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The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Solutions for a squeaky pedal?
« on: January 01, 2019, 01:14:00 PM »
Happy New Year all on the forum!

My friend has owned a 1975 73 suitcase for about 9 months now. It's been basically untouched since 1975 with the lack of a bump mod, all original workings, et cetera. Ever since he has owned it (and who knows for how long) there's been a squeak emanating from the player's side of the sustain pedal. My question to you all is: is this a simple fix with some lubricant, or would this require a professional's attention? The problem isn't dire, just really obnoxious to the both of us.



The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Uneven cheek blocks ?
« on: August 26, 2018, 09:55:21 PM »
Hello all on the forum!

I've been noticing that the two cheek blocks on my Rhodes are uneven. The right cheek block (by the treble keys) is at normal but the left cheek block which is  a Vintage Vibe cheek block power supply is abnormally high. I removed the left block and noticed that the "J" hooks underneath the 1/4 jacks did push the cheek block up a bit.

Is there any remedy too this? It's not a terrible problem, but is annoying cosmetically.



The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Harp suddenly not working... :(
« on: July 09, 2018, 08:34:28 PM »
Hello all on the forum!
I hate to bother you for such a small problem (I think) but my harp suddenly went silent. I ruled out the preamp, and I plugged in an RCA-1/4 adapter directly into the harp but no audible sound (except for some pickup clicking). I saw no visible breaks in the natural way the pickups were wired.
I think the problem exists because I was replacing escapement screw grommets; so that might have fouled up the pickups...
Is there a good way to remedy this? I'll be more careful (promise!)



After some research (and imagination), I was now intrigued by the Fender Rhodes Piano Bass, as it was a keyboard for producing only bass sounds. The Piano Bass has a very cool tone, but it doesn't sound close enough to a bass guitar for me.

So, and this could be by a long shot, has anyone attempted to make a bass range piano with strings, tuning pegs, grand piano (tear drop) hammer tips and an EQ filter?

If not, I will set out to make a new instrument...

I totally understand that one couldn't pitch bend, slide, slap or whatever bass players normally do to color their playing; but a warm electromechanical bass keyboard seems like OK proposition...



Would anyone on here happen to have any recordings or songs with (potentially) a 1969-1970 suitcase Rhodes with felt cube hammer tips? I (probably won't but) want to find one some day and want to explore some tonal possibilities.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Common tool list for Rhodes repair?
« on: March 19, 2018, 05:43:28 PM »
Hello all,

I've been thinking about starting up a Rhodes repair business.
I was wondering, what are some typical tools used for repairing Rhodes pianos?


The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / How to remove stuck tine?
« on: January 19, 2018, 11:33:40 PM »
Hello all,

I just cut a tine for the second lowest c on my 1977 73 (and managed to get the tuning spring on there {double ugh}) but I am not able to get the original tine separated from the tone bar. I put all of my force into my 5/16 nut driver and no luck, no budge. What would be a good method of separation?


Just out curiosity,
For those who own Sparkle Tops, how would they sound if later tines were put in, say 1976?

 Ray Mac tines seem hard to come by, and I am aware that hammer tips (and many other factors) affect a Rhodes tonality. Being with teardrop felt hammer tips, would a later tines fit right in at all?

Later tines appear to have a longer decay life, so that aspect would be weird on a Sparkle Top. Would later tines keep the Sparkle Top charm? Or would they sound unnatural?

Thank you!

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Sparkle Top or Early Mark 1?
« on: November 08, 2017, 10:26:37 PM »
Just for curiosity sake, I was wondering what model of Fender Rhodes was on this recording? Since this was recorded in 1973, it is plausible that it is an early Fender Rhodes Mark 1, but this piano has a sparkle top vibe. I swear hearing stereo vibrato so possible a 1969 Sparkle Top??? Would anyone on here be able to give some ideas? Thank you!

When the Fender Rhodes Mark I series is described, the dates are referred to as 1969-1974. But I've never seen a black top 1969 Rhodes Suitcase. Do Black tops go back this far and if so does anyone have any photos of a 1969 Mark I Suitcase?
Also what was the first year that the Super Satellite mod first came around? 1970 because the first stage models were available then?

Thank you for whatever information you might have!

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Microtonal Tuning for Rhodes?
« on: September 30, 2017, 07:10:13 PM »
There are many pitch shifting pedals out there (like the Digitech Whammy and the EHX Pitch Fork) but they all go by by semitones.

I personally like an off tune Rhodes because it brings extra warmth to the sound.
Is there a pedal that has a microtonal tuning slide like this one on this Kurzweil? Or is there a way in which I could build one (and attach it to the name rail of my Rhodes) ?

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Lowest Peterson Setting
« on: September 21, 2017, 08:08:13 AM »
I have a little question, just out of curiosity.
What is the lowest stereo tremolo on the Peterson? I have a VV Stereo Vibe and that is similar in rates but there is a function that cuts the vibrato speed in half. recording: This sounds like an 88 suitcase or an 88 stage with a Peterson, but the rate is much slower than the original Peterson's slowest rate.

Would anyone be able to send an MP3 of the Peterson at its lowest rate?

Thank you!

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / How to make built in effects pedal?
« on: August 31, 2017, 08:14:36 AM »
I have a Phase 90 and I was wondering how people would make a built in effects pedal?

Drill holes in the name rail but still keep the fx pedal box? Mount board directly to name rail?

Thank you!

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Little decay on mid range tine.
« on: August 23, 2017, 09:12:34 PM »
Again, sorry for posting so many topics.

I've seen VV videos where they show their "tone bar clips". I do have a tine that doesn't decay much, but it's a mid range tine (non flat tone bars). I noticed after I had replaced the two grommets of that note. Could it grommets? Bad tine?

Thank you all for your time!

Quick question for anyone with a Vintage Vibe Stereo Vibe:

I keep hearing about this onboard switch for Field Effect Transistor mode on my Stereo Vibe but I can't find a switch.
Any info for this?


If I wanted more of a quieter, clean, out of the box sound, what would be a good way to voice my Rhodes? (Tine height, escapement, etc.)

Thank you

Hello all,
Sorry for posting many topics, I am new to Rhodes ownership.

Some backstory:

The 'culprit' of my keys sticking was the right key bed screw, not the tolex.

I unscrewed both screws, moved the keybed away from the tolex, and playability was normal. I screwed the left keybed screw back in, and the keybed wasn't going to move anywhere. I screwed the right one in, and low and behold: the right side wiggled.

I narrowed it down to the screws. The left side screw seemed original; as it was slightly rusty. The right side screw was newer, and smaller.

Does anyone know where I could find a keybed screw that it the exact same size as the left one?

Thank you!

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Reducing key noise?
« on: August 09, 2017, 12:05:44 PM »
This is probably a dumb question but is there a way to make the key noise quieter? Sometimes it throws me off... ;D

Amps, Effects & Recording Techniques / Good Analog Vibrato?
« on: August 09, 2017, 10:49:01 AM »
Hello all,

I was wondering: what would be a subtle analog vibrato pedal? I'm looking for that very long pitch shifting vibrato.

Thank you!

Hello all,

I was wondering what would be the best way to fix an undampening note?

Thank you!

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Keys sticking to front
« on: August 03, 2017, 07:23:19 PM »
Hello all,

Today I purchased a custom 1977 Rhodes stage from James Garfield of the Fender Rhodes Supersite.

When I play slot of the white keys in the mid range, they stick and I have to push them back up.

Is there a way to fix this?

Thank you!

Hello everyone!

I'm soon to be the owner of a 1977 stage.
I was wondering about the best way to store a Rhodes in terms of temperature and natural light, so that nothing warps and the piano doesn't go out of tune.

Thank you kindly!

Hello all,

I would like to just ask what the exact specs are for a closed case, no legs Rhodes. (Height, width, length. Etc.)

I am planning to get a Rhodes and might have some trouble fitting into our sedan.

I would do the measurements if I had a physical Rhodes in front of me! Any help would be gladly appreciated.


I have always had a preferred Rhodes sound: dull, mellow, soft and most of all OFF TUNE w/ some slight warble. It gives the Rhodes that early 70s sound.

Garage Band has this plugin called AUPitch, where one can change the pitch of there software (or hardware) instrument by cents. So you can basically manually tune the instrument.

Octave pedals and key shifting pedal are out there (like digitech's drop tune or EHX's pitch fork) that only shift keys. I am looking for a pedal that can go in between keys MANUALLY.

I'm only 15 and growing up around so much software that a hardy, physical unit is really nice.

Thank you all for your input!

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / No Click?
« on: June 29, 2017, 12:35:12 AM »
Just out of curiosity (and maybe it's to early to worry about this now) but can any of you offer some tips on how to voice or how to adjust the tines in a way that I can get this 70s jazz "click free" sound?

I'm not talking about key noise but if a Rhodes was directly recorded.

This is my ideal sound at 3:30

This is the click that I do NOT want.

Is there a way to come close to this soft sine-like sound?


The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Is it worth the buy? Pt. II
« on: June 25, 2017, 12:53:42 PM »
I was contemplating on purchasing this other 1976 Stage from my local music store, which is selling for $1200. With no Rhodes ads currently on Craigslist around the SF Bay Area, being reassured that there is a physical Rhodes (which I've played) is very nice. However, the second lowest E sticks after release, yet all of keys play. I opened it up and some tines were out of alignment, but none of the tone bars were out of alignment (and from what I could see) no corrosion had occured.

Also there was an icon on the inside for "Dyno My Piano" but I would have never guessed that this was a Dyno Rhodes. The pre-amp was a normal, passive stage pre-amp.

There are some stains, tears in tolex, rust on screws, et cetera. From what I could hear, there was a lot of bark on this Rhodes, so I would have some voicing to do.

Is it worth the $1200 asking price?

Thanks alot!

Sorry, again I am new to this but is stereo tremolo on a Fender Twin so that I would have to get a preamp on my Rhodes? Or is it mono Tremolo/Vibrato.
There are demos with guitars but they only use the mono line.
Thank you!

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Is it worth the buy?
« on: June 18, 2017, 01:04:06 PM »
I have been blessed to play a 1976 stage 73 at my high school but in the future would like to inquire about the purchasing a 1978? 88 Suitcase from my Organ teacher.
Everything is there (even the five pin Janus cable) but the piano itself is lacking. The key bed is "sunken" slightly and a few keys do not play.
I have not been able to check the condition internally (tone bars, tines, grommets) but apparently the Rhodes has been used as a "desk".
Would it be worth the buy?

Thank you!

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