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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #450 on: July 13, 2015, 03:29:45 AM »
Looks great!! How does it sound and play? Looks like you need to do some key levelling there (sorry dont mean to be picky but couldnt help noticing)

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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #451 on: July 14, 2015, 11:32:13 AM »
Yep, I had just finished putting the piano together when I took the pix. Now comes the adjustment phase, key shims included. 8)
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« Reply #452 on: September 29, 2015, 01:08:45 AM »
My Children:

Rhodes Suitcase Mark II 73 - Unbelievable condition. I got this off of a guy on this forum actually years ago.  The Rhodes sat in the original box in a church unused since the 80's. The previous owner before me had bought it from the church a few years before I purchased it off him and it was sitting in his studio the whole time maintaining fantastic condition. My pride and joy with the Little Phatty on top to boot.

Vintage Vibe 44 Deluxe - Got this recently and couldn't be happier.  Obviously it cost a pretty penny and took me a long time to pay off but it was well worth it. Incredible piano. I went with the purple sparkle top and I run it through a pair of Leslie 60 vintage speakers (the vibrato is amazing).

Wurlitzer 206 - No special story... Just got a good deal and its in prime condition

Roland VK-7 - I'm running this through a Motion Sound SRV-112. I believe the SRV 112 is supposed to be used for guitar but it has a great rotating speaker that works great with the Roland for a solid Leslie sound. Circuit bent Furby hanging out on top.

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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #453 on: November 29, 2015, 08:07:56 PM »
I've created a website to show off and track the progress of my Rhodes restoration.

https://januismersite.wordpress.com/2015/11/30/the-buy/


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« Reply #454 on: July 03, 2016, 10:22:36 PM »
Here is my 1973 Fender Rhodes Suitcase 88, and my 1977 Rhodes Stage piano.

I purchased the 1973 Fender Rhodes Suitcase 88 from Vintage Vibe in February of this year, fully restored. It looks and plays so great, it's unbelievable...

The 1977 Rhodes Stage was given to me by my brother, after he bought it in Alabama for $65!  It was not in playable condition... on the contrary, it needed a complete restoration and lots of TLC (see last picture).  I restored everything from the bottom up - including new tines / tonebars.  After a full refurb, it plays like a million bucks.

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« Reply #455 on: July 04, 2016, 12:18:44 AM »
NICE job on the suitcase - good year for those pianos.

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« Reply #456 on: July 05, 2016, 02:22:16 AM »
Nice looking suitcase.
In your third photo, the piano has a flat top harp cover.  Is this the same piano?
Personally, I think a Mk II cover can look pretty good on a Mk I, especially an Eighty-Eight. 
The low line of the flat top over the length of the 88 adds a sleekness that isn't quite there when you put a flat top on a Seventy-Three.

Is this an early '73 Suitcase?  The extra angle on the shell near the cheek blocks would lead me to think that.

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« Reply #457 on: July 06, 2016, 09:17:32 PM »
Nice looking suitcase.
In your third photo, the piano has a flat top harp cover.  Is this the same piano?
Personally, I think a Mk II cover can look pretty good on a Mk I, especially an Eighty-Eight. 
The low line of the flat top over the length of the 88 adds a sleekness that isn't quite there when you put a flat top on a Seventy-Three.

Is this an early '73 Suitcase?  The extra angle on the shell near the cheek blocks would lead me to think that.

Ray

Thanks Ray - yes, it's the same piano! I have two lids: a flat top, and round top.

As for when in '73 it was made, I'll have to take a look around... I can't read the week numbers on the harp, so I'll have to look elsewhere on the piano for the date. Agreed on the possibility of early 73, due to the case angle near the cheek blocks.
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« Reply #458 on: November 10, 2016, 11:48:57 AM »
We found this little guy in a storeroom at our business.  We thought it was a toy, but it might be a fender Rhodes 32 key Celeste.  There is no power cord, or cord from the speaker to the piano.

What is this?  How do I make it work?  How much is it worth?


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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #459 on: November 10, 2016, 12:26:11 PM »
We found this little guy in a storeroom at our business.  We thought it was a toy, but it might be a fender Rhodes 32 key Celeste.  There is no power cord, or cord from the speaker to the piano.

What is this?  How do I make it work?  How much is it worth?


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Hi Ted,

That's a Fender Rhodes piano bass. Not a toy but used for accompaniment, the Doors used to use one (but that was a gold top)

As for price, I'm not sure what they go for nowadays. Where are you based?
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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #460 on: November 10, 2016, 12:34:45 PM »
It doesn't use a power cord.  You need to plug it into a guitar/bass amp using the jack on the left side of the chrome front panel.

In the U.S., if it's in reasonable shape, it's worth $1,000+.

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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #461 on: November 10, 2016, 12:40:54 PM »
We found this little guy in a storeroom at our business.  We thought it was a toy, but it might be a fender Rhodes 32 key Celeste.  There is no power cord, or cord from the speaker to the piano.

What is this?  How do I make it work?  How much is it worth?


ted

Hi Ted,

That's a Fender Rhodes piano bass. Not a toy but used for accompaniment, the Doors used to use one (but that was a gold top)

As for price, I'm not sure what they go for nowadays. Where are you based?

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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #462 on: November 14, 2016, 04:46:50 AM »
I build this little speaker during the weekend... it's based on the Thiele TL806 design featuring an Eminence Delta Pro 12A speaker. It sounds absolutely incredible! I do build a second one at the moment to have real-stereo ;-) For now it's just a passiv box but I want to include an amp soon.

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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #463 on: December 30, 2016, 11:20:42 AM »

Hello!  I'm new to this forum and this is my first post. 


I've owned my Fender Rhodes for over 10 years, a rash purchase second hand from a music shop in San Francisco circa 2005.  It has since relocated with me to the UK.  I only recently got around to taking piano lessons so I'm only now getting to use it properly.  What a joy to play!  I have actually never properly identified the model or the year of origin - if anyone can help me it would be most appreciated.  At the moment the piano functions fine when I plug it into my guitar amp  However when I try to use it with its own amp there is no sound produced.  I believe the amp is working fine but that there is some fault in the connections within the circuitry in the front panel of the piano.  Any troubleshooting guidance appreciated - I do have some electronics experience and I'm fairly certain I can fix this.  Also any other ideas for general maintenance would be most appreciated.


Thanks very much!  Pics and some more info below.


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The serial number on the piano:




Someone has written 'pre-CBS' on the interior of the piano - but is it correct?





The amplifier certainly appears to be CBS:





A document accompanied the piano inside the case detailing a preamplifier modification but I'm not sure if this had been performed or not:







Here's the interior showing the circuitry behind the front panel:



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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #464 on: December 30, 2016, 11:54:15 AM »
Welcome to the forum.

I could believe 1970 but it is not "Pre-CBS". According to the timeline on the Super Site, CBS bought Fender (and with it Rhodes) in 1965.
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« Reply #465 on: December 30, 2016, 02:06:27 PM »
Hi Tom,

Where are you based in the UK?

It's a nice example of an early MK1 Peterson Suitcase.
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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #466 on: December 31, 2016, 06:21:07 AM »
Thank you for the replies!  I'm based in London, thj392.

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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #467 on: January 03, 2017, 04:51:18 PM »
As David mentioned - yes, it's not "pre-CBS" but it's still a rare, early model.  Great piano! 

It's sharpee marked March, 1970 which you should be able to find the actual factory stamping on the underside of the harp for this vintage (if you wanted to go digging, unscrew the large screws holding the harp down at the left and right side, and lift up).  In 1970, they stamped a production month with the year underneath, rather than the more common 4-digit stamps on top.  So that would coincide with someone being able to write on it "March 1970" as opposed to "3271" or something like that.

The red felt lining in the lid also coincides with this vintage, as well as the serial number being hyphenated, the model indicated as well as little indicators like type of knobs and keys.  Definitely a 1970.  This model would have originally come with felt cube hammer tips, but it may have had neoprene rubber tips installed later.

As far as the amp is concerned, this version can be troublesome to troubleshoot as it's two amplified channels in one amp.  On the left side of the bottom power amp, should be 1/4" jacks labeled "External Amplifier" channel 1 and 2.  If you plug some sort of input into each channel like an ipod etc. one channel at a time, you can see if your bottom amp is functioning or distorted etc. but the process is slightly involved to see if the power amp, 2 amp modules, speakers, preamp and cable are all functioning or narrowing down what has failed.

I can't tell exactly what the non-factory switch is to the right of the volume knob.
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Re: Post your Rhodes pics and its story
« Reply #468 on: January 04, 2017, 08:52:53 AM »
Hi Ben - Thanks for the reply and so nice to learn a little more about this beautiful instrument.  I might take your word for the vintage rather than digging around under the harp, though!

It does look to me like the hammers have felt tips but they are in very fine condition considering the age.  Is it possible these have survived since 1970 or could replacement felt tips have been installed later?

I could post a couple photos of the interior of the piano.  There is a little bit of corrosion on some of the tone bars.  I can only see a small bit of rust on a couple tiny spots.

Regarding the 'External Amplifier' jacks, am I to understand those are actually inputs?  I had assumed they were outputs!

I was going to ask about that switch next to the volume knob although looking at my photo now I wonder if it isn't actually swapping the channels?

Is anyone able to tell from the photo of the preamp whether those caps are originals?  The PCB looked like it might have been resoldered at some point but I could be mistaken.

Thanks again!

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« Reply #469 on: January 06, 2017, 12:47:15 PM »
The external outputs interestingly enough can be used as inputs as well.  The felt tips - just make sure you're looking at the hammers themselves, and not the felt dampers that touch the tines - they're often confused.  If they lasted all these years, check for heavy grooves in the hammer tips which could make notes sound dead.

In your preamp - those white Mallorys are original.  I can see a previous repair where dead center of your preamp board pic, at the top, some resistor fried out and browned the board.  Also, if you look at the top right in the pic, there's some browning - the metal slip case that covers the preamp is supposed to have a non-conductive sheet on it, and it appears that the board at one time was contacting the case and arcing.  Some times people slap a little tape over that trace, which is a bit close to the end of the board.
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« Reply #470 on: February 10, 2017, 07:35:22 AM »
Hello, I'm new to the forum and the world of the Rhodes Electric Piano.  I'm the owner, but not a player, of a newly acquired 72 Mark I Stage Model for my rehearsal room.  It needs some TLC, so through reading at the Rhodes Super Site and here, I hope to learn more about getting this beast playing it's absolute best.  The online service manual at TRSS has already proved invaluable.  I'll likely be in need of a couple pu's and a sustain pedal assembly, so any leads for parts sourcing is welcome.  Thanks to the moderators for accepting my membership here.
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« Reply #471 on: February 10, 2017, 08:05:21 AM »
Hello, I'm new to the forum and the world of the Rhodes Electric Piano.  I'm the owner, but not a player, of a newly acquired 72 Mark I Stage Model for my rehearsal room.  It needs some TLC, so through reading at the Rhodes Super Site and here, I hope to learn more about getting this beast playing it's absolute best.  The online service manual at TRSS has already proved invaluable.  I'll likely be in need of a couple pu's and a sustain pedal assembly, so any leads for parts sourcing is welcome.  Thanks to the moderators for accepting my membership here.

Welcome to the forum.

The only place I know of that sells aftermarket sustain pedal parts is Vintage Vibe.

Bad pickups can be rewound. Sometimes they can even be repaired by just unwinding one wrap of the magnet wire and re-soldering it to the terminal. Otherwise, eBay or just about any supplier can set you up with replacements.
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« Reply #472 on: May 01, 2017, 12:17:29 PM »
Here's my baby.  Hope you guys like it.  I'm new here and thought I'd share my work on a Rhodes that wasn't playable when t arrived but that I think looks killer in her new suit.  Tell me, what you do think? I re-tolexed her, leveled the keys, tuned and replaced hammer tips and damper pads.
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« Reply #473 on: May 01, 2017, 01:51:20 PM »
I like the tweed :). Good job
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« Reply #474 on: May 01, 2017, 01:57:47 PM »
Thanks. Is so fun to work on.  I also put a vintage Vibe time bomb in it. Sounds pretty great to my ear. 
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« Reply #475 on: May 01, 2017, 05:26:11 PM »
I like the tweed as well.   l've always thought that looked good.
If it were mine, I'd buy a beat up old harp cover, take it to an auto place and have it painted a different color that better lends itself the tweed. Oxblood, tan, cream, red, something other than the black.
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« Reply #476 on: May 01, 2017, 05:29:32 PM »
That's funny you say that cause I've been thinking of doing the exact same thing.  I think it would look really good in cream but I like your other suggestions!  Decisions, decisions, decisions!!!  :)
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« Reply #477 on: May 01, 2017, 05:53:16 PM »
I've had a couple done professionally (one pearl, and a couple sparkle) and they looked great, without any issues.  For them it's like re-spraying a bumper, so the cost isn't outrageous.

With your tolex you could emulate these early Rhodes models. For tweed, something like the cream top on the piano bass in the first shot would look great.  From a historical perspective, the tomato soup color from the second photo on the very rare/prototype Rhodes would be badass.  (Jaime Foxx plays a dummy version of one in a scene from "Ray")  The last photo is just something I pulled off the web when I was considering different colors.

One of the things I've enjoyed about modifying my various Rhodes pianos is that if the job is done well, it's not considered a blasphemous desecration,  as such an act would be considered in the vintage guitar world.
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« Reply #478 on: May 01, 2017, 09:24:01 PM »
Love that Rhodes 54.

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« Reply #479 on: May 01, 2017, 09:30:08 PM »
Yeah.   That looks awesome.
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