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The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / BBE Sonic Stomp
« on: December 19, 2011, 04:51:45 PM »
I'm thinking of picking up one of these BBE pedals to use with my suitcase.  I know there are a few folks on the forum that use either the BBE pedal or the rack mount version.  I'm wondering if anyone uses it specifically on a suitcase and what you think of it in terms of its ability to clean up the slight muddiness in the lower midrange which seems to be pretty standard with the suitcase bottoms.  Any personal experiences would be appreciated.

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The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / New hammer tips, better feel.
« on: December 14, 2010, 11:10:36 AM »
I'm starting some renovations on a 1977 suitcase 73 and just replaced the damper felts and hammer tips with the replacement kits from VV.  Now that the damper felts are all new and not compressed/misshaped I've got some damper adjustments to do but that's not unexpected.  The thing that surprised me however was the difference in feel that I'm getting with the new hammer tips.  I'm not sure if the old ones were original or not but they didn't look too bad visually.  I just figured I'd go ahead and replace them since I was definitely planning on doing the damper felts...and I'm sure glad I did.

So my question is this...is my experience unusual or is it common for new tips to noticeably improve the feel and tone of the keyboard even when the old ones aren't showing any significant visual wear.  One of the issues I was having with my keyboard was a general muddiness in the midrange even after adjusting escapement, voicing, etc.  I wasn't expecting the new hammer tips to clear that problem up the way they have.  I was originally thinking I might install the miracle mod to improve and quicken the action but the new hammer tips (along with lubing the felts on the hammer cams) have resulted in a keyboard that feels very responsive and at this point I'm going to hold off on the miracle mod and re-evaluate after I've replaced the grommets and fully adjusted everything and take some time to play it for awhile.

I know there are a few VV'ers on this board and I want to add my thanks to the many others I've seen for the youtube videos you've taken the time to produce, they are invaluable to me.

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