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Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Silent Rhodes
« on: March 21, 2011, 01:55:11 PM »
A couple of screws on the underside of my piano are bent as well.  The only way I got them out the first time was some serious elbow grease on one and a quality electric drill with quite a bit of torque on the other.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Rough sound
« on: March 21, 2011, 09:29:15 AM »
"Find a note that is making the noise" -- Not sure what you mean here since I get the noise on every note. Just go through every pickup one by one and see if moving any of them cleans it up?

And re: output being too hot, I have tried running direct from the harp to my USB audio interface (and even trying the crappy line-in on my PC to make sure it wasn't my audio interface) and even then I still get the rough sound.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Rough sound
« on: March 20, 2011, 09:55:14 PM »
I had a similar problem and what it turned out to be was a few of the pickups were touching the tines. I don't know why it made the noise, but it was very similar to what you're getting.
I went through and revoiced my piano a couple weeks ago, and no tines were touching pickups before or after the revoicing, and I've had the problem before and after that revoicing as well. Any other thoughs? One thing I just thought of is that I have a couple pickups that occasionally stop working, and I have to touch them with a screwdriver to get them working again. Could that somehow be related to this problem? I know nothing about electronics and circuits and so forth...

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Replacing Stage corners
« on: March 19, 2011, 02:15:38 PM »
I was already ordering some other stuff from Speakeasy, so I just threw in some hardware while I was at it since it didn't cost me any extra for shipping.

Here's a picture:

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Rough sound
« on: March 18, 2011, 08:08:49 PM »
I've noticed more and more lately that my Rhodes has a bit of a dirty, distorted type of sound in it. I don't think it's always been this bad, but it has gotten more and more noticable. At first I assumed it was my amp, but even if I run straight from the harp directly to my M-Audio Fasttrack Pro to record it, it still has this sound. (In this clip, it's going from the harp output to a Boss EQ pedal to cut down on the low end, and going through my Hot Rod Deluxe amp. I'm running one of the amp's outputs to my recording box. Also, I just upgraded from crappy cables to some Monster cables, but that made no difference in this particular noise, though it did get rid of some white noise which is nice)

Here's a sample recording. No noise reduction, no compression, no EQ aside from the Boss EQ pedal. Turn up the volume and you'll notice what I'm talking about right away.

Any thoughts on how I can get rid of this sound and get a cleaner, more natural tone?

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Replacing Stage corners
« on: March 18, 2011, 02:11:55 PM »
The corners I got from Speakeasy fit my original-tolex piano... with a little work. I had to ever so slightly bend the sides out so I could comfortably slide the corner onto the piano, then screw in the bottom screw, then finally tighten down the screws on each side. Tightening the screws helped bend the metal enough to give it a nice, flush finish. They look great.

That's awesome. Well done, as always. (Can't believe I've never heard that song before, since I've got a couple songs from that album on my computer!)

Damn. That's awesome. Great playing, great Rhodes tone, funky Moog sounds. Love it!

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Short Clip of my '79 Mk1 Suitcase
« on: February 26, 2011, 03:31:30 PM »
Agreed, fantastic tone.  I'd love to know your setup.

Good Lord. I think this is going to be less a "restoration" and more a case of "building a brand new Rhodes piano from scratch!" Good luck, man. It looks like you're gonna need it.

Absolutely fantastic video and sound quality. Thanks a bunch for sharing. I'm downloading a copy of this to my hard drive tonight the second I get home!

Amps, Effects & Recording Techniques / MXR Phase 90
« on: August 08, 2010, 11:58:33 AM »
I did this mod myself as well a year or two ago, and it really does make a world of difference.  However, I later got an old Small Stone phaser off eBay and use it 99% of the time. It's very similar to the Phase 90 sound, just slightly creamier in my opinion.

Quote from: "kjellg"
Have you, by the way tried the MXR-90 on a Rhodes? I had one, but it made a lot of noise so I bought the smallstone instead. I belive Donald Fagen use the MXR-perhaps it was something wrong with mine?
I actually have both.  I had to mod the MXR to get the tone I wanted, since I have the newer block face model that overdrives easily in its stock configuration.  Once I modded it, the tone became much more mellow and thick.  They're both good pedals, though I prefer the Small Stone.

Here's a quick comparison recording I did.  The first clip is dry tone the second is Small Stone, and the third is MXR Phase 90.

Quote from: "kjellg"
I love the effect with the Electro-harmonix smallstone phaser on the Rhodes piano.
I make some examples here(recommend to use headphones for better soundquality)
I too love the Small Stone phaser (I finally had to break down and buy one a few months ago, went ahead and got the older model like it appears you have as well).  That sound is so creamy and swirling!!  Nice song choice on the second clip by the way.  Minute By Minute just wouldn't be the same with a dry Rhodes tone!!

Heads-up guys, the power supply works great.  Also, Sweetwater included their catalog and some random pieces of candy in the box when they shipped it, so that was nice.  ;)

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Facebook
« on: March 29, 2009, 08:48:20 PM »
How the hell can she look for anybody?  She's got a black box across her face covering her eyes!

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Yamaha Motif Review
« on: March 27, 2009, 04:48:37 PM »
Maybe "bullshit" was a freudian slip  :P

Went the safe route, which also turned out to be the cheap route!  I got the actual Electro-Harmonix branded power adapter from Sweetwater.  Only $10, plus free shipping.  (They also called me within two minutes of finishing the order to confirm the shipping address since I'm a first-time customer, and ask how I heard about them, how long I've been playing, etc.)

Quote from: "dnarkosis"
Just googling quickly:
apparently 9v 100ma positive tip?

I also have this Small Stone but have never gotten an AC adaptor for it.
Yeah, just found this on Electro-Harmonix's website confirming it.  Apparently the new Small Stone Nano uses a negative-tip plug like Boss pedals, but the older Small Stones use the positive tip plug.

Quote from: "dnarkosis"
Somewhere around here I have a mini-history of the Small Stone phase shifter (the different models and changes over the years); I'll post it if I can find it.
The link you're thinking about is probably this one:

Quote from: "pianotuner steveo"
By the way,it looks like the tiny jack is the power jack. Normally the 1/4" jacks are the audio inputs and outputs. Im surprised they are not marked.
It's labeled on the top of the pedal (you can see in the small picture "AMP  AC  INST" written on the top).

I've seen some info that says it's a 9V DC adapter.  Does that sound right?

I recently picked up a second-generation Small Stone phaser.  This model:

What kind of power adapter do I need to get for it so I don't have to burn through 9V batteries constantly?  Here's a picture of the input jack on the back, and a ruler for scale

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Fagens grill cloth
« on: March 04, 2009, 07:46:17 PM »
Yeah, if I wanted to hear the studio recording, I'd put the CD in my CD player or listen to it on my MP3 player.  I go to a live show to hear the band play the songs how they want to play them that night, full of emotion and improvisation.  THAT is music!

And I actually have the sheet music for Gaucho, and there's no way I could ever learn to play this song.  There's two or three chord changes in every single measure of the entire song.  There's a lot of stepwise movement and so forth, but wow.  It's just overwhelming.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Fagens grill cloth
« on: February 28, 2009, 12:04:36 PM »
Quote from: "garagebandking41"
I saw the Dan about 6 months before Cornelius Bumpus passed, that was an awesome show, and a treat looking back at it.
That's the downfall to going to see Steely Dan these days.  I always look up at the horn riser and miss seeing Cornelius standing up there.  He had that great, laid back, very melodic style that counterpointed the quicker up-and-down style the other sax players in recent years have had with the band.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Fagens grill cloth
« on: February 27, 2009, 07:38:21 PM »
Quote from: "james"
I guess you guys didn't see the '93 "Alive In America" reunion tour...God was that AWFUL. It was nice to hear the classics done live, but they didn't have a sense of being a band, which you really need in order to pull something like that off.  The show I saw was even the last one of the tour, so you'd think they would have fully connected by then...right?  The worst part, though, was that Walter was promoting his own solo album at the same time Don had released Kamakiriad.  Not that there's anything wrong with that, but half the crowd groaned, booed and walked out to the concessions each time he started playing!!!!

Anyway, the '96 tour kicked ass by comparison, and I wore out my Bad Sneakers t-shirt after about 3 years.  It was nice to have Don finally explain the lyrics of Hey 19 to me and the rest of the audience in the middle of the song, since it never occurred to me that "Colombian" referred to "reefer" (I could never even make out what the hell the word was in the first place).  And by the Y2K tour they really had it together, even though the t-shirts weren't as good.  I can sum it all up in 3 words: WEST OF HOLLYWOOD....
The '93 tour's "Alive in America" album is pretty much THE only thing by Steely Dan/Donald Fagen/Walter Becker that I don't own.  That "band" sounded horrible.  The '96 tour was pretty solid, '00 was good, and things really clicked in '03 when Keith Carlock took over the drums and the rhythm section loosened up as a result.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Fagens grill cloth
« on: February 26, 2009, 06:47:28 PM »
The Steely Dan and Donald Fagen solo shows I've seen have all been amazing.  (And even some I haven't seen -- has tons of bootlegs thankfully!)  Fagen's solo tour back in '06 was really a great situation.  He got to play some tunes he's never done live before that sound great in the smaller, more intimate venues (Snowbound, The Nightfly, etc.), plus he did a stunning take on the Jack Teagarden song "Mis'ry and the Blues."  Also in a surprising twist, Fagen did the entire solo tour without his usual MXR Phase 90 pedal.  He used a dry Rhodes tone the entire time.  After that tour, he went back to using the phaser most of the time.  And lucky me, I got to see the one show from that tour in Chicago where Howard Levy guested on harmonica on What I Do, and he just killed.  Great stuff.

The Steely Dan show last year in Cincinnati was probably the best I've seen (even better than the Nashville and Cincinnati '06 shows with Michael McDonald).  The band was running on all cylinders, Donald's voice was great, and the set list was full of gems with some songs reworked and rearranged some (highlights included Show Biz Kids, The Fez, Royal Scam, Gaucho, Glamour Profession, and the best live take on Aja I've heard yet).  The woman behind me said "Holy s**t" about fifteen times in the second half of that show she was so blown away by how on fire the band was.  And of course, the best part was not only did we get treated to Donald's Rhodes, but also they finally bothered to wheel out a real grand piano and Hammond B3 for Jeff Young to play.

I unfortunately didn't get a chance to stop by the stage and get a close look at the grill cloth on Fagen's Rhodes.  I don't know what the picture is.

Preamps, Modifications & Upgrades / Intonating my '71 Stage
« on: February 14, 2009, 11:36:32 AM »
For what it's worth, those keys are right where there's usually a jump in hammer tip hardness.  On my 1978 Rhodes there's a noticable treble jump when hitting that area as well.

The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Now I'm a Wurli player too
« on: December 22, 2008, 05:35:58 PM »
Rob, is it OK if I just go ahead and call you a bastard?

Thanks, I feel better.

You're right, that tone is very much like a guitar in that clip.  Very cool.  Nice generic MIDI drum sound.   :P

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Musicpartsguru Grommets...
« on: November 16, 2008, 08:47:57 PM »
I got my replacement grommets a couple years ago throughMcMaster-Carr, part #9305K21 -- they fit great and work very well, and were very cheap!

Classic & Modern Fender Rhodes Artists / Minute By Minute Intro Chords
« on: November 11, 2008, 02:49:53 PM »
Quote from: "coachdobbs"
I love babylon sisters. Such a good song and the rhodes is really chewy. Very good sound. I just hate the chords to it  :shock: . I have the Steely Dan Anthology which has every song in it that the Dan did from 72-80 (except for FM, and I love that song) and I have come to the realization that I may not ever be able to play some of the things from Aja/Gaucho. I mean... I can hack it up pretty good, but actually playing it like its supposed to be played... well I just cant do it  :cry:  haha. Those guys were geniuses as far as writing music.
I know what you mean.  I have the Complete Steely Dan songbook, and I looked at the sheet music for Babylon Sisters and nearly s**t my pants.  I also looked at the sheet music for Donald Fagen's "On The Dunes" (taken from the Donald Fagen Concepts For Jazz/Rock Piano DVD) and it's likewise downright evil despite being based entirely around a standard blues structure.  However, the thing is, the actual parts aren't hard to play per se.  There isn't much difficult, quick, confusing hand movement or anything.  It's just tons and tons of hard to remember polychords!

Edit -- here is an example of the thick polychord action in On The Dunes.  Page 1, and Page 2.

Classic & Modern Fender Rhodes Artists / Minute By Minute Intro Chords
« on: November 09, 2008, 11:05:15 AM »
I'd love to see just how many complex chords he shoved in there.  The start of that song is just nasty.  Love it!!

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