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Buying / WTB Rhodes piano Stage or Suitcase in Sydney Australia
« on: March 09, 2012, 11:41:35 PM »
 I live in southern suburbs Sydney,Australia.I am looking to buy a Rhodes piano preferably a Stage 73, but will consider a Suitcase model also in either 73 or 88 note model.
I would prefer working condition, but also open to a restoration project as these keyborads are over 30 yrs old.
All offers and enquiries will be answered.Please PM me if you have any of the above.
Regards :D

Great video! Thanks I have learnt a lot from this video.
Just one question.How did you go about setting the escapement by raising or lowering the height of the harp assembly with shims on LHS or RHS?
I assume this is done first in the escapement and strike line adjustments procedure to get the harp assembly just right as well as moving back/forward or sliding left or right.
Hope you can help. Just a clarification also, not a criticism but you are confusing the terms...tuning, voicing,tines, and tone bars.
Keep up the great work.

Preamps, Modifications & Upgrades / Re: Miracle Mod Video
« on: February 27, 2012, 05:57:29 AM »
Here is a link to shed some light on the Miracle Mod for Rhodes pianos circa 76-77 with the pedestal felt on the hammers.

Bjammerz  You Rock , awesome presentation man...
Just checking before installing Miracle mod on a 1975 Stage Mk1.Regarding Bjammer's advice:-
Am I correct in stating that "the resting position of the hammers after installing MM will be in a HIGHER position than without the MM bump added to the key pedestal" and that the hammers will now have less ditance to travel before hitting the tine.
Great discussion , very helpful stuff.

Buying / Re: WTB: Tines and Tonebars
« on: January 07, 2012, 06:05:57 PM »
Hi Oliver,
I have a stack of Rhodes parts.I will have a look and see if I have some.I live in Sydney.

Buying / Shipping a Rhodes to Australia....any advice?
« on: December 05, 2011, 08:26:09 PM »
I'm in the USA at present on a holiday and interested in purchasing a Rhodes 73 Stage piano in either California (San Francisco,Los Angeles) or New York.
Has anyone in Australia or the USA shipped a Rhodes to Australia and can offer some advice, info or suggestions.Please post any suggestions or PM me.
My USA cell is 415-797-9472
musomarc :)

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: The Fender Rhodes Documentary
« on: October 12, 2011, 02:14:18 AM »
What a find and great story!
Thankyou from a Rhodes lover in Australia! Great to see someone who has researched and compiled this great historical and informative story with pics and artists on a keyboard that has shaped music for over 50yrs.
Can't wait to get my copy and watch the DVD, and yes I have gladly contributed the suggested $ to cover costs!
Thanks again.

For Sale / Re: Converted Wurlitzer 206's
« on: October 11, 2011, 09:55:54 PM »
I'm interested in a Wurlitzer 200A. How much are you after for one?
Regards ;)

Hi Oliver,
Great restoration job! Congratulations "lazarus" on bringing a rhodes back "from the dead"!
It looks fantastic, well worth the effort.
I'm also doing up a  Rhodes stage 73. I gave up my first rhodes in about '84 when the DX7 was king.
I've regretted and lamented over  it for years, especially since it also had the Dyno mod done by Chuck Monte when he visited Sydney in the 1970's!!
Did you go for new pickups, second hand or have you tried rewinding and rewiring them yourself?
Any ideas appreaciated.
Regards :)

For Sale / For Sale:- Pair of Rhodes Janus 1 speakers/amp-Sydney Australia
« on: September 24, 2011, 09:14:31 PM »
Rhodes Janus 1 Vintage speaker amplifiers.
I have two Vintage Fender Rhodes speaker amps for sale either individually or together.
They were specifically designed for the (Fender) Rhodes electric pianos of the 1970’s.
They comprise 2 X 12” speakers in each cabinet with a stereo amp 100W in each cab to get the best sound from a Stage or Suitcase model Rhodes, or either with the stereo vibrato preamp installed.
 One box has had a speaker replaced with a new speaker. The amps also have 2 inputs ( jack) , 2 outputs (XLR) and can power the piano preamp via a 5 pin XLR plug. I have also modified the boxes to achieve a “bright speaker mod” as described by SPEAKEASY VINTAGE KEYBOARDS  in the USA to enhance the frequency respond and sound with 2 piezo tweeters to each box. This gives the Rhodes sound more clarity and better high frequency response for the ultimate 1970’s Rhodes sound.
Both speaker amp boxes are in great shape for vintage gear, fully tested, working and make any Rhodes piano  sound “magic” with the custom designed amp for that 1970’s Rhodes sound. These boxes have had home studio use for the last 20 years with my own Rhode stage piano with the vibrato pre-amp installed.
They are advertised on Ebay au:-
I have decided to reluctantly let them go as I have an overcrowded music studio.They can be tested with my Rhodes Stage 73.
Prefer to go to a "serious Rhodes lover"!! :) ::)
Price negotiable to a ep forum member!

I have 2 Rhodes Janus 1 speaker/amp boxes and a Rhodes Stage 73 Mk1 with a preamp mod with the slider controls and stereo vibrato and I am just checking on how to wire it up for full stereo effect.
Is it simply 5 pin XLR from piano preamp to Janus 1 ( say Left Spk) and then 2 mono  jack leads from this box's Line Outputs to the other Janus 1 ( say Left Spk) line inputs???
Or otherwise?
Just checking on the best way to connect the system.
I'd appreciate any comments,suggestions.
musomarc :) :D

I have a pair of Janus 1 amp/speakers for sale.All in very good condition amp,electrics,speakers etc working well
BUT I live in Sydney,Australia!
Home studio use only.I know ....not much help for you in USA, but just letting you and possibly others know.
musomarc :) 8)

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Rhodes pickup wire
« on: September 06, 2011, 04:41:05 AM »
Thanks for the reply and condolances!
No actually the piano is in great condition and pickups, tines,harp assembly look fine.Never been in seaside,salt conditions.
But no audio signal from front jack or harp RCA output? A rhodes tech checked it out and informed me 52 pickups are out.Apparently the pickup wire looks OK and he suggests unwinding a number of turns and resoldering may resurect it.
I hoping this is the case.
musomarc :) ;)

Thanks so much for your information and reply.
musomarc :)

I'm a rhodes user from the 1970's and have recently bought a Stage 73 Mk2 to restore.
Unfortunately for me it has 55 dead pickups!!!
Has anyone got a complete set of rhodes pickups for sale?
I also need a sustain pedal and rod.If worse come to worse I'll have to rewire them myself.
Can anybody tell me what type of wire is used Gauge ,type etc
Any suggestions or parts for sale would be most appreciated.
musomarc :)

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Rhodes pickup wire
« on: September 05, 2011, 05:23:22 AM »
I'm a rhodes user from the 1970's and have recently bought a Stage 73 Mk2 to restore.
Unfortunately for me it has 55 dead pickups!!!
Has anyone got a complete set of rhodes pickups for sale?
I also need a sustain pedal and rod.If worse come to worse I'll have to rewire them myself.
Can anybody tell me what type of wire is used Gauge ,type etc
Any suggestions or parts for sale would be most appreciated.
musomarc :)

Buying / WTB Rhodes pickups for a Stage Mk2
« on: September 03, 2011, 01:06:01 AM »
I'm after a set or as many lots as I can get to replace the pickups on a Rhodes Mk2.
All offers considered.Also need to ship to Australia.
Anyone who can help, please email me:-

For Sale / Rhodes Mk2 73 Stage Piano for sale in Australia
« on: April 13, 2011, 08:03:58 PM »
I have a Rhodes Mk2 73 note Stage piano for sale in Sydney Australia.
Immaculate condition, private music studio use only.Complete with legs,sustain pedal, leg braces etc, flat Tolex top.You won't find one better anywhwere. :)
Awesome sound! Suit loving Rhodes player. Price best offer over $2000 Au

Buying / Re: WTB: 1979 Mark I Stage 73 (Vic, Aus)
« on: September 26, 2010, 10:45:43 PM »
My name is Mark and I live in Sydney australia.
I realise this is an old post....but if you haven't found a Rhodes yet and still yearning!
See my post for a Rhodes for sale.
Mobile 0407-272487

Buying / Re: WTB: A Rhodes Piano in Australia
« on: September 26, 2010, 10:38:06 PM »
My name is Mark and I live in Sydney Australia.I have collected a few Rhodes pianos ( and Wurlies).
I'm at the age where I need to sell some of them and keep one only. :)If you're still after a good Rhodes ( suitcase or stage) contact me on mobile 0407-272487 or email:-
I recently posted a Rhodes and Wurlie for sale on this site.

For Sale / Wurlitzer EP200A for sale in Sydney Australia
« on: September 26, 2010, 09:58:20 PM »

Wurlitzer EP200A for sale in Sydney Australia $2200AU ono
Wurlitzer refurbished EP 200A Vintage Electric Piano
Up for sale is a Vintage 1970's Wurlitzer EP200A electric piano.
This piano was a Wurlitzer electric piano student model 206 that was used in a music teaching studio. I have had it converted by a reputable piano/keyboard technician into a more practical portable professional 200/ 200A model but without the onboard speakers. The piano includes the legs and music stand. The student models are the exact same piano mechanically and electronically as the professional EP200A  portable models BUT have had no road/touring use as only used in a teaching studio.
All electronics and action etc is in excellent condition and it plays exceptionally well. Any queries/questions answered and inspection  with appointment is welcome. Serious buyers only!
Also advertised elsewhere so I reserve the right to cancel the listing if needed.
Email or call me for any queries:-  ph 0407-272487
In response to a number of queries regarding specifically what has been restored/refurbished in this piano:-
Complete Restoration included the following:-
the piano has been reduced in size by removing the bottom cumbersome amp/speaker section.
Leg plates and legs have been added (the legs are wooden and not the usual chrome legs, they fit perfectly and been custom built.
A new reproduction Sustain Pedal has been added. These are actually sturdier and better built than the original.
The amplifier and vibrato unit has been rebuilt ( the student models did not have the vibrato unit that the more common model 200A had)
A vintage face plate has been added ( an original model 200A faceplate)
An aux output jack has been added for connection to an amplifier or mixer for recording)
An IEC 240V AC receptacle and lead has been added.
Fuse modification board added.
The plastic case moulding has been professionally sprayed black with automotive duco paint.
These modifications have been done by a professional piano technician and restorer. Check out the USA Vintage Vibe website which describes how/why what is normally done to modify a student model Wurlitzer 200 to bring it up to the professional 200A specs. model-chop-video.aspx
Hope this answers most questions. :)

For Sale / Fender Rhodes Mk1 Suitcase for sale in Sydney Australia
« on: September 26, 2010, 09:53:14 PM »
Rhodes 73 Suitcase Mk1 for sale in Sydney Australia
This Rhodes is in excellent condition. The Model is 1975 Mk1 Suitcase with 73 keys with the Stereo Tremelo unit “awesome sound”, with the concentric rotary knobs. It plays absolutely beautifully and sounds fantastic. It is complete and includes the lid, legs, amp/speaker cab etc. It has been refurbished by a professional keyboard technician. No tears on tolex case, lid etc. Recently the piano has had music studio use only and is a reluctant sale! I will let the pictures do most of the talking, but this really is a rare and wonderful example of this iconic instrument.

To answer further questions on what has been done on this keyboard by a pro piano tech:-

new tolex vinyl on case,speaker cab, new speaker cloth, new hardware catches, corners,hinges etc
one 12" speaker replaced, 2 piezo tweeter added for better treble sound.
action ,keys, pickups, tynes,electrics etc replaced,refurbished where needed and improved.
new sustain pedal and plate
new pots on volume,tone and tremelo
stereo preamp built so piano can be used as a Stage piano without bottom speaker cab needed to utilise tremelo unit.
in otherwords fully restored to original state.

   I forgot to mention, also is included a "custom built powered stereo preamp" that allows the stereo tremelo unit to be used with the piano as a Stage piano ( without needing to use the amp/speaker cab underneath). This allows you to use the piano as a Suitcase Rhodes OR a Stage Rhodes but with the stereo tremelo unit into an amplifier or mixer!. The BEST of BOTH WORLDS a Suitcase or Stage Rhodes!!
My email is:-
mobile in Australia:- 0407-272487


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