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Offline fundikira

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Mark I vs. Mark II?
« on: June 09, 2004, 01:20:01 AM »
Hi

How significant is the difference in tone quality between Mark I and Mark II Fender Rhodes pianos, about which I have read?  Can anyone point me to some examples of the difference between the two anywhere on the internet?  Do you think that the lack of the "sticky key" problem I have heard about in earlier Mark Is makes up for this loss of tone quality?  In other words, should I buy a mint condition Mark II, or try to find a Mark I?

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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2004, 07:06:52 PM »
"Mark I" covers an entire decade of Rhodes pianos, where the models from 1969 sound noticeably different from the ones built in 1979, so you can't really make a blanket statement about their tone.  The earliest Mark I's have the most raw sound, between the wooden piano hammers and the older tines.  The Mark I's from the late 70's sound about the same as the Mark II's because there were no major changes in the hammers and tines.  It really depends on whether you're looking for the more warm/mellow sound of the late models or the dirty sound of the early ones.  Of course, if you find an early Mark I that has had all of its tines replaced with new ones, it won't sound like an early Mark I anymore....
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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2004, 09:19:23 PM »
:roll: The Mark II in my opinion is much better to play.

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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2004, 08:23:22 PM »
Quote from: "badrat"
"It really depends on whether you're looking for the more warm/mellow sound...



i'm looking for a rhodes with that warm/mellow sound wich one should i get?



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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2004, 09:24:00 PM »
A late 70's Mark I or any Mark II should give you the sound you're looking for.
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