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The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Hammer tips - Mark V
« on: November 27, 2014, 11:20:56 PM »
Hi everyone,
something that bothers me about my Mark V is the difference in tone I get from G above middle C going up. Those hammer tips (black) have a much brighter attack with more treble, and I'm thinking that these harder tips might have something to do with the hammer combs breaking on the Mark V. I can't tell whether they hardened over time or if they were always that way.
I want to replace these tips, and from what I can see on Vintage Vibe's site, for that part of the keyboard they have either yellow or white tips. I'm thinking of ordering about a dozen of both and experiment until I can get a smooth transition up to the wooden cores. Can anyone comment on this? Also, has anyone noticed something similar on their Mark V?

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Mark V, thoughts, questions
« on: April 02, 2014, 05:16:01 PM »
Isn't stop-lock reached only when both ends of the pedestal come in contact with the hammer? Looking at the picture, I don't quite see what keeps the key from pushing the hammer further up, until the part of the pedestal that's under the hammer pin reaches the hammer.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: vv backcheck mod
« on: March 18, 2014, 11:48:04 AM »
Thanks for your reply,
One might turn the question around:  Is there any reason not to use VV backchecks instead of acoustic backchecks?
Because acoustic backchecks have been used in millions of pianos successfully and are the result of centuries of experimentation? :) I just happen to have an easy access to those.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Mark V, thoughts, questions
« on: March 18, 2014, 09:36:01 AM »
Thanks for your reply Max,
actually I'd rather have someone experienced and knowledgeable with Rhodes to work on my instruments, however I don't think there is any Rhodes tech near where I live.
The original strips of downstop felt under the keys were so low that I don't think the keys ever reached them. What I ended up doing is replacing them with individual round felts (they were just removed from a Steinway D(!) but still perfectly fine) and adjusting with shims until just before the point where I'd get double-striking. The action now feels more firm, and I can only guess it will be safer for the hammer flanges.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: vv backcheck mod
« on: March 18, 2014, 09:19:53 AM »
Hey guys,
I'm seriously considering adding backchecks to my Mark V. If someone has the right tools (and the spare time) to install regular acoustic piano backchecks, is there any reason not to use those instead of the Vintage vibe ones? Has anybody experimented with both?

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Mark V, thoughts, questions
« on: March 06, 2014, 09:30:24 AM »
Greetings everyone,

I'm the proud owner of a Mark V and Mark I. I regularly use the Mark V for gigs. I started having a problem with one of the hammers on my Mark V travelling sideways. Upon inspection the hammer comb was cracked. And so I wonder, couldn't this hammer comb system be replaced by individual flanges with center pins and felt bushings? I mean, ALL of the hammers have a bit of sideplay. I see that my Mark I has the individual flanges, does anyone know why the hammer comb system was used on later pianos? Also, does anyone sell replacements that fit the Mark V?

When I look at how the action works in this piano, I notice that after the hammer strikes the tine, the key never hits the down felt, and what actually stops it is the hammer cam against the pedestal. Then, when additional pressure is applied, it is transferred to the hammer and hammer comb (which then bends very slightly). This happens to some degree every time we hit a key. Am I getting this right? Somehow this doesn't seem as obvious in my Mark I, maybe because of different pedestal or hammer design. Wouldn't this cause the wear on the hammer pins / flange that we see in Mark V's?

Am I just thinking too much?!

best regards to all

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Post your Mark V Serials!
« on: January 29, 2008, 11:29:41 PM »
Hi there!

my Mark V numbers are:

Quebec, Canada

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