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Over the past few months I've had to restore a few Dyno preamps with damaged faceplates. As a result I've decided to remake the range of them for future repair work. I still need to make a few revisions but if anyone is interested please feel free to PM me for more details. Pricing for the Pro Piano and Pro EQ faceplates are £25, Tri-Stereo £30 and the Chorus £15.

MK1 Pro-Piano (looks black but is actually dark blue)

MK2 Pro-Piano

Tri-Stereo Tremolo



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Bought some parts a while back and the seller threw in an old scanned paper copy of the parts list.

I've scanned it, cropped what I can and rotated it if anyone is interested.

It contains a list of parts for 200 series pianos, schematic and board layouts for 200a (including wiring) and a guide showing the tuning of reeds over the keyboard by cents which I haven't seen in the existing guides.

Wurlitzer Service Parts List

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Tine Production Dates
« on: March 01, 2019, 07:48:43 AM »
After a recent discussion about some tines for a 1971 piano it made me think about the production dates of the different tines.

Can anyone add some more insight?

1965 - Raymacs (Un-tapered)
19XX - Raymacs (Tapered)
1970 - Torrington (Un-tapered) ??
1971 - Torrington (Tapered)
1977 - Singer (Tapered) - Started Mid 1977
1978 - Schaller (Tapered)


I'm mid restoration of an early 1973 Fender Rhodes which has had a pretty chequered past.

It was involved in an argument between a husband and wife and the wife decided to use a claw hammer on the keys  ::) I was then given it from a friend of the owner.

As it stands its missing one key (B flat), 14 sharp tops and 2 full skirted keycaps (A & an E) not to mention that someone used powered black graphite on the pedestals so they're looking quite dirty.

The rest of the piano is perfectly fine (luckily) and over in the UK early Fender Rhodes are seldom seen so rather than part it I want to get these keys sorted.

I have a 1975 keybed which I could modify to accept the action of the piano but I'd rather not do that and instead keep it with a skirted key set.

So does anyone have preferably a 1973 keybed with skirted keys which they'd be willing to sell? I noticed that one sold on eBay only recently, I wish I managed to get it in time!


Can anyone tell me the weight / dimensions of a 4 pin power supply for a suitcase?

Looking to buy one and I need to sort out the shipping.


For Sale / Rare Rhodes English Club Model 88 - Plymouth UK
« on: January 09, 2018, 11:17:21 AM »
Not mine but maybe of interest to others:

Rhodes Home English Club Edition - Requiring Work

Rhodes Home English Club Model

88 Keys
Wooden Cabinet
Built in PA - 100W Amplifier, Twin 12" Speakers
Microphone Input

This particular model was, as the name suggests, designed for use in English Clubs. The built in PA system meant that it could sit in the corner of a club, for anyone to play and sing along to at the flick of a switch. I understand now that this is quite a rarity.

Firstly, a little about how I acquired the item and why I am selling it, followed by some notes on the condition below. I am selling this item on behalf of a friend. He acquired it some years ago as both a nice piece of history, and a working instrument for the recording studio he owned at the time (Presspack Studios, Plymouth). It required work at the point of purchase, and he did begin investing in it, but did not complete the job.

Around four years ago he closed the studio and moved abroad to pursue other musical work, at which point the Rhodes was moved in to storage (in a dry and warm house belonging to a friend) as he was reluctant to sell. Up until that point it was playable and produced that classic tone - I played it myself (around 10 or 15 of the key pickups were a little dodgy, but asides that everything seemed in order).

Around a year ago however, I got a call asking if I could house the piano and sell it, as he had come to realise that it just wasn't practical to keep. I picked it up and brought it back to mine, where it has remained in my dining room ever since (yes it's taken me a year to get around to listing it!).

So like I say, it is an instrument which has been stored responsibly in recent years, that still requires some restoration work. Here's the current state of things...

Cosmetically, the cabinet has sustained a number of dings, chips and scrapes to the paintwork. None too deep - this item hasn't been dropped or abused. Most of these were already in situ before my friend bought it.

Electronically, although there is life in the amplifier, and the speakers, sound is very much intermittent. The majority of the time all I'm getting out of it is white noise. However, when twiddling the tone knobs I can hear changes in the sound which would indicate that elements of the amplifier are working just fine - I can even hear the vibrato effect and change its speed.

As mentioned above, for as long as I have known there have been around 10-15 faulty key pickups which need replacing (which I understand cost around £10 each). I see no reason why this should have changed, as it hasn't been plugged in for years, and it has been stored in warm and dry conditions. I would therefore suggest that the main issue at present lies with either the wiring or the amplifier. It may be the case that all that is required to bring it back to full working order is a thorough clean of all components and the replacement of said pickups. However it could be something more, I honestly haven't got the expertise to say.

With regard to price for the piano, I am hoping to achieve the best part of £1000 if possible. Although the condition isn't perfect, I am aware that it is a collectors item, and quite a rare one at that. Plus I know that these pianos do hold value, and sometimes increase. I feel that at this kind of price point, there is still room to invest in the repairs and be confident in getting all the money back if it came to selling on.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch for further information/photos/videos. I am more than happy to e-mail across anything that will aid the formulation of an offer. I will also welcome viewings of the instrument if need be.

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / 1973 Hohner Clavinet D6 Restoration
« on: December 04, 2017, 05:22:19 PM »
This months task is a D6 I’ve recently acquired for a good price.

Prior to 1984 someone stripped all the tolex and painted the case black. Plan is to restore it back to it’s original status with proper tolex and original re-plated hardware.

First question though do I leave it’s interior black or sand it back down to the wood. I can’t decide! Thoughts?

Here’s the rest of it:

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Hohner Clavinet Production Survey
« on: December 04, 2017, 07:04:33 AM »
Hello all,

Due to the good work put in by Steve (Paleophone) on the Wurlitzer dating and Ben's stage survey for the Rhodes I thought it might be a good idea to try to put together a resource to date and track Clavinet changes over the years.

If you could fill out the following 1 minute survey that would really help.

Hohner Clavinet Production Survey

Hello all,

I’m after some original hardware for a Clavinet D6. It looks like the previous owner did their own restoration a few decades ago and it’s looks a bit rough to say the least.

Main things i’m after are the corners, the white button for the mute, possibly the handles (though I can source some similar ones and any of the hinges.

I know it’s a tall order as these are getting rarer by the day. I’d like to get them from Chris and Fred but the P&P to the UK with taxes would make it a bit too expensive.


I figured you might be interested in seeing the progress I made on restoring a preamp I purchased as broken a long time ago.

Here it was before any work was done on it. It was missing it's 100k volume pot, the RCA cable had been cut off and the case was corroded.

Inside was just as bad, someone had attempted to repair it with new caps and had used pretty cheap ones, some caps were missing and one was broken and had it's leg re-soldered to fix it.

There was lots of trace missing, pads had been lifted off and there were cold solder joints all over the place:

I began by fixing the missing trace and re-flowing it with new solder:

The original diodes were replaced with modern versions:

All the cheap radial caps were replaced with high quality Nichicon Japanese axial caps, I used their MUSE series for the bi-polar caps (10uf and 1uf).

A lot of the transistors needed replacing so I matched a load and used them in the board (the vibrato ones were fine.)

Christian from Electric Keys provided me with a replacement 100k volume pot and the later concentric knobs.

I took the case to Avon Electro Plating here in the South West and they cleaned up the case and gave it a new zinc with yellow passivate finish just like the original, only cost £17 too.

Replaced the black preamp cable with a Van Damme XKE high quality cable in grey just to finish it off.

Only thing I need to do now is to add the effects loop see here and also find 3 3/8" C Clips in the yellow zinc finish like the original. Unfortunately I can't seem to get them over in the UK. Is anyone able to help with those?

Hi all,

Can someone clarify which mono 1/4" sockets I need to build the effects loop?

From the Vintage Vibe video it says they've used a closed jack (aka tip shunt.) Is it required for both of the sockets or just one?



The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Wurlitzer Promotional Material 200 Model
« on: February 28, 2017, 06:37:55 AM »
A while back I sold a promotional leaflet for a Wurlitzer 200. Before I posted it I scanned it just in case if anyone was interested in having a copy.



The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Wurlitzer 200a - Re-painting Base Advice
« on: December 23, 2016, 05:27:41 PM »
I'm looking to re-paint the wooden base, does anyone have any suggestions as to what paint to use and any other advice? (I.e. Sand it down completely and methods to recreate the mottled effect)

I've read somewhere about using an oil based satin paint due to it being hard wearing, but any suggestions are welcome.


The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Wurlitzer 200 series case screws
« on: September 17, 2016, 07:32:09 AM »
Does anyone have the specs for the front 3 screws which hold the lid down by the keys?


Hi all,

I'm in the process of restoring one of the early student models with the white pinstripe down the base of the fishtail. I've got the power amp with a local amp tech and he's having difficulty finding the right schematic (the one on the Supersite is for a 1968 version which is apparently different)

The 1968 Schematic

Does anyone have the schematics for a 1967 model?

The amp model number is "KB 1273"

The problem with the amp is that there is some noticeable crossover distortion, he's replaced the CC resistors which have drifted out of range and the ruptured electrolytic caps but it still persists. My suggestion is that both of those TO-3 transistors need to be replaced with matched pairs as I'm guessing this design is susceptible to it.
After doing a bit of searching around one of the transistors is a Motorola SJ6357 (TO-3), it's a Peavey part number assigned to the more commonly known MJ15003. So I'm hoping that if he matches a pair of MJ15003's the problem should be fixed.



Hopefully someone can shed some light on this.

When matching transistors for Fender Rhodes electronics. Which is more important to match?

  • HFE?
  • VBE?
  • Both?

The posts I've read elsewhere have say that it depends on the use of the transistor. In this case these will be the ones used in the power amp and also the preamp (not model specific).



I've just started servicing a Fender Rhodes student model (Jetson's avocado green) and the neon bulb out of the front preamp is missing. Is it still possible to find replacements? I've had a look and can't find them anywhere (no surprise)

Anyone have any ideas? They're also used in the Satellite speaker panels too (as pictured in my avatar)

I've included a photo which shows the panel, the large hole next to the power switch is where the neon bulb should be. I've also noticed a hole near the metronome, what should be there? Another bulb for metronome speed?

Came across this on YouTube, it's taken from an LP about studio instruments. Shows the Fender Rhodes with examples of the tone, vibrato and other effects and how it works.

The annoying beep seems to be when to turn the page with the accompanying book.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Early Stage Case Screws
« on: March 29, 2016, 05:42:20 AM »
I'm currently working on a 1974 88 which has all of it's case screws missing from underneath it. I'm wondering if anyone could tell me what size they were?

From the look I'm guessing they were #8 wood screws but I'm unsure of the length and the size of the accompanying finishing washer.



Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Square Hammer Tips
« on: February 28, 2016, 05:54:18 AM »
By any chance does anyone have 3 I can buy? (2 lower register, 1 yellow) Unfortunately I'm missing two on my 1974 and it seems like overkill to buy an entire set!


I'm guessing there's not much in it, but would you say this is an improvement on the current damping felts being offered?

Premium Felt Tine Dampers for Fender Rhodes - 73 Keys

I'm curious to know what everyone thinks, I remember the old pianos used to use them. Can't remember when Fender stopped using the grooved felts.


Hi all,

I finally managed to scan my Rhodes service manual (good to have as whenever I need it I can't find it!)

All the pages are high-res (600dpi) and I've also used OCR (optical character recognition) so the entire document is text searchable if you're after something in particular.

The PDF is 70mb so it's pretty hefty but it's worth it. I've also included all the schematics including the layout of the PCBs too.

Hope you like it.


I recently found a few of my Rhodes brochures / owner's manuals and replacement parts catalogues whilst having a tidy. I've scanned them all in 600dpi and put them up on my Flickr account if anyone's interested. - Super Satellite Owners Guide - Super Satellite Instructions Manual - Inside Rhodes - Promotional Brochure - Rhodes Replacement Pars Catalogue

Hope you enjoy them!


Hi all,

I had a question for some of the electrical folk on here. I want to change the transformer on my US satellite slave from 110v to UK 240v. Ideally I'd like to find a suitable replacement, worst case scenario I'll just put a step down converter in the box and wire that in but I'd prefer not to (makes it heavier, another link in the chain to go wrong, bit of a botched job etc).

Here is the transformer in my UK Satellite (so I'm after another one of these or a suitable equivalent) but after having a search around I can't find anything about it:

Here is a schematic of the amp:

Does anyone know of a model of transformer I can use to replace the US version? Perhaps a Twin Reverb transformer?

For Sale / Rare Fender Rhodes Piano Bass Stand For Sale
« on: May 14, 2014, 09:48:58 AM »
Just noticed this as I trawled through the listings, I know a few people on here who would definitely be interested.

RARE Vintage Original Fender Rhodes Piano Bass display stand handmade


So this kit is designed to replace the old bulb vibrato system in your Peterson Preamp with optocouplers instead (like the Haigler 5 pin preamp)

I installed this last Thursday and only got round to testing it yesterday with my Master Satellite amp. Soon as I fired it up I was grinning for ear to ear, this is a great piece of kit and makes my life easier knowing that I don't have to go finding those GE bulbs anymore.

Installation was pretty simple, remove the Phillips LDR's and the original bulbs (including the holders) replace 4 resistors on the board and drill a hole in the ground of the PCB.

I think in total it took about 10 minutes to do.

It sounds exactly the same as before, really smooth and buttery, in fact better as previously I had that popping problem that would occur whenever you engage the vibrato (and would pop to the speed of the vibrato) now that's disappeared so I'm glad that's been fixed too. I'm buying another one of these kits in a couple of months to put on the other piano.

All in all highly recommended!

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Dyno My Piano Hi-Res Face Plate Image?
« on: November 21, 2013, 04:02:05 AM »
Any chance someone has a hi-res photo of a dyno faceplate?

Pro Piano MK 1 or Pro Piano MK 2 or Percussion Pedal would be great.



I'm trying to purchase a few screws and washers from Albany County Fasteners:

Finishing Cup Washer 410 SS - 1/4" (#14) Qty-100

Phillips Flat Head Wood Screws 18/8 SS - #8 x 1-3/4" Qty-25

Phillips Oval Head Machine Screw 18-8 SS - 1/4"-20 x 2" Qty-25

But because I'm in the UK they want to charge $60 for postage when at best it should be $20.

Would it be possible to have the order sent over to someone on here then simply forwarded on? Or can anyone suggest another retailer with a better price for international shipping.



Does anyone know what Eddie Reynolds did to the preamps of the Rhodes he worked on? I remember seeing the photos of the E and how that was upgraded

Leeds Rental E Piano

In the slide show on this page you can see an additional board with some components. Any idea what they could be?

Eddie Reynolds Suitcase



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