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Could this Rhodes MkII 1981 Stage be worth the asking price?
« on: December 02, 2020, 01:33:23 PM »
Hello everyone :D

There's a '81 MkII Stage for sale in my city (in northern Europe) and I really want it but the asking price ($2230) is a bit steep compared to the prices I've been seeing mentioned.

From the pictures it looks to be in pretty good condition and the seller says it has never been serviced and no parts has been modified or replaced.  Despite this he says it's in tune and everything's working as it should.

Here are the pictures:
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/spsAAOSw9uhfr5q5/s-l1600.jpg
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/6NQAAOSwqHNfr5rM/s-l1600.jpg
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/3y0AAOSw9Ctfr5rD/s-l1600.jpg

I'm probably going tomorrow to try it out but, judging from this info and the pics, do you knowledgeable people think this might be worth the asking price?

Any advice is greatly appreciated  :)
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Re: Could this Rhodes MkII 1981 Stage be worth the asking price?
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2020, 01:53:17 PM »
I don't know if it's worth $2230, but it appears to be in exceptionally good condition, at least cosmetically.
Restored or Overhauled: '65 A-model Sparkletop, '78 Suitcase 73, early-'75 Satellite 88, '81 MkII Stage 73, two '77 Mk1 Stage 73's, '74 Mk1 Stage 73
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Re: Could this Rhodes MkII 1981 Stage be worth the asking price?
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2020, 03:37:09 PM »
I don't know if it's worth $2230, but it appears to be in exceptionally good condition, at least cosmetically.

So if it plays as well as it looks, perhaps it's worth it?

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Re: Could this Rhodes MkII 1981 Stage be worth the asking price?
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2020, 04:25:28 PM »
I don't know if it's worth $2230, but it appears to be in exceptionally good condition, at least cosmetically.

So if it plays as well as it looks, perhaps it's worth it?

It looks like it would be a really good one to buy, but $2230 would be a pretty high price for an unrestored 73 Stage in the US, I think.  That said, I would expect to pay a premium for a Rhodes in such good original condition.  If it were me, in the US, I'd try to get them down closer to $1500.  In my mind it's overpriced by about $500. 

I would say, in the US anyway, it would be very easy to find a cheaper one, but difficult to find a nicer one. 
Restored or Overhauled: '65 A-model Sparkletop, '78 Suitcase 73, early-'75 Satellite 88, '81 MkII Stage 73, two '77 Mk1 Stage 73's, '74 Mk1 Stage 73
In Progress: 1 '78 Suitcase (2nd one), '70 KMC - Customized w/ Peterson 4x12, '77 Wurli 270

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Re: Could this Rhodes MkII 1981 Stage be worth the asking price?
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2020, 10:44:44 AM »
100% agree with what others posted. That said, I have found myself willing to pay more for a vintage keyboard that is available locally. Being able to thoroughly inspect and play a keyboard, without having to deal with the expense and risks of shipping, is worth something.....at least this is how I rationalize it to my wife ;)
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Re: Could this Rhodes MkII 1981 Stage be worth the asking price?
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2020, 05:57:28 AM »
Thanks for the input voltergeist & mvanmanen.

In case anyone is interested:

I ended up buying it for about $2126 even though it needs new hammer heads, hammer rest felt and setup. The Rhodes doesn't pop up often on the market here in Copenhagen, even less in Iceland where I will be transporting it eventually. That's how I rationalize the price to myself at least  ::)  The seller bought it in 2014 for about $2355 and he wasn't in a hurry to get rid of it for way less so if I was going to make my Rhodes dream a reality this was the price it took.  I don't think I will be regretting the purchase  ;D
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Re: Could this Rhodes MkII 1981 Stage be worth the asking price?
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2020, 01:11:36 PM »
Thanks for the input voltergeist & mvanmanen.

In case anyone is interested:

I ended up buying it for about $2126 even though it needs new hammer heads, hammer rest felt and setup. The Rhodes doesn't pop up often on the market here in Copenhagen, even less in Iceland where I will be transporting it eventually. That's how I rationalize the price to myself at least  ::)  The seller bought it in 2014 for about $2355 and he wasn't in a hurry to get rid of it for way less so if I was going to make my Rhodes dream a reality this was the price it took.  I don't think I will be regretting the purchase  ;D

Congrats!  I think you did ok.  Given your geography you may have done more than ok.  At any rate, you got yourself a very nice piano. 
Restored or Overhauled: '65 A-model Sparkletop, '78 Suitcase 73, early-'75 Satellite 88, '81 MkII Stage 73, two '77 Mk1 Stage 73's, '74 Mk1 Stage 73
In Progress: 1 '78 Suitcase (2nd one), '70 KMC - Customized w/ Peterson 4x12, '77 Wurli 270

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Re: Could this Rhodes MkII 1981 Stage be worth the asking price?
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2020, 11:39:52 PM »
I feel very fortunate to have been to Iceland on a few occasions. It is truly one of the most beautiful, calming places I have visited. I hope you very much enjoy your Rhodes!!!!
Wurlitzer 200a
Wurlitzer 145
Fender Rhodes (1966, 1971, 1975)
Hohner Clavinet Pianet Duo
Hohner Clavinet D6s and C
Hohner Pianet T
Hohner Pianet N and Combo Pianet
Hammond B3