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Hi All,

Continuing with the journey of refurbishing a Mk1 73 Stage I bought in pretty rough condition. A lot of the job is really just cleaning, since it was somewhat mildewed inside and very dirty in as well, but in ok working condition. I have so far sanded, re-painted and re-tolexed the box, and removed and cleaned all the keys thouroughly. Now on to the harp!

The harp's condition is ok, but it's quite dirty so I'd like to clean it up. All pickups worked when I tested the piano when I first got it. My plan is to remove all tines and tone bars and clean those up a bit, then clean everything else up as well as I can and put the tines and tone bars back in with new grommets and screws (that I bought from VV). I have two questions:

1. I'm hesitant to remove the pickups to clean under them, it just seems too risky when all is in working condition. But I'd really like to get the job done right while I'm in there. Any advice?

2. I also have a "donor" piano. (A mostly incomplete one I bought to try to harvest some key caps from.) Its harp's structural parts are in great condition, but it lacks pickups, tines and tone bars. So it's more of a harp "skeleton" if you will. As an alternative to cleaning my main piano's harp structure, I could just move everything over to the skeleton of the other harp. But is that too risky a maneuver for the pickups? Will I damage the wiring or something and create more headaches?

What would you wise folks do in my position? (I can take some pictures if useful.)

Thank you,
Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Tolex question
January 27, 2021, 09:18:41 PM
Hi, I've attempted to search for answers to this question but haven't found anything. Apologies if I'm asking something that comes up a lot!

I have a fairly beat-up 1972 stage piano and I'm about to start re-Tolexing the case. (I only have the case bottom.) I'm currently in the process of removing the glue from the old Tolex. There are lots of gouges in the wood which I'll be filling (probably with Bondo wood filler) and then sanding nice and smooth before I apply the new Tolex. But first I'm planning to primer and re-paint the inside of the case black.

My question is: will the Tolex stick to where I paint, or do I need to be careful about where I paint so I leave bare wood for the Tolex glue? (I'm using the stuff VV sells.) And if the Tolex will apply to paint happily, is there any reason not to primer the whole thing? That will help protect the wood from future rot and help make a nice, smooth surface after sanding. But I obviously don't want to do that if it will create adhesion problems.

Thank you!
Hi All,

I am the recent owner of a fairly dirty and beat up 1972 Fender Rhodes Mk1 Stage piano and am embarking on a journey of restoration. I was very happy to discover this forum. This is my first post!

I have lots and lots of questions but I'll stick to the most immediate one I have:

I also bought some remnants of a 1973 piano (case bottom, keybed, hammers, harp frame, and about 50 or so good keys), mainly to harvest keys from. It has the same type of keys as my 1972 (angled pedestal).

When I tried fitting some keys from the 73 into the 72 as a test, I noticed that on the keys the holes for the balance rail pins don't seem to be centered, on either piano. And how off-center they are seems to depend on which key. So not all the keys are "compatible," because sometimes they are too far off to one side and rub against the adjacent key.

My question is: is there some adjustment I'm supposed to make to the balance rail pins in this case?

Thank you in advance!