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I get great results with just a stanley blade, simply scraping the residue of glue or rubber off. I put a plank of wood in front of the hammers to scrape onto so I dont chop my hands off.  8)

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Miracle Mod Complaints
« on: May 02, 2016, 09:51:08 AM »
Every piano I've installed the mod in has only benefitted from the mod in terms of playability and dynamics providing the piano is set up correctly afterwards. Placement is all important!

all the best with the new venture!

So apparently the E Rhodes was used on a lot of these recordings- this could well be the E Rhodes. Ive said it once and Ill say it again, its uncanny how much like my 1972 suitcase this Rhodes sounds!!

Amps, Effects & Recording Techniques / Re: I want this tone !
« on: April 05, 2016, 03:21:38 PM »
Well, this was direct from David Rubinson in a conversation I had with him (who was the producer and actually there on the sessions) so this is the gospel! He and Fred Catero used 2 x RCA tube limiters on the Rhodes suitcase amp direct outs and the Rhodes was setup for very percussive attack and non-linear transient distortion. So yes an amp was involved but it was the Rhodes suitcase amp although Herbie had the speakers uprated to JBL's. The amp and Rhodes was stock as confirmed by Steve Woodyard some years ago. Just to underline this all facts, not supposition!!

My '72 suitcase sounds very much like the E Rhodes- its got some magic, everyone that hears it seems to agree!

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Golden tine blocks
« on: January 01, 2016, 12:46:04 PM »
There was a period of Rhodes that for a short time had golden coloured time blocks. I've seen a few in my workshop.

Only listened on the laptop speakers but it just sounds like 'damper kiss' which is kinda normal. Other things to check include:

loose pickup vibrating (check all pickups are tight)
tine slightly touching the end of the pickup
some rogue solder bits attached to the end of a pickup
the damper bouncing or not dampening quickly enough
the tine not filed flat causing unwanted overtones
worn or hardened damper felt
grooved hammer tip

Any other suggestions?

Thanks David! Really appreciate it! Was a total surprise to me but very humbled by the news  :)

You'll probably not be surprised to hear there's tonnes of Rhodes all over the album, a few solos and loads of bed tracks. MK1 73 suitcase from 1972.

Cheers for the support.

I'm not one to plug my own stuff too much but may as well now im here!!product-page/c10ql/cbb0dbe3-c593-53a8-188b-a4bec464e84a

For Sale / Re: WTB- Complete Rhodes 73 Harp
« on: October 08, 2015, 01:58:33 PM »
Thanks David!

For Sale / Re: WTB- Complete Rhodes 73 Harp
« on: October 07, 2015, 02:15:23 PM »
Nope, I want to do a vintage vibe type chop and use it with my MK2 to save weight.  8)

For Sale / WTB- Complete Rhodes 73 Harp
« on: October 07, 2015, 06:17:10 AM »
If anyone knows of a complete 73 Rhodes harp thats going for sale, (either late mk1 or mk2 would be preferable) please get in touch. Complete with all tines/pickups/tone bars would be great. Thanks.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Peterson Preamp--ho, hum
« on: October 06, 2015, 08:20:00 AM »
I've extensively used all the preamps. To my ears the pre's i like the most are the Peterson design I have on my 1972 suitcase and the low noise late mk2 preamp I have installed as a retrofit on my 1980 MK2. I also have an original black face slider preamp that was in my 1980 rhodes as part of a janus speaker system but it has a couple of mods on that have messed with the tone that im going to get reversed. Those pre's sound good too.

They all sound great in their own right and each preamp goes perfectly with each era of piano to my ears. My biggest surprise was how beautiful that late mk2 preamp is, it has the peterson mojo, real high quality and even quieter too with much nicer eq- actually i'd say this is my fave. Think they're quite rare and often overlooked. Only thing is i wished the trem went a bit faster but it sounds dope.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Release Bar hits Harp
« on: September 27, 2015, 09:48:30 AM »
Maybe add a couple of strips of very thin felt to the underside of the harp or onto the top of the release bar.

Next restoration I've been given is a 1974/75 ish 88 Key Mark 1. I've yet to date it as the stamp has disappeared off the harp but as I take it apart I'll find it.

Some one had modified it for gigs with all this additional metal framework, I'll be returning it back to it's former glory.

Now I did something similar to mine, except I ditched the old ply case completely, built a new one from common flightcase materials and saved almost 30lbs.

Yep- this is what i do, works a treat with no desoldering. :)

Hey there. When you say the mount do you mean  the faceplate or the rail? Any pics for reference? Cheers

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Peterson LED mod
« on: September 14, 2015, 11:41:42 AM »
Im not sure about the sound. I watched the VV demo and it didnt sound as smooth as the bulb vib. Recently i replaced the bulbs on mine and it sounds killer!

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: White Suitcase Done!
« on: August 19, 2015, 01:56:03 AM »
Aha!! Sexy!

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: White Suitcase Done!
« on: August 19, 2015, 01:13:29 AM »
Looks stunning. Probably the nicest I've seen. Great job!
Sound wise, to my ears sounds like the escapement is set too narrow hence the plunk on the attacks, could be strike line though or the dampers aren't pulling away enough. Unless it's felt tips?

Hey thanks man! Sorry i should have been clearer- i have one of these preamps already just wanted to find out more about who designed it and what made it tick.  8)

Hey, i replied to your thread on facebook. You ideally need to connect the rhodes to something that puts out as flat a frequency response as possible, ie some decent studio monitors. This way any problem areas will be highlighted. The only other way is to voice the rhodes through the amp you usually use ie you voice the rhodes to the amp. However if you do this when you record the rhodes direct through your interface it will sound completely different and probably uneven- if your amp has loads of midrange you'll voice your rhodes to compensate and back of the mids using the pickup placement/tine angle so when playing through a flat response speaker all the mids will sound scooped.

To sum up, try voice it through whatever you are going to play it through most of the time or voice it through your amp then a flatter source and then shoot for the middle ground where it sounds good on both.

PS yes i do it by ear, you can check with meters if you like but I think by ear is best.


The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Tone Generator material
« on: July 29, 2015, 11:19:29 AM »
That was a great read. Never heard of this before, but i have experience some later pianos that sounded like trash. The 80's ones have great tone in general. Nice find!

It appears the MK2 preamp was modded in addition to the vibrato switch. 
Those caps in the front end and the resistor underneath are not from the factory.  They did not use components that looked like that.  You can also see that the soldering on those components is not factory (i.e. wave soldered).
I would expect that those mods on the front end are what is creating the differences in gain and frequency response. 
The apparent board rev has nothing to do with it.

If you put your Mk2 back the way the factory intended you will get the same sound as the Mk1 rail.

Best regards,

Hey Tim, so remove the resistor underneath, replace C19 and which others? Many thanks for your help!

New link:

The mark 1 is def a rev a preamp and the mk2 is marked rev d. So Rhodes def changed the components as you can see on closer inspection when zooming in. Question is which components are responsible for the lower overall output and general weaker mids/tone on the mk2 (rev D) pre...Maybe this change is one of the reasons why Mk2' suitcases are often said to have a more sparkly less ballsy tone. This mk2 rev D one here is all sparkly tops and round lows with massively scooped mids. 

So just been servicing a late (1979) mk1 and I have a 1980 mk2. Both have the haigler preamps in. Intriguingly, on the same piano when swapping the rails, the sound is very different. The late mk1 pre has considerably more gain, warmer/fuller midrange and general depth, whilst the mk2 has less overall gain and sounds much more scooped in the mids.

Now- i did have my mk2 preamp modded but just the switch and the vibrato intensity pot were changed to stop the trem bleeding into the audio path, i don't see how this would have such a radical bearing on the sonics if at all?

You can see that the mk2 pre has some different components ( the mk2 is the one with the orange caps in and the mk1 has blue)


Make up a jumper wire with wire and aligator clips. Start at the bottom and jump pickups out of the circuit until you find the culprits.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Wood=tone?
« on: July 13, 2015, 02:47:01 PM »
So how much bearing on sustain/tone does the amount of wood have on the tone of a Rhodes? For example the wood in the harp, keybed, the older wooden hammers, older wooden support blocks? Some say the wooden hammers/support blocks make for a better sound though I've heard and worked on some pretty incredible sounding metal frame Rhodes'.

SO-The rhodes tine/tonebar combo is essentially de-coupled from the wood, but does it have any bearing on the sound and quality of tone/sustain? If you were to remove all the wood from the harp for example, and mount all the tines and pickups in carbon fibre, would the tone radically alter? That's the kinda thing I want to discuss...

Thoughts please!

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