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Anyone hosting their photos with Photobucket (as in me) is currently under siege by their 'ransom' scandal.  They have pulled their free hosting of images to forums with no notice, in an attempt to make you pay for these services.  So, all the free images they have hosted since the early 2000s have had their links removed to force users to pay for them.  Images are replaced with an ad to upgrade my service.  I cannot even download the photos I've uploaded there until I pay for the service... hence, the "ransom" scandal.

What is more demoralizing, is that this has hit all the forums.  Automobile forums, DIY forums... the collective shared intelligence of people is being broken by a desperate company's attempt to fleece its users for money.  As much as $400 per year for a relatively low allocation of memory compared to market-rate.  Important information across the world may never be corrected or relinked.

This means every post I've made on here with a photo is most likely broken.  Photobucket has been receiving horrible press about the situation.  We'll see how it plays out, and apologies for the broken links.

Classic & Modern Fender Rhodes Artists / Jobim 1970
April 17, 2017, 04:20:04 PM
Hadn't heard this one before, Jobim featuring a Rhodes as the main instrument on "Brazil" for his Stone Flower album.  Jobim used a Rhodes on the album Tide here and there, but this is pretty prominent.  Recorded March-May 1970, so most likely a silvertop with teardrop hammer but remote chance it might be a felt cube tip:

Brazil (Aka Aquarela do Brasil) ยท Antonio Carlos Jobim
Alternate take pretty different and interesting too

Interesting if other CTI records at the time were using the same Rhodes
This is the second time in a short period I was called back on a rental to fix a suitcase piano "that isn't sustaining."  What's happening, is that the sustain bolt in the cabinet is slowly moving downwards and basically getting screwed in by the force of hitting the pedal.  The bolt itself feels a touch loose, like the wood threading is a little worn, so I'm exploring ideas on how to make this more concrete.  I thought I would throw it out there if others had thoughts I'm not thinking of.

Being that it's not a stage pedal with varying height floors to worry about (carpet vs. hard wood, the cabinet is a fixed dimension), I should be able to make a constant height out of the sustain rod.  I was thinking an immediate fix would be to coat the screw with contact cement and screw it in to the correct height.  Should I need to change height later, the screw could be backed out.  Otherwise, some sort of lock washer / bolt standoff to lock the screw in at a set height?  I forget if the bolt itself is a standard machine tread or if it was unique.  I'm open to ideas anyone might have for making a fixed-height rod because it really doesn't need to be adjusted on a regular basis.

For Sale / Someone selling 1977 Home Model on CList
February 07, 2017, 02:21:49 PM
Someone in San Diego is selling one of the Home Models.

Check out Robert Glasper tomorrow on Conan O'Brien, December 7 on TBS.  He'll be on the Gold Rhodes!

Didn't think it would be this hard to search for, but can't find the proper specs on a wall wart power supply for a D-6.  People forgetting to turn off the clavs on rentals and "keyboard is dead" on multiple occasions.  One tried to replace the 9V battery and ripped the connector right off.

Varying reports from 6v to 9v, no mention of barrel connector pin size (maybe 2.5mm or 3mm?)

Anyone have any reference to specs so I can source generically?  Thanks
I'm looking to create a list of the most popular, easiest to recognize, songs that are great examples of the Rhodes sound in modern times.  There's a library of music to demonstrate in songs from the 70s etc., but explaining to a younger audience that barely knows Stevie Wonder's music, I'm looking for some examples that would be able to tell a non-musical person what a Rhodes is.

This would be heaviest radio rotation stuff from all genres and hopefully features the instrument by itself either in the intro, or so prominently in the instrumentation that a non-musician can hear the sound.  mid 90s, 2000's and even from the '10s would be ideal.  I would also say sampled songs work, if it's a hit in modern times using an old 70s track.  The goal is to connect with a younger audience.

One example to start off the list:

"Tyrone" - Erykah Badu, 1997
We're doing a Rhodes Fest in Italy towards the end of April, anyone know people in the Naples area or someone close enough that they'd like their piano featured?

Just seeking people that might have great pianos in the area, if anyone has ideas.  Thanks
Throwing it out for those that haven't seen it, the full concert of Aretha Franklin getting down on an early Rhodes live at the Fillmore West in 1971.  Looks to be the first iteration of the "Mark 1" style, it sounds like a teardrop hammer piano but historically would have had the felt cube tipped hammers on Raymac Tines.  Ray Charles sits down at the end of the show, but footage must've run out sadly.

For Sale / Bunch of cross braces
September 21, 2015, 02:42:59 PM
Cleaning out storage a bit, I have 3 or 4 factory sets of cross braces in good shape, if anyone needs here on the forum for their stage model I'd discount to $40 for 2 braces and $10 for shipping.  Send me a PM thanks.
Highest E note hammer busted off and has gone missing.  Anyone have a spare hammer?  Thanks
For Sale / 1977 Home model in San Diego
August 20, 2015, 03:00:36 PM
Not mine, but down in San Diego is a home model for $750.
Just came across a very rare transition model suitcase from 1969, in the Mark 1 style with a lot of mid-transition stuff going on.  The great thing about it is that it's very very clean, I can tell it has not been messed around with too much (has every original Raymac tine), and therefore a very good example to historically reference.  The date stamp is 4269.  Some cool things about it:

Tonebars are single twist silver
Felt cube hammer tips
Marcel curve key pedestal
Red pickup wire
Red felt-lined case lid like sparkle-top era, with 60's rear hinges
First-generation plastic harp cover with a single cutout in front, has a different texture pattern than normal
First-generation aluminum namerail, wood rail underneath and one screw on the end
Logos are still metal - 2-prong "seventy three" script, large rear cabinet badge in metal.  (rear bagde on this piano is top left corner metal, but baffle may have been recovered and flipped from bottom?)
Ribbed kickplate
4x12" speakers, 3 are 328750 which if I'm correct is Utah brand, 50th week 1967
4-prong Cinch-Jones cable/socket
Amp modules mounted sideways in cabinet
Preamp faceplate lettering is a bit different than 70s
First-generation Peterson preamp on brown board

Check out the photo album here:

Hey all, looking for someone that has a customized suitcase 73 or 88, not vintage-specific but needs to be non-black tolex or something cosmetically different than the standard Rhodes black appearance.  Will be handled by me personally for an event and will be featured very prominently, willing to throw in a tune up or other work for you free of charge as well. 

Send me a PM if we can work something out, thanks
Down The Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Rhodes Fest! 

The festival is a natural evolution from Down The Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story documentary, hardcover book, and Rhodes Travels feature. We are excited to celebrate the Fender Rhodes Piano in a concert setting with an array of artists who express the many sounds and styles of Rhodes music.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Mark de Clive-Lowe, Larry Dunn, Rodney Franklin, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway,
Jeff Lorber, Frank McComb, Greg Phillinganes, Patrice Rushen, Kandace Springs


Trina Broussard, Kenneth Crouch, Eric Marienthal, Terrace Martin,
Rahsaan Patterson, Shelea, Take 6, Stokley Williams

Angelica Abrams, Butterscotch, Kayla Waters, Estella Yun

Alex Al - bass
Michael Angel - guitar
Gorden Campbell - drums
Eddie Miller - keys

Terry Dexter - vocals
Shannon Pearson - vocals

Anthony Crawford - bass
Frank Fluker - drums

It's going to be a fantastic gathering of Rhodes players and Rhodes music.  We're looking forward to seeing you guys there, to purchase tickets visit the link below and thanks for your support!
For Sale / Gibson G101 museum quality organ for sale
April 29, 2015, 05:13:48 PM
I've decided to sell a few pieces from the collection, one of them being what I'd consider a museum quality Gibson G101 organ.

The Gibson was found in a storage room of a vacated recording studio.  According to the owner, the organ was purchased to be part of the gear for the studio, but never ended up getting used.  By the condition of the organ, my guess is it may be one of the least-played, time-capsule G101s out there.

It has the original locking lid keys tied to the handle for the latches, which I've never seen before.  This may be how it came from the sales floor.  The only things missing are the wire music rack, and the added bass pedals.  Besides that, there is literally no cosmetic damage to speak of.  It is a 10/10.

The organ has been completely serviced, including tuning, fixing sustain on a couple notes, restoring the percussion repeat and other tweaks to have it in complete functioning condition.  I just don't use it enough myself.  For this rare of a find, I'm looking for $2,000 before listing on ebay.  Let me know if you have any interest, thanks.

Photo album:

There has been a lot of disappointment in renting vintage instruments over the years, and I've had a lot of word of mouth requests to rent restored pianos.  So, after incredible amounts of work and preparation I wanted to announce my official launch of Retro Rentals - a company focused on renting only high quality vintage keyboards.

I wanted a player to be able to choose from a wide array of models.  This is all restored and top-quality gear, so I'd love you to check out the site and follow posts on where the keyboards are being used.  Thanks to everyone for their support and looking forward to the music to come.
A rare bird, not mine but have at it.
For Sale / Selling: Rhodes Home Model #24
October 08, 2014, 02:39:20 PM
Hi all, I've decided to put my Home Model up for sale.  I am still under the belief that there were only 25 made, as the ones we've seen on the forum all have individual red markings of being numbered 1-25.

It's complete with the acrylic music stand and original bench.  The amplifier was completely gone through and restored so it's good to go.  In really great condition and looks great in the house, too bad there wasn't a full production run put in place.  Let me know if you're interested, thanks.
This one has me miffed. Bought it because I thought it was a case for a 200a, but I did notice when I picked it up it seemed small.

It has the identical electronic piano logo on the case as on a 200a, but it doesn't fit. Does anyone know what this case is suppose to go to?  It even has 4 slots for legs, but the legs stick way up outside of the case.

The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / 140b spruce up
June 03, 2014, 01:37:50 PM
Being that the 140b is a lighter-colored painted case unlike the plastic 200 lids with black base, and the 140b has nicer brass trim parts, 2 things that I did to really spruce up the look of the 140b were to buff the paint and brass.  Might help to make your older Wurlies in this style looking new!

For the paint buffing above, the image is a little pixelated from uploading but "before" is the left base, "after" is the right base (leg paint and top are already buffed in this picture).  I used a regular automotive rubbing compound used to take out scratches, scuffs and oxidation that you can readily find at an auto store.  Applied with an orbital buffer that car detailers use (could be done by hand, but would take quite a bit longer).  Being that the Wurly paint isn't a high gloss, it really can hold a lot of dirt, oily hand prints etc. over 40+ years.  After finished buffing with compound, buffed in a wax / sealant to shine paint and protect from future grime.

For the brass parts below, scrubbed with 0000 very fine steel wool, followed by rubbing compound to reduce abrasion from scratching, and sprayed with clearcoat to protect the brass from future tarnishing.  Even the music rack mounts came up great.

Shot in the dark -

Anyone have both Wurly 140b original knobs?  I have a Vol but it's cracked... I guess if you just had either one as well.
Also looking if anyone had an original carrying handle for the leg lid.
Just remembered too - any of those spring loaded pins that close the lid.

For a Wurly 120 looking for a music rack and the leg lid section.  Thanks much.
Buying / WTB: Wurly 140b
March 12, 2014, 05:47:10 PM
Beginning to shop for a Wurly 140b.  Appreciate any leads thanks.
I wanted to conduct an experiment, if you can listen to the YouTube link below and identify what vintage of piano this is in the poll above.  It is a stage piano line-in to a basic amplifier, then recorded direct from amp into ProTools (so no microphones involved).  Thanks!
Buying / WTB: Peterson Amp Modules
February 07, 2014, 01:07:00 PM
Anyone have a pair of 4-pin peterson amp modules?  preferrably tested and working but needing repair is fine as well.  Looking for them asap, thanks

Buying / Vox Continental Parts
January 30, 2014, 01:20:07 PM
After searching ebay and online, coming here to see if anyone has vox continental parts.  I have a 1968 I just picked up, and need the legs / leg case, non-wood replacement keys, I think they came with a volume pedal (different than regular Vox vintage pedal?), and the farthest left 16" drawbar white tab.  Any leads would be appreciated, thanks much
Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Rhodes MK-60
November 08, 2013, 11:45:06 AM
I didn't know they made these in smaller 64-note versions.  Though there might be one too many zeros on the price.
For Sale / chorus / flange Rhodes
June 21, 2013, 11:47:56 AM

This one's pretty interesting, anyone ever hear of this onboard chorus/flange?  Not sure if it was designed by this company for aftermarket Rhodes add-on or a rackmount, but pretty interesting.
To all you Doors fans out there, it is a sad day with the passing of Ray Manzarek.  Today he broke on through to the other side, and his legendary contribution to music will always be remembered.
For Sale / Leeds rental rhodes?
May 09, 2013, 03:29:43 PM
Not mine for sale, but an interesting note - this appears to be a Leeds rental, as the denotation of "A" is the same as the "E" Rhodes.  There appears to be no active electronics however and just a standard stage model (so wouldn't have Eddy Reynolds electronics) but an interesting history note:
Buying / WTB: Minimoog D
April 19, 2013, 12:20:27 PM
Looking for someone that is selling a vintage Minimoog, or anybody that knows someone that's interested in selling one.
I went to my local electronics store, and to my amazement they didn't carry a non-insulated braided wire for joining pickups.

Is there a generic source online for a spool of wire for connecting pickups?  Thought this would have been a common thing.  Thanks
I've got a 200 where the black case cover is kind of bowed-out in the middle, and encroaches a bit into the key bed.  Perhaps from a heavy keyboard sitting on top of it over time?

When you hit a key its fine, but on release the sharp keys return and hit against the cover right by the rail felt, making a knocking sound.  When I push in the face plate or just push back the case in general, it goes away.  So it's like the case is naturally flexed too far over the keys.

Any ideas on how to get the cover to flex back a little?
For Sale / Gold Student on craigs
March 15, 2012, 05:38:25 PM
For Sale / Home Model, Los Angeles, seen better days
January 30, 2012, 05:45:20 PM
For the California people, not my listing but thought I'd share home model on craigslist.  Has seen better days, I've wanted one but no room and I was looking for living room condition.

So for those that might want a project here's a low production Rhodes:
Buying / WTB: Suitcase "U" Legs
November 30, 2011, 02:39:57 PM
I feel like I've posted this somewhere else, but again - looking for 2 suitcase cabinet "U" legs for a speaker bottom.  Thanks
Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Suitcase parts
November 21, 2011, 02:43:30 PM
Hey all, anyone have a set of suitcase cabinet "U" legs?  I have a cabinet coming in without them...any condition, otherwise this cab won't have a leg to stand on.  har.

Also, does anyone have original 5-pin or original 4-pin cables?  Have to be the original makes that came with them.  Thanks, send a pm
After many long years of complete dedication, my partner Gerald McCauley and I have completed the book and feature documentary on the Fender Rhodes electric piano:

Our mission was to bring together some of music's most respected recording artists, to discuss how this piano shaped the music they created, and how the Fender Rhodes was a major factor in the electronic instrument revolution.  The documentary is brought to life by inside stories and live performances of many keyboard greats, and through them a true historical testament to the Fender Rhodes is captured.  A special thanks to all the artists for their support and appearance on this film:

Michael Bearden    George Benson       Stanley Clarke      Chick Corea 
D'Angelo               Eumir Deodato       George Duke         Larry Dunn 
Donald Fagen        Ronnie Foster         Rodney Franklin    Dave Grusin 
Don Grusin            Ellis Hall                Herbie Hancock     Onaje Allan Gumbs
Lalah Hathaway     Rami Jaffee            Bob James            Quincy Jones 
Ramsey Lewis       Jeff Lorber              Robin Lumley        Ray Manzarek 
Les McCann           Marcus Miller          Steve Molitz          John Novello 
David Paich           Jerry Peters            Greg Phillinganes  James Poyser 
Patrice Rushen      Joe Sample             Lenny White         Maurice White 
Vince Wilburn Jr.   Allee Willis

The almost 300 page color book is published through Hal Leonard books, and is available in many retail outlets such as Barnes and Noble, as well as Amazon online.  It has many never-before-seen photographs of these artists as well as Rhodes history.  The book includes the exclusive Blu-Ray HD version of the documentary features film, while the standard DVD version is available on separately.

A great thanks to everyone from CBS Musical Instruments who gave their time and input for the film including John McLaren Jr., John McLaren Sr., and Steve Grom.  I have to give a special thanks to Steve Woodyard, for being an invaluable resource, expert, and friend on everything Fender Rhodes.  The same thanks to Mike Peterson as well for his help and input.

My appreciation goes out to James Garfield and Freddan Adlers for pioneering Fender Rhodes history, and creating a community to gather enthusiasts at  Their work has been fundamental in keeping people connected and interested in Fender Rhodes pianos.

Thank you to Jim Wray and Mark Daniel for their contributions to the film.  Thank you to John Novello for providing his audio narration archives.  Thank you to Carol Rhodes-Rice and Patricia Rhodes.

We could not have imagined the overwhelming support from the music community on this project.  I can only hope this film can also educate and influence lives where we can share in this story together.  Please visit to request a DVD copy or a digital MP4 download, and follow us on twitter / facebook for upcoming webisodes and other bonus material.  We appreciate the donation.

I hope that my contributions over the years on this forum and dedication to Fender Rhodes have played a small roll in keeping some of these pianos alive and well.  I also hope that this community remains connected so we can all continue the legacy of Harold Rhodes and his electric piano.  Thank you to everyone!


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For Sale / Great Mark V on eBay
September 11, 2011, 01:18:14 PM
Hi Guys!  I decided to list a very nice Mark V on eBay.  Went through the piano and made it tip top before listing.  Will ship worldwide if anyone is in the market for one.  A little bit of playing as well to demo.  Thanks!
Just wanted to point out a phenomenon that happened, I pulled out all the tone generators on the bass section of a piano, grommet change and grind down of uneven tine ends.

Put all the tonebar screws just in a cup together.  No order.

When I reinstalled the tone generators, almost all the tonebars were way out of whack to the left and right, nearly none of them were straight.  There were definitely a few bent screws, but I was amazed at how out of alignment they all were.  After much screw-shuffling around was able to straighten them out.

This might only be when you're installing original screws and not a new set of tonebar screws, but I would recommend everyone to keep the right screws with the right tonebars if you're reinstalling originals, it might save you an unneeded effort. 
Just a few miscellaneous notes I wanted to mention on Mark Vs while I was sorting out the storage.  Nothing terribly important to note or may not matter at all, just a couple things, and also to recap on more commonly known issues to make it a complete MkV topic.  They're all pretty much manufactured the same obviously with only 1 year of production run, but a few things to take note of between the 4 pianos below:

The pedal sustain rod should be the "chrome satin" finish as in the late Mark IIs to be an original match.  They weren't making full chrome finish rods / legs as in the 70s.

There were 2 sets of control knobs, one smaller size and a larger.  The larger I have is on a piano dated 4184 so it was much closer to the end of production.  Perhaps someone else with a larger knob piano can confirm their late dating.

RCA cable wiring seems to be of black cable, I do see one with a grey RCA with era-consistent corrosion possibly non-original, but black RCA seems to be more standard.

factory carrying handles seem to be the non-ribbed, although I see ribbed on one piano.  It's mid production 3484 so they could be non-original, anyone else have ribbed handles?

There is some kind of date stamping on the travel lids of the Mark Vs.  I don't know what they signify. 

Orange circular sticky label on the right side of harp was quality control approval.

The original damper felts which are the thinner "curly" white type, seem to either lose their density or groove over time, making the bass register very difficult to dampen properly.  All 4 of these pianos, in the bass register, take a longer time to stop notes than earlier Mark 1/2 designs.  There seems to be a multiple "kissing" effect as they try to stop the wide larger-tine swing.  I've uninstalled the damper arm panel and made sure the arms aren't bent, and the tension is correct meaning it doesn't have anything to do with the mechanics of the damper arms / the bevel / the tension.  Perhaps they worked perfectly when installed but after 27 years even bending the damper tips won't entirely solve the problem.  Different felts might have to be used to have enough density to stop the bigger tines.

Where the namerail screws into the woodblocks on the side, there seems to be a common problem with the wood compacting where the washers are and the rail starts to sit lower.  What this does is pushes down on the keys, and tends to make them appear to be not leveled properly.  When the rails are unscrewed the keys level out.  So the rail pushes on any uneven keycaps, and it's solved by putting in a thicker washer on each side under the rail, or raising up the namerail in another fashion (probably never happened with the Mark 1s and 2s because the cheekblocks are hard plastic on all these.

The rubber standoffs up top have a tendency to wear out.  What happens then is that there isn't enough tension to hold the tonebar mechanism in place.  When a hammer strikes one of these tonebars, it will kick it up out of the pickup field resulting in a "pop" effect on these tines.

The top is secured via 6 screws around the side and back of the piano.  One on each side in a floating clamp (if you unscrew it entirely it'll fall in the piano), and 4 in the back.

Easiest way to remove the travel lid with the annoying butterfly latches that keep catching, is to open the latch, pull it forward and close it again on all 6 before lifting the lid.  This will stop the latch's lip from catching on the piano when you're trying to get it off.

A common problem is the pivot pins on the hammers breaking, where they get sloppy left to right or come out entirely.  The other common problem which may actually be more common, is the overtightening or general age cracking of the hammer combs themsevles.  I've seen a number of hammer sets that come out in pieces because the combs are cracked, not the hammer pins.  You can usually tell when the hammers are screwed in too tightly because where the comb screw is located, you'll notice hammers resting a little to the left or right and very close to their neighbors, because the screw is actually spreading out the hammer comb from the tightness.  Lots of hairline cracks that eventually break off.

I seem to remember the hammer tips getting harder, sooner up the line for making it a bit more bright a-la DX-7 era sounds.  I'll have to check that again but I believe the classic point of the hardness changing at the B above middle C is different.  Will see on that.

The good thing usually is all parts that fall off inside a Mark V (hammertips, tines, screws, etc) are still there because the lids are the only model that's screwed down not pull off.  So they're kept in from falling out.

The original stand should have been labeled "RHODES" because no one can seem to locate them or pair them with their piano and probably forget exactly what it belonged to!

Anything else anyone wants to mention :)  Will be looking at serials too

I may be putting a Stage Rhodes up on ebay for sale, just wondering if anyone has experience with difficulties shipping internationally to any countries?  I faintly remember someone saying Italy has difficult customs or something to that effect etc. just wondering if there are notoriously difficult countries to stay away from on heavy shipments

Hi guys, first CP-70 for me, and it happens to be a MIDI model which is cool.

What is uncool is the lack of any power supplies, and looks like a monkey with some wire clippers and no electronics knowledge tried to bypass the specialty power connector plugs.  A question is do any of you have a CP70m or CP80m?  Or is there a CP forum I'm not seeing?  Also if someone was willing to take a quick photo or two of the circuit boards from any CP, I could maybe wire this thing back to life. 

I've tried to look at the CP MIDI user manual and I do see that there are "2 special power supplies" as follows:

Upper: 1.2w  (17.5V, 70mA DC)
Lower: 0.9w  (18V, 50mA DC)

Any idea how to find the right type of power supply for each?  i.e. "make sure it's a ___ not a ___."  It doesn't have to be the 2-prong original equipment, just working.  Don't know if these are different from the standard CPs being that this has a MIDI system... I don't want to plug one in and light this thing up like Christmas.  Tried google to find those specs but to no avail.  Will take photos later today, Thanks very much for any help!
Buying / WTB 5-pin suitcase bottom, MkV stand
July 07, 2011, 05:25:41 PM
Hey guys - putting it out there if anyone has a 5-pin suitcase bottom in reasonable shape, working and complete let me know.  Preferrably West coast, has to be in the states.

Anybody with an extra MV5 stand :) thanks.

Just wondering if anyone has experience replacing a full set of keycaps on a Rhodes and would be willing to make up a step-by-step post on how to best get the old ones off and new ones on.  Which caps to use & where to get them etc.

I've actually never had to do a keycap job in all these years... but this one is atrocious (mid-late 70s where they get those half moon cracks at the white ends).

I know there's 3 or so versions of keycaps over the years so not sure if that plays into anything.  Certain caps might not fit over varying sizes of key ends... anyhow thanks in advance to anyone!