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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #420 on: November 10, 2013, 11:01:52 AM »
Didn't know Fifty Fours ever had leg braces.
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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #421 on: November 10, 2013, 12:15:47 PM »
Me neither

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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #422 on: November 10, 2013, 01:59:00 PM »
This 54 will be going to Louisiana in a few weeks. Same VV preamp with re-wired pickups.
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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #423 on: November 10, 2013, 02:08:52 PM »
Looks awesome Peter. Nice gams!

When you say "rewired", did you change the series setup?
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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #424 on: November 10, 2013, 05:05:14 PM »
Didn't know Fifty Fours ever had leg braces.

I made the braces out of 3/16" steel flat stock. I felt that the piano had a little too much sway, especially when playing palm smears on the Nord. I'm pretty sure there is some improved stability overall.

Peter: that is a beauty, for sure. I've been wrestling with whether or not to re-tolex my Rhodes. I'm still on the fence about it, but seeing that really kind of makes me think about doing it.

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« Reply #425 on: November 11, 2013, 06:49:13 AM »
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Yes. Went from series to parallel.
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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #426 on: November 11, 2013, 07:25:33 AM »
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The gams are solid stainless steel. My brother David makes these for me.
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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #427 on: November 11, 2013, 09:49:31 AM »
If you re-tolex you should match or compliment the Nord.

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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #428 on: November 12, 2013, 12:03:37 PM »
Yeah the 54s didn't have braces, but they do sway just enough. 

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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #429 on: November 12, 2013, 12:23:36 PM »
Adjustable legs in the rear? These pictures are blowing my mind.

Here's a shot of a canonical Fifty Four just to bring things back down to earth.



ignore the preamp controls in the cheek block
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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #430 on: November 16, 2013, 10:58:41 PM »
Yes, I agree.  I have the 1968 Mustard yellow and a 1969 alvacodo green student model aka Jetsons models. I love them both.
The line up...
1968 Fender Rhodes Student Model Mustard Yellow Fishtail
1969 Fender Rhodes Student Model Mint Green Fishtail
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1977 Rhodes Seventy Three Stage Model
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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #431 on: November 19, 2013, 02:34:07 PM »
If you re-tolex you should match or compliment the Nord.

Hmmm.....more food for thought. I like it. I'll add that after re-stumbling across pics of your MIDI rig the other day  ???  :o  I've given your thoughts on the matter a little more credence.

Part of the reason I've put off making a decision whether or not to re-tolex is this: making the decision to do it leads to having to make another decision of whether or not to go with a traditional look or something more unique.

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« Reply #432 on: January 02, 2014, 02:40:58 PM »
Just registered here today, although I have owned my Suitcase Seventy-three for going on 15 years!   

I found it for sale in Hollywood, FL in a newspaper ad.  The guy had two, one a stage and one a suitcase.  Wanted $300 each, or both for $500.    I only bought the suitcase since it had the amp...hindsight is 20/20...I should have grabbed both!







The info on the plate is:

Serial: 54121
Model:  'SUITCASE 73' 

I did find a stamp on the right edge of the tonebar:


Am I correct that this translates to a 1974? (31st week, 5th day)



The amp has this on the business end:



The instrument has fairly stiff action, and several flat sounding tines.  I have never used the 4 pin amp cable because it was frayed and separating from the plug..I have always just run a 1/4" instrument cable from the keyboard to the amp.



It plays ok, and I have toyed with it for years, but am getting serious about reviving the instrument.

That being said, it looks like I am going to be getting into replacing the grommets, re-felting, cleaning the tines and tone bars,  adding the bump mod, replacing the cable, polishing the metalwork and hopefully that's it...?

Looking forward to reading this forum and starting my restoration.


Also, I have a couple Noob questions:

1) are the two 1/4" jacks on the amp, labeled 'Ext. Amplifier' intended to be preamp out? i.e. would I run cables from here to a mixer, another amp or whatever?

2) is the 4 pin "Piano Input" the ONLY way to input to the amp?  (nothing else is labled 'input')  In other words, can other instruments (another keyboard or bass guitar) be plugged into the Rhode's amp? (this prefaces #4 below)

3) Am I correct that the two 1/4" jacks labeled Accessory 1 & 2 on the Rhodes are outputs which bypass the tonal controls and preamp on the keyboard?  What are these typically connected to...effects boxes?  (if so, where does the effects return plumb back into the amp?)

4) Did I blow something in the circuitry by plugging the Rhode's accessory output into the Amp's Ext. Amplifier jack? It actually worked like this and I played it this way for a few years, but after it had been stored for a while, it doesn't seem to work that way now.  I can still run a 1/4" cable between the accessory out and another amp I have.


Thanks all!!!



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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #433 on: January 04, 2014, 05:50:52 PM »
Found mine on Ebay locally here where I live. It was used by a couple of local bands. Brave Combo and Bowling for Soup I'm told. It's dirty and needs to be tuned, but sounds good. It has some paint overspray on the tolex that I need to clean off, but seems in good working condition. The grill cover in front is destroyed and will have to be remade. I got a good price considering what these are going for these days. 

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« Reply #434 on: January 04, 2014, 10:17:51 PM »

3) Am I correct that the two 1/4" jacks labeled Accessory 1 & 2 on the Rhodes are outputs which bypass the tonal controls and preamp on the keyboard?  What are these typically connected to...effects boxes?  (if so, where does the effects return plumb back into the amp?)

gtsberg,
The top (#1) Accessory Jack is the send for an effects loop, the lower (#2) jack is the return. 
I run a Maestro Stage Phaser through there.  Anything sent through there is subject to stereo trem in the Peterson pre-amp.

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« Reply #435 on: January 05, 2014, 09:22:29 AM »

The top (#1) Accessory Jack is the send for an effects loop, the lower (#2) jack is the return. 
I run a Maestro Stage Phaser through there.  Anything sent through there is subject to stereo trem in the Peterson pre-amp.

Ray

Thanks Ray! 

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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #436 on: February 15, 2014, 10:52:57 AM »
Dear,

Here my fender Rhodes Seventy Three custom by Olivier Grall (France)
Choice is Silver Sparkle tolex...

Amp is a fender Twin Silverface from 1969

All the best  8)

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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #437 on: February 15, 2014, 11:37:06 PM »
Nice, Mr. Peel.

Looks like I see a Boss CE-1 on that amp as well.  I've been thinking about finding one somewhere down the line.
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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #438 on: February 16, 2014, 01:19:41 AM »
Ray,

Thanks

You see well  8)
One of my effects yes.
The main effect I use with the Rhodes (and other instruments too) is the Roland RE201 band echo.
Incredible sound and creative...

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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #439 on: March 13, 2014, 11:08:22 AM »
My 1976 suitcase still has the price tag on her. She's from HONG KONG! Not a "Fender!" though. Does anyone know how much
HK$ 10,515 was worth back in the day? Turning 38 this week...

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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #440 on: March 13, 2014, 11:29:57 AM »
By today's standard it's $1350, but who knows what the exchange rate was at the time.  It could've been a whole lot less etc.
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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #441 on: March 27, 2015, 04:26:14 PM »
Hi!

I bought my Fender Rhodes Mark II 73 in 1981 at Steve Music Shop in Montreal. This is the only keyboard that i kept during all its years. It is in good condition but it needs a refresh. I hope to talk with you
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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #442 on: April 13, 2015, 01:22:54 PM »
1973 Fender Rhodes Stage Seventy Three



The Rhodes sound was in my head long before I knew what it was. As a child I heard it everywhere and told myself I'd one day get that sound. Fast forward to this past weekend when I was casually browsing eBay, checking up on Rhodes prices; it was pretty well-"stocked" with them as usual. I then decided to, without expecting anything, check my local Craigslist and lo and behold the very first ad in the entire musical instruments section was for the Rhodes I now call mine. Went to meet the gentleman who was selling it the same afternoon and didn't even bother trying to get it cheaper. He was a professional jazz bassist his entire life and used it for some casual chord work at home. It's in as near-mint condition as is possible for a 40+ instrument to be and came with 15 extra tines, the original manual, all the soft cases, etc. I paid a premium, but am looking forward to a life with it. I'm currently looking to do the Miracle Mod to it as I find the action to be extremely sluggish and stiff.

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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #443 on: June 07, 2015, 06:46:33 PM »
Here's mine, or should I say "some really bad shots of the guts of mine."
I know it's a FrankenRhodes but don't care - they're all modular to a point. It was bought pretty cheaply from a local small ad something over ten years ago. Soon afterwards I did a Speakeasy key-lift mod that is anything but good and I know I'll be spending the next few months under the hood looking at damper felts and finding out why that mod I did was such a major failure.

Any suggestions/comments are welcome.
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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #444 on: July 05, 2015, 01:03:14 PM »
Yahoo! After 3 months of work, it's basically done! Still needs a lot of tweaks, a knob and a sustain pedal!

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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #445 on: July 06, 2015, 06:33:51 AM »
Nice eighty eight! I got a similar one, with the preamp!
I see a MPC1000, do you produce hiphop?
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« Reply #446 on: July 06, 2015, 04:54:26 PM »
I make a bit of house music and hiphop :)

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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #447 on: July 12, 2015, 01:55:58 PM »
Here's a pictorial of a Rhodes I restored:

https://www.flickr.com/gp/63737189@N05/dE6Pz0
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« Reply #448 on: July 12, 2015, 05:05:42 PM »
Is that a piece of the tolex on the name rail?  Looks much nicer than the black.
Great job. 
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« Reply #449 on: July 13, 2015, 12:37:52 AM »
Yes, the decal or stencil was damaged. Silver tolex plus a MK I "Seventy-three" logo were used on the name rail. The photos all have captions.
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