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The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Solutions for a squeaky pedal?
« on: January 05, 2019, 09:11:25 PM »
Also a possibility too.


The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Solutions for a squeaky pedal?
« on: January 02, 2019, 01:49:18 PM »
Thank you for your reply pianotuner steveo! Yes we will locate the source of the squeak and the rest. The sound seems to originate from the lower end of the pedal mechanism, so that would rule out the aluminum damper bar inside of the piano. When I'm next over there, we'll take a look. I'll look into greases if we can't fix the problem there.



The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Solutions for a squeaky pedal?
« on: January 01, 2019, 01:14:00 PM »
Happy New Year all on the forum!

My friend has owned a 1975 73 suitcase for about 9 months now. It's been basically untouched since 1975 with the lack of a bump mod, all original workings, et cetera. Ever since he has owned it (and who knows for how long) there's been a squeak emanating from the player's side of the sustain pedal. My question to you all is: is this a simple fix with some lubricant, or would this require a professional's attention? The problem isn't dire, just really obnoxious to the both of us.



The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Uneven cheek blocks ?
« on: August 27, 2018, 07:45:47 AM »
That's a genius idea! Thanks Dan

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Uneven cheek blocks ?
« on: August 26, 2018, 09:55:21 PM »
Hello all on the forum!

I've been noticing that the two cheek blocks on my Rhodes are uneven. The right cheek block (by the treble keys) is at normal but the left cheek block which is  a Vintage Vibe cheek block power supply is abnormally high. I removed the left block and noticed that the "J" hooks underneath the 1/4 jacks did push the cheek block up a bit.

Is there any remedy too this? It's not a terrible problem, but is annoying cosmetically.



Thank you Mr. Bove! I will check that out.

Thank you so much! I did however pack my Rhodes away in a corner now to take it to Vintage Keyboard Repair in SF (the guy is really good). I appreciate the wealth of your knowledge! But I will just leave Rhodes work to the guys who know what they're doing... (I'll do the playing!)

BTW how would you use an alligator clip to test for a break? I have some but don't know how to use them yet.

 Whew that's rough! So the pickups themselves unwound? I'll try some alligator clips, and then some eventual but near pickup replacement...


The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Harp suddenly not working... :(
« on: July 09, 2018, 08:34:28 PM »
Hello all on the forum!
I hate to bother you for such a small problem (I think) but my harp suddenly went silent. I ruled out the preamp, and I plugged in an RCA-1/4 adapter directly into the harp but no audible sound (except for some pickup clicking). I saw no visible breaks in the natural way the pickups were wired.
I think the problem exists because I was replacing escapement screw grommets; so that might have fouled up the pickups...
Is there a good way to remedy this? I'll be more careful (promise!)



Very true and THANK YOU FOR THE WARNING!!! Will not attempt...

After some research (and imagination), I was now intrigued by the Fender Rhodes Piano Bass, as it was a keyboard for producing only bass sounds. The Piano Bass has a very cool tone, but it doesn't sound close enough to a bass guitar for me.

So, and this could be by a long shot, has anyone attempted to make a bass range piano with strings, tuning pegs, grand piano (tear drop) hammer tips and an EQ filter?

If not, I will set out to make a new instrument...

I totally understand that one couldn't pitch bend, slide, slap or whatever bass players normally do to color their playing; but a warm electromechanical bass keyboard seems like OK proposition...



Would anyone on here happen to have any recordings or songs with (potentially) a 1969-1970 suitcase Rhodes with felt cube hammer tips? I (probably won't but) want to find one some day and want to explore some tonal possibilities.


1977 with makeshift (not the best) felt hammer tips through an active preamp. Voiced to be very sine-heavy and mellow sounding.

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: 1969 transition model Rhodes
« on: June 07, 2018, 05:56:38 PM »
Glad it found a new home!  :D

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: 1969 transition model Rhodes
« on: June 06, 2018, 03:21:56 PM »
Mr. Bove, will you eventually add this piano to your Retro Rentals Rhodes collection?

@sean perfect for sawing it in half and destroying it :P

That thread gave a lot of good points. Thanks @squarebubble

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Common tool list for Rhodes repair?
« on: March 19, 2018, 05:43:28 PM »
Hello all,

I've been thinking about starting up a Rhodes repair business.
I was wondering, what are some typical tools used for repairing Rhodes pianos?


The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: How to remove stuck tine?
« on: January 23, 2018, 08:17:24 AM »
Thank you everyone! Sean you gave me a real laugh  ;D

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / How to remove stuck tine?
« on: January 19, 2018, 11:33:40 PM »
Hello all,

I just cut a tine for the second lowest c on my 1977 73 (and managed to get the tuning spring on there {double ugh}) but I am not able to get the original tine separated from the tone bar. I put all of my force into my 5/16 nut driver and no luck, no budge. What would be a good method of separation?



Thank you sean and The Real MC!

If I ever do acquire a Sparkle Top sometime in my life (not too likely) it is nice to know that I can still retain the pretty sound!

And yes, earlier pianos are definitely set up differently.  ;D

Just out curiosity,
For those who own Sparkle Tops, how would they sound if later tines were put in, say 1976?

 Ray Mac tines seem hard to come by, and I am aware that hammer tips (and many other factors) affect a Rhodes tonality. Being with teardrop felt hammer tips, would a later tines fit right in at all?

Later tines appear to have a longer decay life, so that aspect would be weird on a Sparkle Top. Would later tines keep the Sparkle Top charm? Or would they sound unnatural?

Thank you!

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Microtonal Tuning for Rhodes?
« on: December 07, 2017, 08:02:41 PM »
Wow! I will take a look...

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Sparkle Top or Early Mark 1?
« on: November 14, 2017, 08:09:28 AM »
I enjoy the sound of felt tips as well, but yes they groove quickly and soon become unusable. And suitcases are hefty too. I've never owned a suitcase (and heck, I've barely owned a Rhodes) but it seems that the amp cabinet is twice the weight as the piano. Convenient for immediate amplification but not convenient for moving.

I just wanted to say amazing write up! It was a fabulous read. I would have quit at putting in a Peterson side ways and doing the wire for wire knob thing to the face plate! But I can see it was worth it in the end...

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Sparkle Top or Early Mark 1?
« on: November 13, 2017, 08:14:22 AM »
No problem. Wow. If it was at least part way restored, I'd bet it sounded beautiful!

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Sparkle Top or Early Mark 1?
« on: November 11, 2017, 02:27:37 PM »
Interesting. I guess the dark age of the Peterson?

Amps, Effects & Recording Techniques / Re: Good Analog Vibrato?
« on: November 10, 2017, 10:08:51 PM »
I will give that a look! Thanks!

The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Sparkle Top or Early Mark 1?
« on: November 10, 2017, 06:59:01 PM »
Here is a 1969 transition mark 1 with a stereo tremolo Peterson preamp

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