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Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Bubble-gum-feel keyboard
« on: October 11, 2010, 01:52:58 PM »

Hi everyone,

I have new rhodes that I am just about to restore. Main thing that bothers me is feeling of keys. When I press one, I can't really say when it hit the bottom (the bushing). It's like there is a bubble gum under the key. The touch is soft (accurate), but it feels like I am striking something very soft with a hammer. Not something hard.

The touch is not concerte.  I get a feeling of some cheap, wobbling keyboard. I don't really know how to describe it... On my other rhodes (restored) I can feel exactly when the key hit the bottom/front rail. It's a feeling like on a real grand. The sound might be horrible, but you get a feeling of well-working action.

Hope anyone gets what I am trying to describe...

Might this be because of worn out key shims?

Thank you.

Preamps, Modifications & Upgrades / weight of the wooden case
« on: September 12, 2009, 04:22:59 PM »
anybody knows a weight of just the wooden case, in which the whole piano mechanism is set? i'm thinking about puting the inside of the piano into something lighter.

or any idea where i can find this information?


For Sale / Desperately need Rhodes 54
« on: September 12, 2009, 04:04:14 PM »
i'd like to buy one Rhodes 54 in any condition anywhere around europe for a fair price. (what some profiteers are asking for it on ebay is horrible!!!)

Classic & Modern Fender Rhodes Artists / learning rhodes clich├ęs
« on: September 05, 2009, 08:21:39 AM »
i've always listened to pure jazz, but bought rhodes just recently and would like to learn some classic funky runs, licks, tricks and other cliches :)

can you reccomened some paticular albums (Herbie's perhaps?) or songs?


Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / "repoting" rhodes
« on: September 04, 2009, 09:53:04 AM »
i'm probably going to get Mark 54 soon and thinking about  removing it from its heavy wooden case and putting it into something lighter (like custom-built keyboard hard-case) to make it more "gigable".

i'm not sure, though, how much is the wood important for the sound or not? i've been told it might affect it...

anybody tried something like that? is it a good idea or are there some disadvantages i don't know about?

thanks for tips!

any idea what is the cheapest and the most reliable company for shipping rhodes from the UK to the czech republic (or simply across europe)??? I think I only know about DHL.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / pricing mark II 54
« on: August 27, 2009, 01:00:38 PM »
has anyone seen Mark II 54 somwhere for sale? for how much? no matter whether in US or in Europe.

I got an offer to buy one, but 2250 Euros seems to be bit too much to me, or??? I know it's quite rare, but it's still just a Mark II model...

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Bad experiences with Mark II 54???
« on: August 27, 2009, 12:55:40 PM »
i'm thinking about buying one Mark II 54. looks like a great choice for live gigs and the range seems to be sufficient enough. any negative experiences with this model? are plastic keys really that bad as some people say? i only have mark I with wooden keys...

and is it true, that only 500 of these have been made?

thanks for your comments!

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / stereo X mono sound
« on: May 05, 2009, 03:03:32 PM »
how is it possible, that my Roland VR-760 (great rhodes simulation) sounds good only when playing in stereo (two amps - with one amp it sounds really bad), even though original Rhodes sounds amazing when played through mono amp??? Or do people use two amps to get stereo effects, such as tremolo (on the orginal instruments)???

thanks for info!

i have a good Rhodes imitation - Roland VR-760 - and i want to make it sound better. how? :)

i was thinking about getting some guitar amplifier(?) should i get some special kind? and is tube amp necessary? (i'm looking for a bit distorded sound)

or how else can I do it? some effects, preamps or what?

thanks for info! i'm kind of newbie in this...

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