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I'll keep this simple because I have no info at this time, I'll update the thread as I get more info about it, but some guy in the Fender subreddit posted a picture of his Strat in a nice studio, but in the background I saw a Rhodes. A quirky looking Rhodes with orange stripes, a really low profile top and wooden sides. Could it be? Really? How?

Take a look at the photo, let me know what you think. I can't believe it's just sitting in a Studio and no one has documented it.

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Okay so this may be a strange question, I've recently fully restored my 1973 Stage and I'm extremely happy with it aside from my voicing job. I feel like it's "soft tone" is a little to edgy and pokey, not that it starts barking too early or anything, it just doesn't have that mellow super smooth tone.

The sound I'm comparing it to in my head is the basic VV Deluxe 64 tone in this video from Matt Johnson ->

Damn that tone is just so damn smooth and silky. I'd say mine is a bit more *woody?* or grittier and vintage sounding. It seems like the Vintage Vibe pianos really get a lot of the fundamental but they still thicken up and bark when you hit it.

So what do you think some of the key voicing tips are for a silky soft tone? Where do you think my voicing has gone wrong? Am I getting too much harmonic, are my pickups too close to the tines? Is my escapement too low? Or is it simply that my Rhodes is nearly 50 years old and it won't sound like a brand new VV instrument no matter how I voice it?

TBH I don't think that's the case because I've heard many vintage Rhodes sound brilliantly smooth and silky before. I just dont think I've found that sweet spot yet.

Thanks and Cheers!

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I'm Having some trouble with finishing this 1973 Fender Rhodes Restoration due to a few issues with excessive hum & noise. Problems and setup listed below.

The Passive Circuit and RetroFlyer Preamp are wired Separately. They both have their own RCA cables and are not wired together in any way. To use one or the other, I unplug one RCA cable and then plug in the other one. So these issues shouldn't be related to wiring since the wiring is original on both circuits.

1. There is an issue with a loud electrical buzz coming through when recording or monitoring. (Using the Passive Circuit)

2. There is a loud hum when I'm running the passive circuit and have power simultaneously connected to the RetroFlyer preamp. Even though they are wired separately and not touching in any way...

3. There is also a issue with small zapping noises when using the RetroFlyer Preamp. Every 10-30 seconds I can hear a small zapping noise come through the speakers when I'm not playing. When playing, the zapping noise tends to sound like clipping and sort of ruins the recording.

If you guys think these issues could be caused by Dirty Power in my studio, let me know, but I don't think that is the case because I have the RetroFlyer running off the same power conditioner as my Apollo, Helix, Synths & Monitors and there's no issue with those. Sometimes the power isn't great or I'll have to turn away from my computer while tracking guitar and bass but nothing as extreme as this.

Any fixes or suggestions would be really appreciated!

Restoration so Far:

- Extreme Clean and Tolex Rejuvenation
- New Screws, Springs & Grommets
- Avion Studios Full Action Restoration Kit (Damper Felts, Hammer Tips, Name Rail Felt, Back Rail Felt, Front and Back Rail Bushings, Key Shims, Bump Mod, and Pedestal Felts)
- De-Oxidization of all Tines and Tone Bars
- Harp Supports Trimmed to set Escapement
- Strike Line Re-Set
- Key Dip Re-Set
- Back Check Mod (Test Fitted)
- Passive Circuit installed in a Cheek Block
- Avion Studios RetroFlyer Preamp installed
- Keys & Cheek Blocks Buffed and Polished

A huge thanks to Avion Studios who have been there every step of the way to help me with this project they are seriously great guys, with great products and will help you get your Rhodes sounding and playing better than ever.
Alright so, 1973 MK1 Stage going under full restoration at the moment. It was in great shape to begin with but it is going to be a studio work horse Rhodes and I wanted it to play like a new instrument. I ordered the RetroFlyer preamp for studio use because it's so damn awesome but I would be lying if I said there wasn't Magic in the MK1 Passive circuit as well. This way you can simply plug into the RetroFlyer on the name rail or the Passive Circuit on the cheek block! I didn't want to build an external box to house it because then moving it is kinda sketchy with cables hanging out, but I wanted it to be built into the Piano without drilling any holes in the name rail. So I ordered a repro cheek block from VV and boom here it is. 4 holes later (one for the RCA cable) and it's all mounted & fits perfectly on the piano. I don't have any pics of it finished yet since the Rhodes is currently in 1000 pieces waiting on other parts to arrive. But I test fitted it and it works great.

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Now it's a Classic and Modern Rhodes all in one!

I will post a thread of my restoration from Start to Finish once it's all completed and the parts have arrived. Parts are scheduled for delivery in 2 days so it shouldn't be too much longer until it's all back together and making sweet sounds once again. I've decided against re-doing the tolex and hardware because it's still nice enough where it looks proper for a 50 year old instrument and it's got the original legs + shiny original sustain pedal so I'm going to keep the exterior original for now.

When the time comes to do an aesthetic makeover, here is my plan for it. Picture ->