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Looks great!! How does it sound and play? Looks like you need to do some key levelling there (sorry dont mean to be picky but couldnt help noticing)

Can anyone shed any light on these later preamps installed in the later MK2's? Is it the same circuitry/preamp as the Haigler preamp with eq sliders?

Thanks 8)

So i have a 1978 FR7710 cab without the matching piano top and i've been running stereo synths into the power amp input. However, i want to be able to then get that signal out of the cab at line level. The pre amp outs don't allow this- is there a way to mod the circuit to get a feed out of the cab to send to an audio interface for recording. I know you cant use the headphone out due to the wrong impedance i think? Also theres no way to make a lead to run into the 5 pin preamp in socket?



EDIT- my tech has found a solution :)

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: White Suitcase Project
« on: June 26, 2015, 04:37:48 AM »
amazing!! cant wait to see the finished article and hear some clips too! did you get the front rail chrome plated?

Aha! The thread rises again. Well, I had my mk2 rehoused in a lighter flightcase, knocked the weight down to 102 lbs, much more manageable and its fully touring ready- so couple of pounds more than a mkv currently but thats with a Janus front rail installed with the heavier rail/preamp and the case is much more sturdy than a mkv. With a normal rail it weighs 99lbs fully cased. Im planning on modding the innards next and once thats done (cutting down the damper rail, the harp wood and making new harp frame sides the weight will hit about 90lbs fully flightcased.

Yep. Unfortunately the rust has eaten the tines away. There's no way they will ever sound good or a their best. The pitting is so severe that the oscillation of the tines is bound to be affected as well as sustain and clarity. I think you're honestly best selling the good parts from the piano and not wasting any more time on this one. It's going to end up being totally uneconomical to repair- ie a set of new tines is going to be way more than the piano is worth. Sorry.  :-[

I've also seen Mk2's with red pickups and slightly different front faceplate writing, from '79.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Crooked tone bars and tines
« on: May 16, 2015, 02:44:03 AM »
The story goes that Harold Rhodes visited the Rhodes factory in Mexico and he was shocked to discover that the drill press being used was standing on an uneven dirt floor amongst other things, hence issues with the placement of tonebar holes on some Rhodes....

Its all here on Mike Peterson's site:

Either that or they installed tines and couldn't be bothered cutting them down and so pushed the pickups back beyond their normal position in order to accommodate the extra tine length!!

Could you upload a sound clip of the offending notes?

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Re: vintage Vibes piano -- MIDI
« on: April 13, 2015, 01:02:24 AM »
My Rhodes has got an optical midi system in made by staedler electro. It has poly aftertouch too. Not used the midi9 pnoscan system but heard it's good. Strange that vv will still fit it but don't offer it as an option. A Rhodes

Hey man, if you can post some pics so we can see the date stamp (top right with the lid off) the forum will be able to point you in the right direction. Im presuming its going to be pre 75, but all can be sorted, don't worry. Please supply us with as much in the way of pics and if you can some audio/video and we'll be able to help.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: What is in your lid?
« on: March 24, 2015, 09:18:39 AM »
crisps and gig snacks.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Favorite Rhodes on Youtube
« on: March 12, 2015, 06:09:38 PM »
theres a few on my channel you might like... 8) can I even say that?

definitely not stock, custom mod

I keep seeing faces in the speaker cover!??

Vv cut a section out- there's a video on YouTube

Great info guys- but can this explain the low readings on my last 6 pickups? Any ideas whats causing the gradual drop in volume? Do you think i should just replace the low reading pickups?


I should go into more detail...

Basically all the pickups are passing audio in the piano, but from pickup 14 down to pickup 8 (the first 6 pickups on the piano) the volume output gradually decreases. They are all set close to the tines like the other pickups.

All the pickups on the piano read 62.5 from the top note down to pickup 14, then from 14 down to 8 they all read 27.5 (these are all the ones where the volume is getting lower and lower).

So I'm thinking either all 6 must be bad or one is knocking them all out perhaps?

Any ideas gratefully received! I'm normally good with this sort of thing but its stumped me currently!

I knew you'd know David! Many thanks, just checked my piano now and they read 62.5 each. Seems I have some bad ones reading only 27.5 from notes 8-14. White tape if course!

On a stage 73 how much should a pickup read on the multimeter when connected in situe as normal? I know when out of the piano they read between 160-190 ohms...


Have you tried re lubing the felts with silicone spray? Could it be they are totally dried out and there's too much friction there? Try it if not. I can't see anything that sticks out to cause this otherwise.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / 54 vs 73 weight observations
« on: January 02, 2015, 11:28:07 AM »
Whilst I had a 1980 54 in for service, I weighed it without the lid on (harp lid on) just out of curiosity and it weighed exactly 5 stones which is 70lbs. My 1980 stage weighs 91lbs without its transport lid. So yes, thats 20lbs difference in weight between a 73 and 54.

Just wanted to note this down for the group as it may be useful in some way!

I also noted that the 54 doesnt have the front or back pieces on the harp frame which also helps reduce weight, nor does it have a centre screw plate underneath for leg braces.

The output still says input too!

Happy new year!  :P

I'm just about to test those square tips..the squares definitely sound different to the triangle shaped tips, but similarly, if you shave down the triangular tips to a square shape the sound changes quite a bit, probably as any hard spots are removed but also theres more surface area touching the tine so maybe that has a bearing on the sound, just throwing that out there but there you go.

Has anyone tested the shore of the original tips vs the triangle tips?

The VV tines seem to work great in all pianos- theyve worked well in early 70's models right up to my 80 mk2 too...I think they got the tone spot on.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Were Rhodes harps over engineered?
« on: January 01, 2015, 05:02:23 AM »
Update: just acquired a harp frame and pickup/tonebar wood rails from a scrapped 1976 73 stage. So I can go ahead and make a lighter harp vv style now without damaging my 1980 janus which is my gigging Rhodes.

I'm going to remove all 73 pickups and tonebar assemblies from the '80, chop down the rails and remove the middle parts of the harp frame then install the pickups and tonebar assemblies into the lighter frame. It's surprisingly heavy as it stands even without the parts installed. I reckon I can shave off 10lbs just off the harp. With the new case I'm having made that will knock some more off too.

Will report back- happy new year!

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Rhodes 54- upside down leg flanges?
« on: December 27, 2014, 05:11:05 AM »
Can anyone confirm how their leg flanges are fitted on their Rhodes 54? The one I have in has the collars that legs screw into pointing outwards and not sunken into the case bottom as on stage 73's and 88's. Is this standard or not? Many thanks.

It's all done outside the piano so there's no moisture getting inside the piano. You take the whole hammer assembly with comb out of the piano.

Take the hammer comes out and steam them off using a steam mop with attachment.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Were Rhodes harps over engineered?
« on: December 23, 2014, 07:35:30 AM »
I actually did the harp removal thing a few times using my Nord 73 stage soft case to carry the harp...It worked well, but i'd still rather have one unit to carry that was lighter and its inevitable at some point that the harp is going to get damaged and also its too easy without care to drop the harp onto the dampers completely knocking them out. I did that twice...So its not the phono socket takes a lot more abuse and if you have an earth wire running from the damper rail that causes issues too.

So, now with all this in mind- lets say you were going to mod your Rhodes to get the weight down, what would you do?

Lets have some specifics, maybe as a group we can come up with some great solutions to mod existing pianos reliably and effectively. Lets talk mods for both wooden framed and alu framed pianos...

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