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Just thought I'd update this very old thread by letting you guys know that the Studio Model 4000 in Japan has been located and is on its way to me. A few pics attached... More to come  8)

Buying / WTB Peterson 80W poweramp unit
« on: January 29, 2017, 02:38:51 PM »
Looking for a Fender Rhodes/Rhodes 80W Peterson style poweramp unit in working order. Please PM me if you have one for sale.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Dynodecal
« on: November 19, 2016, 03:09:32 AM »
I have the later red mk2 and also the even later blue design decal on my pianos... Would you like to make decals of those too?

Preamps, Modifications & Upgrades / percpedal
« on: November 13, 2016, 08:32:43 AM »
Did you copy the slider preamp mk2 or the all pot preamp?

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Dyno
« on: October 20, 2016, 05:12:34 PM »
Check my avatar ;-)

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Mk2
« on: October 20, 2016, 05:10:20 PM »
My all time favorite mk2 pianos are the ones with wooden keys from early 1981, just before they switched to plastic keys. Fantastic action and great sounding pianos. I read somewhere that when they switched to plastic keys, they also decreased the hammerthrow. This was done in order to save money on warrant claims due to broken tines. That may explain why they feel weird and don't sound as good...

Preamps, Modifications & Upgrades / Suitcase replacement speakers
« on: October 09, 2016, 03:42:44 PM »
What about these? Can be made in 32ohm version...

Preamps, Modifications & Upgrades / Re: Dyno eq curve
« on: September 10, 2016, 03:06:57 AM »
The Tri stereo came about in a slightly different way... I have never seen the mod in real life, only read about how they did it, but they used two chorusunits, where they routed 1/3 of the pickups into one unit, the other 2/3 into the other unit and lft the last 1/3 unprocessed, creating a tri stereo effect. This is what supposedly led to the rack unit developed and produced by San Music Corp in Japan.

I have sparkletop suitcase from 64 and a spare harp from another 60s suitcase. I took a look at both harps and it seems that one of the harps has a big mix of different tines whereas the other seems to have the same tines except the tines missing. I have attached some pics... What would you say is which type of tines here?

I got several different types of tips with different hardness... The shape of them was the regular triangular shape. Unfortunately I only got a small bag of the blue ones which I intend to keep for myself for later use... Sorry...

Back when "The New Rhodes" was in Production a few years back, I visited the factory and they were experimenting with different hardness tips in the transition areas to eliminate the sonical differences... If I remember correctly they introduced a few blue tips which they put in between the yellow and white tips. I got a bag of these blue tips in my shop. I haven't tried these in a vintage Rhodes yet but I must admit that the sonical differences in the New piano weren't as obvious as in the some of the older ones...

The difference between the E-Rhodes and a well set-up Dyno Rhodes isn't that big really... As gwike has pointed out, Robbie Buchanan used his own 1970 Dyno modified suitcase on a lot of recordings and told me personally that when Jay Graydon heard his piano he usually went with Robbie's piano. "Being with You" is played on his Dyno suitcase... If you listen to "Not Like This" you'll hear that in the recording the upper note has a glassy attack to it that the E-Rhodes lack... And Robbie told me he played his Dyno on "I Will Be Here For You"... I have tried several early (1970-1973) pianos through a Dyno preamp and the tone is there. The difference is how well set up the piano is... The E-Rhodes is indeed a very good specimen from the golden age imo :)

I have a sparkletop suitcase from september 1964 which I've owned for more than ten years. I've finally pulled it out of storage and started the process of restoring it. Does anyone have pics/schematics and knowledge about the Jordan amps and preamps? There seems to be only a jack out of the preamp amd since the poweramp is gone in the cab I'd like to know how it works. Was it a poweramp with modules design like the Peterson? Any info is appreciated. If someone should happen to have a Jordan poweramp around I would be interested in buying... :-)

I got this 88 in the shop that is beyond repair but it has a good deal of parts I can reuse. The tines however are rusty and corroded and I was wondering what procedures you guys have to remove corrotion on tines?

The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Re: That was quick!
« on: October 06, 2015, 06:38:08 AM »
My Ebay Buy It Now story: Mint condition Hammond A100, one owner, all in good shape listed on Ebay for 100$ and 150$ Buy It Now... Guess what I did... ;-)

Sources For Generic Parts & Maintenance Materials / Mark V handles
« on: July 08, 2015, 04:15:34 AM »
Looking for replacement black handles for the Mark V. The plastic surrounding each end of the handle becomes very brittle and break easily... Any suggestions on where to find these?

The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / I've never... Ever...
« on: June 06, 2015, 11:43:29 AM »
Got this Wurly 200A in my shop now... Took off the lid and when inspecting the reeds, someone has been extremely messy while adding solder to the reeds.. No pyramidshapes to see even if I try add some imagination... But the worst thing as that someone realized that too much solder was added to the reed and didn't bother to take the reed out for filing. Instead a cut with a sharp knife or using a file they've filed or cut a piece of the bottom of the reed just outside of the the reedbar... I've never seen this in my 15 years in the business... The reeds that have gotten this treatment sounds weird...

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Vintage Vibe's ClaviGel
« on: May 20, 2015, 02:29:11 AM »
I am a drummer and sometimes to dampen the toms or snare for unwanted overtones we use a sticky gel pad called Moongels that we put on the tom or snare batterhead. I had a Clav in the shop where the yarn was pretty good all over except for the four or five bottom keys. I used moongels under the strings here just to Experiment and it worked great. I have yet to try out the Clavigel but to me it looks to be about the same texture as moongels.

Now if only you guys could do as the rest of the world and convert to the metric system this chart would make sense to us on the other side of the pond too... ;-) Haha

The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Re: Wurly 200 reed assembly
« on: May 06, 2015, 11:47:40 AM »
Thanks for the input. You may very well be right about the added mass adding to sustain in this section... I've thought this could be the reason but wasn't sure. Others who would add their thoughts on this?

The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Wurly 200 reed assembly
« on: May 06, 2015, 11:24:45 AM »
Just out of curiousity I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on the fact that the reed assembly (the big metal part where the reeds are mounted in) is pretty different in mass when you compare the left side to the right one?

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Clavinet D6 uneven keys
« on: February 03, 2015, 03:03:35 PM »
I have this D6 in the shop and the keys are all tilting to the right and they're uneven in height. Almost like they've been deliberately bent that way... Any suggestions on how to fix this? Do I need to remove the keys and adjust the tip that the grommet is seated on?

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Identify this part please...?
« on: January 04, 2015, 01:54:27 AM »
It looks like it is made of the same plastic material as a later all plastic Rhodes hammer. I also have two in black... Inside the white ones have the numbers "1-1" printed on them while the black ones have "2-1" printed on them...

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Identify this part please...?
« on: January 03, 2015, 02:58:52 PM »
I bought a big box of new old stock parts from an elderly gentleman who had decided to go off with pension and in this beautiful heap of parts for Rhodes, Wurly and Clav I find these. What are they?

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Mark V action/feel compared to Mk2
« on: December 08, 2014, 04:48:38 AM »
Having owned at least five Mark Vs and rebuilt three of them and also owned a Mark 7 I believe I know a few things about them... First of all, of all the Mark Vs I've owned/played, they have been very consistent both in action and tone. Yes, the MKV has an increased hammerthrow (Close to two inches) but they used the same hammercombs as in the late MK1 and MK2s. The plastic in the hammers of the MKV does not hold up well over time and you will get problems With hammerpins breaking Down the line. I discusses the matter With mr.MKV himself Steve Woodyard who agreed that the solution With reuse of the mk1/2 hammercombs together With the New hammers in the MKV and increased hammerthrow wasn't a very good idea and suggested to convert it to an axlerod solution. I did this in an MKV With good results using a brass axle throught  the hammers and hammercombs.

As for feel of the action I find it's great and I have never had any complains about it being too slow... Even Chick Corea digs his Midi MKV and he's pretty fast... The dampers do not affect the feel o the Mark V imo. I have a Dyno My Piano Rhodes Mark II from early 1981 With wooden keys and although the keydip is shallower than on the Mark V it has an Incredible action that I like very much, almost up there With the MKV.

The Mark V is a very good piano With a flaw in the hammerdesign due to lack of testing I Guess... The MK7 hammers are identical to the MK5 hammers but the pins on the MK7 hammers are slightly bigger and do not fit into the hammercombs found on the late MK1/MK2 and MKVs...

I believe the seller may be wrong with the date on this piano... This could be an early 69 with the square felt tips which later on has been switched out with neoprene tips. I restored a 1966 piano a few years back and it had the teardrop felt hammers.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Mark V, thoughts, questions
« on: April 02, 2014, 05:41:11 AM »
The MK7 hammers have the same hammercurve as the MK5 hammers but unfortunately the pins on the MK7 hammers are a bit larger so they don't fit into the hammercombs on the MK5 (which is the same as the MK2...)

I have both MK5 and MK7 hammers lying around and I've also investigated in reproducing MK5 hammers but it's way to expensive at least for me and my little business...

I'm a chorus guy myself but I also love phasers. MXR90 Script Logo phaser sounds very Steely Danish while the Electro Harmonix Small Stone Phaser sounds very Richard Tee'ish. You can hear my 1973 Suitcase through the Smallstone in the Youtubeclip below. It's the band High Red where I play drums...

I have a Dyno My Piano Tri Stereo Chorus 618 which you can hear in the Dynoclips in the Dynosection on the Supersite and I also love the TC Electronics TC1210 Stereo Chorus...

Sure. Pm with me with your mail and I'll send ome pics.

I have the red pro piano faceplate on my mk 2 Dyno, the newer percussion pedal nameplate on my other dyno and I also have spare late blue pro piano faceplate lying somewhere... Which one do you want?

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