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For Sale / SOLD - '80 Rhodes Mark II Stage 73 For Sale in NH (US)
« on: March 21, 2020, 09:10:12 AM »

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Wood harp supports specs
« on: December 01, 2019, 10:04:02 AM »
Does anyone have measurements for their wood harp supports? I suppose they may be different from piano to piano but just wondered if there was a factory measurement. I read in one of these forum threads that the height is different between the action rail side (back) and key side (front). Is this correct?

I definitely have too much escapement but before I shave these down I was going to try to make some. Well, have my woodworker friend make them.

These are what mine are on a '74 Stage 73 key:

Bass: 4 13/32" action rail side, 4 3/8" key side
Treble: 4 7/16" both sides


The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Hammer tip glue question
« on: April 15, 2018, 07:38:07 AM »
I'm replacing the hammer tips on my '80 Mk II. I did this a few years ago but haven't been happy with the sound so am trying a few things. My question is this, when I removed the tips this time I noticed a layer of glue hardened on the plastic hammers. So the glue that I had used came off pretty easy and was "rubbery". This looks like was the original glue or at least from someone previous and was very hard like the plastic, I'm guessing cyanoacrylate and not coming off. Do you think this will affect the adhesion of the tips and if so any recommendations for removing? Acetone? It's not terribly thick but I'm not getting just the plastic of hammers. I didn't have any tips come off the first time but some seemed not to adhere great. Some came off very easy as well.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Need to buy some balance rail shims
« on: April 24, 2015, 10:52:46 AM »
Anyone know of another source for buying balance rail shims? VV wants to charge me $8.50 for shipping. Love those dudes but c'mon. I get sax reeds shipped from CA for $2.50 I'll either have to wait until I need more supplies or hopefully find another option.


The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / tine screws (tone generator)
« on: February 01, 2015, 04:25:23 PM »
Anyone know if I can get something at the hardware store for these or are they too specialized? I'm talking about the screw that mounts the tone generator to the tone bar. I only need one at this point. Thanks.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Strikeline issue
« on: January 07, 2015, 01:30:42 PM »
Hi All,

I've been experimenting with my '78 MI 73 for the past year or so to get the optimum sound. I moved the strikeline once and it helped a bit. I did it again and it really improved except the lower couple of octaves were thunky so I moved it back. After many months I put it back to this spot and this is really where it needs to be. The middle and upper registers sound great. I've got most of the lower octaves to play at least but not great. There are a few that are really thunky: D and D flat below middle C and F-F# below those. I've adjusted escapement to try to improve it. I also have the bass end shim removed and tried putting it back in to no avail. I checked the really thunky notes and the tines are the proper length.

Thanks for any thoughts or suggestions!

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Mark II damper arms
« on: December 18, 2014, 08:22:18 PM »
Hi All,

Been reading this forum for over a year now but first post so a big shout out to all of you for all the great info. I just bought a
Mark II 73 in good shape but noticed the damper arms have a very exaggerated bend in the pad section especially in the bass end. I'm guessing this is for the longer tine vibration. So is this okay or do you think it will affect performance? It seemed okay other than needing new felts. I need to replace the 5th octave strip anyway. Just wondering if I need to replace the others.

Sure wish those good dudes at VV would manufacture damper arm strips. Nudge nudge wink wink.

I've attached some pics to see what I'm talking about. I also attached a pic of a tall Smuttynose Brown Ale in salute to all for your diligent help.


For Sale / Vintage Vibe Tine Bomb preamp for sale in NH
« on: May 07, 2014, 02:50:41 PM »
I have a Vintage Vibe Tine Bomb preamp for sale in NH. Here is a link to the Craigslist listing:

Asking $100.

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