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Offline fuse1111

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Re-tolexing a Mark I - 73 keys.
« on: May 09, 2020, 12:06:15 PM »
Hi everyone,

I've just bought a Rhodes Mark I. The tolex is pretty beaten up, and I'd like to bring it back to its original glory. I've done a lot of reading, but I'd still like to hear how hard the disassembly would be.

Is it an easy job to lift out the piano intact from the cabinet? I don't want to deconstruct anything unnecessary. I just want to access the cabinet, so I can re-tolex. 

I'm also wondering what is the best Tolex glue (I'm hearing waterbased, isn't a good idea)?

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Re: Re-tolexing a Mark I - 73 keys.
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2020, 04:04:30 PM »

The guts of the piano lift right out as one piece.  See chapter three of the service manual...

See http://www.fenderrhodes.com/org/manual/ch3.html
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https://ep-forum.com/smf/index.php?topic=10252.msg57142#msg57142


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Re: Re-tolexing a Mark I - 73 keys.
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2020, 02:21:54 AM »
Thanks Sean!

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Re: Re-tolexing a Mark I - 73 keys.
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2020, 08:42:24 PM »
I just completed tolex on my Rhodes.  I used lepages odourless glue.  It is water base. You are supposed to wait until it turns clear before gluing.  I found it didn’t stick unless the glue was still white and wet.  It was easy to work with.  I could work out any bubbles in the tolex using a hairdryer to heat the area.
Use the old pieces of tolex as a template. It worked best to cut the new tolex exact to size.
It was good to have a second pair of hands to help line up the long pieces exactly square.