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For Sale / Hohner Pianet Model M for sale Melbourne
« on: May 18, 2019, 05:38:26 AM »
Hello All,

I have a clean Hohner Pianet M for sale. Very rare in Australia, this woodgrain model has built in speakers and phaser (and input / output via DIN connectors) and a really nice sound. It's built in phaser sounds like a very nice dyno / chorused rhodes, but sweeter. Beautiful tone and an interesting alternative to a rhodes.

email for photos and details etc, any questions please ask.

PRICE $1250

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« on: October 22, 2018, 07:59:22 AM »

Hello All,

I recently acquired a 1976 stage 88 with the older 3 knob preamp, and 2x janus tower speakers.
They connect via a 4 pin to 5 pin cable (4 pin end at piano preamp, 5 pin end at the Janus speakers)

When connecting the preamp to the janus in this way, the sound is very very distorted (intermodulation type distortion) and is basically unusable. When connecting the send of the rhodes preamp, to the 1/4" input of the Janus (passive connection) the sound is okay.

Any ideas of where to look?


Hello All,

I have a lovely 1973 Suitcase 88 (Hybrid Hammers).
It has had extensive work done over the years - miracle mod, VV backchecks, grommets, felts.

The piano sounds amazing, but there are a few issues i'd like to resolve:

An issue i have had with it is that the dampers come up early - when the key is only halfway through being released (to resting position)
This makes the piano feel choked as the notes dampen before my fingers have even left the keys.
My notes don't all dampen on / off cleanly either.

I compared this to a friends MK7 and found that on his modern rhodes, the note is dampened very cleanly within the last 1-2mm of the key being released to starting / rest position - much nicer.

On observing the bridle straps - i see that they look quite firm tight - no slack at all - don't know if they have been adjusted by the tech i bought the piano from many years ago.

Here are some details of the setup:

The bass side is shimmed with a melamine (3mm) strip, in addition to the 1mm black shims at each end.
Key dip is a smaller than normal (8mm or so)
Tone bars are at standard 3/8".

I'm wondering whether tight bridle straps would cause this condition / or is it loose straps that do this.
I suspect that my dampener arms might have lost tension also.
Not sure if the backchecks interact in any way also?
The rhodes had lots of key bounce before i put the backchecks in.
It is fairly heavy to play as well.

Hoping to make improvements to this wonderful instrument, and am looking forward to hearing your suggestions!

Thank you all!

Hello all,

i am writing because i have been trying to capture the sound of my first rhodes (75 stage with preamp and satellite speakers) that i foolishly sold??

i got a mark 2 stage thinking that it would be fantastic (great action) but it
just seems bright and harsh with none of the smooth creamy sound that i
used to have.

At first i put it down to the fact that it is a stage - so maybe the tone is in the preamp, but then i recently tried out a late mk1 79 (which is basically a mk2) suitcase and found that it still had that same bright harsh sound with none of the body and tone.

I know that the preamp in the earlier ones is discrete with transistors, where as the newer ones (with sliders and LEDs) uses integrated circuits -ics)

i am guessing that the circutry in the old design is so dodgy that it miracously knocks all the rough edges off the stock rhodes tone?
whereas the new ic design reproduces it far more accurately?

what confuses me even more is that i have heard a old mk1 stage
and it had the tone - it was going through a marshall though!

I dont believe that the changes in action could be enough to make a difference, maybe the change in the pickup wiring / impendence affects the tone?

oh yeah, needless to say if anybody wants to part with a old rhodes in australia? i would be happy to $$$ make u an offer!!!

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