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For Sale / immaculate wurlitzer 200 for sale in Melbourne
« on: October 18, 2010, 07:37:52 AM »
Hi guys,
just thought i'd post a link to this beauty i'm selling  :)

Can Return the favour.

I'm doing a couple of gigs in Perth on May 22-23 and am trying to avoid putting a wurly or rhodes on a plane.

If there's anyone in Perth with a wurly or rhodes (or even a pianet) who would like to have the same to use in Melbourne at some stage, please let me know.

I repair Rhodes for a living here in Melbs so your keyboard would be treated very nicely, and if you want may even be returned sounding a little better.

thanks for reading!

Buying / NYC music stores
« on: March 02, 2010, 10:32:00 AM »
Hi all,
sorry to be SLIGHTLY not on the centre of topic,

but, I'm in NYC right now (holiday from aus) and am keen to check out some music stores and oggle some nice gear,
does anyone have any suggestions for good vintage/second hand music stores in or around NYC?


Other Keyboards & Software Synths / combo pianet weight
« on: May 23, 2009, 12:08:32 AM »
i'm just wondering if anyone can help me with the weight of a combo pianet . I've gotta put one on a plane.

i don't mean help me lift it, i mean how much does it weigh ,  :wink:

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / felt hammer tips
« on: June 15, 2008, 07:59:04 PM »
just noticed the guru selling some new old stock felt hammer tips, and it got me to thinking, why isn't there a kit available for this? i wouldn't mind having a rhodes with that felt hammer sound.

does anyone know the properties of the felt? i'm assuming it's some kind of piano hammer felt, graduating hardness?

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / french connection
« on: June 06, 2008, 05:01:47 AM »
hey anyone who's in Paris and has a rhodes and is in a band and feels they may tour in melbourne sometime during the rest of their life, please contact me about a "i use yours you use mine" scenario while either party is doing gigs in either other country.

i've just spent ages on the net trying to find a replacement bulb or bulbs for my peterson pre-amp, the GE #19 ones, and am endlessly irritated by the lack of findability in aus.
i'm also after some later style hinges, top and bottom left and right,

and i had the thought that maybe someone wants some gear that i have and we could swap?

so if anyone has lamps or hinges, please let me know.

this is aimed at those heavy forum users, so if you haven't posted much i may be distrusting. sorry.

hey ho,
can anyone give me info on they type of switch used in the later suitcase amps? the one that lights up.

i'd like to know the requirements of the LED in it..amps and such, as i have to replace one that is mysteriously missing.
the schematics don't seem to say.


hi there, just a heads up that my wurly is on it works good.

peace out.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / satellite
« on: February 26, 2008, 06:59:45 AM »
so today i finally did the job of reverse modding my super satellite slave amp back to original specs (someone had put a sorta pre-amp in it and extra inputs and a volume) and i'm very happy about it.

anyways i've been looking at the schematics since i got that thing a couple of years ago, and have come to realize that it may be a kinda simple operation to convert a slave to a master, as there is the 25v present.

has anyone ever done this or considered it?

For Sale / custom red/cream stage rhodes for sale
« on: February 15, 2008, 06:12:15 AM »
hi guys, this one's for the Australians,
I've just listed my red/cream rhodes on ebay. if you search rhodes in musical instruments you'll find it.
it's awesome. you want it...yes you do......yes you do......

Amps, Effects & Recording Techniques / ibanez pt-9
« on: December 06, 2007, 04:54:38 AM »
hi all, i know this isn't particularly rhodes related, but i am having a real hard time finding any info on the rest of the internet.

so i have an ibanez pt-9 from the 80's that just isn't phasing. all it does is change the tone a little when i turn it on.

because i really enjoy trying to fix stuff, i have opened it up and messed with the two variable resistors inside... when i first did this i got it to a point where it was working well, doing it's thang, but then after i put it all back together it failed on me again.
i then fiddled again with the resistors and can't even get it there again. although i can make it do the most horrible scream that scared the s%#* out of me!

is there a way to test the pedal and get it back to where it should be? i have a multimeter but have pretty much only used it for testing continuity in things. but i'd really like to use it in a new way.

or is there a good forum for this kinda stuff, like a pedal tech forum..?

thanks for looking,

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / 78 action
« on: November 27, 2007, 12:41:19 AM »
can anyone tell me what sort of action a 78 rhodes would have? are we in bump territory or felt on hammers?

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / rhodes-facebook
« on: October 18, 2007, 07:20:05 AM »
are any of you rhodes savvy dudes on facebook?

Preamps, Modifications & Upgrades / dyno tri-stereo tremolo
« on: October 02, 2007, 06:53:25 PM »
can anybody tell me what voltage/ampage the tri-stereo wants?
this thing has been played with by every man and his dog.

and why would there be a seperate power setup for the pre amp and the tremolo?

can the tremolo run on two 9v batteries?

it says on the underside of the circuit board +7.5 and -7.5
someone told me AC and the diode config would indicate AC too i guess.

or is there any chance the power supply that works with a dyno pre-amp would work with a tri-stereo?

any info would be greatly appreciated.

actually what i'd like is an enormous rant from someone about this subject, that would be great.


For Sale / 1973 88 suitcase for sale in melbourne australia
« on: July 23, 2007, 04:32:16 AM »
hi, I'm selling one of my babies.
well actually he could be my older brother. i wish he was.

wow that's a long link.
you could just go to and search for rhodes if the link doesn't work.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / red/cream rhodes
« on: June 06, 2007, 08:55:59 AM »
hi, i'm gonna try and post some pics of my rhodes  i've been working on.(i'm an inexperienced pic poster, so apologies for any stuff ups)
still not fully complete, needs new key caps and things.
 please tell me you love it!!!

The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / nord wurly sound
« on: June 06, 2007, 02:28:15 AM »
having only played a real wurly for a very small amount of time (the intro to "where it's at" was my tune of choice for the 30 seconds i had on it)
i was just wondering what wurly dudes think of the sound from the nord electro.
is it as dissatisfying as the rhodes sound is to me?

i also want to know what people think of the clav and hammond.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / majorkey news?
« on: March 27, 2007, 08:35:16 AM »
i've been waiting an unusually long time for a response from majorkey. (by long i mean longer than the usual long time) after paying them for a bunch of stuff. Has anyone been in contact with them lately? or know what's going on at their end?
-cheers, Jim.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / mk1 vs mk2 action
« on: February 01, 2007, 08:43:29 PM »
ok so i want everybody's opinion on this.
so i am currently restoring a 1974 mk1 rhodes. it has those awesome old tines in it and is getting new grommetts and felt (action/key bushings) and a sweet red top and white tolex. man it's gonna be nice.
the purpose of the restoration is to sell it in the end.
now my question is about what kind of action people prefer.
if i were going to own this rhodes i would leave it's action as per the year it was born. i find that the early action conveys the dynamics i want a lot more sensitively.
but i also am aware that many people prefer the mk 2 action. which i find far too button like and lacking in transferal of dynamic range.
can everyone please tell me what they would prefer?

do you guys reckon that players prefer mk2 action simply because some mk1 they played had real old felt and dust and dirt throughout?

check out my band if you like, on the recordings is my 1973 suitcase 88 without the suitcase amp, instead through a fender twin and a rhodes satellite amp.
please let me know what you all think.

and if anyone wants to manage a melbourne band such as us... let me know,


Classic & Modern Fender Rhodes Artists / Herbie's JBL's
« on: June 04, 2006, 06:59:01 AM »
so, Herbie's rhodes had JBL speakers in it. which i'm assuming weren't 32 ohm., does anyone know what kind of JBL speakers they were?

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / ped felts v key bushing cloth
« on: April 02, 2006, 06:46:30 AM »
i'm begginning to think that key pedestal felt is just really thick key bushing cloth..
am i right??

Preamps, Modifications & Upgrades / power mod
« on: October 11, 2005, 09:34:12 PM »
can anyone give me any information on how to modify a 1973 suitcase amp from using US 120volts to Australian 240 volts???
i noticed in the schematics in the service manual that the later year models include "export version" transformer schematics, but there doesn't appear to be any export version information for the earlier fender rhodes's.
cheers, Jim.

Classic & Modern Fender Rhodes Artists / satellite of love
« on: August 03, 2005, 11:00:48 PM »
firstly i think i can't spell sattelite, llite?
this is just something that might interest someone.

i have a suitcase rhodes without the amp (boo hoo!!!)  and am desperate for one, but in my searching i found a sattelite slave amp.
i bought it cause i figured it would get me close to the suitcase amp sound. and it did.
But something else i realized is that the slave has the same (power amp? ) as the master. and there is a little pin which can supply the 25 volts necessary for the vibrato and eq in the piano!!
i'd already made myself a little power supply for the vibrato though, so i'm not sure i really want to go cutting up the sattelite amp and installing a four pin connector.
maybe one day when i really want to avoid practicing.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / dyno rhodes
« on: September 29, 2004, 12:03:40 AM »
i just got me a dyno rhodes with the "pro piano" modifications.
i'm just wondering if anyone can share any info on what this rhodes should be capable of when it works.
there appears to be three outputs. one on the front in the normal stage output place (i can get a signal from it)
and two in the back left hand corner. a 3 pin XLR and a normal jack above it.
on the right back corner is a plug for power which looks like an XLR but with little red rings around two of the pins.

 the casing around the pro piano eq section looks pretty shabbily made.. bits of tin soldered together, is that wrong?
also there are two circuit boards behind the namerail. one has two knobs and a light/switch out front, the other is the same but with three knobs.

can anyone give me any info about what these effects might be?
thanks and peace.
ps, when i first opened up the rhodes i found a drumstick and a newsletter from a sports club from 1985.  and it has a card on it "Dr Rhodes" trained by Chuck Monte.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / stabilizer bars
« on: September 21, 2004, 01:46:13 AM »
would any of you kind souls be nice enough to tell me how long the stabilizer bars from the stage rhodes are? i wanna make some, and have none to copy.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / suitcase wood thickness
« on: September 18, 2004, 02:18:53 AM »
can anyone give me any information on wether it's possible to cut into the bottum of a suitcase rhodes in order to put the sockets in for the legs??
someone has put them on inside out and it cuts the buggery out of my car boot, and i noticed that the real stage models have the leg holes going in, but the manual says the wood is thicker on the stage so will i reck the workings of my piano?
any advice?

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