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Anyone got the footage of Herbie playing the gold Rhodes with pharell? There's a short clip on YouTube but it cuts just before Herbie hits the Rhodes!

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Re: Retolexing my Cp70
« on: October 04, 2016, 05:14:07 PM »
I think hiwatt in Doncaster do retolexjng but I guesss a guitar amp builder or specialist would be able to do it or advise. D'angelo had his done in silver sparkle tolex and it looks great!

I use contact cement for pedestal felt replacement. No problems with it at all. Can be easily removed if necessary with a little scrape without need for chemicals and allows movement of the bumps for ideal placement before it sets up. When doing the mod, I put some on the felt and some on the pedestal. Just done the bump mod on a late 75 with flat pedestals and left the hammer cam felts in place and just bumped the peds. Did each one by hand for optimum response, especially as the felts were all different lengths and placed pretty haphazardly at the factory. The piano is totally transformed and well worth the effort. I was going to remove all the under cam felts but its a huge job and if you do each bump by hand it's unnecessary.  8)

I usually voice a piano within an hour. And I check on several systems to ensure even tone. Through focal spirit pro headphones which are pretty flat high end mixing headphones, through a Janus preamp and headphones, through a yamaha dxr pa speaker and through a Gibson lab series amp. Once I have a good average between these systems I know the voicing is going to sound great across the board. Voice a piano on one system that's not super flat and that voicing don't translate in the studio and live. It's important to voice mainly on a flat response system that has no artificially cut or boosted areas.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Lowest Octave Volume
« on: May 20, 2016, 01:50:27 AM »
The passive Rhodes tone controls are nasty. Muddy, and destroy the beautiful tone. Go direct from the harp rca.

I dont normally hold the hammers, just the pressure from moving the knife towards the front edge/lip holds the hammer in position, then i just hold the old piece of floorboard in my left hand and scrape away gently- i often make a couple of cuts downwards right on the edge of the front lip to free any material there then scrape from back to front with the blade lying flat. I also have chainmail gloves that I use too to avoid any cuts to my hand/fingers. Never had any problems taking off the front lip by accident, except when i once used a dremel tool, will never do that again. Much prefer to use a simple blade. Then I run my finger over the hammer surface to make sure its smooth once this is all done, if any bits remain i scrape again or use some light grade sandpaper.

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.


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