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Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Re: Brand New Clavinet D6
« on: December 22, 2010, 04:31:08 AM »
Ok I won't... It would hurt ;-)

please do not tell us the price you paid for it. please spare us.

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Re: Brand New Clavinet D6
« on: December 17, 2010, 07:18:32 AM »
A regular online ad actually... According to the seller there hadn't been too many people calling on it either... This was actually a replacement unit from Hohner back in the days shipped to a customer. They were supposed to put the preampsection from the faulty Clav into this one but the faulty one got stolen before they had a chance doing it so this one just sat in storage since then. I bought it and found a preampsection from another black D6 and here we are...

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Re: Brand New Clavinet D6
« on: December 16, 2010, 09:08:01 AM »
I hear ya Rob. The hammertips are the original orange ones but they are in amazing shape with absolutely no tendencies of "mushiness"...

I say free it from its cardboard prison and let it spread the funk to the people. It wants to sing after all this time.

I'm curious what the hammer tips are like.

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Brand New Clavinet D6
« on: December 16, 2010, 06:16:38 AM »
Just wanted to share an amazing find I did recently... A new in box Clavinet D6... It missed the preampsection but I found one and put in there and now it's complete... Only need to wipe some dust off it and it's all ready :) Should I hang on to it or sell it? And how much do you think it's worth?

I know they introduced a set of blue tips to be used between the yellow and white tips on the Mark 7 to make the transition here more even. I haven't tried these tip on an old piano yet...

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Clav D6/E7 preampsection
« on: November 08, 2010, 12:26:35 PM »
Anyone out there with a complete preampsection with slider, switches and preamp for a black D6/E7 that they would consider selling? PM me...

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Mark V Static question
« on: November 08, 2010, 12:07:02 PM »
On a couple of the Mark Vs I've serviced the hammers had sagged through time so that when returning to their basic position they struck the key with the underside of the hammer... Don't know if this is the case with your piano...

Alright, so it was the cable all along. Can now play at 100% volume with only the most minor hiss  ;D

Name-rail / key hitting issue still present. If I i unloosen the screws and push the namerail towards the harp, the keys don't clack

When you draw it back towards the keys so it sits flush against the screws / wood, it clacks.  ???

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Mark V (replica) Hammers
« on: November 08, 2010, 11:59:08 AM »
The Mark 7 hammers do not fit. I have tried... The pins are to wide to fit into Mark V hammercombs. They are otherwise identical so if you got hold of some Mark 7 hammercombs it would work.

I was the one who investigated the possibility of making Mark V hammers but the cost is way to high. We're talking loads of $ just to make the tooling...

I've used them in a '68 sparkletop I refurbished a while back. Works great and they're superior compared to the old ones...

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Mark V service manual
« on: November 08, 2010, 11:55:03 AM »
Well, afaik it doesn't exist... I've rebuilt a few MKVs in my time and I've used my personal one for reference...

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Gold Sparkle Piano Bass
« on: July 11, 2010, 04:55:13 AM »
When I investigated both when mine was made and how many others that were made, I found that the serial#s were very close. I saw two on Ebay during the time I had mine and they had serial# very close to mine. In fact one up on Ebay had a serial# next to mine. I always believed that mine was made in 1964 since the green datestamp on mine was smudged out but after seeing the others on Ebay where the datestamp was visible, I believe they made a limited run of these in 1967.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Gold Sparkle Piano Bass
« on: July 07, 2010, 05:34:35 PM »
Excellent! Congrats! I guess I'm no longer in the "Gold Sparkle Club" since I sold mine a year ago... I was made an offer I just couldn't refuse but it is indeed a very nice piece of Rhodes history :)

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Gold Sparkle Piano Bass
« on: July 07, 2010, 05:01:47 PM »
Excellent! Congrats! I guess I'm no longer in the "Gold Sparkle Club" since I sold mine a year ago... I was made an offer I just couldn't refuse but it is indeed a very nice piece of Rhodes history :)

Buying / WTB: Late style MK2 all black namerail
« on: June 13, 2010, 05:01:53 PM »
I'm looking for the all black MK2 namerail found on the 1982 and 83 model pianos. If you have one for sale let me know. I can even trade it in a MK1 or earlier MK2 style namerail if you like.

Congrats on your sparkletop. Now there are four of them in Norway :-) My sparkletop has serial# 144 and is dated September 23, 1964. The productionrate back in those days weren't fast so they didn't make many pianos a month so my guess would be that your piano is from some time in 1965. It has all the trademarks from the first generation sparkletops and the same actionparts as mine.

Those hammers are beyond sanding I'm afraid. When the grooves wear down to the wood itself you either have to send the hammers in for refelting at a pianocompany or buy new felthammers.

I wish you the best of luck in restoring it. I have just finished a complete restoration of a 1968 sparkletop and I can easily say that it is not something I recommend someone with no prior experience with Rhodespianos to start off with when they want to do some teching. I've been doing this for 8 years and I banged my head in the wall several times with frustration... Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to tear you down here. If you need any help, I'd be glad to share what I have learned about these pianos the last few weeks...

Hi Chris. Yeah, I know you have these but it says on your site up to two weeks delivery and then perhaps another week to get them over here and this client was in a hurry so I was investigating some faster options...

A client came in with a suitcasepiano where all the speakers are missing so that's why I'm investigating...

Has anyone found good replacement speakers for the earlier and late style Suitcasepianos? I've been looking at the Jensen P12Q 32ohm speakers... Anyone tried these?

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / 1968 Sparkletop discoveries...
« on: March 29, 2010, 11:21:01 AM »
Hey Chris.

No, this is 67/68 I bought from Ken Manning a few years ago... The hammers are actually  quite ok so I won't be needing hammers for this one. I still have the set I bought from you a couple of years ago here but those will be used on my 64 Sparkletop :)

I have already encountered some strange stuff with the strikeline so I have reset the whole piano and will work my way up from there... The tone in these pianos is just awesome :)

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / 1968 Sparkletop discoveries...
« on: March 20, 2010, 01:13:09 PM »
No they're not. I've seen that on a 67 pianobass I had... These bumps are actually made from factory where the keys were made. It's a wooden bump underneath the felt.

Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / 1968 Sparkletop discoveries...
« on: March 19, 2010, 08:27:43 AM »
I'm currently restoring my first Sparkletop Suitcase and I disover something new all the time so I though I'd share some of my findings.

This particular sparkletop is from November 1968 and the sticker in the bottom right corner on the harp says Fender Rhodes Santa Ana and not Fullerton. I have two other sparkletops, one from September 1964 and the other from 1965 which both says Fullerton. Did Rhodes move their production to Santa Ana for a short period of time?

The hammers are plastic with teardrop felthammers. The tines are Ray-Mac in the lower bass area but from 1/3 up it changes to tapered tines. The tinebase looks exactly the same as the basstines so I don't think they have been replaced. The tines on the two other sparkletops I have are all non tapered.

The keypedestals have factory installed bumps!! Yes, you read correctly, the pedestal has a small bump which maked the action on this piano very nice to play.

One may wonder how and why Fender Rhodes lost their way half way of the seventies with the sluggish action and then reintroducing the bump ten years later... I will try to upload pictures later.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Question about my new Mark V part
« on: July 24, 2009, 04:30:08 PM »
It may be that the used different knobs on some of the Mark Vs.. I know I had a Mark V in at a time  that had bigger knobs than the usual ones... I have a picture of it some place... I'll try to find it...

Yes, but as he also states, they've increased the pinsize so how it would work with a Mark V I don't know. Maybe I need to by a new hammercomb too...

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Post your Mark V Serials!
« on: June 05, 2009, 09:35:50 AM »
We have another Mark V ready for sale soon at . Stamp says 2584 and serial# is 803281

I have for some time investigated the possibility to produce new Mark V hammers and I'm proud to say that we're now at the point where we can say "go" or "no". There are a couple of things that makes us hesitate...

1.The money we need to put down to make the tooling to make these hammers is quite substantial. Tooling is VERY expensive. I'd like opinions on how many of these we could sell to the Mark V owners worldwide... Given the fact that less than 2000 pianos were built and noone knows how many that still are around, we don't expect a lot...

2. I'm not sure if the new Mark 7 hammers are compatible with the Mark V/MarkII hammercombs or not. I have seen pictures of the mark 7 hammers which to me looks exactly like the Mark V hammers, with the same key pedestal design and the same hammercurve. What I don't know is if the hammerpins are of the same dimensions. If they've made these stronger by making them larger means that they also have produced new hammercombs. IF however they've strenghtened the hammerpins by using a new material they could still fit in the old hammercombs and in the Mark V. If some of the proud new owners of the new Rhodes would do me a favour and measure the hammerpins on the hammers and/or send me a picture of a hammer out of the hammercomb I'd appreciate it a lot...

I'll keep you posted...

Preamps, Modifications & Upgrades / RARE pre-amp find on Ebay!!!!!
« on: May 24, 2009, 03:44:56 PM »
I have... Tried several and they sound ok. You get more bottomend and treble which brings out the bells... Kind of like the suitcase preamp without the tremolo...

HAHA, I'm just being brutally honest here ;) I guess it's worth more in the corner as the curiousity it is since I doubt anyone would pay up to get one of these...

The Mark III EK-10 is a huge piece of cr*p in my opinion :) Even if it's new, it would just be a new, huge piece of cr*p.

I have one of the few that is actually working... But I plan on selling it since it just sits there... I have original brochures and everything for it too... Any takers?

Fantastic!! Great find! Is this one with the wooden keys? If so, you have one of the really great Mark IIs with (in my opinion) the best action ever! Congratulations!!

Amps, Effects & Recording Techniques / Tri-Chorus suggestions?
« on: April 26, 2009, 04:20:35 AM »
You can check out my Percussion Pedal Dyno-My Piano Rhodes through a Dyno-My Piano Tri Stereo Chorus 618 here:

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