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Hey all

Just bought a Hohner Clavinet Duo. I have never owned this instrument before. I know that the ABCD switches regulates how the pickups make the instrument sound. However, if I have C and A pressed down, no sound comes out of the instrument. I am not sure if this means that the bass pickup or the top pickup is dead. From my understanding, any combination of button presses should work on the ABCD buttons - but maybe I am mistaken?

- Alex

Hey all

Did anyone ever find a proper solution to the top pickup issue on a CP-60? Can you take the strings out and redo the press connection, or maybe solder it instead? Or something else? Looking for peoples experiences here.

I have one that needs to be restored in the action as well. When that is done, I presume that the MIDI will need to be recalibrated. Any advice on tools for that?

- Alex

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Old synth on lid gives a hum?
« on: January 07, 2018, 04:18:14 AM »
Hey all

Recently I got my Prophet 5 back from repair, and put it on my Rhodes where I should it should live its life. But it awakes an awful hum that goes into the Rhodes speakers. I wonder - I've seen dozens of YouTube videos from back in the day, where keyboard players put their synths on their Rhodes pianos when playing live etc. So what makes the hum, and how did they remedy it? Is it a grounding issue, or maybe the Rhodes need a hum shield of some sort?

The same thing happened when I put my Juno 6 on top of the Rhodes, but my Prophet 08 didnt affect the Rhodes output at all thought…

- Alex

Thanks Tim! You've really been a great help, both here and on Facebook :)

- Alex

The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Difference in preamps in Wurli 200?
« on: January 05, 2018, 01:17:20 PM »

Just got a new Wurli home, and when opened up, I could see some differences in the preamps, compared to another one I have at home. I am not much of an electronics wizard, so thought I would post a pic here and see if anyone could make something of it? I attached the pics to this post…

- Alex

Thanks for the reply :)

I cant just put a new plug on the american wire and that will work in an EU outlet?

- Alex

The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Switching preamp and power supply rails?
« on: January 04, 2018, 05:56:59 AM »
Hi all

I have two Wurlitzer model 200 in my house right now. One of them is 110V and the other is 230V.

Can I switch rails without any trouble? Put the 230V in the other one, and in that way "convert" it to 230V?

- Alex

Hi all

Anybody here is using a loop pedal with their Suitcase? If so, how do you do it? Drag cables from the insert point in the preamp to the floor, or some other more clever (and less cluttered) way? Also, where to you put the pedal? When I was operating a stage piano, it was no problem, but now, the amp is sort of in the way of effect pedals :)

- Alex

Hey all

I read somewhere that the suitcase with its four speaker units is a full bandwidth amp. I have the 80W amp, which doesn't go that loud to begin with. Would there be anything wrong with blasting my Minimoog Voyager through the external inputs (outputs) in the suitcase amp?

Also, if I put a synth through the Return jack in the Peterson preamp, it should go through the amp, stereo tremolo and all, right?

– Alex

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Post '74 pick in old rhodes
« on: February 25, 2017, 01:34:43 AM »
Thanks for the replies. I tried putting in a new pickup, but couldn't make it work for some reason. I dont know - maybe a faulty pickup. For now I have switched the pickup with the lowest key on the piano. As a temporary solution you know…

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Post '74 pick in old rhodes
« on: February 21, 2017, 04:42:30 AM »
Thanks for the reply. Was wondering if it was maybe possible to use the metal part of an old pickup on a new pickup, making it the same length. Will try that, and see if the sound changes drastically...

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Post '74 pick in old rhodes
« on: February 20, 2017, 04:30:45 PM »
But if I could do something about the distance, would it work then?

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Post '74 pick in old rhodes
« on: February 20, 2017, 09:18:02 AM »

Did a quick search, but couldn't find a definite answer on this - is it possible to use a newer pickup in a stage piano from '71?


– Alex

Hey Ben and others

Thanks for the replies!

Ben, you mentioned the slightly yellowed keys. Is that the normal color, or is the plastic from the flat tops keys more prone to yellowing? My rounded keys on my '72 stage are still white as teeth!

– Alex

NB: It would seem that the extra switch on the suitcase amp metal plate is a switch to turn on or off the speakers, when you have the headphones plugged in. Didn't know the sound bleed were that bad on the old amp, but I guess so… still a little sad they drilled a whole in the metal though. Its kind of a thorn in my eye… :(


Thanks for the heads up - I am aware that you can date the piano from the stamp. But on this piano, the stamp is almost gone. I was more thinking if anyone with a keen eye on the structural details on the piano could tell me anything about the piano, as I am not completely sure what to think myself…

– Alex

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Suitcase amp metal plate
« on: February 10, 2017, 08:45:33 AM »
Thanks for the reply.

I dont know if its that good a deal though. They go for a lot more money in Europe, where I am located. Its 2700$. Supposedly its a 1974 model. It has Fender Rhodes badges, but the gold sticker on the harp says Rhodes. The production stamp is gone (there is some faint leftovers on the pictures, but not enough to decide when it is from). It also has flat keytops and not curved, like the earlier models. But I dont know enough about these pianos to be certain of the dating.

Can any of you guys with more knowledge help me out?

I also attached pictures of the amp mod - maybe some of you have seen something like it before?

Any help is much appreciated, and also advice and opinions about if this could be a good deal or not?

– Alex

EDIT: Look further down for pictures of my model


I was offered a Rhodes Suitcase the other day. It looks to be in a really good condition, but the metal plate in the suitcase amp (where the powerplug is etc.) has some holes drilled, probably for an old mod.

Somehow, this bugs me a little bit. If I buy this to keep it, I would've preferred it to be in proper condition. I can fix all the other stuff, except that metal plate.

Since its the place for serial number etc. I guess it is not easily replaced?

What would you guys do?

– Alex

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Restoring a Yamaha CP70
« on: February 02, 2017, 01:03:36 PM »
Thanks for all your replies! I am still considering doing it, but will take some time thinking it over :)

– Alex

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Restoring a Yamaha CP70
« on: January 31, 2017, 07:08:04 AM »
Hi all

I am tinkering with the thought of restoring my old Yamaha CP70. It plays great, so it would primarily be a cosmetic restoration. I've done a few searches, but there is not much information about this sort of thing on the internet.

Does any members in here have any experience with this kind of thing?

I of course want to retolex the whole thing. A challenging part could be the metallic front panel with the Yamaha logo on it. It has some paint chipped of, but I dont know if I can mask out the Yamaha logo properly, and then get it resprayed in a car shop or something like that.

I would also have to take all the metallic parts (hinges, handles etc.) and get them resprayed I think.

If any in here have any experience, good or bad, at all, I would love to hear it!

– Alex

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Metallic sounds on release of keys
« on: January 06, 2017, 07:06:09 AM »
I did install new damper felts! As noted above, I also became suspicious that I might've turned them with the grain the wrong way. This is not the case though.

Did you have a theory relating to the damper felts other than that though??

– Alex

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Metallic sounds on release of keys
« on: December 15, 2016, 04:24:39 PM »
I readjusted escapement and strikeline. I am gonna have a go at adjusting the dampers, but did a test on one of them tonight, but not much difference though. If I bend them upwards too much, they dont let the tine ring through on a proper strike, so I tried bending it back little by little, until I could play the note, and then the chirp was still there. Double checked the felt grain, and I installed it correctly as well. I am gonna have another go at it over the weekend, but I dont think its gonna work though :-(

Ben, it is my understanding that your gold Rhodes suitcase was used on Calls, the Robert Glasper track? I realise that it during recording probably went through a longer signal chain, but listening closely to it, I dont hear any chirp at all. That goes for all his recordings actually. Maybe my Rhodes is just doomed to sound like that. Maybe I could try and move the pickups a little further back, and hope they only pick up the tine, and not the dampening chirp?

- Alex

Thanks for your replies everybody.

I made sure that the screws were secured tighly. In retrospect, the distortion actually got a little worse after that.

The explanation that tightning the screws to much kind of warped the speaker cone a bit seems plausible to me. Nonetheless, after loosening the screws and readjusting them, the distortion left, which was nice :-)

- Alex

I have a weird issue with my Wurlitzer. I haven't seen this on anything before.

I thought one of my speakers was broken, so wanted to switch them tonight and see if it was the speaker or the amp.

I then found out that the speaker only distorts when one particular screw is attaching the speaker to the lid (200A model).

Have any of you guys ever noticed something like that?

Is there any way to isolate a screw, or how would I go about solving something like this?

– Alex

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Metallic sounds on release of keys
« on: December 14, 2016, 01:39:39 PM »
Thank you for your reply Ben!

I did mess about with the damper arms to try and find a better stop for them. I couldn't get a satisfactory result. The weird thing is that this happening when I switched from the tapered hammer tips to the square hammer tips. I dont know - maybe they blow with a bigger force, making it hard for the damper to damp it.

Question though - I just watched this video:

In here, Vintage Vibe mentions, that if you install the damper felts with the grain going in the wrong direction, it could possibly give a little chirping sound upon release. Now, its been a few years since I installed the felts, and can't remember if I did it right, and since the problem started with the change of hammer tips, I dont know if it relates - but in my recording, it does sound like it could be that chirping sound they talk about in the video.

What do you guys say?

– Alex


When trying to voice my Wurlitzer a little, I noticed really fast that the pickups are a lot thicker in the bass end and top end of the piano. Even so thick that its kind of hard to move them up and down in the voicing process.

Is this normal? Am I even supposed to move them up and down in the treble and bass?

– Alex

The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Re: Questions about reeds and on/off buttons
« on: December 11, 2016, 02:59:43 AM »
Thanks for the reply!

Just wanted to post a picture of the instrument, so you guys can see the on/off button:

– Alex

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Metallic sounds on release of keys
« on: December 11, 2016, 02:54:20 AM »
So considering that I don't hear this sound on the majority of recordings (even lots of amateur recordings on YouTube and Soundcloud), surely somebody must have an educated opinion as to how I can avoid these metallic sounds?

– Alex

The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Questions about reeds and on/off buttons
« on: December 10, 2016, 05:59:43 PM »
Hi all

Just bought my first Wurlitzer piano. It is actually in a rather good condition, with the exception of the feeds. No sluggish action and all, and it is not noisy. It is a 200A model. Dont know how to figure out when its from though...

Now, questions about the reeds. The top 6 reeds all seem to be bent upwards, resulting in no volume when I play them. I know reeds are sensible, and I know they probably ended up like that because of a strike line issue. Question is, can I bent them back, or will that result in them breaking. Besides them, I got 9 cracked reeds, so replacing all these reeds is going to be a costly affair.

Which leads me to my next question: Do I need a mold to make my own reeds? Or is it possible to do by hand? Anyone has some good tips?

On another note, my piano has a white on/off buttom on the left cheek block. I haven't seen that on any pictures of a Wurlitzer before. I thought the volume knob turned it on or off. My model is a european 220V though, so might be different? It looks like it was professionally installed though.

- Alex

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Metallic sounds on release of keys
« on: December 08, 2016, 02:21:03 PM »
Well, I actually dont mind that much. I like character :-) But when I hear recordings (Robert Glasper etc.) I dont hear the sound. So kinda figured there was some adjustments to be made?

- Alex

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Metallic sounds on release of keys
« on: December 08, 2016, 12:41:10 PM »
Hi all

I noticed (I think after installing the pre '74 hammertips) that when I release a key on the piano, it has a slight metallic sound. I thought it was a damper issue, but after messing around with it for a bit, I couldn't improve it. It's rather distracting. Has any of you had that problem, and how did you go about solving it?

I uploaded a small 15 sec. sound clip for demonstration purposes:

– Alex

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