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Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Woven Damper Felts
« on: May 04, 2019, 05:24:16 PM »
Has anyone tried the woven damper felts from Avion studios?
Thank you in advance !

Many thanks for your reply

It was two dead pickups !

Thanks! It is out - I think it’s 4mm !

I have a broken slotted spring that’s used in the sustain pedal
Could anyone tell me what diameter it is ?
There’s not quite enough of it left to measure accurately
Many thanks in advance !


I just replaced the grommets and screws/washers on a 54 and now have no sound at the rca socket.
I have tried a jumper lead from the positive terminal to the lugs of all the pickups (they are the white wrapped ones) and do get some notes working in the treble area. I don’t get a ‘thwack’ sound from a screwdriver on the magnets as you’d expect though

I know there are issues with the white wrapped pickups but in this case they were fine before replacing the grommets so I can’t believe a large number would suddenly fail coincidentally

I also bypassed the rca/phono socket to no avail

I can only think it might be a grounding problem on the harp pick up rail foil strip?
I haven’t adjusted the pickups at all yet so that rail should be fine

Apologies if this should be in an existing thread - I have read them all before posting but I thought someone may have experience with this particular problem after replacing the grommets rather than having pre-existing dead pickups or grounding issues

I have replaced grommets on two Stage 73 Mk 1 models in the past and never had a problem!

Many thanks in advance for any help or advice!

Preamps, Modifications & Upgrades / Back check mod from Vintage Vibe
« on: June 26, 2009, 04:17:21 PM »
Anyone tried the Vintage Vibe back-check mod? Seems like a good idea...I've thought of doing it the hard way using piano action parts, but the Vintage Vibe kit has to be the way!
Worth doing? Any thoughts appreciated!

Classic & Modern Fender Rhodes Artists / Patrick Muller
« on: April 15, 2009, 05:34:38 PM »
Here's Erik Truffaz Group with Patrick Muller on Rhodes

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Key Pedestal Felt Missing
« on: April 15, 2009, 04:16:47 PM »
Yes it has

Should have checked before posting.


Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Key Pedestal Felt Missing
« on: April 15, 2009, 03:19:04 PM »
I have a Rhodes Stage 73 Mk 1, not sure exactly what year (serial number 604050)
It has no felt on the key pedestals, just bare wood. Looks as though it came from the factory like this as the wood is pristine.

Is this ok? Normal?

Any help much appreciated

Hi there!

Well, my Rhodes plays really well now in my opinion - certainly much better than it was.
I'm not sure if it needed grommets or hammer tips replaced and it does look as though the harp has been raised on the right side.
I did notice the voicing being a long way off the pick up in comparison to how it was but overall it sounds good and I'm assuming that's part of the reason?
Not sure what downstops packed means!

Are you a technician? I'd be interested in your views on my piano if you have any time to look at it.

All the best



I know what you mean too!

I just got my Stage 73 Mk 1 back from Hammond Hire in London and it's a different instrument from the one I've been playing since the eightees. It really sings and it may not have have been the best Rhodes to start with.

Don't want to clog up space on this post but I am too excited to keep quiet   :D

Here's what they did;

Action removed from case, action, keys, bushings, felts & case cleaned.
Keyboard action lowered, as far as practical. Keys levelled. Down
stops packed for top 2 octaves to prevent tine stopping due to hammer
Pickups aligned to tines, tines adjusted to prevent fouling.
Harp mounting moved to line up hammers and improve strike line. Hinge
stays  fitted & adjusted. Damper rocker modified to prevent low tines
striking it, re-mounted & felt washers fitted. Actuator rod guide felts
replaced as required.  

I'm even setting it up at home between gigs now despite a flight of stairs..
One last thing...On the advice of Tiny ( who isn't, of course! ) I've ended up back where I started years ago with a Roland JC-120 amp. I've tried other amps and even a Bose 802 system with a preamp but nothing beats the JC in my opinion. It seems to flatter the Rhodes sound with a very clear middle and a warmth to the treble. The reverb and chorus are are real bonus too.

I'd really recommend Hammond Hire if you're a Rhodes player in the UK. You'll get loads of  'phone advice too. It certainly stopped me going down the wrong route and attempting to overhaul / modify my Rhodes myself. I'm a bit of a tech-head  but there are things that only a pro technician with years of experience knows. Tiny will also share his knowledge freely if you need help.

Sorry for the long essay...

All the best


For Sale / 1977 mark I Suitcase for sale
« on: November 02, 2007, 05:44:31 AM »
Is the suitcase model still for sale?
Would you be willing to ship to the UK if I paid the cost?
Could you email any photos of it to me?
Many thanks

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