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Buying / WTB Peterson 80W poweramp unit
« on: January 29, 2017, 02:38:51 PM »
Looking for a Fender Rhodes/Rhodes 80W Peterson style poweramp unit in working order. Please PM me if you have one for sale.

I have sparkletop suitcase from 64 and a spare harp from another 60s suitcase. I took a look at both harps and it seems that one of the harps has a big mix of different tines whereas the other seems to have the same tines except the tines missing. I have attached some pics... What would you say is which type of tines here?

I have a sparkletop suitcase from september 1964 which I've owned for more than ten years. I've finally pulled it out of storage and started the process of restoring it. Does anyone have pics/schematics and knowledge about the Jordan amps and preamps? There seems to be only a jack out of the preamp amd since the poweramp is gone in the cab I'd like to know how it works. Was it a poweramp with modules design like the Peterson? Any info is appreciated. If someone should happen to have a Jordan poweramp around I would be interested in buying... :-)

I got this 88 in the shop that is beyond repair but it has a good deal of parts I can reuse. The tines however are rusty and corroded and I was wondering what procedures you guys have to remove corrotion on tines?

Sources For Generic Parts & Maintenance Materials / Mark V handles
« on: July 08, 2015, 04:15:34 AM »
Looking for replacement black handles for the Mark V. The plastic surrounding each end of the handle becomes very brittle and break easily... Any suggestions on where to find these?

The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / I've never... Ever...
« on: June 06, 2015, 11:43:29 AM »
Got this Wurly 200A in my shop now... Took off the lid and when inspecting the reeds, someone has been extremely messy while adding solder to the reeds.. No pyramidshapes to see even if I try add some imagination... But the worst thing as that someone realized that too much solder was added to the reed and didn't bother to take the reed out for filing. Instead a cut with a sharp knife or using a file they've filed or cut a piece of the bottom of the reed just outside of the the reedbar... I've never seen this in my 15 years in the business... The reeds that have gotten this treatment sounds weird...

The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Wurly 200 reed assembly
« on: May 06, 2015, 11:24:45 AM »
Just out of curiousity I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on the fact that the reed assembly (the big metal part where the reeds are mounted in) is pretty different in mass when you compare the left side to the right one?

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Clavinet D6 uneven keys
« on: February 03, 2015, 03:03:35 PM »
I have this D6 in the shop and the keys are all tilting to the right and they're uneven in height. Almost like they've been deliberately bent that way... Any suggestions on how to fix this? Do I need to remove the keys and adjust the tip that the grommet is seated on?

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Identify this part please...?
« on: January 03, 2015, 02:58:52 PM »
I bought a big box of new old stock parts from an elderly gentleman who had decided to go off with pension and in this beautiful heap of parts for Rhodes, Wurly and Clav I find these. What are they?

For Sale / Beware of this one...
« on: August 29, 2013, 12:51:42 PM »
A guy trying to sell this suitcase as a 1971 model suitcase on Ebay. Problem is that the picture of the harp clearly shows that this one is a late 70s Rhodes repackaged in a 1971 cabinet... Tried to tell the seller who just blows me of saying the harp is stamped 1971 so " he goes with that..." Not cool in my opinion... A potential buyer wanting the early 70s tone will not get what they paid for with this one...

For Sale / Mark V stand - original
« on: July 23, 2013, 09:35:48 AM »
I have an original Mark V stand that needs to go. It has some rust here and there and misses the locking t-latches but functionally it works all ok. Asking 150$ plus shipping.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Rhodes Mark IV hammer picture?
« on: July 12, 2013, 02:16:46 PM »
Found this picture of what is allegedly a Mark IV hammer... Fake or real guys?

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Different keyped bumps...
« on: July 11, 2013, 02:19:57 PM »
Got a week 22 1978 Rhodes Mark 1 Stage 88 in the other day and when taking out the keys I noticed that the pedestalbump in this piano was bigger than on the later models... Anyone else noticed this too? Pic speaks for itself...

The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Wurlitzer 200 ads?
« on: July 06, 2011, 03:03:01 PM »
Throughout the late 60s, 70s and early 80s Rhodes were pretty good with ads i keyboardmagazines. I have yet to see an ad for a Wurlitzer 200 model piano... Have you guys seen any?

Buying / WTB: Mark 1 88 suitcase namerail...
« on: May 02, 2011, 04:29:32 AM »
If anyone out there has a namerail for an 88 suitcase they would like to sell, please contact me.. I need one...

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Brand New Clavinet D6
« on: December 16, 2010, 06:16:38 AM »
Just wanted to share an amazing find I did recently... A new in box Clavinet D6... It missed the preampsection but I found one and put in there and now it's complete... Only need to wipe some dust off it and it's all ready :) Should I hang on to it or sell it? And how much do you think it's worth?

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Clav D6/E7 preampsection
« on: November 08, 2010, 12:26:35 PM »
Anyone out there with a complete preampsection with slider, switches and preamp for a black D6/E7 that they would consider selling? PM me...

Buying / WTB: Late style MK2 all black namerail
« on: June 13, 2010, 05:01:53 PM »
I'm looking for the all black MK2 namerail found on the 1982 and 83 model pianos. If you have one for sale let me know. I can even trade it in a MK1 or earlier MK2 style namerail if you like.

Has anyone found good replacement speakers for the earlier and late style Suitcasepianos? I've been looking at the Jensen P12Q 32ohm speakers... Anyone tried these?

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / 1968 Sparkletop discoveries...
« on: March 19, 2010, 08:27:43 AM »
I'm currently restoring my first Sparkletop Suitcase and I disover something new all the time so I though I'd share some of my findings.

This particular sparkletop is from November 1968 and the sticker in the bottom right corner on the harp says Fender Rhodes Santa Ana and not Fullerton. I have two other sparkletops, one from September 1964 and the other from 1965 which both says Fullerton. Did Rhodes move their production to Santa Ana for a short period of time?

The hammers are plastic with teardrop felthammers. The tines are Ray-Mac in the lower bass area but from 1/3 up it changes to tapered tines. The tinebase looks exactly the same as the basstines so I don't think they have been replaced. The tines on the two other sparkletops I have are all non tapered.

The keypedestals have factory installed bumps!! Yes, you read correctly, the pedestal has a small bump which maked the action on this piano very nice to play.

One may wonder how and why Fender Rhodes lost their way half way of the seventies with the sluggish action and then reintroducing the bump ten years later... I will try to upload pictures later.

I have for some time investigated the possibility to produce new Mark V hammers and I'm proud to say that we're now at the point where we can say "go" or "no". There are a couple of things that makes us hesitate...

1.The money we need to put down to make the tooling to make these hammers is quite substantial. Tooling is VERY expensive. I'd like opinions on how many of these we could sell to the Mark V owners worldwide... Given the fact that less than 2000 pianos were built and noone knows how many that still are around, we don't expect a lot...

2. I'm not sure if the new Mark 7 hammers are compatible with the Mark V/MarkII hammercombs or not. I have seen pictures of the mark 7 hammers which to me looks exactly like the Mark V hammers, with the same key pedestal design and the same hammercurve. What I don't know is if the hammerpins are of the same dimensions. If they've made these stronger by making them larger means that they also have produced new hammercombs. IF however they've strenghtened the hammerpins by using a new material they could still fit in the old hammercombs and in the Mark V. If some of the proud new owners of the new Rhodes would do me a favour and measure the hammerpins on the hammers and/or send me a picture of a hammer out of the hammercomb I'd appreciate it a lot...

I'll keep you posted...

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Our showroom...
« on: November 02, 2008, 11:56:24 AM »
Hi guys. Just wanted to let you know nthat you can see pictures from our new showroom in Oslo were we have ur keyboards and organs on display. Take a look at

These don't show up very often and this one is actually complete wit the knee lever and all... It looks like this is one of the earlier Dynos with the old nameplate on the preamp. Cool piano but steep price...

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / WTB: Peterson amp modules
« on: November 16, 2007, 06:22:25 AM »
Hi all. I need one or even better two Peterson amp modules for  the early style Suitcase. PM me if you have any to sell.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Joe Zawinul - Rest in peace
« on: September 11, 2007, 11:42:12 AM »
Joe Zawinul died to today due to cancer. A Rhodes legend and musical pioneer is gone... Fusion will never be the same again. Thank you Joe for your decades of great music and awesome playing on the best electric piano in the world!

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Dyno-My Piano info
« on: July 18, 2007, 05:15:28 AM »
Chuck Monte is alive and kicking and constantly exploring and inventing... I stumbled across his website the other day which I think is pretty new... Anyway, take a look at and check out the fabulous Dynos in the Dyno-My Piano section.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Do you want a Mark V?
« on: November 22, 2006, 10:51:52 AM »
Well, come to Norway... They're here...  :D Make your pick...

Welcome to the forum Mike! It's such a privilege to have the original designers of the Mark V here with us. It was with great interest I read about the hydraulic sustainpedalsystem you tried on the Mark IV. What else can you tell us about the Mark IV?

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Well... It's not a goldsparkle since it doesn't have the top... But this was most probably a gold sparkle piano bass. It has the serial# BA-167 and my goldsparkle bass has serial BA-0163... Now if they only could find that top...

- Jon

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / My Rhodescollection...
« on: June 28, 2006, 03:37:26 PM »
Through the years I have through lots of research and a good dose of luck gathered a nice collection of Rhodespianos... It's nothing like Kenneth Manning's collection but still, I doubt you'll find a similar collection on this side of the pond... The text is in Norwegian but I will make a gallery with English text as soon as I find the time...

The 1971 Suitcase Mark 1 is in transit from LA where I bought it from a nice gentleman who before he sold it to me had it serviced with the one and only Steve Woodyard. I will put up pics of it as soon as I get it. Please feel free to mail me with questions, I'd be happy to answer them.


- Jon

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