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For Sale / Original Rhodes Silvertop Harp Cover
« on: May 13, 2012, 08:25:16 PM »
Cleaning out some extra stuff that I have had for 20 years. Super nice, close to mint original Silvertop harp cover. Shoot me a reasonable offer.

Just donated. Great job!

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Silver top
« on: April 01, 2012, 07:34:59 PM »
Hello all, First post....

Just snagged a 1967 Sparkle Top! Missing the bottom. Awful grooved hammers, so I replaced them with wooden hammers from a 1972 parts piano that I had. (ala The Real MC) I have everything apart right now waiting on some parts from VV. So far so good. i have a copy of the Rhodes Service Manual, and it says that if you perform this hammer replacement mod, you should "shim" the tips to compensate for the shorter neoprene tipped hammers. After some test tone bar replacement, and noodling, it sounds like I wont need the shims. Anyone beg to differ before I put this thing back together?

This piano is clearly marked #1567 on the gold tag and hand written on the rt. hand harp support along with a green rubber stamp of "november 1967". It has a Peterson preamp with copper enclosure. My '72 parts piano has a Peterson amp with "zinc" plated enclosure. It had a cut cord that came with the piano. The end of this cord is a square 4 pin connector the looks like it was hard wired running through the name rail. The splice matches up perfectly, but can't find any pics of a sparkletops that had this cable termination to the preamp. Can anyone confirm that they made a "fixed" cable Peterson configuration?

I plan on building a bottom. Looking now for a Peterson amp for the bottom with 4-pin square plug. I spoke to VV last week, but they said they are missing the amp sections. Anyone have one? Suggestion? Great advice here. Thanks in advance.

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