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Preamps, Modifications & Upgrades / I Put my MK1 Passive Circuit in a Cheek Block
« Last post by qlyde1973stage on September 20, 2021, 02:44:23 PM »
Alright so, 1973 MK1 Stage going under full restoration at the moment. It was in great shape to begin with but it is going to be a studio work horse Rhodes and I wanted it to play like a new instrument. I ordered the RetroFlyer preamp for studio use because it's so damn awesome but I would be lying if I said there wasn't Magic in the MK1 Passive circuit as well. This way you can simply plug into the RetroFlyer on the name rail or the Passive Circuit on the cheek block! I didn't want to build an external box to house it because then moving it is kinda sketchy with cables hanging out, but I wanted it to be built into the Piano without drilling any holes in the name rail. So I ordered a repro cheek block from VV and boom here it is. 4 holes later (one for the RCA cable) and it's all mounted & fits perfectly on the piano. I don't have any pics of it finished yet since the Rhodes is currently in 1000 pieces waiting on other parts to arrive. But I test fitted it and it works great.

Pictures ->

Now it's a Classic and Modern Rhodes all in one!

I will post a thread of my restoration from Start to Finish once it's all completed and the parts have arrived. Parts are scheduled for delivery in 2 days so it shouldn't be too much longer until it's all back together and making sweet sounds once again. I've decided against re-doing the tolex and hardware because it's still nice enough where it looks proper for a 50 year old instrument and it's got the original legs + shiny original sustain pedal so I'm going to keep the exterior original for now.

When the time comes to do an aesthetic makeover, here is my plan for it. Picture ->
The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano / Re: Backrail felt: how thick can you go?
« Last post by steste on September 20, 2021, 07:08:06 AM »
How ended?
Did you installed the thick felt?

Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Re: Columbia Elepian Restoration
« Last post by honeyshape on September 16, 2021, 03:05:06 AM »
I’ve got one too. Found it on eBay. Have a listen.
Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Re: Felt glued over the other felt on backrail
« Last post by steste on September 15, 2021, 04:00:13 AM »
Thanks for your answer.
I will do the proper job in the future...
Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Re: DIY Electric Piano
« Last post by drpepper on September 15, 2021, 03:19:28 AM »
I have started to move from my single note piano to a short scale piano.


Disassembly of the whole action is done in 5min....

So if you want to improve your instrument, take your time. I'd not glue a felt over another. This would lead to inconsistent key dip.
Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Felt glued over the other felt on backrail
« Last post by steste on September 14, 2021, 03:30:17 AM »
i have since few weeks a Rhodes MK1 '77 and i'm doing some maintenance in simply way, just experimenting and having fun.
I'm doing some improvemet on key bushing on some bad key and now i see that the backrail felt is hard, maybe due to time.
What you think if i glue another thin felt over the old felt without removing it?
This because i shloud so without removing the action rail just removing the name rail and the keys...
Its really a blasphemy or somebody have tried to glue a felt over nother?
The new felt that i have is thin,  1mm thick so i suppose that doing this i will adjust also the key dip that now is 10-11mm.
Thanks ciao from Italy
Other Keyboards & Software Synths / Re: Roland HP series and velocity of keys
« Last post by pianotuner steveo on September 12, 2021, 05:08:09 PM »
Did you try cleaning the contacts under the strips with a quip and rubbing alcohol?
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