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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
« on: 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
« on: February 07, 2017, 02:21:49 PM »
Someone in San Diego is selling one of the Home Models.

Classic & Modern Fender Rhodes Artists / Robert Glasper tomorrow on Conan
« on: December 06, 2016, 03:04:49 PM »
Check out Robert Glasper tomorrow on Conan O'Brien, December 7 on TBS.  He'll be on the Gold Rhodes!

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Clavinet D-6 power supply specs
« on: October 11, 2016, 04:01:40 PM »
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

Classic & Modern Fender Rhodes Artists / Aretha Franklin Fillmore West
« on: February 12, 2016, 01:01:28 PM »
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
« on: 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.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Spare Yamaha CP70 / CP80 hammer?
« on: August 24, 2015, 02:48:57 PM »
Highest E note hammer busted off and has gone missing.  Anyone have a spare hammer?  Thanks

For Sale / 1977 Home model in San Diego
« on: August 20, 2015, 03:00:36 PM »
Not mine, but down in San Diego is a home model for $750.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / 1969 transition model Rhodes
« on: August 07, 2015, 04:47:39 PM »
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
« on: 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.

The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Wurlitzer Key Note Visualizer
« on: October 17, 2014, 11:16:05 AM »
A rare bird, not mine but have at it.

For Sale / Selling: Rhodes Home Model #24
« on: 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.

The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Vintage Wurly electronic piano case
« on: September 14, 2014, 02:28:20 PM »
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
« on: 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.


Buying / Wurly 140b knobs & handle, 120 music rack & lid
« on: May 28, 2014, 05:04:54 PM »
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
« on: March 12, 2014, 05:47:10 PM »
Beginning to shop for a Wurly 140b.  Appreciate any leads thanks.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Audio example: Identify this Rhodes
« on: February 13, 2014, 02:17:47 PM »
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
« on: 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
« on: 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
« on: 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 / Mark V harp cover for sale - eBay
« on: September 13, 2013, 07:00:49 PM »

For Sale / chorus / flange Rhodes
« on: 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.

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