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I have a G1 key that is sticking on my Rhodes Mark II. The rest of the keys play great. This is my first plastic keyed model and let me just say that I now truly appreciate the craftsmanship of the wooden key design lol. What would make one key on this particular model stick?

I need a flat top lid for a Rhodes 88. Does anyone have one of these they are wanting to part with? If so send me a message!

Hey, fellas!

My band has been spending the last 18 months in the studio recording our debut effort entitiled "The Great Unknown". I would consider us a jazz/pop/rock sort of band. I play keyboards and sing lead vocals. The album consists of ten songs (all originals) and lots of Fender Rhodes and vintage keyboard goodness  ;D.

You can preview it on CDBaby in the link attached below and feel free to purchase it!

Hope everyone is well!

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Clavinet D6 and C6 questions
« on: January 26, 2012, 12:29:49 AM »
I just acquired these two Clavs. I have always wanted one and NEVER thought I would end up with two. I have a couple of questions.

1) How do I tune them
2) How do I fix sticking keys
3) My C6 seems to a pickup that is not working or something. When I flip both switches down I get no sound. When they are up it works. The pianos are both noisy also (It almost sounds like RF noise).

Any advice at all is really appreciated.


Ive had a Rhodes for years now, and I did have a 200A for about six months or so, but never really worked on it.

Well... I had a Wurli 200 and a couple of Clavs fall right into my lap and I HAD to take them.

That being said. The Wurli is in GREAT shape, I have one key that sustains when struck and the piano makes what sounds like ground noise every so often through the speakers. Cant figure that one out. I also don't seem to be getting output to an amp through either one of the outputs on the bottom. I dont know whether it's something I am doing wrong or what, but any help is appreciated.

Im really excited! I forgot how cool these things are and I certainly won't be getting rid of this one.


The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Rhodes through a Leslie 122 video.
« on: January 05, 2012, 10:14:20 PM »
I figured I would post this on here. My band was in the studio laying down a few tracks this past week, all with Rhodes in them. The studio we were doing overdubs at had a Leslie and one of those beautiful Trek preamp pedals. I had never tried the combination of a Rhodes and a Leslie before, although I did hear a clip of the two together one time and it floored me! So, we tracked what was appropriate with the combination and I had my drummer shoot a short video with me playing just the chorus setting, and then a little bit with the vibrato on. Trust me, the video just doesn't do it justice. It's an incredible combination!!!

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Hohner Symphonic 30N
« on: December 29, 2011, 11:49:25 AM »

I was at work (a large music retail store) and a guy called the store. He says: "Hey, I have this old keyboard, I don't know if you have ever heard of it. It's a Hohner Symphonic 30N. I'm moving to California (we live in NC) and I can't take it with me. I've held onto this thing for 19 years and I don't want to just throw it in the dumpster. I would almost give it to the right person if I knew someone who would appreciate it."

Well, needless to say he found the right guy. I drove about an hour that night to get it before he changed his mind or anything, and now I am the proud owner of a Hohner Symphonic 30N. The thing is almost mint!

My question is, besides John Paul Jones using it on "Dancing Days" with Led Zeppelin does anyone know of any other recordings that this particular keyboard was used on?

I had to order the right power cable for it, and I am going to solder a 1/4 inch output on it so that I can run it to an amp or something. I am very intrigued to try this thing out and I will take some pictures when I get around to it!

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Rhodes Model 760...
« on: September 14, 2011, 01:12:40 AM »
Does anyone around here know what this is? I can't say that I have ever seen one. I'm sure it's junk, but I'm just curious.

Hope everyone is well,

Im such a big fan of what these do for the sound of a Rhodes. I have the stereo rackmmount version of it for a long time, but I was wondering if anyone here would have any clue how to take maybe the BBE Mono Sonic Stomp version of this and wire/mount it to the namerail. I would love to have stereo (because I love using stereo effects), but Im just trying to think simple right now, and mono would be easier.

Also, is there anyway that this could be the last thing in my effects chain before my amp? Meaning could I run out of the Rhodes into my effects, then back in for the Sonic Maximizer, then back out to my amp?

There are a lot of people on this forum who are A LOT better with electronics than I am, so any ideas/help is appreciated.


Classic & Modern Fender Rhodes Artists / Dave Brubeck - Stardust
« on: April 01, 2011, 12:34:56 AM »
Woah! Has anyone else here ever heard this? No Rhodes in this clip, but simply one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard. The chord changes from 0:27 to 0:30 and unreal...

Classic & Modern Fender Rhodes Artists / Colby Dobbs Band
« on: March 04, 2011, 06:48:12 AM »

I dont know if this is the right place to post this, but I figured if it's not that someone will move it to the correct place haha.

We all love the Rhodes around here and I figured I would post a link to some of what my new band is working on. We recorded these three tunes in the fall and were in the midst of recording our first full-length album. Im doing all of the vocals and keyboards. Im playing my 78' Rhodes Stage on "Living Yours" running mono direct. On "Bourbon Street" I am running it stereo through a Boss CE-1 with the intensity at about 9:00. Both outputs are running into a BBE 482 Sonic Maximizer and then one input going into a Roland JC-120 and the other going directly into the board (which is an old CAD Maxcon from the late 70's/early 80's).

Check it out if you get a chance and let me know what you think!

Colby 'Coach' Dobbs

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / S90 ES or Motif ES8?
« on: January 19, 2011, 04:27:34 PM »
I have kind of a dilemma. I am in the market for a nice used keyboard. I have really narrowed it down to a Yamaha S90 ES or a Yamaha Motif ES8. I remember playing the two keyboards in stores a while back and really like them both! I can remember really like the S90 though! I can get a REALLY sweet deal on a used Motif ES8 locally, but I hear for "players" the s90 ES is really hard to beat. From everything I have read/heard the S90 ES "3 layer S700 Grand" patch is just about second to none when it comes to piano patches on keyboards (yamaha's anyway). I dont really need to be able to sequence and multi-track on my keyboard, which leads me to this. How good is that piano "S700" patch compared to something on an ES8? Is there any way to sample it onto a motif? Also, I hear the two keyboards have different action, how different are we talking about?

Someone please chime in and enlighten me!

For Sale / Wurli 145a in Charlotte, NC $275
« on: November 01, 2010, 06:48:23 PM »
If someone is knowledgable on how to fix these then this could be a good buy for someone...

Im just curious, and I really dont know if this has been answered already or not. Is there a way to from the harp where it has the mono RCA jack to replace that with 2 stereo 1/4 inputs that I could mount on the face plate? I always use my RCA output on the harp and bypass the preamp. Im just curious to know if there is a way to make it stereo? Thanks!

So... I didnt really plan on buying a compressor  ::). Then I found an older re-issue (probably 10 years old) MXR Dyna-comp modified by Analog Man to Ross specs for a complete steal. They call this the Dyna/Ross mod. This pedal sounds awesome on guitar, but I cant really figure out the right way to use this pedal on my Rhodes. I find that it helps my high end cut more in a mix, thats about it. I have read the post that Rob put up demonstrating w/ waveforms how compression works, so on and so forth.

I guess my question is... how does everyone else use compression w/ the Rhodes, and what kind of result are you trying to achieve?


Maybe someone can help me out here. One day I cranked my organ up and the volume pedal no longer was functioning. I have full volume, all of the time. Im not at all and expert on these organs and Im sure someone on here knows more about these than I do!! If anyone has any suggestions let me know. Thanks!!

Buying / Rhodes Silver-Top Piano Bass San Francisco Bay CL - $650
« on: September 25, 2010, 11:26:18 PM »

Actually a decent deal on a sparkle top piano bass. The prices on these things are out of control!!! Would make a cool Piano Bass for someone out that way.

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Dimensions of Yamaha CP 70 Legs?
« on: September 22, 2010, 03:02:22 PM »
Does anyone here know the dimensions of the legs for a Yamaha CP-70 piano. I am thinking about having some fabricated since they arent in production and NO one seems to have them. If anyone can help out in ANY way with this I would very much appreciate it :)

Great to see the forum back up and running as well!!!

Wow! I mean, what a tone. I havent really gotten a chance to hear a lot of Richard Tee's Rhodes stuff. I heard this and was just floored! Terrific. Do any of my fellow tone geeks here have any idea how he got that kind of tone w/ the phaser? Is that a Mutron Bi-Phase? Someone help me out lol!

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / I really need help tuning my Rhodes
« on: April 13, 2009, 02:34:02 PM »
Alrighty, I know this topic has been brought up before. I need to know how to get to the tines to tune the Rhodes. I feel extremely dumb because I just cant seem to figure this out. Someone help me.

This has to be done in the next few days as it is being used to record our bands new CD with... any help is REALLY appreciated.

Thanks guys,
Colby D.

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / I have to post this...
« on: March 09, 2009, 08:25:23 PM »
This was really amusing...

Some poor guy is probably going to buy this not knowing what it is...and thinking it is some smaller B-3. Heck, I dont even know what it is. What is it?

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Yamaha CP 70 Legs
« on: February 22, 2009, 02:10:15 PM »
Alright... so I was an idiot. My band played a gig at this theatre the day after Christmas. I brought out my beloved Yamaha CP-70 for the gig seeing as we were playing at a very nice place. One of our "Roadies" that night (the one and only night I did not load up everything of mine myself) kind of left the legs to my piano at the theatre. I have went there twice and looked around backstage to no prevail. I am heartbroken because I know how hard those things are to find. So, now I have this vintage piano that is in two pieces in our studio that I cant really use because it is legless... If anyone one this forum knows where I can get a set of legs I would be forever endebted to you. Thanks a TON!


Amps, Effects & Recording Techniques / My Boss CE-1 Story!
« on: January 10, 2009, 02:23:38 PM »
So... I was on my local craigslist the other night when this I saw this ad:

I thought to myself... " If he is talking about the CE-1 then I dont care if I have the money or not... its mine!"

I immediately emailed the guy. It was indeed the CE-1 and I immediately agreed to meet him somewhere the next day to get it.

So I get up the next day about noon after being out playing a show the night before and getting in at 3:30 or 4 in the morning and get geared up to buy this pedal. It was about an hour or so from where I was at. I started up the interstate in my Ford Ranger (which I just put a new clutch in) the windows down, the wind blowing in my hair, a bad Bryan Adams song on the radio, It was all meant to be.

SNAP! The transmission in my beloved truck decides to give out. After 196,000 miles, this is the day it decides to do it. When Im going to get a cheap CE-1. Here I am stranded on the interstate w/ no pedal. I get a ride back home and rush to call the guy to tell him not to get rid of the pedal and that I would meet him the next day. He agreed.

I just got home with my $55 USD Boss CE-1 which I already have one of, but Im a pedal freak and I cannot pass up a good deal on a vintage pedal.

Its just that it cost me my transmission in my truck. But it was CERTAINLY worth it! Sorry, but I had to tell of my good fortune!

The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Wurlitzer Butterfly Grand Piano
« on: November 25, 2008, 10:51:30 PM »
So, there is an old Wurlitzer Butterfly grand piano for sale near me for $500. It looks nice and if I remember right, they are electric somehow arent they? I was just curious if anyone has any experience w/ these. My band has moved into a studio where we keep all of our stuff (including my CP-70 and my Rhodes). I have the Hammond in my room at home but I wouldnt mind having a piano to keep around and I know these are not quite as big as a normal grand. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Stuck key on Yamaha S08
« on: November 22, 2008, 01:22:20 AM »
So, I get back from a gig w/ my Yamaha S08 and notice that I have a stuck key. It almost looks like it is rubbing against the key beside of it. I have had it apart and looked at it internally, had the key off and back on, and still no luck. Does anyone have any experience with stuck keys on Synths? The S08 is a weighted keybed. I can fix things that have mechanical problems such as Rhodes, Pianos, those kinds of things. But I havent ever really had to deal with something like this before. I hate to take it to someone to fix it because I know that I could fix it myself if I just knew how. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Amps, Effects & Recording Techniques / Donald Fagen Rhodes tone
« on: November 22, 2008, 01:15:48 AM »
I know that Donald Fagen uses the MXR Phase 90 for most of his Rhodes effects. I found this clip from 1996 of Steely Dan doing their band intro to the melody of FM (Very good song by the way) and the tone that Fagen is getting out of that Rhodes cant just be a phase 90. Its almost overdriven phase, very harsh sounding. I havent ever heard him use a tone like that before and I was curious if anyone had any clues as to what exactly he may have been using? Its amazing how many unbelievably talented musicians they had touring with them for this particular tour. Simply amazing.

Amps, Effects & Recording Techniques / Awesome vintage pedal website
« on: November 11, 2008, 02:27:33 AM »
I was browsing around the other day looking for audio samples of some different pedals and came across this awesome website. It has a lot of various audio samples for all different types of vintage pedals including choruses, phase shifters, envelope filters, and all of the guitar players distortion pedals. All of the samples are done on guitars but it gives you a really good idea of what certain pedals sound like. I really like the phase shifter page  8) . If you have a few minutes and really wanna hear some cool pedals then check this out!

Classic & Modern Fender Rhodes Artists / Minute By Minute Intro Chords
« on: November 09, 2008, 01:32:47 AM »
I have looked EVERYWHERE for the chords in the introduction of "Minute By Minute" written by Michael McDonald w/ The Doobie Brothers. They seem impossible to find for some reason or another. I really want to learn how to play that intro so that I can play the rest of the song... because its filthy smooth. If anyone has the chords to the intro of this song if you could post them of PM me I would greatly appreciate it!

Amps, Effects & Recording Techniques / Boss CE-2 Chorus
« on: November 02, 2008, 03:29:45 PM »
So I just picked up a Made in Japan Boss CE-2 Chorus... Im pretty anxious to try it out. I have the CE-1, but the two choruses are completely different. I tryed it out on my Yamaha CP-70 and it sounded very nice and Im excited to try it on the Rhodes. Has anyone ever used one of these on a Rhodes, and if so, how did you like it?

I have no experience with the phase 90's because my EHX polyphase does the job for most of the phase tones I want. I have to admit though that being the Steely Dan fanatic I am that I LOVE Donald Fagens rhodes tones. I know he uses the MXR Phase 90 and my question is: Does anyone here have experience with both the new and the older models and if so, how noticeable are the differences between the two? Im thinking about looking for one but I want to know is it worth going for say a script logo phase 90 or just finding a newer one?

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