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« Reply #60 on: July 01, 2006, 12:59:24 PM »
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?


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« Reply #61 on: July 01, 2006, 03:55:19 PM »
Good question. None of mine are doubles.
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« Reply #62 on: July 03, 2006, 02:03:02 AM »
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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.
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Thanks. It's only because I was getting frustrated with spray painting the harp cover and it looking like crap. I just decided to slap on some fabric and voila!
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« Reply #63 on: July 04, 2006, 08:41:37 AM »
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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?




I guessed that this happened in the factory by mistake, when I rebuilt mine I took out all the double. Think there was 3 or 4 lots, and the sound wasnt impared.

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« Reply #64 on: July 04, 2006, 04:56:43 PM »
Well, I guess since I've finally joined, its my turn.  Not a very interesting story, but here goes.  I'd been looking for a Fender Rhodes piano bass for a while and even in a big city, Indianapolis, there aren't a lot of shops that sell vintage intstruments, much less that sell anything as cool as FR stuff.
I started searching ebay and in late 04, found the one pictured below.  I won the auction for a mere $212 plus shipping.  It was actually in tune when it arrived at my home a week later, but it came with no harp cover.  I figured this is why it went so low, but even still, I felt like I got a good deal.  I found a harp cover from a 73 and cut it up.  I am still trying to get a real one or find someone that will lone me one so I can get a vacuformed replica made since the one I use now doesn't fit all that great and the seam is still visible

Well...here she is.....

current gear:
1965 Fender Rhodes Gold Sparkle Piano Bass
1965 Fender Rhodes Gold Sparkle Piano Bass
1962 Fender Rhodes white top piano bass
1966 Fender Rhodessilver sparkle piano bass
1968 Gibson G101 organ
1966 Vox 301H wood key conitnental
1968 Vox 301E Continental
1967 RMI 300A Electra-piano and Harpsichord

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« Reply #65 on: July 04, 2006, 08:23:17 PM »
i think people put two springs in so that they can squash the grommets.


no ha ha i was joking ha ha.

i always imagined it was an attempt to get more sustain out of a note. But it's a dodgy way to do it cause it wrecks the grommet!

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« Reply #66 on: July 05, 2006, 01:11:05 PM »
Hey neat idea on that sparkle top.  I see the weld-ish point in the middle but it works!  haha
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« Reply #67 on: July 05, 2006, 08:59:28 PM »
Thanks for the compliments!  It's not perfect, but yeah, it does work.  All in all, $212 isn't too bad for a Piano bass in good condition.
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1965 Fender Rhodes Gold Sparkle Piano Bass
1965 Fender Rhodes Gold Sparkle Piano Bass
1962 Fender Rhodes white top piano bass
1966 Fender Rhodessilver sparkle piano bass
1968 Gibson G101 organ
1966 Vox 301H wood key conitnental
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« Reply #68 on: July 05, 2006, 11:20:30 PM »
you're tellin me, I still don't understand how they go for so much money.
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« Reply #69 on: July 06, 2006, 09:38:24 AM »
great thing!!!
don't worry about the cover - at least you've got one...:)
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« Reply #70 on: July 07, 2006, 04:20:51 AM »
http://img464.imageshack.us/img464/9764/img17520im.jpg

Fender Rhodes stagepiano mark 1 73 -74
I found it from Rovaniemi, Finland
It had key pedestal mod ready and it was in perfect condition

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« Reply #71 on: July 08, 2006, 02:17:13 AM »
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Fender Rhodes stagepiano mark 1 73 -74
I found it from Rovaniemi, Finland
It had key pedestal mod ready and it was in perfect condition


Nice. Always nice to find something that's ready to play!

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« Reply #72 on: July 12, 2006, 03:38:07 PM »
This is my third Rhodes, I Drove 2400 miles to get from a little town in NJ. Paid 1750 for it, she is pretty perfect (i Think).

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« Reply #73 on: July 12, 2006, 04:17:17 PM »
It's in just about as perfect shape as I've seen one for that era.  Amazing find!
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« Reply #74 on: July 12, 2006, 04:25:54 PM »
Thanx :D, Im thinking about polishing/rechroming the metal parts, and re tolex it. Allso the glitter-gray stuff is a bit brownish in places as you can see...

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« Reply #75 on: July 12, 2006, 04:29:52 PM »
maybe do the chrome parts, but don't retolex and regrille!  it's a little brownish but that might be able to be cleaned (it's only brown where the panel sections are for the speakers, where air can pass through)

You should probably leave it in it's original patina, it's gotta be worth more that way demonstrating what kind of condition it was held in over 30 years
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« Reply #76 on: July 18, 2006, 03:13:56 AM »


A pic from my set-up, with the Rhodes Mk 1 that i bought for 80 frs. It was in very bad condition, 3 keys missing, tines had to be replaced,etc...) but i made a little restoration last year. Paintjob (blue and orange colour) is a bit special, but my goal was that the Rhodes should looks funky. And i think it does...
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Fender Rhodes Suitcase 1973

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« Reply #77 on: July 18, 2006, 04:39:13 AM »
yep, indeed, it looks funky, are those cheek blocks red ?
nice leslie, have never ever seen this kind of model.

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« Reply #78 on: July 18, 2006, 05:54:36 AM »
very cool. especially the "no dogs" sticker.
nice roland, too.
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« Reply #79 on: July 18, 2006, 09:31:21 AM »
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yep, indeed, it looks funky, are those cheek blocks red ?
nice leslie, have never ever seen this kind of model.

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Yes, the cheek blocks are now red, with a small piece of red fur on it.

It's not exactly a Leslie, only a clone of a Leslie Cabinet from Italy, made by Sisme, in 1970. Sounds allmost the same than Dynacord or Elka Cabinet. A real Leslie (122, 147, 760 etc...) is really another sound dimension ! But this clone is allways better than the internal simulation of the Korg CX-3  :wink:
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« Reply #80 on: August 06, 2006, 11:42:34 PM »

My Mark I Stage 73

I bought it on Monday on Ebay for $202.50.  It's a fixer-upper.  I sent 11.5 hours driving today to pick it up.  I got it home and hooked it up to a Tube MP...and it works.  Only 2 keys don't work (which I'm pleasantly pleased about).  It's a little out of tune. And, it mad dirty!  It needs a desperate retolex job.  But, overall I can't be more excited.

I've wanted a Rhodes since I started building up my studio.  I fell in love with hiphop listening to A Tribe Called Quest - Beats, Rhymes, and Life.  This record was The Ummah's (Jaydee RIP and Q-Tip) first record as a production team.  Their sound heavily relied on the Rhodes' atmospheric and melodic sound.  Jaydee continued this format successfully with Slum Village.  His sound sparked a whole new movement of music (some call it neo-soul...although his albums were hiphop records).   Anyway...that music means soooo much to me, and the Rhodes was one of the biggest reasons why I love music today.
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« Reply #81 on: August 07, 2006, 05:49:38 AM »
looks funky with the flightcases :)

congratulations, have fun with it!
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« Reply #82 on: August 07, 2006, 11:12:52 AM »
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looks funky with the flightcases :)



Yeah...i know...gotta buy some legs, but Im not really satisfied with what I'm finding.

Thanks andi85
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« Reply #83 on: August 09, 2006, 07:56:41 PM »
This is my Rhodes. He's born in 1977, like me :)
Stage 73 with the original suitcase preamp



The suitcase preamp, with 2 jacks outputs and power supply modif ( tremolo effect is realy a fantastic thing :lol: ) :



My Rhodes' friends ( Twin Reverb, Leslie122, Boss CE-1 )



His bedroom, shared with a portable Hammond B3, MUTRON biphase, etc.


Great sound and touch !! Love my vintage effects too ! :wink:

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« Reply #84 on: August 09, 2006, 08:13:02 PM »
very fresh indeed!
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« Reply #85 on: August 09, 2006, 08:33:43 PM »
congratulation sean p for your purchase. it's always a joy to see a new couple to be formed.

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« Reply #86 on: August 10, 2006, 04:47:20 AM »
soukouss, where is your clavinet  :wink:
just kiddin, you have a nice collection.
lovely mixture of vintage and new gear.
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« Reply #87 on: August 10, 2006, 04:59:34 AM »
No clavinet? Pffft.... your equipment sucks.

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« Reply #88 on: August 10, 2006, 05:42:01 AM »
Yeah I'm very proud of all my instruments, with a special tenderness for the vintage stuffs :)

But it's true a clavinet is missing  :lol: I use for the moment a Nordelectro2 ( not a bad simulation in fact ... it particulary use a "natural" tuning, not a cold "equal" tuning ).

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« Reply #89 on: August 10, 2006, 05:52:45 AM »
very very nice. especially the hammond. i'd really love to have one. ok, probably all ouf you do...:)
Tuning instruments makes the band sound thin!