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Interesting! Do you have pics of your amp? Also, are there guitar amps on the market that have a tweeter?

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: No Click?
« on: June 29, 2017, 11:14:40 PM »
I don't see how the bump mod would significantly affect tone. Different hammer tips definitely can. I've replaced some of the tips on my MkV to get smoother transitions between the different sections, I made a thread about it a few years ago.

This amp seems to have stereo tremolo.
There must be others but I don't know about them.

There was a thread a few weeks ago about a company who makes an amp which, if I recall clearly, replicates the bottom part of a suitcase Rhodes. That thread might have been on Keyboard corner though.

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Re: My homemade electric piano
« on: May 22, 2017, 09:05:44 AM »
Thanks Ray,
I've tried to attach pictures directly in the post but can't find how...!Am7UqYdhEMpY0DdW-2g678tDc01_!Am7UqYdhEMpY0Do8WIe20ZHQ7iA0!Am7UqYdhEMpY0DmVslL42daf78n9
These are all the pictures I took. Someday I'll get a decent camera.

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Re: My homemade electric piano
« on: March 29, 2017, 09:04:05 AM »
Thanks guys. The strings are regular electric guitar strings, 49 of them, one per note. The basic design is very close to the square pianos of the late 18th century. No escapement, no backcheck. I realise that with bare wood hammers, the attack is very snappy, a bit on the clavinet side. If I want to make it more rhodes-y / CP80-ish, I'd have to cover the hammers with felt or leather. Maybe for the next prototype :)

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Re: My homemade electric piano
« on: March 29, 2017, 05:33:46 AM »
Are you planning to apply tolex on the case?

I don't have any experience with tolex and read it's kind of expensive and not that easy to install properly, so I was thinking about a hardwood veneer to cover all the exterior sides of the plywood and the edges. But I'm open to suggestions!

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / My homemade electric piano
« on: March 28, 2017, 03:48:01 PM »
Hey guys,
I've been working on this project for a few weeks. At first I intended to make an electric clavichord, but in the meantime I got myself a real clavinet, so I decided to make a piano instead. It still has a long way to go before being gig-worthy, but anyhow, I just uploaded a little video, I thought I'd share this with the EP community.
Best regards,

You know Ernst?! How cool is that!
Could you ask him whether a Clavinet could take the added tension of thicker plain strings?!!  ;D ;D ;D
(see this thread
Heheh just kidding.

Or maybe not.

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Ernst Zacharias and the Clavinet
« on: February 27, 2017, 09:02:29 AM »
I stumbled on this article about Ernst Zacharias and his inventions, some of you guys might enjoy it.

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Re: Clavinet E7 No Sound
« on: February 08, 2017, 08:49:31 AM »
Sorry if it's too obvious, but, battery / power?

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Want a better Rhodes stand...
« on: February 08, 2017, 08:47:09 AM »
Awesome, thanks vortmaxx. Now I just need to find the motivation. I still think it might be easier with bars instead of tubes, though not as sturdy...

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Re: Clavinet: thicker gauge strings??
« on: February 05, 2017, 10:07:22 AM »
Thanks for your answers.
Indeed it would mean more wear on the tips. I might just put a few .012 for the lowest plain strings, see how it sounds and monitor the wear on the tips. (I can definitely hear the shift from the wound strings to those tiny 008's.) I can't tell for sure whether the strings are original, they look good with hardly any oxidation. The yarn is the original color, so either it's all original or maybe the yarn was re-used.

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Clavinet: thicker gauge strings??
« on: February 04, 2017, 08:53:02 AM »
Hi everyone,
I've been the owner of a model C for a few months, used it on a gig for the first time last week and had a blast.

I can't help but think that thicker gauge strings would give more tone and sustain. If the plain strings went from 008-009 to, say, 012, and maybe 015 for the lowest plain strings, that would make playing melodies more convincing IMO. What do you think? Could the harp take the added tension??

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Want a better Rhodes stand...
« on: February 03, 2017, 07:12:01 PM »
Has anyone made leg braces? My MkI doesn't have them and I've been thinking it might not be too hard to make some out of aluminium bars.

I'd seen that Elepian in Quebec city many months (years?!) ago and hesitated. If it was still available I think I'd have to go get it. (It's an half hour drive from where I live). The ad isn't there anymore and I can't find it, it might finally be sold. I looked "elepian" and nothing comes up. Also looked "piano electrique"... I think they hadn't even put the word elepian in the ad, right?
Anyways, congrats on what you did with yours, and nice to see that one ended in the hands of someone who plays it and takes care of it. By the way, how heavy are they?

As for your question, my answer is I don't know...
IMHO, backchecks, if the job is well done, are a desirable mod. They can reduce bounce and improve dampening especially on hard staccatto blows. Sometime ago I bought a kit from VV intending to install it on my MkV, which I use on gigs regularly. I tried one backcheck on one key; the backcheck required some modification (bending) to work properly on my MkV. That key bounces less than the others. If the original keys bounce about three times (say, one big bounce, one medium, and one small bounce), the backchecked one bounces about twice (one medium and one small bounce).
However I never found the motivation to do the rest (and find a way to bend them properly so the job looks good) and in the meantime I got myself a MkI, so I might keep the backchecks for the MkI. If anyone has ever installed the kit on a MkV I'd sure like to hear about it.
Also, I would really like to see a video of a Rhodes, without backchecks, that does NOT bounce.

Couldn't you plug the holes and have it re-drilled? Or have someone with a press-drill do it.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Best lube for pedestal felts
« on: October 18, 2015, 06:52:24 PM »
it is a good idea to at least level the hammers across the compass

I must ask, how do you level the hammers in a Rhodes?

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Voicing 1978 Stage 73 Mark I
« on: June 09, 2015, 11:23:32 AM »
I would also voice the Rhodes without the wah. As others said you can compensate with eq or by modding the wah. I added a pot to my crybaby so I can make the "full on" position less agressive.

I say "why not?"

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: inharmonicity on a rhodes' tine ?
« on: January 25, 2015, 08:52:57 PM »
I've never tuned a Wurly, but I believe there are similarities; the reeds of an accordion or melodica are tuned by filing either end of the reed, making it sound higher or lower.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: inharmonicity on a rhodes' tine ?
« on: January 25, 2015, 02:20:06 AM »
No need to buy the full version for "hobby" use. The demo version is fine and it's completely legal, it just pauses for two minutes every 14 notes. However I'm not sure if the demo is available on Mac.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: inharmonicity on a rhodes' tine ?
« on: January 24, 2015, 01:19:07 PM »
I've used Tunelab for a Rhodes and it worked well. In fact I've also used it to tune my melodica and my accordions. You can select different tuning curves from "default" (no stretch at all) to very stretched curves.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Hammer tips - Mark V
« on: January 24, 2015, 01:14:30 PM »
Hey everyone, I thought I'd update this thread. I ordered some yellow and white tips from Vintage Vibe, and put yellow tips up to D# an octave above middle C, and then white up to the wooden cores. The harsh attack is gone and the transition is smooth. (Although when you really pay attention you can still hear the difference between yellow/white.) With the attack more under control, I've set the pickups a bit closer to the tines, and the Rhodes really sounds great now.

A video might help to troubleshoot your problem.

Are you sure you put on the right kind of hammer tips for notes 1-23?

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Introducing Myself
« on: January 10, 2015, 08:49:58 AM »
Welcome on the forum, enjoy your Rhodes!

New grommets and the miracle mod are a good idea.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Were Rhodes harps over engineered?
« on: December 16, 2014, 11:11:03 PM »
Even if they were over-engineered, I'm thinking "some" over-engineering can be good...

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: MKV Hammer tip ranges
« on: December 10, 2014, 02:51:42 PM »
My Mark V has yellow until D# above middle C, then three "soft/black" (E, F, F#) and then "hard/black" from G until the wooden cores. The three "soft/black" sound very similar to the yellow tips, it starts to get clunky at G. As far as I can tell there are no white tips at all in my Mark V.

The transition between red and yellow is at F/F# below middle C, between black and wood at C/C# 2 octaves above middle C.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Hammer tips - Mark V
« on: December 06, 2014, 10:51:23 AM »
I assume the Retrolinear tips have to be special-ordered as well, they don't seem to be anywhere on their site.

@Student rhodes: No I'm not concerned with keeping the original voice of the Mark V (in that range of the keyboard). The obvious transition to the harsh attack of the harder tips is really annoying to me. While the action is vastly superior, I secretly prefer the tone of older Rhodes.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Hammer tips - Mark V
« on: November 28, 2014, 09:35:16 AM »
Thanks for the replies,
Goldphinga: I did try to shave the edge with a blade as you say and didn't hear any difference. You can tell these tips are different from the rest when you press them between two fingers, they feel much harder.

Harder yellow? They must be special indeed because I can't find them on the site.

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