rewinding all of them as I don't trust that the remaining "good" pickups wont fail down the line.  I've got more time than money and building a jig for rewinding is not an issue.  I have searched here and have found some good info.  I think I will follow this post as much as I can https://ep-forum.com/smf/index.php?topic=9758.0

Anyone have a good source for 37 or 38 AWG magnet wire?  Amazon is most likely where I'll pick it up.  Seems like slightly smaller spools is a good idea to reduce breakage.

Am I a crazy person for wanting to rewrap all these?  haha
Going to order some parts soon and will keep posting updates if folks like.  Other than the pickups everything is in good condition here.  Little wear from age but I like some patina.
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