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Im restoring a 1975 73 and Im almost done with laying the tolex. My next step is replacing my worn out metal hardware. I think I will buy some new metal corners from ebay however I have a few uncommon latches on my 73 (the top splits in half) that I havnt seen replacements for. I am thinking of just blacking the remaining metal parts out with some basic spray paint. The metal on the handles should be all right but I realize that on the hinges/latches I am going to try to paint two metal surfaces and rub them together which seems like asking for trouble from the start. Any suggestions???

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Keys and Bridle Strap Q
« on: February 15, 2012, 02:26:55 PM »
I have two Rhodes Pianos

1973 88 key mk1: The action is loose when the key is pressed down, Ive done some tests and it feels like the bridle straps might be effecting this problem the most. Some of the straps are so loose they don't even appear to be doing much.

Q: Can bridle straps have such a major effect on the action?
Q: Given that the bridle straps are connected to the dampers, is this a dualism of problems?

1975 73 Key mk1: The action is great vertically but there is a lot of side-to-side looseness.

Q: What can be done to center the keys?
Q: Anybody know of a mod that could "wedge" the keys in place?

Thanks is advance

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / key restoration
« on: January 24, 2012, 10:32:25 PM »
i've searched this forum and others and cannot find an answer to this specific problem.

     I recently purchased a 73 key Rhodes mark 1 and begin restoration. The action is beautiful but the Tolex, Harp Cover and Keys need attention. The keys are a bit yellow (most likely from sun damage, oils, etc) so i decided to swap keys off my Fender Rhodes mark 1 88 over. I found out that the keys are not interchangeable.

     After considering overhauling the rail board or re-capping the keys i decided against it. I tried many simple solutions to take the yellow off but nothing has worked- white wine vinegar, baking soda, etc. I have yet to try Magic Eraser or Bartenders friend but I doubt they'll work either. Im concerd that the yellow tint is deep below the surface.
     Q: has anybody had success buffing keys, lightly sanding keys, etc? or is there a process out there to bring them back to a nice white again?


my 73 keys on the Left and my 88 keys on the Right

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