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Preamps, Modifications & Upgrades / Tine Bomb on a Fifty Four
« on: September 03, 2011, 03:01:50 PM »
I just installed a new Vintage Vibe Tine Bomb Preamp on my Fifty Four. I did a blog post about it but to summarize, it added tremendous gain and definitely helped fatten up the tone.

I made a short demo video. I don't currently have a way of making a quality recording so the video does more to show the differences in signal strength than tone. In the video, the first switch powers the preamp. In the Off position (down), it also sends the signal around the preamp so the piano can still be played with passive electronics. The middle switch selects between the Tine Bomb's choke tone control (up) and the original capacitor (down).

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Re-Tolexing/Painting?
« on: August 31, 2011, 06:53:56 AM »
Yeah.. still confused. To me, the piano and case are one and the same. The piano is built into the case.

Do you have a suitcase model and maybe the distinction is between the amplifier and the piano? I only have Stage models so that's what my estimates are for.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Re-Tolexing/Painting?
« on: August 30, 2011, 05:49:36 PM »
I don't understand the question. Are you asking about applying Tolex to the harp cover? That's not normally done. I only covered the plywood case.

My best estimate is: One yard to cover the lower half of the case (because you only have to do the outside) and 2.5 yards to cover the top including the leg compartment. That's just an educated guess though.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Re-Tolexing/Painting?
« on: August 30, 2011, 11:11:49 AM »
As long as you've got space to do the work, I'd say replacing the Tolex is easier than you might think. I just did a 73 and, although I made some mistakes, it came out pretty well for a first-timer.
I did a blog post about it. The post prior to that one discusses the wood preparation.

I purchased the VintageVibe Tolex video. It was helpful but not necessary. The biggest help was watching them do the corners a few times and they've (VV) posted a couple of clips of that work on YouTube. Their contact cement worked well and was almost certainly easier than using stuff like 3M 77 because of the extended working time. It comes with no instructions. The videos indicate you should let it dry a bit before using but it wasn't clear to me how long. I didn't wait long enough (I'm now thinking 30 minutes would be appropriate) so it didn't adhere well at first but now seems to be holding fast.

I've heard you can do a Stage 73 with three yards but the pieces I have left over after purchasing four yards don't seem to add up to a full yard. Get four yards. VV says it takes "1 to 2 quarts" of glue to do a Stage. The fabric back of the Tolex drinks the glue down and after my adherence issues on the first half, I really ladled it on for the second and ended up using a full two quarts.

I ended up really enjoying the experience. There's something cool about sculpting the Tolex to the plywood case and the finished product was quite satisfying.

Another masterful rendition. Do you transcribe that stuff or just work it out in your head? Either way, between the apparent accuracy and the volume of material, this is bordering on savant-like work.

A quick and easy way to add age to sparkling white plastic parts is to soak them in coffee or tea.

Regular or decaf?   ;D
Depends on whether you prefer quick or heavy action.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Green pickup wire on a '73
« on: August 24, 2011, 01:45:27 PM »
Doesn't really bother me. I think it's kind of cool that they're that old. Plus, I dig that color.

All things being equal, I suppose I'd prefer originals but I'm certainly not swapping out all 73 just to change the color.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Green pickup wire on a '73
« on: August 24, 2011, 12:52:54 PM »
So is there a conclusion to be drawn from the fact that my piano from 1973 has green pickups? Are they all replacements cannibalized from an earlier unit?

I work at a guitar repair parts supplier where the issue of making things look older than they are comes up quite frequently. A quick and easy way to add age to sparkling white plastic parts is to soak them in coffee or tea.

Here are a couple of articles we've done on the subject.

I don't understand why you're concerned with keeping the ends tapered. They're not tapered on the originals and the springs have no need to be able to stand unsupported on-end.

It seems to me that the important part of the spring is the slight kink in the middle that puts the two halves out of alignment with each other thereby allowing them to grab the tine and hold their position.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Green pickup wire on a '73
« on: August 24, 2011, 08:00:17 AM »
I just purchased a 1973 Seventy Three that features pickups wound with green wire. From what I can find, the green wire was used in the sixties on the piano basses. Was green also used in the seventies on 73s?

Also, what's up with the jumbo tuning spring in that photo?

[mod edit] Changed image to IMG from URL.. displays the image in the post itself.. nicer that way :)

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Rhodes Licks
« on: August 20, 2011, 06:23:15 PM »
"Excuse me. There's nothing wrong with the action on this piano."

Top notch playing.

But I'm unclear what's happening in your videos. Is it just that your Rhodes is mixed higher than the background recording or have you actually removed the Rhodes from the recording Jamey Aebersold style?

Hi. Brand new to the forum.

I've started restoring an '81 (I think) 73 and hope to continue bringing other neglected pianos back to life.

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