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Started by Ben Bove, January 18, 2006, 03:29:12 PM
QuoteThis post is all about my Rhodes Mark V Stage 73 piano. But first, some background, if you please.I must give credit to Will Ammons, good friend and keyboardist from my college band, for introducing me to vintage keyboards and organs, expecially the Fender Rhodes piano. Thank you, Will.I was in high school when my mom was given a Fender Rhodes Mark Ib Stage 73 from a local school. This was before I knew anything about the instrument, and as a consequence it sat unused in our home., and eventually my mom and I gave it away to a local recording studio; a decision I came to regret.I eventually purcased my first Fender Rhodes piano; a Mark 1b Suitcase 88 for $400. What a piano! I fell in love with the stereo tremelo. I later sold it to purchase a mint condition Mark II Stage 73 (with wooden keys) for $300. I eventually sold the Mark II as well. I was playing the EVP-88 Logic Pro rhodes emulator with a MIDI keyboard and thought that I should sell the Mark II, as some tines and pickups had broken. I thought that I would be as happy with the rhodes emulator as I was with the real thing. I was wrong.After only one month of being "rhodesless" I decided to start looking for another one. I read up on the different models and decided to start looking for a Mark V Stage 73, but would also like to find a Mark 1b Suitcase 88. I knew it would be difficult to find a Mark V, and if I found one, I wasn't sure how much it would cost. I placed 2 online WTB ads, one of which was on my personal blog.After only a month, an email appeared in my inbox bearing the subject: "Rhodes Mark V Stage 73″It read: I have a Rhodes Mark V Stage 73 model that I don't use. Everything works and I rarely use it. Interested ?? and how much is a fair price ??I could not believe it! It turned out that there was a gentleman in Baltimore, MD who saw my WTB and decided to write to me. Based on my previous purchases, I suggested a price of $400, to which he agreed. Over the next 6 months I saw two Mark V's sell for over $4,200 on eBay.It was in good condition when I got it, and I was able to tune it and clean it with success. I have had to replace about 4 tines, which I broke while playing it. But other than that, it has been very reliable. I plan on keeping this one for a long time.
Quote from: "BJT3"Blackbird, nice! That was pretty creative putting on fabric. I had never thought of that. I would like to see one done with some really shaggy "monster fur" type fabric.-Ben-
Quote from: "bjammerz"a general question - i noticed often tines with squished grommets have 2 springs linked together under the tonebar, like in the picture below. Why were 2 springs used in some places? was this a factory thing or a tech find?
Quote from: "zlognaut"Fender Rhodes stagepiano mark 1 73 -74I found it from Rovaniemi, FinlandIt had key pedestal mod ready and it was in perfect condition
Quote from: "Mark II"yep, indeed, it looks funky, are those cheek blocks red ?nice leslie, have never ever seen this kind of model.RegardsMark II
Quote from: "andi85"looks funky with the flightcases