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Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / weird D key harmonic ping?
« on: June 09, 2010, 06:13:13 PM »
you're not missing hammer tips on those keys are you?

also, a clip CAN be put on all the tonebars, just go sideways.

there are only three different spring types.
yellow, black(ish) and blue,

The mk5's had different coloured springs but i haven't seen enough mk5's to know off the top of my head.

a lot of the time the colour is mostly worn off, but telling the difference is not hard.

wow I wanna pick this person's brain!
then do everything opposite!

wowzers that's high, what were they shimmed with?

do you mean like,metal washers around each pin or something?

there are supposed to be very thin paper or cardboard washers which level the keys, it's good to leave them in place cause it's a hell of a job leveling keys.

but yeah if it's like, metal washers or something, that's not right, you should just have the felt and some paper or maybe thin carboard washers.

the hammer rail is the rail of aluminium that all your hammers and dampers are screwed onto.

It's a piano out of the case job,

don't know if your piano is out of the case, but if not, to get it out,
there are four screws underneath your piano that hold it in. two on the left and two on the right big at the back and smaller at the front.
undo these,
then you can lift the piano out by grabbing the aluminium blocks that hold the harp on. ( alot easier/lighter with the harp off)

to get to the hammer rail, remove the harp, the sustain rail,  unscrew the dampers,

then you should see five big screws along the rail. unscrew these being aware that underneath the piano they bits they are screwed into may drop out.

then you need to unscrew the big blocks at each end that the harp sits on. Each has two nuts, like a man.

it is between this rail and the blocks that shims have been put many times on many a rhodes. Yours may even already have shims.

the height of the hammer rail effects action greatly, and if you're doing a bump mod it will effect it even greter-er. As the hammer needs to be sitting in the right place for the mod to feel good.

that mod will definitely make the piano easier to play, but when done wrong can take away the sensitivity of touch.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / MK I restoration questions
« on: June 03, 2010, 07:40:30 PM »
and be sure your cutting guide is printed at the correct size!

the zero tine should measure at 6 and 1/8th of an inch on the sheet.

ha I bidded on that thing!

i had another idea while nearly asleep the other night,
perhaps you could remove the felt and add a kind of thin shim sized piece of something over what's left of the key pedestal and glue it, the maybe fill the triangle space that is created with filler?

it would be an instant flat surface.

then shim the same thickness under your hammer rail and everything is back to normal.

the first thing i think is, they are just tonebar springs!!!!!

If they aren't rusty I really see no benefit in replacing them AT ALL.

I doubt a difference between new and repro ones would be noticed, except visually.

ok so maybe some or the old yellow guys will be squashed.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Sustain pedals?
« on: June 01, 2010, 01:25:54 AM »
I can't tell you how happy I am that you actually did it,

I've been suggesting this to people again and again and it never seems to take off.

you've made my week, cheers.

oh yeah Jig sounds genuis!

can i ask where you got this rhodes?

Oh i couldn't see the ad,

but Kennewick, isn't that where Dave Ell the "rhodes man" lives?

i'd say without a doubt it's the pedestals.

step one; fix the pedestals.

restoration kits will not help until after this is done.

yeah a mk 2 top on a mk1 has a gap above the namerail.

this makes me think a mk1 top on a mk2 wouldn't be able to sit right.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Sustain Pedal Pics?
« on: May 29, 2010, 12:08:33 AM »
yes you can totally strip the paint and polish it! i've done it!

so just to follow up and solve this one,
Josh brought the rhodes in to me and turned out to be that the hammer tips were backwards, messing up the strike line to such an extent up top that the tines wouldn't ring loud at all.

another thing is that the replacement hammer tips he purchased only had three hardness grades, wood core, hardest black and softest black.
this put soft tips in the range where they should be much harder, making it sound like a flat basketball.

i'd be worried about the condition of the underside of your hammers too.


how did it feel to play?

i reckon to fix it might be easier to cut the whole pedestal off and replace it maybe?

but you'd want it to be perfectly level on top. mmm, ergh.

70's girls are hotter than girls now.

real bits.

yes i've had rusty tines sound better than shiny tines also.

be careful though if you swap all the tines to a different piano the strike line will probably be out and they wont sound good anymore.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / 1978 mk1 stage sound
« on: May 15, 2010, 07:06:58 AM »
hangon, no it's only the corner of the square hammer tip that hits the tine.
just like the corner of the rectangular tip.

u crazy in 2009!

add a single hair to the tine.  :D

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Mark II vs. Mark II suitcase
« on: May 14, 2010, 06:32:59 PM »
either one could sound either way depending on how they are set up.

both will have the same internals unless the unknown year one is a plastic key model.
you don't want a plastic key model.

yeah it's definitely  rhodes thing down low.

but really, you're the only one who's gonna know, so maybe it isn't even a thing?

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Sustain pedals?
« on: May 12, 2010, 07:25:53 PM »
the think about the music stand is that it's adjustable.

it's pretty much exactly the same as the original part.

a music stand with the top and bottom pulled off, dig?

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / want to see a purple rhodes ?
« on: May 12, 2010, 05:16:41 PM »
oh that is sweet!

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Sustain pedals?
« on: May 12, 2010, 03:41:26 AM »
oh here's a tip, an old music stand can be pulled apart to make a better adjustable pole-thingy than the original.

did you play trumpet at high school? have a crappy stand?

hey thanks Dom but it'd been sorted.

let me know if you need one in melbs though!


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