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Amps, Effects & Recording Techniques / Fender Super 210
« on: July 08, 2017, 07:33:07 PM »
Anyone using/used one of these? 50 watt with the red knobs?

I found one at a local guitar shop and they let me "borrow" it for the weekend. First impression is I like it. Not sure if I love it. Pretty loud, pretty clean, might hold up on stage against a guitar without breaking up too much, but obviously not as clean as my QSC K12, which is just a little too clean.

On the floor next to it they also had a Concert 50- same watts with 1 12" speaker. I haven't "borrowed" that one yet...but something told me I'd get better results with 2 10s vs the 1 12.

For starters, I have a 54 Stage with a VV stereo pre-amp. I was using a Mesa Boogie 50-caliber plus borrowed from a friend and was getting nice clean tones with lots of head room. The lead channel, set right, would cut glass without the bleeding ears...but I'm not really in a position to continue borrowing it without some serious soul sacrificing.

I got this from fellow forum member Sean awhile back and thought that others would probably find it useful. For pictures, please refer to this thread:



I apologize in advance, as this is not related to an ep.

I was playing an older upright last night which had just been acquired by a local bar. Towards the end of the night, I managed to break 2 of the black key tops off. They are plastic and hollow. I've been doing a lot of poking around the web today, and have found a lot of various opinions about what I could use to re-glue them.

I know there are some professional techs around here, and was just wondering what some of you would recommend that I might be able to pick up at a local hardware store.

Thanks in advance for any help.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / 2 keyboards above the Rhodes
« on: November 19, 2013, 03:34:18 PM »
I'm looking for a way to incorporate a second keyboard, a small-ish synth, into my gig rig without increasing my footprint on stage. The most recent thread I could find here was, however was a bit more relevant.

I started looking into the Jens Lüpke solution, but there are a few things about this that I do not like. My Nord already sits pretty comfortably on top of my Rhodes, I don't think I want it sitting any higher. Furthermore, I'm definitely not in love with the idea of adding more weight and stress to the harp cover.

I read somewhere else about folks who have modified or found creative ways to augment a typical 2nd tier for a standard keyboard stand. Part of this solution usually seems to involve using some 1" pipe to act as the "top" of the traditional stand, and then going up from there. Again, this would translate into more weight imparted onto the harp cover.

I've considered getting a new stand, something like the ws650, but I have legs (and braces) and would like to keep using them as I just don't think another stand will give me the stability that I already have.

The other day I started looking at drum hardware and found this:

I was thinking I could clamp one end to the top of the back legs and go out/up from there with a standard 2nd tier (On Stage, Quik-Lok, etc). I like the idea that this would not add any weight to the top of the Rhodes, but realize that this may put a stress on the legs that they were not really intended to handle. Still, I think the legs are pretty darn sturdy, and aside from possibly (probably) marring the chrome a bit, I think this could work.

I'm just curious what some of you around here think about it. Alternatively, if anyone has found some other way of doing this, I would greatly appreciate your ideas.

For Sale / MK I Stage 73
« on: June 28, 2013, 06:47:28 PM »
Not mine, but I thought I would pass this along for anyone around the Midwest.

I came across an MK I at a pawn store near La Crosse, WI yesterday. I couldn't find any date stamp on the top of the harp (looks like it was rubbed out), but there was a very small stamp on the underside of "211".

Harp supports are wooden and the hammers are wood/plastic. The tips are all square except for the upper register where they are the wood wrapped type. All of the tips and felts appeared to be in good shape, but it could definitely use new grommets and screws.

It has legs, braces and sustain pedal, all of which look to be in pretty good shape, along with the tolex. Asking price is $600, but it's been sitting around there for about 6 months now.

Sources For Generic Parts & Maintenance Materials / stage leg braces
« on: March 24, 2013, 01:37:39 PM »
Greetings brothers and sisters.

I am on the hunt for some leg braces for my 54. I realize that these were not part of the original design, but I have got it in my head that there is just too much sway in the piano when I put a second keyboard on top and play with any kind of enthusiasm.

I've considered just going with a table style stand, but I really think that legs, properly braced, would provide better support. Entry level for these stands seems to be around $100, double that for the heavier duty models, so I would like to keep it to around $100 or less.

I'm either looking for anyone who might be able to manufacture something, or some guidance in making my own. Vintage Music in Portugal is the only supplier I've found so far that would try and make them, but I am a bit leery about spending around $100 on custom hardware from so far away.

From the handful of threads on the subject I've found around here, I think I have most of the info I would need to try and make something myself. I have some 3/4" conduit laying around that I could use to make some templates, but I think I would ultimately want to use something with a thicker wall. The only number I am not sure of is the distance along the upper flange (brace plate end) from the center line of the notch to the bend. There seemed to be some discrepancy about whether it was/is 1 1/8" or 1 1/2".

If anyone can confirm this, or point me in the direction of someone in the U.S. who might be able to make a set of custom braces, I would really appreciate it. Thanks.

Amps, Effects & Recording Techniques / Using powered PA speakers
« on: July 19, 2012, 12:34:44 PM »
Hello, All.

After pining over these threads here for too long, I finally pulled the trigger on a 1980 54 MkII. I played my first gig with her the other night using a QSC K12 and it sounded alright. I know many believe that the twin is really the best way to compliment the Rhodes, or just about any tube amp with 2 12s, but I already have the QSC and am really close to picking up a second as I have found a good deal on a lightly used one and would also be using these for my Nord. The problem, as you might have guessed, is the lack of control over the tone- I pretty much get what the Rhodes/QSC gives me, so I am really on the fence here. I have seen quite a few used Twins and Twin Reissues for around the same price as the second QSC I am considering, but it would be really nice not to have to bring out 3 amps/speakers, plus, there generally isn't that much room to set up anyways. I am not that smart when it comes to such things, and am mainly wondering if preamps and powered PA speakers are a bad combo. If anyone out there has any experience using preamps with powered PA speakers, could you recommend any that would give me the same features as a Twin or similar (mainly EQ and vibrato/tremolo), or do I just bite the bullet, go for the Twin, and scrap the idea of running everything through 2 PAs. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.


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