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For Sale / [sold] Rhodes Stage 88 1978 (Los Angeles Area)
« on: September 15, 2019, 05:55:29 PM »

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Hammer height
« on: December 29, 2018, 08:57:55 PM »
I'm having the most difficult time setting my escapement. I got as far as shimming the harp up, but four popsicle sticks is still not enough to clear the top keys. The hammers towards the top strike the tine and hold it, so the tine won't ring. I took off the harp and this is the hammer height I'm seeing, photo below. The highest hammers are 3/8" higher than the bottom keys.

Is this normal? If not, how do I adjust it? I have replaced all of the pedestal felts, hammer tips, and leveled the keys already.

Thanks for your help, – Jeff

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Escapement this far off?
« on: December 10, 2018, 09:35:37 PM »
I watched the Vintage Vibe video and they recommend an escapement "3/8”-1/2” in bass; 1/16-3/16” in treble." Mine is more like 1/4" in the bass and 0-1/16" in the treble. Can I really be this far off? Or did I forget to put something back together properly?

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Range of pickups not working
« on: November 17, 2018, 06:01:52 PM »
Most of the pickups on my Rhodes are not working. From the bottom key of my 88 to key 14 (Bb0) is OK when tapped with a screwdriver. 15 is very faint, 16 does not work, and none of the pickups work past that until I get to key 76, which is where the pickups split to a second wire. I assumed that one or more of my pickup wires were broken, but everything seems correct. They are wired correctly according to the Rhodes spec.

When I measure them with an Ohm meter, that seems correct too. In the diagram below, the top shows the resistance in the wiring breaks. 186 ohms between 12-13 top break, 173 ohms between 14-15 bottom, 156 ohms between 16-17 top. Between those other stages is 0-1 ohms resistance.

Any clues? Thank you for your time.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Bent tines?
« on: October 25, 2018, 10:49:28 PM »
Should I straighten out bent tines? They aren't pointing straight at my pickups.

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