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I cant speak to the Rhodes, but I have used them quite a bit with guitar.  I prefer them to the Twin, it just has a more hi fi sound and sat better for me in the mix.  I think it would probably be pretty great with a Rhodes and they are usually dirt cheap.

Thanks for the insight.  Initially I wanted to use a thicker back rail felt to help with key bounce but that definitely made for shallower keydip.  I have the key dip under control, now its dealing with escapement.  I am making some new shims for the aluminum harp supports as the particle board is a bit too thick on top. 

I have made pretty good progress on my 73 stage and am now in the escapement/voicing phase.  As it sits now I am seeing the escapement a little on the high side with 3/8 on the bass and 1/8 on the treble.  I am considering knocking off the factory wood shims and fabricating some thinner shims to get the escapement lower but unsure if it would be worth the effort as I dont have a good grasp on how it would effect the feel of the piano.  Any thoughts?    The clip below is what I am shooting for when voicing.

Much appreciated.  I can live with what I have so far.  Replacing the grommets and knocking the surface rust off the tines with steel wool today.  For anyone who is interested Simichrome cleans them up really well.

A simple lead sheet with his chord voicings would be good for beginners and then you could do transcriptions of his licks in notation.

Much appreciated Sean.  I took this Rhodes to ground zero, replaced the back felt, bushings, squared the keys, and leveled the keys with the keybed screwed in.  The key dip is right where I would want it without the felts on key pedestals so im 99.44/100% sure the follwing is TRUE

"Then the key travel is limited by the key pedestal travel between the rest position and the stop-lock position."

I thought about shaving down the bottom of the keys but for now I think Im going to run it until the perfectionist gets the better of me and the planer comes out.  It has been a really fun project so far minus undoing some of the mods from the previous tech.  Super glue is a mutha.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / How to get more key dip? (Rhodes)
« on: September 08, 2020, 12:32:43 PM »

I have a 1977 Stage 73 and have it completely torn down and cleaned.  I decided to replace everything, I have rebushed both rails, , new combs, new tips, damper felts, bridle straps, ect...  I am in the process of leveling the keys and then am going to do the bump mod.  I have limited keydip at both the bass and treble ends with 3/8 being the shallowest on the bass end with just the felt and no punchings.  This rhodes has the aluminum action rail.  Is there a protocol to get more key dip?  Also in a mock up I am finding that the name rail is too low pressing down the end keys and making it worse.  I figure I can just shim the name rail on the cheek blocks.  Any thoughts?  Thank you in advance.

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