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The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Just scored an early Sparkletop!
« on: October 24, 2013, 09:30:33 AM »
It's been in storage for a few years and I don't recall any red number... I took out the bottom left key where it was a green stamp with the date and year. It is in decent shape, has the red linercloth in the lid (had another sparkletop with the yellow cloth same as yours too but sold it) but I'd like to retolex it. I also bought a set of new graded teardrop felt hammertips many years ago that I plan on installing... Some day when time permits I'll start working on it...

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Just scored an early Sparkletop!
« on: October 24, 2013, 09:09:01 AM »
My sparkletop has serial#141. It is dated september 16 1964. Has all original electronics. Had it for ten years and it is still on my to do list...

This piano is serial number A-0186 (preamp serial number 0116).  How likely do you think it is that there exists an older Rhodes in better condition?  Certainly possible, but if there are any, I bet there aren't many.

For Sale / Re: Beware of this one...
« on: August 31, 2013, 12:42:22 AM »
When you refuse to update your listing after pointing out what's wrong in it you're not not being honest... This guy has been dealing with pianos long enough to know some basic differences... If the picture of the guts is the wrong onethen he should update it...

For Sale / Beware of this one...
« on: August 29, 2013, 12:51:42 PM »
A guy trying to sell this suitcase as a 1971 model suitcase on Ebay. Problem is that the picture of the harp clearly shows that this one is a late 70s Rhodes repackaged in a 1971 cabinet... Tried to tell the seller who just blows me of saying the harp is stamped 1971 so " he goes with that..." Not cool in my opinion... A potential buyer wanting the early 70s tone will not get what they paid for with this one...

For Sale / Mark V stand - original
« on: July 23, 2013, 09:35:48 AM »
I have an original Mark V stand that needs to go. It has some rust here and there and misses the locking t-latches but functionally it works all ok. Asking 150$ plus shipping.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Pianet reeds
« on: July 13, 2013, 04:52:34 PM »
I got an email from a gentleman who was retiring out of the repairbusiness... He had been doing it for 40 years and wondered if I wanted to buy his parts which I ended up doing. Among tons of NOS parts for Rhodes and Wurlies I also got a box full of NOS pianet reeds :) Which ones do you need?

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Rhodes Mark IV hammer picture?
« on: July 12, 2013, 03:37:53 PM »
Found the pic many years ago on a French Rhodes site so this could very well be your hammer Phil. But how did it end up in France????

i have the same single hammer and yes it comes from the Mk4 proto production. would need more friends to get a regular octave.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Rhodes Mark IV hammer picture?
« on: July 12, 2013, 02:16:46 PM »
Found this picture of what is allegedly a Mark IV hammer... Fake or real guys?

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Different keyped bumps...
« on: July 11, 2013, 03:57:30 PM »
For some reason I haven't had many early 78s in my shop... I've had early 78s with white felt on cams and regular bump on the later 78s but this is a first for me... Would you say the longer bumps are better? The escapement is totally whack on this piano so I can't really tell how it feels until I've set it up...

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Different keyped bumps...
« on: July 11, 2013, 02:19:57 PM »
Got a week 22 1978 Rhodes Mark 1 Stage 88 in the other day and when taking out the keys I noticed that the pedestalbump in this piano was bigger than on the later models... Anyone else noticed this too? Pic speaks for itself...

Thought I'd update this thread with some new info. There were made only five Studio Model 4000 according to Chuck Monte.

Preamps, Modifications & Upgrades / Re: Dyno/Leeds "E" model sound
« on: April 24, 2013, 05:02:35 AM »
Another very E-Rhodes like sound is to use the Dyno My Piano preamp on a Mark V. Eddie Reynolds rebuilt and modifed the preamp and Steve Woodyard modified the actionrail and increased the strokelenght of the hammers on the 1972 E-Rhodes. The increased hammethrowlength in the Mark V definitely adds another dimension to the sound...

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: 1966 Key Ped Mod
« on: April 17, 2013, 02:08:45 AM »
Yep. Saw it on a 67 Sparkletop I restored a few years back. Played really well. Strange thing that they knew about the bump in the late 60s and then "forgetting" about it until 1978...

Preamps, Modifications & Upgrades / Re: Dyno/Leeds "E" model sound
« on: February 23, 2013, 07:43:23 AM »
The Dyno and the E model is not that far apart really... The E Rhodes was used by Tom Canning on the Breaking Away album but I know for a fact that Robbie Buchanan used his own 1970 Dyno modified Fender Rhodes on the Jarreau album and also on the Benson stuff. Being the owner of a few original DMP pianos and also after havin played numerous others I have come to the conclusion that it is not the preamp and mods alone that made the E Rhodes and Robbie's Dyno sound so great but also the fact that the tines and pickups also play a substantial part in this. I have a early 1972 suitcase and also a 1973 suitcase and when playing these through one of my Dyno preamps I get very close to the E and Robbie's Dynonsound... I believe to get the Jarreausound you'd need a very early 70s piano preferably with ray mac tines and a Dyno pre...

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Mark V production notes
« on: August 20, 2011, 10:11:06 AM »
But as they found out a bit later (not that they cared since they went out of business...) was that the increased hammerhtrow caused the hammerpins to break or wear the pinhole in the hammercomb causing sloppy and wobbly hammers...

Btw, great post bjammerz! My Mark V (1984) has grey RCA cable and ribbed handles. I can confirm that the bigger knobs came in the end of the production. I had a 4384 Mark V with the bigger knobs on it.

The Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Wurlitzer 200 ads?
« on: July 06, 2011, 03:03:01 PM »
Throughout the late 60s, 70s and early 80s Rhodes were pretty good with ads i keyboardmagazines. I have yet to see an ad for a Wurlitzer 200 model piano... Have you guys seen any?

The Signature Model Dyno My Piano is finally here...

Buying / Re: WTB: Mark 1 88 suitcase namerail...
« on: May 02, 2011, 02:56:13 PM »
That is for a 73 unfortunately...  :(

Buying / WTB: Mark 1 88 suitcase namerail...
« on: May 02, 2011, 04:29:32 AM »
If anyone out there has a namerail for an 88 suitcase they would like to sell, please contact me.. I need one...

I don't think Richard Tee was a Dynouser. The stuff I've heard or seen with Tee is him on either a Mark 1 or Mark II Suitcase with an Electro Harmonix Small Stone Phaser... But listen to Al Jarreau's album Jarreau from 1983... Lots of excellent Dyno Rhodes on that one...

The Model E Rhodes was according to the sources a 1972 Suitcase where Steve Woodyard modified the action so it got a longer hammerthrow and Eddie Reynolds modifed the electronics so it got brighter.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Are Mark V's Still Desirable?
« on: April 13, 2011, 05:15:48 AM »
I have rebuilt five Mark Vs and I own a mint one myself. I have also teched every piano from 60s Sparkletop suitcases and pianobasses to all the different Mark 1 models through the 70s, the Mark IIs, the Mark III EK-10, numerious Dyno-My Pianos and the Mark V as well as the the new one... In my opinion, the Mark V is up there among the very best pianos ever made.

The Mark V has a problem with its hammerpins due to the increased hammerthrow which in turn takes its toll on the hammerpins. They wear out or break. If so should happen, all is not lost. You can rebuild a Mark V with broken hammers to an axlerod solution which I believe Steve Woodyard had up for consideration when they designes the piano. Due to cost and limited time they had to stick with the hammercombs from the Mark II...

My favourite is my 1974 Suitcase Mark 1. The tone in this one can't be beat. The action was crap though so I rebuilt the whole thing and now it plays like butter. I love my Mark V. It is so dynamic and a joy to play and I also love the feel of the keys. The Mark IIs from 1980 and 1981 are great if they're set up properly. I find something to like in every model I own... The Mark V is a wonderful piano, it plays great and sounds great and it's rare. If you get a  chance to buy one, I would recommend warmly.

As for "the new one", feel free to PM me and I will give you my opinion about it ;-)

I haven't gotten it here yet ;) It's on its way over... As soon as it's here I'll post pics... I promise!

Saving All My Love from Whitney Houston's first album is also a good example of a Dyno Rhodes... Or Russell Ferrante's Dyno on Yellojackets Mirage A Trois album...

(Btw Jon, how's the restoration of the signature dyno model? the white one)

The White Signaturemodel doesn't need any restorations at all I think but I'm still working on the Suitcase 88 Stereo MIDI...

Check out the Dyno My Piano page on Facebook for pictures of two of my four Dyno My Pianos... Let me know what you need...

Sure thing! :)

I don't have any more pictures of the Studio Model 4000.. I'd love to see more of it myself... As for my Suitcase, I don't have any pictures of it now since it's being restored but will post more pics when it's done. As for the FB link try this link

I've been doing some research on this model and I don't think he made many of this one... My guess is a couple in the States and they made one in Japan. I was very close finding the one in Japan but they had sold it and they didn't have any records or receipts which showed where it went... According to the seller it was rusty and needed major restorations...

I guess Chuck still has one around. I have a Suitcase 88 with Pro Piano preamp, Dual Chorus (stereo chorus), MIDI and balanced outs... It's the closest I will get to the Dyno My Piano Studio Model 4000 I guess...

I recently started a page on Facebook for Dyno My Piano products... Check it out :)

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Re: Brand New Clavinet D6
« on: December 28, 2010, 04:37:22 PM »
We're talking about a three digit number ;-)

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